Is technology helping or holding you back at the gym?
Yes, technology, like activity trackers, etc., can improve the performance and help us achieve our fitness goals but there are some drawbacks.
Technology is intended to be supplemental to your exercise efforts but many people don’t question how valuable the provided information is, they simply rely on this it.
The technology should be helping you but if you are simply tracking your efforts without evaluating the feedback provided, it may be holding you back. Here are some examples:
It makes it all about calories
Some people may benefit from the opportunity to monitor their daily caloric intake and the expenditure of calories but if the sole focus of your training is to burn a given number of calories, you forget other important aspects – like the health benefits.
A recent study examined how accurate are five popular activity trackers and showed that you probably shouldn’t rely too much on how many calories have you burned. The trackers in the study were off by 13-60%=
The fitness technology is in its early stages and the problem with accuracy is still pretty huge,although downplayed and not addressed. At best, the provided information as number of steps and consumed calories is an estimation. If you receive inconsistent and unreliable information, your results can be poor or non existent.
You go to the gym with your phone, fitness tracker, wearable device… What was the last time you enjoyed training without tracking how much calories are you burning, how many steps have you taken or what is your heart rate? Why don’t you choose to forget about all those things for a while and simply be present in the moment? Reconnect your body and mind by being fully present and focusing on your breath.
Working only to the bare minimum
A huge disadvantage of using technology is that you aren’t pushing yourself past the limit.
You just do the bare minimum to achieve certain daily goals while you could be doing much more. For example, if your fitness tracker encourages you to do 2,000 steps a day, you don’t have to stop there, you can go for 3,000, for example.
Lack of meaning
Wearables give you the illusion of trying. You count the calories to lose body fat, for example. But what does walking a certain number of steps mean? Also, there have been studies which showed that the counting of calories doesn’t do for the everyday people. So what should you do if you are eating your assigned number of calories a day but you aren’t losing body fat.
There are many ways technology can be helpful. Fitness trackers and apps can be useful when used correctly. And technology doesn’t stop there. You can find interactive gym equipment, smart water bottles, and different apps to give you feedback for your training. So don’t give up on technology – rather, use it reasonably and within limits.