Getting a great workout begins with a desire for improvement along with the motivation and encouragement to keep going. Some individuals are encouraged by various forms of wearable fitness technology. Fitness technology continues to provide new ways to help you target and meet your goals. However, do wearable fitness devices improve your workout?
What's out there?
Wearable fitness technology advanced from pedometers to heart rate monitors and estimating the number of calories burned rather quickly. Newer generation wearable technologies measure your sleep time, its quality and the various levels of stress your body undergoes throughout the day. Cutting edge devices provide detailed analysis of just about everything you do as well as ways to optimize every single activity you engage in. Various types have been designed to optimize your performance for different types of workouts or fitness activities. Nearly all of them can be slaved to Android and iOS smartphone apps to help design and plan your workouts.
Which features are necessary and which ones are nice additions?
According to recent studies, a higher number of gadgets and smarter technology does not necessarily increase the quality of a person's overall fitness or their motivation. Wired.com reports that the best results from fitness trackers "hinge on devices that are several years old. (Think glorified pedometers that don't connect seamlessly with the supercomputer in your pocket.)" Essentially, heart rate, rpms, stroke count and other measurements which provide more simplistic feedback and analysis tend to provide more of an advantage than those with a large number of gadgets and apps to fiddle with.
5 Wearable Tech Features that Benefit Your Workout
Ditching wearable technology isn't necessarily the answer. There are a number of different ways to make use of these devices to benefit your workout, some of the most effective include:
Setting and achieving distance and time goals.
The group dynamic of being able to compare and post your progress.
Target heart rate and heart rate monitoring for HIIT training.
GPS and performance monitoring for cyclists.
Interval performance for cycling, swimming and running.
Even though it is not really necessary for your workout, tracking sleep patterns, stress levels, and monitoring all of you daily activities provides good information about your lifestyle and some changes to consider. When it comes to helping you get a better workout and reaching overall fitness goals, basic features and your personal drive are of greater importance. To achieve a higher level of fitness, contact Trilogy Fitness for our list of scheduled classes and additional training options we provide.