Technology has long played a role in advancing physical fitness, but in recent years the intersection of health and technology has become a dense one, flooded with innovation. Still, cutting-edge tech can be pricey, which is why it’s important to consider how technology can improve access to activity, rather than hinder it.
These four tools are widely accessible, and more budget-friendly than a Peloton, while still promising to deliver results.
For many people, simply being able to track and visualize their activity offers a significant incentive to move more. Tools like the Oura Ring and Motiv offer an upgrade on traditional smart watches, tracking key metrics like steps, calories burned, distance covered, and heart rate. They’re also more visually subtle than an Apple Watch or FitBit, freeing up your wrist for more stylish accessories.
Online Personal Training
Ever wanted to work with a personal trainer? Many people would like to, but struggle to make the practice fit into their schedules, are intimidated by the gym, or otherwise face barriers to such personalized support. Well, you no longer need to make it to the gym or even meet with someone in person to benefit from personal training anymore. Online personal training offers comprehensive services on your schedule and from wherever is most convenient to you, whether that’s your living room, local park, or somewhere else entirely.
Most people struggle to get enough water each day – and that’s based on the oft-cited value of eight glasses or 64 ounces, which isn’t nearly enough for most people, especially not if you’re physically active. Rather than just toting around a water bottle without using it, a smart water bottle could help you hit your hydration goals. It’s a slightly pricey solution to a simple problem, but with digital reminders to drink up linked to your phone, it could help solve a chronic problem, making you feel more alert and ready to take on the day.
Even people who like working out can find their daily routine to be a bit of a slog, especially if you’re someone whose preferred workout is something like running or rowing, which can go on for quite a long time, relative to a shorter, high-intensity workout. What can you do to keep those workouts more interesting? It’s all about the soundtrack, of course. Quality wireless earbuds designed to fit securely even when you’re sweating ensure you can always listen to your favorite tunes or podcasts, even on the longest training days.
While there’s a lot to be said for pricey new products like the Hydrow, Mirror, or NordicTrack, these items are hardly necessary if all you want is a good workout. You’ll get a lot more bang for your buck with a training app or online personal training sessions, the right soundtrack, and a less expensive piece of equipment, especially while this gear is still so new. Better to wait it out, combine some cheaper tools, and create a routine that fits your unique needs and can grow and evolve with you.