How Technology Is Transforming The Way We Exercise

02.28.19 4 months ago


“I’m going to spin class.”

The announcement was made by my sister, currently standing in the middle of her living room.

“Uh, now?” I asked. She was already wearing her spin shoes.

“Yeah, it starts in five.”

I gave her the side-eye. How was she going to get to a spin studio in less than five minutes? She met my gaze, then proceeded to clack her way downstairs, into her basement. She had just purchased a Peloton bike, the interactive, web-synched adult toy-of-the-moment, for Christmas. When she finished her 45-minute class, she reemerged — sweating, smiling, and looking for a snack.

I asked her how it was, and she grinned at me, “Amazing. I feel great.”

My sister isn’t the only one using new innovations to get ripped. Thanks to advances in everything from workout gear to nutrition, technology is transforming the way we exercise. It’s becoming more equitable and safer for everyone involved. Whether you’re a serious athlete or a twice-a-week jogger, technology has changed the game for the better. You could even say it has made us harder, better, faster, and stronger.

Here’s how:

Augmented reality has opened up new worlds—literally.

Cardio can get monotonous. Especially in a musty-ass gym. Enter augmented reality. Bike tight mountain passes, run on wide expanses of sandy beach, and even hike up a stair-stepper to beautiful mountain views—all from the comfort of your home or local gym. If you need even more stimulation, you can really go for it and try any number of VR exercise games, where you can box like you’re actually in the ring or dance with dragons and punch orbs until you’re a hard body.

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