It is no secret that technology is changing the lives of so many people. It has even changed the way people approach fitness. With technology, the once expensive trainers and gyms have become accessible to a lot of fitness enthusiasts and newbies alike.
They don’t even have to go to the gym anymore. To know more about the fit-tech evolution, here are four of the most famous breakout technologies.
The 4 Technologies that Changed Fitness and Health
1. Wearable Devices
When you say wearable devices, the Fitbit and the Apple Watch come to mind. These devices are in the form of watches that track all sorts of things.
They track your heart rate, the calories you’ve burned, the kilometers you jogged, and more. But what separates these wearable devices from the app trackers is that they double as a watch and a phone.
These wearable devices are slowly replacing personal trainers because you no longer have to go to them to get checked. The technology these devices use goes beyond sensors. They can even calculate the needed calorie and water intake so that it gives you a more accurate idea on your body’s nutritional needs.
2. Online Fitness Guides
Goodbye personal trainers and hello fitness apps! Thanks to smartphones, people are starting to create fitness apps for everyone to use.
This means that you no longer need to go to the gym to know which moves will tone your legs or your arms. All you need to do is to pick the right fitness guide on the app and it will give you a full workout program.
Fitness guides are not just limited to apps, too. If you go to YouTube, there are personal trainers posting vlogs about their training programs.
You will see different guides on how to get abs or to slim down. There is even a fitness guide on how to have a body like a Victoria Secret Angel.
3. High-Tech Gym Equipment
For those of you who still go to the gym, technology has a treat for you. Machines and equipment now are more high-tech than ever with so many sensors found in them. These sensors are able to track your heart rate, the calories burned, and your body’s overall health with just the touch of your hand.
Although this is old news for treadmills, it isn’t for the rest of the gym equipment. Stationary bikes are starting to populate the gym that there are already gyms for these bikes alone.
But wait, there’s more! Part of the new age of gym equipment is the VR. Knows as virtual reality, VR has changed the way people work out.
In a nutshell, VR gives a virtual world to the gym goers. They simply wear the headsets and they can start a full-body workout that brings them to different worlds. Think being in a game except that you can actually move in it.
4. Social Groups and Forums
Working out can also be a group thing, too. With the help of social media and blogs, social groups for fitness-minded people can easily be formed.
You will see people posting their workout routines and when you scroll down to the comments section, there’s a whole forum there that gives tips and advice on doing your own routine.
Some even get invites to join training and workout sessions. Technology not only helped you to have easier workout methods, but it also brought you closer to people who are as health-conscious as you.
A Few Things To Note
While there are so many ways technology changed workout behaviors, it is important to remember that there is no substitute for human knowledge. Yes, an app could calculate your needed water intake, but it cannot give you the most accurate diagnosis for your health.
In much the same way, fitness trainers are still important if you want to have a workout that is specially made for you. Not only will they have more equipment for this, but they also check your posture during your workouts.
If there is anything that devices miss, it’s the feedback you get from doing a workout. With actual personal trainers, you will know right away if you’re doing something wrong.
So when you work out, always remember to strike the balance between technology and human knowledge.