Motivate your fitness journey

Studies show that since 1980, the obesity rate in children has tripled and teen obesity has quadrupled. Did you know that the least-fit child at primary school in 1988 would be among the fittest today? Many link these stats to gadget-addiction as people tend to spend more time inside than out. Although there are potential negative connotations to technology when it comes to health and well being - if used wisely, smartphones with social media and various apps can actually help you lead a healthier lifestyle. Read on to find out how!

Social Media

Did you know, the average person spends at least 1 hour a day on social media? If used in a positive way, social media can be an incredibly powerful motivator in your fitness journey because it’s a great way to track progress. We’ve all had at least one friend who has posted their before and after photos! In a more subtle way, you and others will be able to clearly see your progress simply through photos you have posted over a period of time. Instagram and Facebook even have the Timehop feature which essentially are memory notifications for you to share.

There’s no better way of making yourself accountable for your goals than posting it on social media. Tell your friends and family, join groups to find like-minded people who will motivate you and may even share tips and tricks! Also, don’t be afraid to share your success because you may be able to motivate others. Picture this… after months of training, you finally beat your personal best on the treadmill and ran your fastest time ever. Are you going to share it on social media? Of course! Because if you don’t post it, did it really happen? 😉

Health and Fitness apps

The rise of mobile apps has created a very competitive market particularly in health and fitness. Health and fitness apps can be highly motivating but with thousands available, it’s not always easy to know which ones will work best for you. Here are our top 3 picks:


This app allows you to log your meals, which accordingly helps you track your calorie intake and detailed macros encouraging healthier diets. The focus is on making sure you can log meals as quickly and easily as possible to encourage your healthier lifestyle.

Charity Miles

Charity Miles lets you turn a neighbourhood jog or weekend hike into a fundraiser for good. Just choose a charity and get moving. The app tracks your movement and for every mile you log, you help to earn money for your chosen charity!

Places Locker

Our very own Places Locker app has recently had an upgrade!

Features include:

  • Training programmes
  • Digital coaching
  • GPS tracking
  • Virtual challenges
  • Workout of the week
  • Online booking system
  • Performance tracking
  • Exercise library
  • Connect with SWIMTAG and other fitness trackers



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What is SWIMTAG?

SWIMTAG is smart pool technology and it is free for all members. Simply pick up a SWIMTAG from your reception, register after your first swim, and view each swim to review your performance. SWIMTAG will keep you up to date with your progress and achievements - it will notify you of your new personal best as well as competitions and challenges to keep you motivated.

We are living in the age of technology! It’s time to embrace it and use it for all its good. If you aren't already a member, why not grab a 1 day pass and come down to your local centre?

If you enjoyed this article, you may be interested in our Modern-day exercise blog too!