Posted on January 17, 2018 by Louisa Feary

Technology & Exercise

Technology is becoming more and more a part of exercise. Some people are reliant on technology to train and get results. There are both pros and cons to using technology & exercise together as part of your fitness routine.

PROS

  • One of the main benefits of technology is the improved research into exercise programmes and also the availability of the results. All it takes is a quick google search into any workout you like the sound of and you can find out instantly if it is effective, how to perform it correctly and how often. Couple this with the nutrition information found online and you can access everything you need from your phone!
  • There is also a number of fitness apps, such as MyFitnessPal, that can help you track everything from the number of calories you are consuming to logging your workouts in detail (exercises, sets, reps, etc). Lots of people need some sort motivation or distraction when exercising. Technology means this can be achieved through your phone. You can listen to music or podcasts while you exercise or watch TV shows and even films!
  • With technological improvements also comes updated equipment. Cardio machines that can do so much, with interactive screens and personalised sessions, or updated resistance equipment that can add variety to your workouts. Most people can find exercises that they can manage without pain or that they enjoy doing.

CONS

  • Of course there are also cons to all this technology. It is easy to get distracted with everything that can be accessed on our phone. You can suddenly find yourself browsing social media between sets or watching unrelated videos. Before you know it your workout has dragged on way longer than you wanted it to and the intensity has been poor. Losing focus can also reduce the mind/muscle connection whilst exercising.
  • The increase in technology usage in exercise has also seen the increase in fitness based social media pages or ‘athletes/models’. While these can be a source of motivation it can also lead to unrealistic expectations. Some of these fitness models may be working out twice a day 6 times a week! That is an unrealistic target for a regular person with a regular job, however this may not be communicated and therefore it can lead to people questioning why they cannot achieve the same results.

 

Josh Remedios, Gym and Spa Supervisor, Chelsea Creek