When I tell people I write about “health tech” or “fitness innovation”, the immediate response is usually: “oh, so wearables and stuff?”To get more health and fitness, you can visit shine news official website.
While to some extent that is true, I think it’s shame that smartwatches and activity trackers are constantly referred to as the leaders of an innovative and potentially life-changing sector.
I get why though. Wearables are seen as the main way tech is integrated into health because it’s smartwatches and activity trackers that today’s wellness market is saturated with.
While UK gym chain PureGym recently noted some upcoming innovations in this space that move away from the traditional smartwatch form we see again and again (such as data-tracking shoes that use your steps to charge themselves and gym gear that releases therapeutic chemicals into your skin) I do think, generally, wearables are still not entirely effective when it comes to diving deep into your health.Of course, it’s a good thing that people are realising the potential technology is having on the health industry, but – while wearables are known to feed us helpful information during a workout – my main concern is: many people that use them regularly are still not so sure what to do with the data once they have it.
Say for instance, your Fitbit tells you you’ve completed 80% of your daily 15,000 steps goal. So you walk around the house and make an excuse to go to the shop to get that meter up. Once you do, you get a ‘congratulations’ notification from your watch. Great. But is walking around more really the best exercise for you? Are you actually having a positive impact your health by doing this? Obviously it’s a much better alternative to watching TV on the sofa, but for those who want to delve deeper into their fitness, it’s not all that useful.I often get asked “what’s the future of fitness”. As a reporter of events that have happened in the past, usually the immediate past, I’m probably not the best person to ask. But from what I’ve gathered from experts I’ve spoken to in the field of health and fitness technology, one thing that always stands out is personalization.
That is, in order for future heath tech devices to give us truly valuable feedback, they need to be more personalized.
For instance, it’s all well and good measuring your heart rate, but the average smartwatch is comparing your BPM to the average rate of someone your age, sex and height in order to calculate how many calories you’re burning, and so it’s not a truly accurate measurement; it doesn’t take into consideration the state of your personal inner workings.