With continuing advancements in technology, a lot of our routine activities have been made easier.
Artificial intelligence has made many things possible as machines can now perform specific tasks on their own without human supervision. We have seen it implemented in engineering, medicine, education, and even sports, to name a few.
People are starting to take physical fitness seriously, as several health conditions have been associated with inadequate exercise and sedentary lifestyles. Studies have shown that fitness technology encourages physical activity in vulnerable members of the population, including older adults. Although it has not gotten to the point where technology can work those muscles or give you the abs that you desire, some gadgets provide feedback to improve your performance during workouts in real-time.
Fitness technology can come in different forms to motivate behavior change, as we will see in this article. We will also explore the new fitness tech trends to watch out for in 2020.
Smartphones are continually being designed to incorporate several additional features that make our lives easier. Most of our everyday activities performed using specialized gadgets can now be carried out with a single smartphone, which can now serve as a camera and portable media player, among other things. Users also get to run apps that can perform different functions, like enabling them to achieve their fitness-related goals.
Whether you are using a phone that runs the iOS or Android operating system, there is a fitness app that will suit your needs. These apps are available online for free or a token, which could be a routine subscription or a one-time purchase. You can also find them on dedicated app stores for your operating system.
Regardless of your preferred workout routine or fitness level, there is an app out there for you. Some feature individual workout plans that can be performed on the go without needing any gym equipment. They also help you keep track of your pace, heart rate, and other important health information that will improve your overall well-being. In 2020, you can now find those that track non-sport activities, serving as a pedometer that checks distance traveled on foot per day or nutrition logger that gives you a breakdown of the calories in each meal. You can even find workout plans from celebrities like Jean Claude Van Damme too.
Fitness trackers are becoming more appealing due to their immense benefits and the fact that they can be used as standalone gadgets or connected to other devices through companion apps. They make it easy for you to know how much impact your lifestyle has had on your physical health and wellness. The fact that they are designed to be worn on the wrist, users can conveniently monitor changes in their heart rate or weight. They are also waterproof and can withstand different weather conditions while worn indoors or outdoors, even into a swimming pool.
Several fitness tracker models now incorporate gyroscopes, accelerometers, and other technologies to improve the accuracy of their readings. With advanced features, you can also track your sleeping patterns and menstrual cycle for women. They can also be used to set reminders for essential engagements, especially for people with medical conditions that require routine visits to the hospital.
This year, those that can double as full-fledged smartwatches have become popular as they offer many functionalities that will make your life a lot easier. Exclusive models designed for kids can enable parents to monitor their children’s activities and set fitness goals for those that are a bit lazy through companion apps. The downside is that they require regular charging, but the fact that you can receive call and SMS notifications on these trackers makes them valuable.
Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular as multiple appliances that can be controlled remotely through internet-connected devices are increasingly becoming available. Fitness tech is not left out, as some equipment provides access to interactive workout sessions. They feature built-in sensors that create the feel of being in an actual gym or outdoor environment while spurring you to fulfill your workout goals.
With artificial intelligence and augmented reality, some of these appliances can create a virtual environment right in your living room. You get to take part in your favorite outdoor activity or join a fitness class without leaving your apartment. Some of the available smart home fitness techs in 2020 include the Intelligent Yoga Mat and Mirror Virtual Trainer. The manufacturers also offer one-on-one training sessions with an online coach for a fee.
Several manufacturers have considered placing sensors in day-to-day products for fitness enthusiasts to get feedback on each activity. That modification does not make the item innovative because it may not transform the data collected into information that can lead to the desired behavior changes. With the right smart fitness tech, it is possible to improve your overall health and increase physical activity without limitations.
Luke Fitzpatrick has been published in Forbes, Yahoo! News and Influencive. He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, lecturing in Cross-Cultural Management and the Pre-MBA Program. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.