Getting Fit in a Digital Age.
There has been many gizmos and gadgets that have come along over the years to inspire us to get fitter and healthier, remember the bull worker? Look at any shopping channel and you will find some form of fitness apparatus that will keep your body toned and in trim. But what has become phenomenally successful is your very own digital personal trainer. And this takes its form as a smart watch. Fitbit, Apple Watch, Samsung Gear are all versions of this watch, which essentially much more than a watch that tells you the time. As well as these main three brands of smartwatches, there are now hundreds on the market to choose from starting at a few pounds to a few hundred, depending on the features and applications.
Nowadays your smartwatch can count the number of steps you take, measure your heartrate, record your blood pressure and you can set goals either via the smart watch itself, your smartphone or even an app on your laptop or tablet. It provides you with a clearly visible and tangible chart of your health, your habits, how many steps you have done in a day, a week or a month, and allows you to even compete against others.
For some, the use of a smartwatch has changed their life, where they see the challenge for example of walking 30,000 steps a day, or even running for 20 minutes per day (Yes this wrist worn assistant can tell when you are walking, jogging or sprinting.) as a great way of getting fit by meeting their personal goals.
As technology moves forward, these watches are getting smarter, and there will be further benefits and applications in the future for these, possibly detection of low blood sugars for diabetics, and could potentially control your insulin intake. They may even be able to diagnose certain illnesses, or work in conjunction with your doctor when it comes to treatments or even check-ups done remotely. The potential uses are endless. And to think back in the 80’s we were wowed when Casio introduced a calculator to a watch.
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