Perhaps you have not noticed, but that would be only because the changes occur slowly and gradually, but “digital health revolution” is already happening. It rides on the wheels of digital technology advancements and is about to park in front of our yard.
The world of training and fitness is now backed up with wearable technology or fitness wearables that helps you train smarter, which is something that people could only dream of just 10 years ago.
What is digital health?
Digital health is happening right at the intersection of digital and genomic revolutions. We use various wearable techs in order to increase productiveness, and make life improvements by reducing inefficiencies in health care delivery, reduce its cost, make medicine more personalized and precise, and improve our fitness routines to suit our body shape and condition.
The essential elements in digital health revolution are: the Internet, microprocessors, wireless devices, hardware sensors, software sensing technologies, health information technology and software sensing technologies. Determining when all it all began is difficult, because all these elements had to be developed, but we might say that it took hold with the increase in smartphone use and app development.
What does it promote?
The only thing promoted here are positive health-related behavior changes. Take your smartphone and enter the Google Play or Windows app store and check out hundreds of fitness apps.
They are all designed to help with your yoga and aerobic routine, strength training, nutrition plans, and even your workout motivation. The services are based on effectiveness, efficiency, convenience, and personal need.
The negative effects that technology has on modern life (let’s say in the last 15 years) are universally acknowledged, for it certainly made us less active. But it can also save us from it by providing us with information and reminders, as well as with chances of having an online doctor consultation.
What is offered to us?
Activity trackers that communicate with your smartphone via Bluetooth connection have become pedometers of the latest-generation. These are motion sensors that count your calories burned, steps, and sleep hours. One of the biggest problems today is sitting for long periods of time.
The latest tech has boomed with new get-off-the-chair gadgets, designed to remind you to cut on the leisure time or to stand up, straighten your back and stretch while working long hours at your desk. The gadgets alert you if you have been sitting for 45 minutes, and motivate to move for at least 5 minutes every hour.
Those who have a very tight daily schedule and have no time for developing the best fitness routine for yourself; you can come to the gym, take your smartphone out, and have an app design the best combination of exercises for your body shape.
They provide you with quality training programs, graphic explanations for each exercise, and even with music that will match your current mood – all connected to a chip in your gym shoes or sneakers which determines your exercise intensity according to your pre-set calendar or planner (the training intensity is higher if your schedule is less loaded with obligations, and vice versa).
Wristband wearables have become sleeker and better designed in order to make our workouts enjoyable and efficient. You can even wear them when not working out, and the very fact that you have it on your wrist is a symbol that portrays you as a person that cares about personal health.
However, even they made a big boom in the mobile industry, people still feel a bit skeptical towards this type of technology.
We can safely claim that, over the course of the next few years, these wearable devices will become smarter and provide more recommendations (based on the amount of information they receive from you).
Fitness Wearables Final Thoughts
What people who workout want from fitness and healthcare digitalization is something that is necessary to be understood, so organizations that work on its development could know where to go further.
Whether this revolution will properly take place depends on further developments and proper strategies for pushing this tech further in the ever-growing marketplace.
About the author:
Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and has spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for a better life. He is an all-around fitness adviser and his words are strong as an Australian Bull. Check out his blog at Ripped.me.