A lot of people I know have committed to new habits for the new year, like fitness challenges. I’m sure you’ve had someone say:
“Let’s do 100 push-ups every day for a month.”
Or the crazier version proposed my insanely fit friend: “Let’s do 500 push-ups every day for the rest of our lives!” Just kidding. Actually. No, I’m not. He, Mr. Reed, really is that intense!
I didn’t even agree but I was already feeling dread for everyone that was going to say “yes.”
However, I must admit, I love the idea of a fitness challenge! Actually, I just love the idea of having a lifestyle that incorporates regular exercise and physical activity. Plenty of studies suggest that if you can get into a routine of doing something regularly for a month straight, it becomes a habit. So, encouraging others to do a fitness challenge with you or hopping on board with someone else’s challenge is a great way of creating that lifestyle. But most of us have lives where, every day, there are a ton of things that we want to accomplish. If we aren’t reminded or can’t track our progress aside from whether or not we posted a status update, then it’s easier for those new habits that we’re trying to create to slip our mind.
For example, I try to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, but sometimes I sit down at my desk in the morning, start working, and don’t even realize that the sun has set. Before you know it, I’m hungry and tired. I grab some food and knock out. I’ve tried setting calendar reminders but they are not only really easy to snooze and dismiss, but when I look at my calendar at a glance, it’s always jam packed with stuff so it’s hard to focus on just that item.
Now, I am always trying out new apps on my Android phone to hack my life and I came across one that’s perfect for addressing the challenges of monitoring and reminding me of my daily and weekly habits. Voila! I present Loop – Habit Tracker.
It’s a very simple app that allows you to:
- Create a habit that you want to track.
- Decide how often you want to track it.
- Choose how often and when you want to be reminded.
- Check it off as completed very easily.
- See your progress in a way that motivates you to stay on target.
What else can you use it for?
- Practice French for 30 minutes.
- Take a walk.
- Clean out the cat’s litter box.
- Take vitamins
- Pretty much anything you can think of. 🙂
It works great for fitness challenges but you can use it for whatever habit you are trying to create. You can find Loop – Habit Tracker in the Google Play store or by clicking here.
Checkout the video below for a quick tutorial on how you can use it (especially to get through those tough daily fitness challenges your friends keep convincing you to do). Hope this helps you stay on track with your goals!