It used to be the case that the only things required for a heavy workout were a decent pair of sneakers and a lot of self-discipline. Well, the world has changed and nowadays, except for a decent jog around the neighbourhood or a visit to the local gym, you have a variety of technological gadgets that will aid you in achieving your fitness goals. Let’s take a look at just a few of them and see how they have reshaped the world of fitness.
Wearables are measuring everything, all the time
Although they’re not serious medical devices, fitness trackers already do a pretty good job of measuring your heart rate, as well as particular aspects of your workouts like distance walked, calorie consumption, location, and sleep. Most of the wearables also come with iOS and Android apps where you can see detailed statistics regarding your workout routines and export them to a Google or Excel spreadsheet for further analysis.
A great example of such a device is the Oura Ring. It’s a stylish and non-intrusive ring that many fitness fans are raving about. It can measure everything from your sleep patterns to heart rate variability and give you a glimpse into how your body reacts to different forms of workout over time. This is a part of the “quantified self” cultural phenomenon that can bring real results if your idea of a good time is to track every aspect of your physical existence.
Virtual reality and live streaming coming to your home gym
Virtual reality is definitely one of the leading technologies that’s on track to massively transform the fitness world. As you probably know, some sort of live interaction between clients and service providers is already possible in a variety of industries. For example, in sports betting, you can place bets in real-time on a live betting site like Betway, and this doesn’t only apply to real sports, but e-sports as well. However, when it comes to something like VR football, we still have a long way to go because, from a technical perspective, it’s tricky to create a gaming experience in virtual reality.
The same goes for online learning. You’re more than welcome to receive engaging language lessons through a virtual classroom like Fluento, or even join group training on an app like Zoom. Yet as rewarding as these experiences are, it’s still hard to recreate them with affordable VR software and hardware in order to create a viable multi-user learning environment in a virtual world.
On the other hand, single-player VR fitness titles don’t have these limitations and they can be a great way to combine fitness with entertainment. Would you like to leave the real world altogether to slash through a deluge of oncoming objects with your virtual katana? Or how about a boxing simulator like BOXVR where, except for punching immaterial objects, you also have to perform squats and body tilts?
You can play these fitness games with Oculus or HTC Vive and it’s a ton of fun, but you’ll still have to wait a bit until you can meet your fitness and gaming buddies in another world, similar to what we saw in the 2018 movie “Ready Player One.” In the meantime, you might want to replace your personal trainer with a virtual trainer and, instead of going to the gym, join a live stream where dozens of sportspeople can come together under the banner of a famous fitness personality.
New tech-enabled gadgets, apps, and equipment
More fitness-related technological gadgets are coming out even as we speak. This is a vast industry that shows no signs of stopping, so fitness lovers would be wise to keep track of the newest developments and take advantage of them, especially to boost performance in the competitive sports space.
There is no shortage of fitness apps you can install on your mobile device that’ll send you daily reminders about ever more challenging workout sessions. If you have decent kitchen scales, you can also install one of the calorie-tracking apps that will enable you to keep your daily food intake in check (which requires some serious self-discipline, we might add). And finally, let’s not forget about gym tech like smart kettlebells that let you change weights in seconds, sleep robots that will let you doze off as soon as your head hits the pillow, and online fitness coaching apps where you can find expert health-related advice in minutes, at an affordable rate.
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