Do you know how computers and fitness work together? You might not think at first that they do. The concepts of fitness are as old as history, as evidenced by the athletic competitions and original Olympics of ancient Greece. Computers are more modern phenomenon, and sometimes even seen as enemies of fitness, as more and more people spend time at both work and home in front of their computers, living an inactive, sedentary lifestyle instead of focusing on fitness.
Having said all this, there are 5 ways that computers and fitness work together. Keep reading to find out what they are:
1) Helping folks exercise: Ever hear of a FitBit? Wearable tech seems to have cooled off a bit as a trend, but it’s still very prevalent. Wrist devices and other technology are a serious upgrade from ankle pedometers, as miniature computers can track how much distance a person covers as well as compute calories burned and many other metrics.
2) Fitness equipment: Treadmills are no longer analog machines. They can digitally track a person’s pulse, handle many different speeds, and project the number of calories a person has burned. Someone not sure what kind of workout they want can often just input their age, gender, and weight, and the onboard computer will derive what it considers an appropriate workout that is slightly challenging enough to produce beneficial results without harming the person or putting them at risk.
3) Judging athletic ability: Analytics is all the rage in professional sports, with some individual leagues taking kids straight out of high school or after just a year of college or two. Hundreds of different measurements are taken in concubines, workouts, and scouting reports, and computers are necessary to somehow gauge the fitness of prospective athletes and then chart how their professional career might go. This amount of data is overwhelming to general managers and coaches, so they sometimes leave it up to technical analysis to determine who they draft each year.
4) Measuring winners: Sometimes, coaches and sporting league organizers can’t determine winners with their own eyes, or they use computers so there is no chance of error or bias. From recording photo finishes at the end of a marathon or sprint to determining which swimmer is the split-second fastest, computers might determine the fitness of multiple people who are too close for the human eye. Olympic medals and who even gets to make an Olympic team have been settled this way.
5) Treadmill/cycle workstations: There are those who have been bound to computer stations at work or home that realized it wasn’t helping their fitness and wanted to do something about it, but they also knew they couldn’t stop using computers. So, people have started inventing exercise desks. Someone can work on their computer while spinning or even using a treadmill. In extreme cases, the spinning, walking, or running might even power the computer, television, or game console attached to ensure that physical activity takes place.
Now that you know 5 ways that computers and fitness actually work together, you can develop a new appreciation for how two things that often clash can equally meld into something helpful and beautiful.