Technology continues to transform many industries across the world; the fitness industry is no exception. Over the years, we’ve witnessed how these innovations continue to shift the fitness and health landscapes as we integrate them into our daily routines. In addition to refining your workout or yoga session, technology enables access to our fitness data in real-time and helps set success metrics so you can do your thing even more efficiently.
Here is our top tech picks:
Wearable technology with 24/7 tracking
This is already extremely widespread across the fitness industry. You might recognise well-known products such as Fitbit, Apple Watch and Amazfit Bip. These wristbands monitor things like your physical activity, vital signs, and even the amount of calories lost. Wearable fitness technology lets you set up a measurable goal, keep track of your progress, and stay more engaged in your workout. It also encourages regular movement throughout the day so your body stays active while helping to track and improve sleep at night. No wonder the market for wearable tech is expected to hit a whopping $29 billion by 2020.
Smart jump ropes
Skipping is one of the easiest and most effective ways to warm up before a workout or as your main cardio. Smart jump ropes like the Tangram SmartRope take it up a notch by tracking your jump count, calories burned, and total workout time, and displaying the data in mid-air with each jump. Its memory is large enough to store and analyse exercise data to help you develop a more effective rope jumping session.
Virtual personal trainers
Sometimes you’re really committed to working out but the journey to the gym gives you a reason not to go. With virtual personal trainers, your living room becomes your gym or yoga studio. Get expert advice on particular stretches and routines that will bring you closer to your fitness and wellness goals. Popular brands that utilise virtual personal trainers include Sworkit which creates a custom fitness plan around your schedule and health goals.
Apps and videos
Continuing with the home workout theme, we've talked previously about the plethora of apps and videos out which can help you workout from the comfort of your living room. Check out our Home yoga series: apps and videos article for some of our favs.
Smart scales give you a clear picture of your health and fitness progression with ease. Many of them are compatible with fitness apps and trackers so you can view data from both devices from a single app. Some smart scales even have a pregnancy mode for women who are pregnant and have unique needs for tracking their weight. There’s several options to choose from today, including the iHealth Core Smart Scale, Fitbit Aria and the Withings Body+ scale.
With the pace of change of technology today, it’s safe to expect even more nifty innovations that revolutionise how we take care of our minds and bodies over the next few years. In the meantime, hopefully the clever tech discussed above can help your workouts today!