health appHere is the truth: everybody has fitness goals. However, only few succeed with them for one simple reason. Usually, they don’t know how to track their progress.

Fortunately, tracking can be as simple and as easy as downloading a mobile app. To make sure you can make the most of it, here are some great tips:

1. Establish your fitness goals. You can’t expect apps to do all types of fitness tracking for you. In fact, the best health tracking apps are actually those that are more goal specific. For example, if you want to learn how to stop smoking, you can choose the following:

  • MyQuitCoach
  • Quit It Lite
  • Craving to Quit

Some of these apps are free, others paid. A number of apps can be upgraded via in-app purchases or premium subscription.

2. Find an app that is easy to use. It may be cliché, but simplicity is indeed beauty. You are also more than likely to use it often when you it is comfortable, quick, and easy to use, especially if you do not have a lot of experience with fitness tracker apps.

3. Sync it. Although many are now using their smartphones for common desktop activities like browsing the Internet, some are still multiple-device users. If you are one of them, you can benefit from an app that can be synced to your desktop or the web. This way, you can always access your fitness reports and information.

4. Use a fitness band. One of the reasons why fitness bands are incredibly popular is they automatically keep track of your movements. You can skip logging your running time, frequency of movements, calories burned, etc. Your fitness band can already do all these—and more—for you. What’s more, many of these bands can already be synced to mobile apps, though usually they are proprietary. Simply put, you can’t use the app for other fitness bands.

Some of the hottest bands today include Samsung Gear Fit, Fitbit Flex, Jawbone Up24, and Nike+ Fuelband SE. Apple has also released its own fitness wearable called the Apple Watch at $350, making it one of the costliest on the market today.

5. Generate reports. Many apps these days are already beautifully designed and intuitive they can immediately generate graphs, charts, and other reports in real time. Moreover, this data can be saved just in case you want to monitor your progress.

6. Send them to your health care provider. Inasmuch as you want to go DIY with fitness and weight loss, you are better off with some professional guidance. These days, sharing health information via app is easier. Microsoft’s HealthVault already allows you to store and organize health data for fast presentation to your doctor. You may even share and keep patient records, including images, and do the same for your family. Lastly, you can generate an emergency profile.

The way to moving toward your fitness goals is to continuously challenging and pushing yourself, and apps ensure that you will not miss this very important step.