Technology advancement has made it easier for us to perform our everyday functions. We can see the face of our loved ones even if they are in different countries, we can shop without physically leaving the house and we can even turn the bedroom lights on before arriving home.
It is no doubt that technology is continuously improving our lives and with the latest craze of wearable technology, our lives are changing in a dramatic way especially in the way we view health and fitness.
Remember when the only way we could monitor our heart rate was if we physically went to see the doctor? Or for us to risk having our headphones fall out of our ear buds as we were running?
Thanks to the advancement of wearable technology, we no longer have to guess our heart rate by placing our fingers on our palms or choose between going for a sprint or listening to our music.
In 2015, Fitbit released its revised and improved wristband that allows users to not only monitor their heart rate but track their number of steps as well. The company made a revenue of $745.4 million in 2014 alone and became the number one vendor for wearables – beating Apple and Xiaomi.
However, Fitbit isn’t the sole player changing health and fitness. Moving from wristbands and health tracker watches, more companies are coming up with genius ideas to help improve those involved in Sports as well as those who are just looking for easy ways to stay healthy.
Sports earphones for example are designed to stick to your earbuds no matter how vigorous your workouts are and some even measure your heart rate while you are at it.
Because of the vast possibilities technology advancement has offered in health and fitness, companies are now aiming at combining technology, functionality and ergonomic designs to provide athletes and fitness enthusiasts with better wearable devices.
It is no longer just enough to buy a pair of sneakers when more companies like Nike are experimenting on runners that work together with your earphones to play music based on your running speed or have workout shorts that tracks your movement and transfers data to your phone.
As more wearable fitness technology emerges, it is becoming clearer that functions like heart rate tracker and steps tracker are going to be one of the necessities in health and fitness wearables. Users are going to demand for more ways to benefit from active wear than just being sweat absorbent or water proof.
What was then only available in a hospital or in the consulting room will now be made available to us in the form of active wears.
It will be interesting to see what else technology will have to offer in terms of health and fitness. No matter what they are, one thing is sure, the more technology progresses, the more humans will be dependent on technology and less willing to separate themselves from it.