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To gadget or not to gadget?
January 7, 2017
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 learn about it the more you can improve your performance. There is almost an endless list of information we can analyse including heart rate, steps, cadence, stride length, flights climbed, vertical oscillation, and power output.
All this new data and social interaction can come at a cost though. You can spend a small fortune on a GPS watch that seems to do everything but the exercise itself. However there are many apps that are free and are normally a good place to start if you are new to this area of training.
Getting wired in to a device before a workout can become a bit of an obsession. Don’t forget that sometimes it is beneficial just to enjoy a workout without the pressure of having to hit certain targets and being distracted by numbers flashing up on the screen.
Technology definitely has its place in the fitness industry and this can be seen by the extent to which professional athletes and teams use data to improve their performance. It is not always a necessity though so don’t worry too much if you aren’t tech savvy and would rather stick to the more traditional methods to measure your workouts.