As computer devices have gotten smaller, they’ve found many more application. Not only are they in our pockets, but they’re also on our wrists, in our ears, and even on our clothes. We’re in the midst of what some technologists are calling a modern “Cambrian technological explosion” in reference to the evolutionary event that occurred about 500 million years ago when hundreds of new life forms evolved on Earth. The number of species of devices is skyrocketing.
The question, though, is whether any of these devices are helpful in getting people to achieve their fitness goals. Does wearing a smartwatch help people improve their overall athleticism? Or are we in the midst of yet another technological fad? Let’s take a look.
Wearables Offer Quantified Insights
In the past, people who started a new fitness regime couldn’t track the changes in their bodies very easily. Sure, they could step on the scales or look in the mirror, but that was about it. There was no way to track things like heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose, sleep cycles, or any other biomarker for that matter. Nor did they have the ability to easily track their exercise performance or even see how many steps they had taken in any particular day.
Wearables provide all these data and more. Finally, users can track their fitness performance down to the smallest detail and track health improvements over time. Although not all people will find this type of thing compelling, there’s a large segment of the population who love to see their progress in data form. Seeing the hard data is motivating for them, and likely to help them stick to their new year’s resolutions.
Wearables Can Make Engaging In Physical Activity Easier
Although a lot of the hype around wearables has to do with their ability to quantify health data and package it up in a useful way for exercisers, it’s not the only benefit. Some wearable devices help make the tasks of engaging in exercise easier.
People with hearing loss often struggle, especially in team sports. But advances in hearing aids have changed all this. It’s now possible to get hearing aids fitted that fit entirely within the ear canal with no external components at all. You can learn more here. Essentially, these devices make it easy to engage in team sports like rugby because the device is not likely to become damaged and people with hearing loss can hear what their teammates are saying.
Wearables Allow Personalized Planning
Science shows that people have different responses to exercise. Some people are “super-responders” who see enormous improvements in their physical capacity following training, while others don’t see much improvement at all. Although some of this is genetic, part of the response can be modified through personal planning. Slow-responding exercisers may benefit more from a particular type of exercise regime than their faster-responding counterparts.
Personalized planning is now possible using wearable devices. People can track their response to exercise and then see what type of regime is most effective in helping them achieve their fitness goals.