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4 Ways Technological Advancements Are Optimizing Fitness Performance

4 Ways Technological Advancements Are Optimizing Fitness Performance

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The technology has a long history of removing common training objections. Hate listening to other gym goers grunt and gasp? It’s an easy fix: just pop in those AirPods so you can sweat to tunes or podcasts rather than the noises of your workout buddy. Don’t have time to make it to your next yoga lesson even though you’ve put it “high priority” on your calendar? Check your membership. This could include free virtual classes available online with your favorite instructor.

But these advances are only the beginning. Below are a few more tech breakthroughs that are transforming the fitness scene to help time-pressed professionals everywhere.

1. Technology reduces the time it takes to train

Wouldn’t it be great if you could condense your 90-minute workout by a third? It seems to be the promise of focused electrical muscle stimulation. Electrical muscle stimulation sends artificial signals through the skin to cause muscles to contract involuntarily. It has been used successfully in medical settings such as during physiotherapy treatments. Lately, however, fitness leaders have begun to explore the applicability of electrical muscle stimulation as a useful tool to reduce training times without sacrificing training quality.

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2. Technology makes it easier to track and measure success

In business, there is a saying that what gets measured gets managed. For many people who want to prioritize and manage their health, seeing progress improves motivation and compliance. Still, it can be hard to visualize what success looks like without a little help.

A wide range of startups have sought to solve this problem. Many offer subscription-based apps that feature visual representations or “gamified” elements that reflect the user’s health journey. Given that more than half of people with smart devices already use them to collect their health data, getting the most out of this data will no doubt seem intuitive. But do people use them? Doctors think so. In fact, Northwest Primary Care research suggests that 93% of doctors think apps encourage users to stay on track. So if you’re fired up by the ability to see your progress, you might benefit from a trip to the App Store.

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3. Technology connects experts with users.

Platoon. Does the product make you cringe a bit? Admittedly, the brand received heavy criticism after posting a pre-pandemic ad that claimed the New York Times and others were shouting as potentially sexist. And he has since had to deal with unflattering depictions of pop culture and widely publicized firings. Nevertheless, the company gained popularity as people started to stay home more. Whether that remains viable or not doesn’t matter: Peloton opened everyone’s eyes to just how thrilling and thrilling the feeling of being pushed by a live instructor could be.

You might counter that the ability to virtually compete against other runners or racers has been around for quite some time. You would be right. However, being able to enjoy one-on-one sessions or taking classes with top fitness trainers is very different from racing against a nameless, faceless opponent. Moreover, virtual reality and the promise of the metaverse encourage some choice of interesting online exercises.

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4. Technology shortens post-exercise recovery.

Has all this training talk left you feeling empty and exhausted? Well, technology has another answer up its sleeve in the form of infrared (IR) light technology. When used correctly, IR devices can penetrate deeper into your muscles that you might get if you dive into a hot tub. And IR devices can include anything from pop-up tents to saunas.

Another product targeting the tired is the percussion massager. Delivering penetrating pulses into sore muscles, the massage units do what no masseuse could: knead quickly and evenly to soothe and relax tight muscles. When studied in a clinical setting, percussive massagers promoted a better range of motion for study subjects. Like many health-focused technology products, they are sold at the consumer level to allow users to obtain their benefits anytime and anywhere. So you have less reason to skip your next workout due to persistent soreness.

So if you keep making workout resolutions to say goodbye to them a month from now, consider getting a little help from tech innovations.