Technology has become a big part of everyday life, so it only makes sense that it has become a part of our health and fitness. There are so many ways that you can use technology to benefit your exercise, but can they actually be of any benefit to you?
That’s where we have you covered. We will be looking at the 5 ways technology can benefit exercise.
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Smartwatches are the most recent piece of technology to enter the fitness market to help us track our exercise and health. They are constantly tracking, whether it’s your heart rate, your steps or your workout. It means at the end of the day, you can see how much you have actually done and if you’ve reached your personal targets.
Smartwatches also have the added bonus of being linked to your phone, meaning you have access to all of your information whenever you want. It also means your watch will tell you when you have text messages and calls, or you can control things like your music.
Smartwatches really are a great way to help you get or stay fit. They are also a good motivator; offering you the visual aid of whether you have hit your targets can push you to want to meet them. Though they are on the pricey side, if you invest in a watch anyway or are really into your exercise, this could be a good option for an upgrade.
2. Fitness Apps
Next, we have fitness apps. These can come with a smartwatch, as mentioned, or just be something you download for free. Either way, they can help you keep track of your day, from calories consumed and burnt to how much exercise you have done. There are loads to choose from to fit your needs.
They can be really beneficial to your fitness routine as they can be used to track your workout or guide you with videos and routines. That means you can have a workout at your fingertips instead of having to make your own.
3. Health Advice
Technology now means that you can get health advice at the click of a button. It is worth noting that for serious advice seeing a medical expert is best, but there are places to discuss health issues with others or get tips on certain areas of fitness.
This is especially helpful for those who are just starting to get into exercise or want to get fitter but don’t know where to start. Being able to go online and get endless information means that you can get started with little issues.
A good place to start is our Learn area, which has tonnes of information.
4. Advanced Exercise Equipment
Exercise equipment is another thing that has progressed technology-wise in recent years. A new popular trend is buying exercise equipment such as bikes that come with tablets or apps that provide access to trainers and fitness videos, all in the comfort of your own home.
Buying an exercise machine that comes with this kind of trainer access means that you don’t have to pay for the gym or personal trainers. It’s just one payment, and it can all be accessed from home, with the knowledge that you are getting the same high-quality training.
5. Video Guides
Finally, video guides. The internet is full of videos of people showing you how to do certain exercises or guiding you through workouts. All you need to do is find one that suits you; whether it’s yoga, aerobics, or strength training, it’s all there waiting for you.
Videos can really benefit your exercise routine as they can be accessed from anywhere, as long as you have a device that can access the internet. This gives you complete freedom to do what you want, where you want, and 99% of them are free.
Overall, technology can be a massive benefit to exercise. That doesn’t mean you have to use it, but it can make it easier to keep track of your progress and give you freedoms you just don’t have without it.
Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.
If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.