We’ve all heard the same old excuse I’m too busy to go to the gym or play sports… I have no time. The only way to fight this excuse and stay fit is by keeping yourself inspired and motivated with new ways to be active every day. If you feel like you’re out of new ideas, check out these seven interesting ways technology can be used to stay fit.
1. Smart Watches
Smartwatches can be helpful when trying to stay fit. You’ll have constant access to information such as heart rate, steps taken, and estimated calories burned. Additionally, smartwatches can track running and swimming activities through apps like Endomondo.
Smartwatches are a bit more expensive than other fitness trackers. So you’ll have to make sure you get one that matches your needs as well as your budget. If having a smartwatch is important for staying fit for you, then it might be worth it.
2. Virtual Reality
Do you have a favorite sport that you’ve always wanted to try? Now you can use virtual reality. This new technology can transport users into a completely different environment and experience it as if they were really there. Whether that means taking on a downhill ski run or flying through space. Using VR for exercise is still relatively new but it’s already been shown to help people with balance issues, and also to improve cardiovascular health.
Electrodes can be attached to certain parts of your body (like your hands or chest) and are used in biofeedback therapy sessions. If you feel a tingling sensation while you’re using electrostimulation devices like muscle stimulators, it means that your muscles are contracting.
During electrical stimulation, these electrodes deliver small amounts of current that cause your muscles to contract and relax as many times as possible in a set period. The idea is that these pulses build strength by forcing you out of normal range into a concentric overload zone, which fatigues muscle tissue faster than other forms of exercise.
4. GPS Trackers
These can be a great way for athletes or people who lead a busy lifestyle, to monitor their movement during the day. Whether it’s how far you run, walk or cycle each day or information on your heart rate while you’re exercising,
GPS trackers like Strava have several uses. Even if you’re not an athlete, having such data available can help individuals analyze their activity patterns throughout the day and identify ways to increase daily exercise. This information can then be used in conjunction with other information tracked by devices such as Fitbit for an even deeper understanding of your daily routine.
5. Cell Phone Apps
Because it’s easy to forget your music player or earphones, it’s a good idea to keep fitness apps on your phone. You can find health and fitness-specific apps on both iTunes and Google Play. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that not all cell phones are created equal. For example, if you have an Android device, there are many more options available than if you’re using an iPhone.
6. Wearable Heart Rate Monitors
By tracking your heart rate during different activities, you can get a better idea of how to pace yourself and maximize your workout. Heart rate monitors also help you maintain an ideal pace by providing real-time feedback on your progress. It’s always important that you consult a doctor before getting a heart rate monitor, but a device such as Fitbit is relatively low-risk for most people.
7. Fitness Trackers
Running, walking, swimming even working at a desk for long hours doesn’t always mean you get enough exercise. Some of us simply need that extra push. It may seem intimidating at first, but today’s tech has made it easier than ever to find motivation in numbers. Fitness trackers make sure you never forget your workouts because they count what you’ve done and what you haven’t.