Health, fitness begin on an individual level

As a busy college student, getting to the gym on a regular basis can be difficult. Not only is time an issue, but the motivation to get up and exercise is often lacking. However new innovations for your smart phone and gaming system can help you focus on fitness and keep track of your progress.

No longer are video games associated only with lazy children in dark basements. Systems like the Wii Fit and the Xbox Kinect bring the fun of gaming and the healthy benefits of exercise together in a way that is makes it easier than ever to stay fit. Exercise games now account for one-sixth of all games sold, according to

In addition, smart phone applications help monitor your progress. Once you see how far you’ve gone, you’ll be inspired to work even harder.

There are also applications for keeping track of when, what and how much you eat. Signing up for daily e-mails from websites like is another way you can help keep your diet in check.

With the many ways new technologies are impacting our lives, it is good to see a focus on physical health.

In the grand scheme of things, the best way to get fit is to be consistent. New technologies are giving us a helping hand, but it’s up to us to utilize them and get active.

Web editor Rachel Wilson for the editorial board.