Modern life is becoming more and more dependent on technological innovation. The fitness industry is no different with hundreds of devices and apps on the market to help you on your journey to reach your goals.
So is it worth wiring yourself up or is it all just a ruse to line the pockets of the tech giants? Here are a few of my thoughts:
One of the best uses of any fitness-based technology is the ability to track your progress. All the data is stored in your account allowing you to look back at previous workouts and follow your improvement.
More and more phone apps are now offering a social element to their product. Competing against your friends or other users adds a competitive element that may help you find that extra bit of a pace or strength to set a new PB.
One of the more interesting (and geeky) aspects to fitness technology is the plethora of new data we have at our disposal. It may seem like overkill for an amateur athlete but the more you lea...
Many people are familiar with the physiological benefits that come with exercise. As people look for a more holistic approach to their health and well-being we are learning more about the psychological benefits too.
With the World Health Organisation predicting that depression will be the second biggest cause of death by the year 2020, why are more people turning to exercise to help improve their mental health? Below is a brief summary of a few hypotheses that may help answer this question:
Many people are familiar with the concept of the ‘runner’s high’. This refers to the feeling of euphoria that is produced by endorphins following a stint of exercise. These endorphins are thought to help reduce levels of anxiety, depression and low moods. The chemical structure of these endorphins mimics that of morphine and helps regulate emotion and perceive pain.
It has been discovered that certain parts of the brain form systems that are linked to various mental processes suc...