Technology and Fitness

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By Dr. Methmal Subasinghe (MBBS)

This is an era of technology. Technology has crept into almost every part of our life today. So, fitness is no exception. We can observe that technology has largely impacted the fitness arena. An increasing number of fitness enthusiasts are using technology to improve their health and fitness. It can be stated that technology has been able to transform the lives of fitness enthusiasts in a better way.

Technology is in fact beneficial to keep track of our health and its benefits. Although many people are still relying on and following conventional ways of health and fitness activities, many tech-savvy people have already switched to modern technology to improve their lives.

Technology has been able to ease the work for fitness enthusiasts and save their time and energy. It is however, good to follow such trends as they cause no harm.

Apps

In today’s society, it is hard to find a person who has no smartphone. It has become an essential item. It is easy to download ‘Fitness Apps’ to the mobile and follow instructions and keep track of your fitness achievements. Since all the ‘apps’ found on the mobile aren’t reliable, looking for verified apps with guidance by professionals is essential. Most of the apps can be downloaded free of charge. A good fitness app helps set fitness goals and do follow-ups. It also helps keep track of your fitness activities whether you are regularly engaging in your physical activities or not.

It is a helpful feature of these fitness apps. We may fail to follow our fitness regime due to various reasons. And these apps remind us to engage in physical activities. Some good apps can monitor ‘fitness progress’ and even your intake and ‘expenditure’ of calories.  Recommending healthy diets is also an added advantage.

Fitness wearables

Apart from mobile apps, there are wearables to track your fitness regime. This is said to be the most advanced technological intervention in the field of fitness. When those ‘fitness wearables’ are worn (especially on hand and are similar to wristwatches) they track the body’s changes to fitness activities. They even can track the amount of your day’s sleep, (if they are worn while sleeping too) and indicate any deprivation of sleep.

Heartbeat, body temperature, and even calorie levels are detected by such fitness wearables.

Online training

With the onset of pandemic, people’s lives are mostly spent online. Online services are being provided from education to healthcare. Closure of gyms or restrictions on mass-gatherings at gyms due to lockdowns, have significantly discouraged many to engage in physical activities. Many have since totally given up their fitness regimes. This has largely paved the way for online fitness training offered by professionals. There can be a rapid increase in the participants choosing online fitness lessons after the onslaught of Covid-19 pandemic.

Online fitness training sessions enable people to engage in physical activities at home, at their own pace and ease.  Hence it has become widely popular now.

Like Apps on the mobile, there are plenty of fitness lessons available online. Some lessons are offered free of charge and some require online payment. Whichever you choose, make sure to follow your lessons by a qualified trainer. You can always refer to your previous local trainer or someone who is knowledgeable on the subject on what kind of lessons to follow online.

Online training has pros and cons. While it helps us stay at home and be protected from the virus, care must be taken to do the postures accurately.  Doing them ‘wrongly’ may cause injuries.

Society is evolving. Innovations are changing people’s lives. Being open to positive changes in the technology can help you stay fit better.