How Wearable Tech is Going to Transform your Workout
Posted: Apr 08 2014
How Wearable Technology is Going to Transform your Workout
We would all love to have a personal trainer pushing us to do our best during a workout. Unfortunately, personal trainers tend to be expensive and not all of us can afford to pay someone else to keep us on our toes. Now with the advent of wearable technology, we can all have the luxury of a personal trainer but at a fraction of the cost.
Wearable tech is becoming extremely popular at the moment; a lot of tech blogs, magazines and companies are really pushing this next generation technology. Gadgets such as smartwatches, Bluetooth wristbands, heart rate monitors, smart weighing scales and the much hyped Google Glass are making waves in the world of gadgets.
With advances in technology and their ability to seamlessly connect to smartphones, these gadgets have become user friendly, powerful and fully functional and they are becoming more and more affordable too. Even though their usefulness in all aspects of the average person’s life is debatable, the one area where these gadgets are actively being used is fitness. A lot of people are using wearable technology to aid them in their daily workout, from monitoring their heart rate, to count their steps, to help them manage a calorie controlled diet and to measure their distance travelled.
The Consumer Electronics Association predicted brisk growth in the fitness and activity tracking device market. The association estimated US shipment revenues will reach $854 million in 2013, an increase of 32% over 2012, and that revenue will surpass $1 billion in 2014. The market in the UK and the EU will see similar levels of growth in the coming years as more people start purchasing wearable tech.
Some of the wearable tech available at the moment are the Fitbit Flex, the Jawbone UP, the Scosche RHYTHM Pulse Monitor, the Withings Wireless Scale and the Pebble Smartwatch. All these products connect to a smartphone using Bluetooth and there are a number of apps available as well to round off these next generation fitness gadgets. An added function of some of these products is the ability to track your sleep patterns to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
One reason why these gadgets are becoming popular is that they make personal fitness fun. They encourage you to set and meet goals, help you see what benefit your fitness regime is having and motivates to stick with a training programme. With our love affair of gadgets showing no sign of abating, these products will just get more and more popular. We all enjoy checking our gadgets and wearable tech to see how it is helping us improve and uploading and analysing the data from our workouts makes the whole process tangible and measurable.
Also innovative apps that can be incorporated into wearable technology are leading the way in making workouts fun. Apps like Strava can link with smartphones and track every aspect of a person’s run or bike ride while the fun Zombies Run app incorporates a game about the undead into a person’s daily workout and gets them to run away from a zombie horde.
So ditch the gym membership, say goodbye to the personal trainer, pick up one of the latest tech wonder gadgets and transform your everyday fitness programme with the flick of a switch. If only everything about working out was so easy…
Our Top 5 Workout Gadgets:
- The Fitbit Flex
The Fitbit Flex is one of the best activity trackers on the market at the moment. It tracks your run, provides you with details of weight, calculates body fat percentages, shows long term body changes and tracks your sleep patterns.
- Jawbone UP
The Jawbone UP is a Bluetooth wristband that helps you understand how you sleep, move and eat so you can make smarter choices. It is a fashionable wearable piece of fitness, activity and sleep tracking technology.
- Scosche RHYTHM Pulse Monitor
The Scosche RHYTHM Pulse Monitor is a heart rate monitor which sits around the forearm and enables you to control your smartphone with wireless technology.
- Withings Wireless Scale WS-30
A revolutionary weight measurement and body fat monitor which calibrates while you are away allowing for optimized, instant and accurate readings of your body fat.
- Pebble Smartwatch
The Pebble is the best known Smartwatch brand on the market today. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Smartwatch is now selling out everywhere. Not necessarily a fitness accessory, it does have a fitness app integrated that allow a person to make their workouts fun by tracking their activity all while syncing to a smartphone.