In case you have been walking around with your eyes closed lately, wearable fitness gadgets are storming the high street! Fitness devices like FitBit, BodyBugg and Amiigo are flying out of the stores. The ‘digital health’ market has seen a vast influx of money with investments into these quirky but useful little gadgets reaching the billion dollar mark. The market for them alone is said to be worth a staggering $300 Million but is growing all the time. But why do we need these devices anyway? What do they achieve? And why suddenly, can we not seem to be able to live without them?
Activity monitors come in a range of sizes and shapes, and of course prices. But, all of them are designed to do variations of the same job. Some are designed to be worn while you are sleeping, others are not. Some you wear on your wrist like you would a watch, while others slip nicely into your pocket. The majority of them transmit the data that they record either wirelessly or using a USB connection to your corresponding smartphone app or related website. All of which is designed to give you an overview of your total activity throughout the day. Some of the higher end models, like the Amiigo for example, can also let the system know just what kind of exercise activity you are involved in as it closely monitors different physiological signs such as perspiration and heart rate.
The fact that you are being monitored through every waking and sleeping minute should be enough for you to keep your fitness or weight loss goals on the straight and narrow, especially if all of the data that is being recorded is also being transmitted to your personal trainer at the gym. The data is analysed, calories used are counted, and sleep patterns are reviewed; all with the aim of creating a fitter and healthier you.
Fitness Apps of the Future
The first fitness apps to hit the market were designed primarily as sleep monitors, providing the wearer of the device with a gentle and natural method of waking up in the morning. The technology has developed rapidly and now they not only monitor your sleep patterns, but also all of your daily activity. Some even go a step further and monitor the foods that you eat! But, what does the future hold for the devices?
With the technological advances already being made, it could be that future models will not only monitor what you eat, but also suggest it’s time for a snack when it notices you have gone too long without eating. As well as just recording the activity that you do, future models could be encouraging you to get up and be more active by giving human voice prompts when you have been still for too long. Perhaps there will even be fitness devices that are programmable, to enable you to set personal goals such as losing weight for your wedding, or upping your fitness levels for a marathon. However they develop, the future is not too very far away.