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From hula hoops to pilates and ab king pros to aerobics, exercise has come a long way over the last century – and we have science and technology to thank for it.
So whether you’re looking to fast-track your fitness regime or you simply need a bit of extra motivation to get into shape, we’ve put together six ways that technology can help - and at nib, we want to help you get started.
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Want a high-tech workout that’s as fun as it is exhausting? A virtual reality (VR) headset might be the gadget you need. All you need is a headset like this Samsung one, a smartphone and enough space to download a few VR applications.
One VR application that combines music, movement and a whole lot of laughs is Audioshield – you’ll be swinging your arms, lunging to the side and holding positions as you attempt to hit the light beams that will be flying towards you to the beat of the tunes.
If you find yourself getting bored of the same old workouts, Shape Up is bound to be a breath of fresh air. This Xbox One game features ‘Unexpected Workout Exercises’ to keep things interesting – one morning you might be punching out asteroids for a bit of cardio and the next you might be squatting your way to the moon.
Doing push-ups with an elephant on your back – who woulda’ trunk? Shape Up adds that extra bit of quirk to your fitness routine.
Complete with personal coaching, built-in GPS, water-resistance up to 50 metres and heart rate monitoring, the Fitbit Ionic is a great way to foray into the world of wearables. Not only can it help track your workouts, but it also measures your sleep patterns, stores your music and allows you to make payments.
Fitness fanatics can up their workout game by taking advantage of the Fitbit Coach to help you lift more, work harder or run further. For beginners, the Ionic can get you started on reaching your fitness goals by tracking your current activity.
How does having your own personal assistant on hand to play your favourite tunes, manage your daily schedule, control your smarthome and answer trivia questions by simply saying ‘OK Google’ sound?
If you’re still not convinced, add personal trainer to the list.
Google Home features Fitstar – a speedy seven-minute workout that combines cardio and strength training. No extra equipment required.
If you love moving to music, but find the wires keep getting tangled and earbuds keep stalling your workout, it could be time to upgrade your audio piece.
These Beat X Wireless Headphones feature a minimalist design, eight-hour battery life and a ‘Fast Fuel’ charge (a quick five-minute charge that will give you two extra hours of playback when the battery is low) meaning there’s no excuse to cut your workout short.
If you’re looking to keep track of your progress, you can’t go past a smart scale. The Garmin Index allows you to see your weight, BMI, body fat, water percentage, bone mass and skeletal muscle mass. It can also track your body composition metrics and automatically upload them directly to your Garmin account.