The Impact of New Technology on Personal Fitness
Most of us are concerned with staying as fit and healthy as we can, and losing weight and keeping it off is often an ongoing, lifelong battle for some. The good news these days is that we no longer need to fight the battle of the bulge with all the old-school methods: we now also have quite an array of gadgets at our disposal as well. Technology continues to transform all aspects of society, including the fitness industry, as new techniques to achieve a fit and trim body emerge through digital means.
Below are three of the main fitness trends which are gaining further traction in 2015:
1) Wearable Technology
In the last couple of years companies like Jawbone and FitBit have helped to greatly increase the popularity of wearable technological devices. Wristbands, and certain other wearable devices are linked to the body and used to measure health metrics like calories burned, heart rate, etc., which help keep track of the workout efforts and results, and so increase motivation. These launches have helped to make these products mainstream, and the concept has now been picked up by the major digital manufacturers like Samsung and Apple, who are incorporating this wearable technology into their major smartphone and tablet models. It’s only a matter of time before this trend reaches a critical mass.
2) Interactive Journeys
Aficionados of cardio training find that their main fitness challenge is overcoming the repetitious boredom of their exercise bicycle and treadmill workouts. It is not only boring to expend a lot of time and energy actually going nowhere when using a cardio machine, but it can really affect the motivation. The latest interactive programs solve this problem by providing simulations which give the user the ideal physical environment for their exercise. For example, instead of just using the exercise bike, you can try a simulation of cycling in the Tour de France, or running in the Boston Marathon, rather than just on a rotating strip of rubber on a machine. These interactive programs are slowly but steadily saturating the market.
3) Genetic Fitness Training
This is perhaps the most revolutionary trend to emerge on the fitness market in 2015. This type of training works by a company analyzing the individual genetic make-ups of its customers, to determine what type of exercises are the best for their bodies, in order to create an optimised fitness regime. This trend has now made the leap from concept to reality, and fitness businesses are now counting on this tailored approach to personal fitness, to revitalise an industry which hitherto has been recycling supplements and workouts under new brand-names. Genetic fitness training is the first truly groundbreaking concept to emerge in the health and fitness industry for quite some time.
These three major trends are all based on the concept of making exercise more fun and effective. When, for example, you can see how your efforts are paying off in all the calories you are burning, it can really help to spur you on to greater endeavours and create a positive feedback loop. Fitness 2.0, as this new personalised approach to exercise is known, is now here to stay.
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