photographs by Elyse Kennedy.
These days, there's nothing our phones can't do. We no longer have the need to carry around a pen and notebook or a phonebook of contacts. Our bags aren't weighed down with a camcorder to capture special moments - we can now capture every moment, in slow mo, sped up or a dog face filter if we so wish.
I decided to give up my gym membership for a month and rely solely on my phone. It turns out that at the touch of a few buttons and an internet connection, everything you need to guide you can be found on your phone screen, from the comfort of your living room.
The adjustment wasn't easy but there have been many positives of the switch:
Using your phone is free
Well, almost. There are a few fitness and health apps that have an initial cost and some others that have a monthly fee but none of these are ones that I recommend.
Nike's Training Club app provides every workout you could ever imagine with step by step guides with the trainer carrying out the exercise on your phone screen for you to copy with accurate timings and alarms too. There are so many various workouts, which start from a beginner level and go to advanced. There's something for everyone and it doesn't cost a thing - the same definitely can not be said about my gym membership.
You get to experience your city
Nothing beats running your city, especially if there are a few landmarks along the way. Running outside is a great way to get to know your way around a city if you're new to it or explore unfamiliar areas even if you aren't.
There's something about running from a to b that seems more productive, plus it's also a better workout for you than running on a treadmill!
There are so many various apps to track runs - I'd recommend the RunKeeper, Nike Running Club or Couch to 5K - and record time and pace for a little healthy competition against yourself too. These apps even offer training programmes if you're working towards a specific race or goal.
It's ten times more convenient
For the past year, I've spent my life planning my life around gym classes. With your phone, you can exercise whenever you want. for however long you want. There's no trek to the gym and back so, not only are you saving money but you're also saving time.
It doesn't get boring
There's something very monotonous about heading to the same space, with the same equipment to work out every time. I like being able to pick whether I feel like doing yoga in my room or in my living room - I'm living A LOT over here.
In all seriousness, you can switch up run routes, go use a park bench for squat jumps or roll out a yoga mat in the middle of the living room while your house mates are watching Narcos (who said yoga has to be calm?) and being able to make that decision and mix it up makes it all a lot less tedious.
You don't have to worry about other people
I fret a bit around other people in the gym - call me daft but I get self-conscious that I might be doing something wrong or not working as hard as other people. Working out on my mobile, by myself, removes all of this extra and unnecessary stress that uses up so much valuable energy!
It's just you and yourself. You'll get out as much hard work as you put in and with O2 and your mobile you can keep track of every single bit of progress you make along the way with absolute ease.
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with O2.