Fitness Technology Trends to Make Your Workout Even Smarter
Based on new technology and innovation, fitness gadgets have exploded in popularity over the past few years. In fact, researchers recently found that the global smart sports and fitness wearables market is expected to hit $14.9 billion by 2021. People are attracted to fitness technology because it makes exercise more accessible and fun. Today, fitness technology is more than just the trackers we wear on our wrists. Here are the top three fitness technology trends of 2016:
Innovative Fitness Tracking
When most people hear the phrase “fitness tracker,” they think of a watch or bracelet that’s worn around a person’s wrist and monitors their activity levels and progress. However, over the past few months, things have changed. People are thinking outside the box and coming up with extraordinarily different fitness tracking technology. We now have smart clothing, fitness-tracking temporary tattoos and ingestible fitness trackers. These devices help you track your daily food and exercise, set obtainable goals, and reward you when you achieve them.
Many are speculating that virtual reality is the future of fitness. With virtual reality, fitness becomes a game. It’s something fun that people want to do. Imagine running across the French countryside or biking through the Himalayas. By wearing virtual reality goggles, you can do all of this and more from the comfort of your own home. Companies have also started creating fitness machines that incorporate virtual reality.
Smartphones and Apps
In this day and age, we’re used to people telling us that cell phones are bad for our health. However, a recent study, supported by the American Cancer Society, suggests otherwise. The research found that smartphones can actually help you stay healthy by motivating you to move more. The easiest way to do this? Fitness apps are an extremely affordable way to use technology to stay in shape and people are catching on. You can also use them to track your workouts on products like the Bowflex Max Trainer® and the Bowflex® TreadClimber®.
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