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Keeping Resolutions by Staying Accountable with Mobile Apps

Posted by Kathryn Cartini  January 24, 2014 02:07 PM

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Boston Fitness Apps to Help Keep Your ResolutionsREVIEW: North End Yoga Mobile App!

Time to lift, stretch, sprint and jab your way into a fitter you, fueled by the fierce support of your New Year promises!

I know thatís at least my mantra each year. So how is it possible I start out with such conviction, yet continue to allow work to prevent me from grabbing the brass ring?

According to a new study on the Top 10 New Years resolutions for 2014, weight loss ranks number one on the list, while staying fit and healthy placed fifth. The study also shows only a small percentage of people complete their resolutions, falling off the charts as the year moves on.

I identify. Regardless of coordinating my schedule around my favorite classes, or purposely committing to programs with yearly memberships and reoccurring monthly fees, I historically gravitate to prioritizing my work over my workout.

So this year Iím exploring Real-Time accountability, scheduling and support by choosing a program in Boston that offers a fitness Mobile App.

North End Mobile App Review - The Apptitude TestNorth End Yoga by Petrol Designs

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Should you get it: What have you got to lose?

Whether you call them resolutions, goals or intentions, we all start the New Year with the hope of acquiring more happiness, prosperity and health in the future.

As part of my resolutions, this year Iíve decided to explore mobile apps as a way not only to conveniently search and book fitness classes, but to help me stay accountable in regards to my attendance. Otherwise I wait until the last minute to stop working on a project, and forgo the class as to not disrupt the members with a late arrival.

With only a handful of Boston fitness businesses offering apps, Iíve selected North End Yoga among the lot to help kick my fitness goals into gear.

Having just downloaded the free app onto my iPad Air, Iím prompted to create an account that keeps track of the classes Iíve scheduled, my attendance, what purchases Iíve made and how much money I have left in my account. Exactly what Iím looking for, letís get started!

The app opens to a calendar and list of available classes, which I find very impressive as the options are plentiful throughout the year. The search feature in the upper left corner also filters classes by teacher or class type.

As I click down the row, a summary defines each class, and informs me of the instructor scheduled to lead the session. I value this. Additional details make me feel more comfortable when paying for anything online.

After selecting a class I can either make a single reservation or schedule a recurring reservationÖbut wait! ďThere was an error booking Vinyasa Per Tutti. You have no available payment option.Ē Apparently you must prepay before youíre allowed to schedule a class.

I navigate to Get Classes, a lengthy page of packages with corresponding prices that range from $10 AM Drop In Yoga to $1650 Mysore One Year Unlimited membership. What does that mean? Scrolling down the list I donít see my Tutti class, and unlike the schedule page, there are no descriptions to define the packages.

Since Vinyasa Flow is a form of yoga and the class is in the evening, I guess that equates to a Drop in Yoga session for $15? Letís see, pay time.

After plugging in my credit card information Iím automatically taken back to the pricing menu, but I need to see if I just purchased the right class before paying for anything else, so I return to the scheduling page to make a single reservation. I could do without all the back and forth, but it worked and in the future Iíll look into multi-class, monthly or yearly packages that will allow me the ďpayment optionĒ to more easily schedule classes.

I am now signed up for Vinyasa Per Tutti. Would I like to add this class to my calendar? Yes please. Iíll set myself a reminder and sync the business address with my mobile GPS, which will tell me approximately when I need to leave the office to make it to the class on time.

Here are 6 more Boston Fitness Mobile Apps to help you along your path to resolution success. Or to learn more about the best DYI apps to get in shape, read Good Health and Fitness Apps for Your Smartphone.

Boston Running Center (BRC) Mobile AppFeatured: Boston Running Center

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Details: BRC is an app for runners being coached by the Boston Running Center, and/or using the BRC logbook to track runs.

Beantown Bootcamp Fitness AppFeatured: Beantown Bootcamp

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android

Details: View class schedules to plan and book your classes online. You can also buy class packages and view ongoing promotions.

Velo-City Mobile AppFeatured: Velo-City

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android

Details: Cycling studio offering a mobile app to schedule classes on the go. You can also click through to Velo-Cityís Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Boston Pilates Plus Mobile AppFeatured: Boston Pilates Plus

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Details: Boutique fitness studio offering unique workouts. Book your classes and plan workouts while learning about special promotions and sharing your reservations on Facebook.

Redline Fight Sports Mobile AppFeatured: Redline Flight Sports

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android

Details: This app is for either current or potential members of Redline Fight Sports to stay updated on gym news, social events and class scheduling. One of the longer running apps out of the group, created in Dec 2011.

Burn Fitness Studios Mobile AppFeatured: Burn Fitness Studios

Price: Free

Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Details: Another fitness app by Petrol, the layouts appear to be similar offering options to plan and schedule classes, as well as view business contact information and promotions.

About Apptitude Test blogger Kathryn Cartini

Born to challenge the "status quo," with three older brothers Kathryn's first story was probably a tattle, a skill she managed to turn into a career in broadcasting. Now as a communications specialist and CEO of Peacock Media, Kathryn continues #SharingStories that grow businesses and inspire others to follow their hearts in work and life, herself included. More »

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