5 Ways Technology is Turning The Focus From Thin to Fit



In the same way that technology has helped people work, play, and live better, it is also helping countless individuals to work out better. In fact, various equipment and gadgets have proven to be so useful that many people are now choosing getting fit over getting thin.

In the past, the focus on being ultra-thin may have seemed fairly straightforward. It is not difficult to be thin—all that’s really required is the strength of will to eat fewer calories. In recent years, however, an abundance of fitness gadgets and improvements in technology have made working out easier, more fun, and ultimately, more achievable. Consequently, more people than ever seem to be committing to their workout plans, as well as following through on those commitments.

To a lot of individuals, the prospect of starving instead of striving for optimal health is outdated and unappealing. As Huffington Post UK Lifestyle Assistant Editor Brogan Driscoll points out, the time has come for people to start viewing their bodies as fully-functioning things instead of considering them only for their aesthetic value. By utilizing the latest fitness technology, modern consumers are proving that what they really want is to be in great shape.
 Monitoring Performance
One of the best ways to improve a workout is to monitor performance in real time. This is why some of the newest devices have been designed to help people do just that. One example of this is the Mobile Training Intelligence System by Pear Sports. The system is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and the kit includes a variety of devices and accessories. The user can monitor heart rate via a wireless, Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor. Users can also wear special earbuds in order to listen to real-time coaching during their workouts.

 Tennis, Anyone?
Whether they are new to the game or avid players already, those who enjoy tennis will appreciate the Babolat Play. According to Mashable Senior Tech Correspondent Samantha Murphy Kelly, this tennis racket is the world’s first connected one. Data is collected from sensors built into the handle, and it is then sent to an app for users to review. This enables a player at any level to explore the areas that require improvement and to then focus their practice to focus on those areas.

 Tracking Activity and Sleep
Proper sleeping habits are as essential to overall health and fitness as exercise is. That is probably why the manufacturer of the Razer Nabu designed a device that tracks sleeping patterns as well as physical activity. This useful gadget conveys information such as how many calories a user must burn to reach a particular goal, the length of time that the user sleeps, and how far the user walks in a day. This information may all be used to reach personal goals and explore which habits and patterns may be inhibiting success.

 A Smart Workout Mat
Millions of people prefer activities such as yoga and Pilates to help them get (and stay) in optimal condition. Yoga is implemented in a variety of ways and to serve various purposes. As discussed here, Pilates may be used to increase strength, balance, and control. The TERA Fitness Mat by Lunar can help both yoga and Pilates enthusiasts to maximize their workouts. The mat contains sensors that enable people to assess performance. It’s also designed with embedded lights that assist users in placing their hands and feet properly.

 Evaluating More Than Weight
The people who make the Fitbit know that body weight is only one aspect of fitness and health, so they offer consumers the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. This scale does far more than simply display a person’s weight. It allows a user to keep track of body fat, lean mass, and body mass index. It also tracks a user’s progress toward goals!

Technology continues to open new doors for consumers. As countless people are closing the door on unhealthy (and unrealistic) ideals, they are embracing healthier fitness goals. The latest technology makes it easier than ever to stay fit, not just thin.