Friday, October 23, 2009
Using Technology to Get Fit at College
In the past five or so years, technology has taken a jump in the fitness world. From physiological devices, such as heart rate monitors, to personal enjoyment devices, such as the Ipod touch, marketers have made equipment more affordable, which has been great for the average college student struggling to pay their bills. Some of these really cool fitness inventions would have never been thought of ten years ago, and yet they are on sale today for a reasonable cost (or at least something you can ask for during the holiday times or a birthday!). Most of the equipment comes in different colors, targeting both the women and men's population. Fitness has finally become enjoyable.
Here's some new fun, fitness technology items on the market:
WiFit: A Nintendo videogame that tests the players balance, strength training and cardiovascular ability through games. There are over 50 activities and it can also track a daily activity log. It is great for a dorm room workout! $85 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_Fit
iFit: A personal trainer in a computer chip. It plugs into your treadmill, elliptical or bike and automatically adjusts the speed and resistance for each step of the workout. http://www.ifit.com/workouts/
iPod Sport Kit: A chip that is placed in your Nike running shoe that programs your music to the pace you are running at, provides feedback on whether or not you are meeting your programmed goals, and records workout data online after the workout. Cost: $26 http://www.apple.com/ipod/nike/run.html
For more information on technology and fitness: http://www.byui.edu/scroll/lifestyle/2007/01/20070129-techno-fit.htm