The Benefits of Telemetry Fitness
One of the most notable, growing trends in the fitness world over the past couple of years involves the use of telemetry. At its core, “telemetry” is the wireless transmission and reception of measured quantities for the purpose of remote monitoring. While telemetry technologies have long been used in various industries, they have recently taken the fitness world by storm in the form of activity trackers, GPS watches, and other fitness electronic innovations. The biggest reason for the popularity of fitness electronics is that when used properly they can be really effective, and IT and fitness gurus alike believe they hold great promise for the future. Here are some of the biggest benefits offered by telemetry fitness tools.
- Digital data made meaningful: Many wearable telemetry devices sync with fitness apps via smartphones, which has opened up endless opportunities for users. Basically, telemetry tools are able to collect a wide range of data from users automatically, including daily activity levels, heart rate, caloric consumption, and even sleep patterns. The tracker can then feed this data to the fitness or health app, which can analyze that personal data and make it meaningful for the user. This might include anything from dietary suggestions to workout preparation tips. Experts believe that these automated apps and devices are truly the way of the future.
- More intense workouts: Since many telemetry tools are performance based, they can provide an important roadmap to the user in terms of overall progression, areas that need improvement, and strategic suggestions on how to best reach fitness goals. Telemetry tools are even finding their way into group classes at the gym. Competition based workouts have been trending lately in classes like cycling where performance metrics can be displayed on a board in the room.
- Social media equals motivation: Telemetry fitness tools have taken the social side of fitness to an entirely new level. Most fitness apps can be linked with social media forums such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This enables users to post their goals, fitness efforts, and successes and accomplishments if they choose. Not only can a public forum such as this provide motivation and a little push to work harder, but the user can also benefit from inspiration, guidance, and coaching from friends and followers.
Experts predict that telemetry fitness is going to explode over the next five or so years. Those tech companies that are able to develop innovative ways to collect personal health data through these apps and devices, and figure out how to best help consumers to use that data to live a healthier lifestyle are poised to succeed.