Common knowledge tells us technology is advancing. As far as fitness and exercise are concerned however,the benefit of technology remains vague. For this reason, I am going to address the good, the bad, and the ugly of how technology is influencing fitness in the modern age.
Yes, technology can be an excellent fortification to one’s workout. Today, there are many gadgets circulating the market which can greatly improve one’s satisfaction as well as their efficiency and motivation. When you have instantaneous measurements such as heart rate, steps, and distance, the feedback can drive one to new heights and self-orientated goals and challenges. Another great aspect of technology is its optional. Maybe today you just don’t feel like listening to music or strapping up the arm band. One of the fundamental components of fitness is variation, so there’s nothing wrong with a old-fashioned workout.
DISTRACTING. How often do you find yourself pausing a workout to change either the song or the channel or some other aspect of what should be helping keep working out? Don’t get me wrong, listen/watch on, but don’t forget what comes first–exercise. Technology, as convenient as it is, tents to be TOO convenient. The simple knowledge of knowing we can change the song (or whatever) in a matter of seconds leads us to telling ourselves to take that “quick pause” to make sure everything is “right.” Just remember another fundamental aspect of fitness, time under tension.
Watching television, playing video games, surfing the web, Twitter, Facebook, technology tends to facilitate a sedentary, often seated positioning of the body, which by the way is TERRIBLE. Technology addiction, as I am going to call it, has the nasty habit of being a selfish act. In theory, technology should help us do processes/tasks faster, allowing for more of them to be done in a given time; unfortunately, this theory falls apart in practice. In the movie, The Truman Show, the creator of the show, Christof, states, “We accept the reality in which we are given.” Don’t let technology’s first impression be that it makes things easier, let technology be something that allows you to do more. Technology often consumes time and leads to unhealthy habits and the absence of…you guessed it, exercise. The bottom line is we need to make technology work to increase productivity, not hinder it. Whether your workouts use advancing technology or not, don’t let the latest and greatest thing keep you from the little voice in your head telling you to focus on the workout. As always, TRAIN ON.