When we think of how far our technology has come, we typically don't also think of how fit we've become because of these advances.
As our technology progresses, the general thought is that we have become more sedentary.
We can transfer money from 11 different bank accounts or cash checks without leaving our bed.
We shop without ever leaving the house.
Our groceries or meals can be delivered to our door.
Many of us sit all day at work and we can even just work from home.
The obesity rates continue to climb each year and according to the American College of Cardiology, about 1 in 3 people die from heart disease in America. So it's safe to say we need some help.
Gladly, there are some very impressive efforts to use technology positively to help people improve their fitness. We've seen all the wearable technology that allows you to track your calories burned, steps, and more.
Peloton has created a cycle brand that allows you to take live classes from your home.
Liftsession.com has introduced an online platform that allows for live streamed personal training sessions. The trainer and client can see and hear each other, there are video demonstrations shown on the screen for the client, and the trainer is coaching them the whole way. It's a very unique platform.
Rose Fitness NY now uses a mobile app to hold clients accountable with "check-ins"and provide them with appropriate workouts away from their in-person sessions. It is also very helpful for clients who travel a lot and may not have access to a gym. The trainer can design an equipment free workout that can be laid out step - by - step in the app.
Although there are hundreds of fitness apps, most provide you support and coaching from a Personal Trainer in real time.
Typically these apps offer workout ideas, programs and diet plans. But there's no one on the other end of the app actually making evaluations, getting feedback from the customer, or checking in to make sure they're continuously progressing.
So while technology may be making our lives more sedentary, there are very impressive ideas emerging to help improve our body and health.
Here are 3 ways you can use technology to improve your fitness starting tomorrow. . .
1) Customized Workouts
Online fitness coaching is growing and hiring a Fitness Professional to deliver personalized workouts to your phone can make the fitness and nutrition aspect of your life so much easier. This would almost ensure productive time spent at the gym as well.
Keep in mind, this is a coach who is designing a customized program specifically for you. Not a free app that gives thousands of people the same routine and doesn't provide a professional to guide you or address any limitations you may have.
2) Tracking Your Nutrition / Progress
Tracking your nutrition is not a requirement of losing weight or cutting body fat, but it sure does make it easier. You no longer have to pull out the notepad to monitor what you eat. There are many apps available for free that allow you to enter foods and track the calories, proteins, fats, carbs, and more.
The benefit of doing this is you can see if there are any major changes that need to be made to your diet in order to lose weight, build muscle, or achieve your goals. The app 'MyFitnessPal' is a popular go-to for meal tracking. Where you can scan the barcode of any food you eat and it automatically enters all the nutrition facts. At the end of the day you can compare what you ate to the recommendation the app gives you for someone with your goals.
Tracking your progress is also a great way to stay motivated and strive for goals. Our technology allows us to calculate body fat percentage, which is a great representation of your health and fitness level.
3) Affordable Live Training
Gone are the days of having to go to a physical location to work with your favorite trainer or take a great fitness class. Live streaming training sessions are emerging where the client can be personally coached by the trainer.
It's a great way to save time for super busy people who can't make it to a gym or people to still train with their trainer while traveling. It's also typically a more affordable option to regular Personal Training.
One amazing platform I've seen for this is Liftsession.com. Their software allows the trainer to display exercise demonstrations right on the screen for the client before executing it. The trainer can also draw on the screen to correct form.
For more help and resources on fitness and nutrition check out www.rosefitnessny.com!