By: Laura Gonzalez ’15, Campus Recreation Services, Communication Assistant
We all know working out is good for us. It offers many long and short term wellness benefits – including simply feeling better and having more energy for daily life. Yet, despite all the benefits, only 20 percent of American adults meet minimum the CDC’s physical activity guidelines.
The truth is, it’s easy to lose your motivation to sustain a consistent workout routine in college and can be especially hard to maintain momentum when you don’t track your progress.
The good news is that this university is one of the fittest colleges in America and offers a wealth of resources you can use to get fit!
Earlier this month, we introduced one of these resources — GymQ, a fitness tracking app created by Terp innovators Kevin Chang ’15 and Connie Li ’15. GymQ eliminates the need to bring extra materials to the gym and streamlines the fitness tracking process.
Using this app will get you invested in your physical fitness and encourage you to push yourself further. As you log your workouts within the app, you’ll see the progress you have made through data visualizations such as charts and graphs.
GymQ, and fitness tracking in general, will help you to:
- Make informed decisions about what to do next. You see through progress tracking that you squatted 125 pounds easily all week; it might be time to step it up to 135 pounds. Feel the burn.
- Form healthy habits. You’ll have hard proof that you’ve been to the gym three times this week. We’re impressed, and you should be too! Now, keep it up.
- Sustain motivation. It’s easy to say you’ll go to the gym the morning after a trip to the newest Rt. One pizza place, but with GymQ you’ll have a reason to keep coming back.
- Measure effectiveness of your exercise regime over time. If you’ve been consistently working out and haven’t noticed improvement or progress towards your goals, you might benefit from a little extra motivation. Don’t give up; we offer personal trainers and fitness orientations to encourage and teach you.
Download the GymQ app for free download from the iTunes store.
How will you incorporate GymQ into your wellness routine? Let us know in the comments below. Happy tracking!