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Top 5 Reasons to Use Training Software

In the first of a series of fitness and training articles, PCN correspondent and training expert Bruce Ketchum examines how using training software can benefit your fitness level by turning your pc into your personal trainer.

There are some very key components to any good, successful fitness program or sports training regime – make it fun, have goals, strike a balance, practice a holistic approach and have a plan. A good fitness software application can help you organize and plan your active lifestyle so that all of these important components are covered properly. Let’s look a little more closely at the top five reasons why a good fitness software program isuseful to you.

1. Organization
With a good fitness software program, not only can you set your athletic endeavors on the right track, but you can also arrange your work meetings, chores and everyday tasks for easy management. Make life easier and less stressful by having it laid out in front of you for easy management and follow-through. Being organized and well-scheduled will allow you to then find the time to get that workout accomplished. For many of us, it’s that day’s workout that is first to get axed from the “things to do” list when life gets a little too hectic. When your day is planned well with the use of a good fitness software program, odds are, your exercise workouts will survive the turmoil of everyday life.

2. Motivational
This is one of the key benefits of using a good fitness software program. It’s like setting out the clothes you’re going to wear for the next day. Or detailing in advance the activities and jobs in your “to do” list. When you have clear goals and a proper plan set forth in front of you, getting up in the morning for that day’s busy schedule can be so much easier – even fun. This certainly holds true for a good exercise or weight loss plan. When you have your fitness goals and exercise schedule laid out in front of you ready to go, finding time, energy and psychological drive for your workouts is a breeze. That’s one of the greatest benefits of a good fitness software application. Having an easy-to-use, enjoyable and efficient means to design, schedule and track your training plans and fitness goals is so important….and so motivating. With good fitness software, getting up at 5 a.m. for your early-morning, pre-work workout isn’t nearly so tough.

3. Time-saving
Why spend countless hours, sketching, drawing, erasing, writing and rewriting lengthy training plans and diaries on paper the old fashion way? An easy-to-use, adaptable fitness software program should enable you to swiftly and accurately plan, edit, log and re-edit all your training and fitness plans in a fraction of the time. A good fitness application will allow you to quickly and easily print out the pages you need in a professional looking format so you can bring them with you to your workouts or share them with your coach and friends.

For pretty much everyone today, working at a computer is a common, daily necessity. We’ve all become accustomed to using our machines to speed up work and day-to-day tasks. Most everyone will agree, typing out and printing a list is a lot easier and faster on a computer than doing it by hand. This is certainly true as well for managing your fitness and lifestyle goals. Imagine you’re working on a report at work and you suddenly remember you’re out of milk at home. A good fitness and lifestyle management program should allow you to bring up a grocery list with a couple quick clicks of the mouse, then back to work with hardly a blink of an eye. Good fitnesssoftware on your work or home PC will make life’s path a little more efficient….and a lot more fun.

4. Illuminating
Effective fitness software can help you see where you’re going and where you’ve been. Systematizing your exercise and training program can better show the strengths and weaknesses of your plan. It can enable you to look back at your training logs and determine what worked and what didn’t workfor you. For example, let’s say you are an avid distance runner and you had this really fantastic race last season. Everything went perfectly; it seemed like a flawless performance. With your training logged in your fitnesssoftware, you can go back and view your training plan to see your preparations leading up to that perfect day. Good fitness software will have your training plan stored away in its database for you to view and examine whenever you wish.

Furthermore, an effective software program will have a training diary where you can log all your results and training details. Viewing this data can assist you in determining how your lead-up to that successful race went. An effective fitness program would also allow you to see your food intake for the week leading up to that event and what your race-day food consumption was; it would allow you to assess how you slept and recovered during that period; and it would allow you to review what other events, aside from training, may have occurred and influenced your results; and so on…

5. Fun
Last but certainly not least, using a cool, easy, effective, cutting-edge fitness software program to organize and plan your training and lifestyle choices can be fun. Experiment, design, render, fashion, form, shape and
then analyze – these are all things you can enjoyably do with your training and exercise plan when using a good fitness software program. Being able to easily utilize the very latest technology to make your life and fitness
goals easier is cool and fun.

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