Reflection – Rachel Stewart

Wearable Technology

sq3_spot3_wearabletech_20170222Wearable technology is beyond what we may think of it.  No longer is it just a measure of our steps, heart rate, or sleep; but it’s doing so much more than that.  Sensors are being developed that can diagnose diabetes and cystic fibrosis, along with monitoring the development of chronic disease and is even available for horses.  We can obviously see that the sky is the limit when it comes to these pieces of technology.

  WHOOP

One specific device that has been gaining recent attention in the news is WHOOP, a performance optimization system, that informs the athlete of information regarding recovery time, sleep needs, and basic health monitoring.  It has been featured on ESPN, CNN, Charlie Rose, and is partnering up with MLB, NFL, and potentially the whoop-1100x733NBA.   What makes this piece of technology so unique is that not only does it monitor the athlete’s health, but it sends their diagnostic information to their training coaches to inform them whether or not the individual needs to rest more or less.  This not only prevents injury for the athlete but it optimizes the strongest, most efficient players, to put on the court or field for a specific game.

Listen to CEO and founder Will Ahmed discuss the purpose behind this product in the video below:

So why does this information mean something to you if you don’t necessarily care about professional sports?  Well, it just goes to show how much technology is advancing and it can give you ideas on how much you want that to benefit you.  When step-trackers became popular the idea of hitting 10,000 steps each day swept the nation.  Now we are having technology tell us when we need to take a day off and get some much needed rest and recuperation.

There are so many ways you can use technology to help with your fitness goals, even if you aren’t a full-time athlete.  There are personal coaching devices and apps to guide you along your journey, fitness gaming activities to get you off your feet like virtual dance contests and virtual tennis or boxing, and even smartphone apps that show you the exact technique to optimize your exercise routine.  There are so many ways to take advantage of the technology we have at our disposal and use it to benefit our health and wellness.

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