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Fad or Fiction? - August 2018

Jason Deranian - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wearable Technology

By Jason Deranian

Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’s featured fitness craze.

It’s hard to imagine life before our smartphones. Experts now predict that by 2019, 2.5 billion people will use smartphones, or about 36 percent of the world’s population (up from 10 percent in 2011)!

This is just the beginning. Activity trackers, smart-watches, and heart-rate monitors are ever increasingly popular. According to the American College of Sports Medicine's annual review of top fitness wearable technologies, the number of connected wearable devices worldwide is expected to jump from an estimate of 325 million in 2016 to over 830 million in 2020. These technologies give users a plethora of valuable information and feedback on their movements, such as heart rate monitoring, estimated steps, sleep activity (or lack thereof), standing and sitting time, calories burned, and time spent working out. Some of the more integrated watches connect to your smartphone and can offer apps like Pandora and Spotify, text messaging, and e-mail.

I find this trend to be a great asset to overall health and fitness. Heart rate monitors, for instance, give objective, real-time information on how your body is responding to your exercise.  This beneficial data can help you to train smarter and to know if you are reaching your workout goals. Personal trainers and health care providers can additionally use this information to teach and train clients to optimize their time spent working out, and more importantly, prevent injuries.

Wearable technologies are not limited to Fitbits and Apple Watches. Just a few of the most interesting technologies to me include:
  • The recently released Motiv Ring; which tracks activity just by wearing it on your finger.
  • Wearable tech products like smart fabrics and textiles that embed small computers in their material.
  • Nadi X yoga pants, which deliver vibrational feedback to users to encourage proper form and alignment.

Whatever your activity level or exercise modality of choice, working out smart, safely and efficiently should be your number one goal. Exercising with real-time feedback is not only smart but safe and effective. It puts you in the best position to reach your goals.

Questions about MAC's Fitness Department services? Contact Fitness Director, Jason Deranian.