I’m a big fan of being able to measure progress (and my clients will know how much I love to use the word “progress”!) One of the most common mobile apps my clients use for tracking their weight and what they eat is MyFitnessPal. What is less commonly known is that you can customise MyFitnessPal to track pretty much any additional piece of data you can think of. I’ll use sleep as an example as getting enough sleep is critical to maintaining health and to achieving everything from fat loss to building muscle. Of course Fitbit, Garmin and other devices can also track your sleep if you wear a device to bed!
To add a new field to track, you need to go to the MyFitnessPal website ( www.myfitnesspal.com ). Log in using the same username and password that you use to log in to the mobile app.
Under the My Home menu, highlight Check-In. Under the Other Measurements heading, click on Track Additional Measurements.
In the Description box under Add Another Measurement, type Sleep and click on the Add Measurement button.
Sleep will now appear under the Current Measurements heading.
You can now log in to the mobile app. In the Progress screen, highlight the Weight label at the top of the screen. This will display a list of other measurements to track. Sleep will be at the bottom of this list. You can now enter a number corresponding to the amount of sleep that you got the previous night. Tracking this will help give a picture over time of whether you’re getting enough sleep to help you with your goals, or whether you need to take steps to get more sleep!