I have been ridiculously busy these last few weeks. Since the Spartan, it has been non-stop. Between training, my job, my business, family, Kairi, and now getting the podcast up and running. It has been crazy.
For the most part, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off. But the last week and a half I learned to use technology to help me out. Ok, maybe not ALL technology. I never relied on my planner so much in my life. My planner is my life, if it ever got lost, I would be so screwed.
Every minute of my days had to be planned out accordingly. From what time I work out, finish working out, shower and even go to bed. Reminders had to be set, training sessions had to be timed. It was never ending.
Here are a list of the top 10 apps that got me through life, and still gets me through life everyday:
1 Clock App
With this app, I schedule everything that I need a reminder for. Like waking up. So the different alarms are set for different days. Plus it’s set to what time I need to stop training and go shower. And what time I need to be in bed. Another badass clock is the Rock Clock. I was using that for awhile, but now I'm back to using my regular alarm clock on my phone.
I love Spotify. It’s one of my favorite apps I use on a daily basis. I use it while working, training, driving, everything. There’s always music playing. And I have specific playlists. Now you can do the same thing with Google Music or iTunes. I just prefer Spotify. Plus I’ve been using it for two years now. And the amount of music I saved on it… yeah, I don’t want to start over.
3 Social Media
Almost everyone has some sort of social media on their phone. I use mine for personal and business. It’s how I talk to family and friends far away. And it’s how I attempt to keep up with advertising for my businesses.
4 Squarespace Apps
I use Squarespace. I love it because it’s easy to use and makes everything better. But it’s hard to get to a computer all of the time to check analytics, answer comments, and check inventory. The moment I discovered the apps they have, was the moment I realized I didn’t need to log on ten times a day.
5 LA Fitness
I’m a new member to LA Fitness. I never need my key card and I never need to guess what time the gym is open. Everything is in this app. If your gym has an app, I highly suggest downloading it.
6 Interval Timer
If you have never downloaded an interval timer on your phone or ipod or anything. I suggest you do it. Especially when doing HIIT, Tabata, or timed workouts. In H20 and Level Two, there is a lot of interval training. Obviously in the water, I don’t recommend bringing your phone in. But there’s nothing wrong with having it by your side while in the gym. Or even while running. I like this specific one because I can have multiple programs created. I have one for yoga, boxing, pads, jumping rope, and warming up.
I’m a coffee addict. If you follow me on Instagram you will know this. Coffee keeps me going. And Starbucks knows exactly how I like it. Granted I still prefer the small quaint coffee shops, but that idea is extinct now. So I stick to Starbucks, even though I cheat on them with Dunkin Donuts every now and then.
8 Online Banking
I’m good at memorizing numbers. And keeping track of everything that comes out of my wallet. Thanks to technology nowadays, when a certain amount goes in my account, or out, I get a notification. Play around with your banks app. You would be surprised how many features it actually has.
I get emails all of the time personal, business, spam. Before I decided to put all of my emails onto my phone, I would check my accounts at the end of the day or early in the morning. Now it’s all on my phone. Whether I answer them is a different story.
10 Garmin Connect
love my Garmin Vivoactive. I even love the bluetooth features. Everything my watch tracks: Sleep, steps, training, heart rate. Goes right on my phone. Which makes it easy for me to keep track of everything I do on a physical level. The Vivoactive is the watch I have. The next model up is the Vivoactive HR where you don’t need the heart rate strap.
Obviously, everyone has their own way of keeping track and helping them with day to day tasks. These are just ten of the apps I use. FYI if you have kids, I recommend Pokemon Go. Yes, that app that's only been out for like two weeks and the world has gone crazy over it. My daughter now loves going for longer walks and doesn't bitch about the distance of five feet.
What apps do you like to use?
Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this fall! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this September when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!
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