Fitness is an essential part of our lives. People maintain their fitness levels in a variety of ways. Nowadays, as technology evolves and new-age tech merges with every aspect of fitness, the way people consume this field is changing. And the impact that Covid has had on our lives has grown even more as a growing percentage of people around the world focus on fitness. Let’s take a look at how technology is changing the fitness industry in a variety of ways.
State of the Art Home Fitness Technology
A simple treadmill and exercise bike has been transformed into a cutting-edge fitness marvel thanks to technological advancements. Treadmills now come with built-in TV screens and heart-rate monitors, and more research is being done to include a 3D body scanner that can detect changes in the body while exercising. A decade ago, this level of attention to detail during physical activity would have been unthinkable.
Companies like Peloton offer an at-home exercise bike and other at-home gym equipment with a large screen on the front and back, as well as speakers, so you can work out to one of their videos. Alternatively, equipment from companies such as Tonal, which produces a digital workout system that is designed to provide a full-body workout in a single compact device. The machine gives you access to hundreds of trainer-led classes and uses cutting-edge technology to give you a truly customized workout. Similar to Aroleap, an Indian company that is developing a single piece of equipment that can cover more than 100 different movements and every muscle group. It’s essentially a workout machine that fits in any room and transforms any wall space into a personal fitness studio in less than two feet.
Due to technological advancements, staying motivated to achieve your fitness goals does not necessitate a lot of effort. You can get constant reminders and much-needed motivation to pay attention to your fitness and nutrition by downloading a suitable app on your phone. This is also good news for personal trainers, as they will no longer be required to be present during routine sessions. Rather, they can share their knowledge of workout programmes that necessitate detailed technique and movement guidance.
Nowadays, even cutting-edge technology such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are being used to modify fitness apps in ways that completely alter the user experience of how these apps are consumed. These are some examples of such apps:
• Zombies, Run!: Users flee a zombie apocalypse while listening to instructions from a helicopter pilot in this running app.
• Prayoga: This yoga augmented reality app uses body tracking technology to provide feedback to users as they perform yoga asanas.
• Gymnotize: This training app uses augmented reality to show users how to lift weights properly and provides corrections as needed.
• VZFit: This VR app connects to a sensor on your stationary bike and then provides an immersive experience that allows you to cycle through Ireland, the Alps, or Paris instead of staring at your bedroom wall or watching TV.
• FitXR: Users can choose from a variety of workouts such as boxing, dancing, or HIIT (high-intensity interval training).
Personalized Trainers based around AI
Fitness apps are all over the place these days, and the people behind them are using every piece of technology available to revolutionize the system. One of the most highly desired features to have in place is fitness applications with personalised exercises based on the user’s needs and habits. It is not feasible for everyone to hire a personal trainer exclusively for themselves. And as technology advanced and progressed, artificial intelligence began to be used for personalization tasks in fitness-based systems.
When it comes to creating personalised workout routines, AI holds a lot of promise because it can accurately predict safe and optimal workout schedules based on age, fitness level, and body mass. Apps like Artifit employ AI techniques such as computer vision, in which cameras track user movements during exercise and provide real-time feedback on posture and technique. Another example is Mirror, an augmented reality and computer vision-enabled mirror that provides personalised fitness advice and coaching as you exercise in front of the mirror.
Wellness & Meditation
There are a lot of different areas also which have been given a push and technology has acted as an enabler to improve the user experience. Specially the wellness and meditation based apps has really increased their user base and more people are using it. Calm and Headspace are examples of some of the most used meditation app today. As this section is bringing in more users, companies like Apple is said to be working on including features that will help to detect and diagnose conditions including depression and anxiety using its Apple Health platform and other platforms like Fitbit have introduced few features like Stress detection but is also said to working on improving the mental side of its platform.
As we look deeper into fitness trends, we can see how revolutionary technology has changed the way people do and take fitness in ways that were unimaginable just a few years ago. People can make the point that technology has changed fitness, and one of the main reasons for this is that people all over the world take fitness seriously, so companies have devoted their technology to changing the world of fitness.
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