Tracking Your Body - How Technology Can Make Fitness Smarter

The explosion of wearable tech across a multitude of industries is making our lives easier in almost every way imaginable – especially in fitness. Instead of simply running miles on a treadmill and hoping for the best, fitness wearables have thrown open the door to reams of information about our overall fitness, how successful our workout was, and how close we are to meeting our fitness goals. Has technology made fitness smarter?

If you can’t measure something, you can’t improve it

There was once a time when the only indication of someone’s fitness levels was the number on the scales or how tight their waistband felt. Now, we can use wearable tech to track almost every type of metric our body churns out – and once we can measure them, we can look to improve them. We can collate masses of data about the way our body functions, then with the help of professionals (or even just an app!) we can develop tangible plans for improvement and progress.

Better goal-setting

Most fitness regimes and training plans only work when there’s a definite goal to work towards – and technology is helping us to set and monitor those goals more effectively than ever. We can work out realistic goals for our own levels of fitness, and we can track our progress as we strive to meet those goals. Being able to measure how far you’ve come in terms of stamina, strength, muscle tone or dress size is also a great motivating tool.

Nutritional monitoring

You might have heard of the phrase ‘abs are made in the kitchen’ floating around on social media in recent months. It’s true – exercise forms only a small part of a training plan. Nutrition and healthy eating are equally, if not more important than what you get up to in the gym, and now there are a plethora of food-tracking apps that help to ensure you’re getting the right daily dosages. You can see just how healthy that granola bar really is, you can keep track of your eating habits over time and develop smarter ways to fuel your body as you strive towards peak fitness.

Smart and social

Social media is undoubtedly one of technology’s biggest achievements, and the integration of the social aspect with wearable tech and exercise apps has given fitness a whole new dimension. With just a few clicks or taps, you can join an online fitness community that can offer support and a little bit of competition when you need it most. Social media has made us all accountable for our fitness goals – there’s even an app called GymPact which charges your account if you miss a workout. Now that’s accountability!

Published on 15 Jan 2016

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