Signing up for a gym membership, losing weight, and being healthier are some of the most common New Year’s resolutions. The University of Michigan Health System has compiled a list of fitness apps for your smartphone to help you achieve these goals. For those of you looking for the newest trends in healthy living, UMHS says treadmill desks are growing in popularity. That’s right, a treadmill desk: you walk on a treadmill while doing your office work including talking on the phone and using the computer.
Gamifying weight loss and fitness programs can make the idea of putting time in at the gym and skipping dessert a bit easier. The University of Michigan’s MHealthy ActiveU program is a local example of a team-based approach to gamification and healthier living. Oklahoma City, the entire city!, was challenged to lose weight by their mayor and they recently achieved their goal of losing 1 million pounds. The ThisCityIsGoingOnADiet initiative encouraged the use of health journals and community events to motivate the citizens of Oklahoma City to lose weight and make healthy choices in their lives.
Whatever your New Year’s resolutions, THL hopes you have a very healthy 2014!