The future of fitness is here

06 Nov 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

It’s time to get out of the gym and embrace the technological fitness revolution, says Matt Blackwell

Fitness, like all aspects of modern life, is evolving. Fad diets and revolutionary regimes come and go, but constant innovations in the field of fitness as well as technological advances mean that the sector’s future could soon look very different.

Here, we take a peek at the changing shape of the exercise landscape and some of the new concepts we can look forward to over the coming years.

  1. Wearing is caring. Wearables are big news and advances in technology mean they just keep getting better. From smartwatches to headphones, just about any electrical item is being designed with built-in GPS and biometric monitoring capabilities, with all stats instantly available on your smartphone.
  2. Get fit gaming. The concept that began with the Nintendo Wii has been perfected by Xbox Kinect, which uses a line of motion sensing input devices to track movement. With a wide range of fitness games available for the platform, it’s like having a personal trainer in your living room with the sensors detecting movement to ensure your technique is flawless.
  3. Life through a lens. An interesting concept that has resulted in some success in Japan, these glasses play on the tendency of the brain to view certain colours as unappetising. Apparently blue is one such colour and the idea is that the glasses will make food look dull, reducing the temptation to snack or over eat.
  4. Drone on. The future of fitness could lie with robotics and some helicopter drones are being put to use as pace setting devices. A preferred running speed and route can be entered via a smartphone app, with the drone shutting down if it travels beyond a certain distance from the phone.
  5. Space saver. Gym memberships can be expensive and not everyone has the luxury of a spare room to kit out as a home workout centre. TRX blazed a bold trail in the space-saving fitness equipment market, but the future looks set to offer even more choice, with fitness literally becoming part of the furniture if the designs of Lucie Koldova are anything to go by.
  6. Virtually reality. Running on a treadmill can get very boring very quickly. Thanks to an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Virtuix Omni, the first virtual reality treadmill could be in available soon. Strap on the headset and nip out for a virtual run!
  7. Vyper. This innovative bit of kit helps prepare your body for training at a high level, as well helping your muscles to recover afterwards by loosening them up and increasing circulation through a combination of pressure and vibration.
  8. Smart scales. Gone are the days when scales merely weighed. The next generation of scales will also offer features such as measuring your BMI, as well as the ability to send stats wirelessly to your computer to link up with predetermined calorie and weight loss goals.
  9. Office fitness. As the working day stretches out longer than ever before, we’ll see increasing ways to keep fit while working. These can range from small under desk treadmills to exercise ball chairs.
  10. Good Vibrations. Getting fit while standing still sounds like a dream, right? It seems that vibrations are the way forward for weight loss and speedy toning. Powerplate machines are great for firming up, while the Chi Oxygen machine uses vibrations to boost oxygen levels and increase your metabolism.


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