waDespite the fact that there are millions of people keeping fit with technology (mobile apps); it is technology and that are often considered to be the blame for obesity and overweight issues in England and the USA, along with a poor diet. People are quick to judge parents for allowing their children to spend hours on the computer playing games or socialising with friends. Adults are no different either.
With advancements in technology and computing, we can do more with less effort. We don’t need to go to the stores to pick up groceries or a gift, nor do we even have to go to a shop to buy or rent a movie. Everything seems to be easily accessible from a TV, games console or computer.
According to statistics from Ofcom (UK communications regulator), in 2016, 216 minutes of television was watched by people aged 4+ and over 30 hours was spent browsing online via a laptop.
It’s not all bad though! Technology is actually helping improve our lives too. From smartphones, smartwatches, 3D printers and even our laptops; technology has the power to help us become fit and healthy – if we choose to be.
Of course, it is still down to us as humans to taken initiative and control of our health. But, never has there been a greater time in history than now to do anything that we desire. Technology today is so advanced that is not only helping people stay fit and healthy, it is also saving lives. Sure, technology has been helping to save lives for a while now, but over the past decade, there have been major advancements in medicine and surgery that were once confined to science fiction.
Sure, technology has been helping to save lives for a while now, but over the past decade, there have been major advancements in medicine and surgery that were once confined to science fiction.
Here are some top ways people are keeping fit with technology:
Heart-rate and fitness monitor watches/bands
Not too long along, I wrote an article about affordable smartwatches. One of the models that stood out was the Sony SmarthWatch 3. What I really liked about it was that it could be both a smart-looking watch and a fitness and activity-tracker. What I like about Sony’s approach is the fact that it connects the data on your mobile app with your smart-watch. It also looks ‘smart’ and won’t break the bank.
As well as smart-watches, there are also fitness bands. Sony also manufactures fitness bands too, but the most popular type of smart band is the Fitbit.
If you’re not sure as to how keeping fit with technology is possible, then check out the Fitbit. It is essentially a bracelet that tells you how many steps you have taken (pedometer), tracks your sleeping patterns, monitors your heart rate, calories burnt as well as alerting you when you receive a call or message. The Fitbit app is available to download on your Android, Windows or IOS device, and this gives you access to your activity dashboard. It shows you all of the aforementioned stats, such as miles walked, etc.
Check out the Fitbit. Available in North America and UK.
2. 3D printing is here and it’s going to change our world for the better.
…Well, technically, it already has. 3D printing has the ability to create almost any object that you wish using computer aided design (CAD) software and the correct material. The first time I saw a 3D printer in action was at the Gadget Show Live at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. I saw these 3D printers making figurines and toys and was amazed at what I was witnessing.
How does it work?
Once a design has been completed and the print button is fired, a signal is sent to the printer. The printer starts creating the object by creating one layer at a time until it is complete. The process can take an hour even for a small figurine, so don’t expect to wait around for it to finish.
3D printing is used for more than just printing figurines, they have also been used for printing organs and arteries. Yep! A 3D printer could save someone’s life. Don’t believe me, check the video below.
You have to admit, that is truly amazing.
If you are interested in creating your own 3D printed objects, check out this course on Udemy:
>> Designing for 3D Printing with Fusion 360 <<
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3. Game consoles.
Video games are also a good way of keeping fit with technology. In 2006, Nintendo revolutionised how we play games. Instead of creating a console that would rival Sony and Microsoft’s hard-core gamers, they created a console that allowed people to move whilst gaming. Specific games were created that allowed users to use the Wii-remote controller to participate in actions that involved using their arms or body, such as bowling or archery. Because the console was marketed as being fun, unique and a good way to stay active, it tapped into a new audience.
Some might argue that seasoned gamers are not impressed with this new era of gaming, but it has made people more active. What Nintendo did well with the Wii console is that it tapped into a new market. People that weren’t classed as ‘gamers’, and had no intention of purchasing an Xbox 360 or PS3 were buying a Wii. Why? Because it allowed you to be active within the confinements of your living room. It meant you didn’t have to trek to the gym after work. Simply, switch on your console, change into something comfortable and away you go!
Sony and Microsoft were a little late to the ‘moving game’ party, but I did enjoy playing The Fight on PS3. This was a boxing simulator game. It required two Move controllers in order to imitate a real boxing match. A lot of fun, and hard work.
Game consoles aren’t the only ones that provide games to keep us active, our smartphones do too. In 2016, Pokemon Go! hit app stores worldwide and was an instant success. It made people actually want to leave their house in order to find and collect virtual monsters. A bit of a weird craze if you were new to it, but for those that grew up with Pokemon and also for children it was a fantastic idea.
Pokemon Go! is a game that requires users to find and catch fictional animals in real-life using augmented reality. It actually made adults and children want to leave their house in order to find and collect virtual monsters. A bit of a weird craze if you were new to it, but for those that grew up with Pokemon and also for children it was a fantastic idea.
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Have I missed anything???
To summarise. Keeping fit with technology is possible in this day-in-age. Of course, it is up to us as individuals to actually make an effort. If we are not careful, the human race could end up like the humans in the Pixar film WALL-E; overweight, unable to move, socially inept and completely reliant on technology to do everything for us.
Technology is here to improve our life and to make things easier for us. 3D printing is just one example of technology that has the ability to keep someone alive. If you are interested in learning CAD after reading this article, then please let me know! Who knows, you could go on to save someone’s life…
There are loads of programs and applications available that can make use healthy, such as Yoga Point – for anyone interested in practising yoga. We are at a stage with technology where we don’t have to take classes, we can learn or exercise in our own time at home. Technology is here to help us improve our lives.
If you wish to know more, then please read this article from Positive Health Wellness. It’s a fantastic article that explains the many different ways in which technology is helping to improve our lives today!
If you have any questions or queries about keeping fit with technology, then please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.