Implementing Technology Into Your Workouts
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Step into almost any gym and you'll see people using technology while they exercise. Whether they're listening to music or podcasts on their phone or taking a virtual exercise class, technology has become commonplace at the gym.
But what about wearable fitness technology? Can wearing a fitness tracker or a heart rate monitor help improve your workout? Cooper Fitness Center Professional Fitness Trainers Christian Mazur and Patrick Fisher discuss how these small pieces of equipment can make a big difference in reaching your fitness goals.
No More Guessing
For so long, gym-goers have been left counting reps and steps in their head, often guessing how many calories they burned during every trip to the gym. Thanks to wearable technology, they no longer have to play the guessing game.
"The devices can track and monitor your progress, intensity and duration and provide constant feedback on the quality of your workout," explains Fisher.
"I've recently been tracking my progress through an Apple watch," says Mazur. "I like the functionality of it because it allows me to quickly see where I am on my activity level."
Mazur says being able to see those numbers keeps him clued in on his body up to the minute. Even as a professional trainer, he says it's helped him craft more effective workouts tailored to his needs, and it can do the same for you.
"I think it's hard for someone to go into their goals blindly," explains Mazur. "Sure, you can count the reps, the weights, your minutes, your speed. But, what does it mean at the end of the day for you?"
While it'd be nice to have your own personal cheering section congratulate you when you reach the end of your workout, that's just not realistic. It also might be slightly embarrassing. If you don't have a workout partner to keep you accountable and motivated, a fitness tracker might just be the next best thing.
"There have been times when I've had just a few calories left to burn to hit my target goal and I've gotten out of bed and run up and down my stairs," says Mazur. "My watch will congratulate me when I hit those goals and it makes you feel good."
Mazur says depending on your fitness tracker, it can also encourage you to develop other healthy habits, such as drinking more water and getting at least eight hours of sleep each night.
Choosing What You Need
More than half of Mazur’s clients use fitness trackers on a regular basis, and it's something he encourages. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming choosing what’s best for you to buy. Fisher says the most important thing is choosing the right tracker for your needs.
"I think fitness devices are well worth using," says Fisher. "You just have to know what each device measures and select the correct one for your needs and goals."
Fisher says if your goal is to just move more, try a pedometer or FitBit, which calculate steps. For a more in-depth look on how exercise is impacting your body and to see calories burned, a heart rate monitor is a great option.
For more information about personal training, visit cooperfitnesscenter.com or call 972.233.4832 for more details.