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This post was set up to show what technology can help non-athletic, everyday people to get fit or lose weight. Over the past number of years there has been a massive increase in the amount of sporting technology that is available for use to ordinary everyday people.

For example if you look at the above picture of a display of a treadmill. There is a lot of information that can be useful to the average person in their quest to get fit. As you can see there is how long they spent on the treadmill, the speed they are running at, how many calories they have lost in this session, and there is also a display that tells them their heart rate, among many other things. At the end of your workout, the displays also tell you what your average speed was and how long you ran/walked in total. This can be important as if you’re aiming to get fit or lose weight, then you will want to try and improve on this performance the next time you get on a treadmill. These types of displays can also be found on rowing machines and exercise bikes etc.

Another useful piece of technology for the average person is the heart rate monitor watch.

As you can see from the above picture the watch is just like a regular watch, except instead of telling you the time, this watch tells you your heart rate. The watch uses a band that is placed just below your chest in order to read your heart rate. We have included a video of how to use a heart rate monitor watch in just in case reading this inspires you to get one! The idea of the heart rate monitor is that it ensures that your heart rate is high enough to be burning calories and getting fit when working out.

Believe it or not, video games can also be used in order to help you to get fit! The introduction of the Wii, has enabled people to play active video games. This is very appealing to people because, we feel your almost getting fit while having fun at the same time! In fact, Wii have brought out a special game that is aimed at just those who are trying to get fit and want to get fit. This game is called Wii fit.

The Wii fit package comes with a board and the actual game itself. You as the user have to copy the exercises that is shown up on-screen. The game also keeps track of the progress you are making so that the exercises will get slightly more difficult each time you use the game. The reason for this is so that the user will get slightly fitter each time they use the game. There are numerous other games that on the Wii that will help you get fit but Wii fit would the main one.

Another way in which people can use Technology to get fit/ healthy is by using websites that are aimed at doing exactly that. For example Microsoft’s Health Vault( Link posted below) is a good website for this

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/healthvault/default.aspx

Obviously Microsoft’s Health Vault can be used for lots of things, but getting healthy is one of them. They also have a section on quitting smoking if anyone is interested. The website would be a great way of keeping track of what exercises you’re doing and at what level you’re doing them at. You can also use it to keep track of your diet and record your heart rate and your blood pressure and things like that. Another excellent site to help you get fit or lose weight would be You-Tube. There are thousands of fitness videos on you tube. There are ones with different levels of difficulties for different types of fitness levels so everyone’s needs are catered for. All you have to do is find one that is suited for your need and follow the instructions of that one.

(By:technologyinsport)

Most of us take only around 5,000 steps a day. Of course, for staying fit, we need to walk at least 10,000 steps and if we want to lose weight, we should be walking around 15,000 steps. But who has got the time to count these steps? This is where a good pedometer can help. If you choose to buy a good pedometer, you are likely to be more motivated to take those 10,000 steps required every day.

pedometer

pedometer

What is a pedometer?

The time that people spend walking these days has drastically gone down. We spend lots of times sitting in the car while traveling to work and then we spend around an average of eight hours just sitting at our office desk. When we do come back home, again in a car, we spend our time sitting in front of the TV set.

So, of course, it is no surprise that we never ever achieve the required 10,000 steps a day. This also means that we make ourselves vulnerable to chronic conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and respiratory difficulties.

Most people complain that they just don’t know how to count their steps. However, it is quite simple to do this. Just buy a good pedometer or step counter. A pedometer is a device that you place in your pocket or around your hips. Once switched on, it will sense your movement and record the number of steps you take.

A pedometer is perfect for those who want to track the number of steps that they are taking everyday. If you want to walk and stay fit, the device will tell you how many steps you have taken. So, you can easily plan your day to achieve those 10,000 steps a day.

For people who want to lose weight and want to use walking as a means to do it, the device is quite useful. You can plan your day to achieve the 15,000 steps a day and let the pedometer take care of counting your steps.

This fitness product is also perfect for those who are into running, climbing, jogging, and aerobics activity.

How to Choose a Good Pedometer

Pedometer devices have different features and you can choose one based on your own requirements. However, here are certain aspects that you should consider before buying your own pedometer.

Is it easy to use?

Some pedometers have to be programmed before they can be clipped onto your waist. On the other hand, there are other devices where you just need to reset the steps to zero and then start walking. Buy a pedometer that you know you can setup and use easily.

Does it have any additional features besides step counting?

If your device can tell you the distance walked and the calories burned, it is definitely going to help you a great deal. In fact, some of the more sophisticated pedometers allow you to upload the data on a daily basis onto your computer. This allows you to track your progress either by visiting the website of the manufacturer or with the help of software that comes with the packaging.

How accurate is it?

While most people think that a pedometer will give the exact number of steps taken, it is not always true. A discrepancy of around 5% is quite common, especially when you are running or walking at a brisk speed. However, if the counting mechanism is giving you a difference of more than 10%, then the device is probably not that good.

Is the pedometer comfortable to wear?

Remember that you will be wearing the device close to your hips. So, it needs to be comfortable so that you can carry on all your activities with ease. Of course, if it is in your pocket or in your purse, it is much more comfortable.

(By fitnessfreako)

I want to introduce a fun video game, it’s Wii Sports.

Wii Sports

Game Overview

Bundled with Wii, Wii Sports introduces a whole new way to play your game.

Features

  • Play Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Bowling and Boxing in the comfort of one’s living room. No ball boys scurrying about, no oil from the alleys to get players dirty and no rain to keep anyone from a day at the court, park or course. Use the Wii Remote controller to mimic the actions of swinging a racket, bat or club, roll a ball down an alley or bring the left jab.
  • Players can use their own Mii caricatures in the game and play them against their friends’ Miis for a more personalized experience. As players improve, their Miis’ skill levels will increase, so that they can see exactly how much better they’ve become.
  • People of all skill levels can pick up and play any of the games in the unprecedented Wii Sports package, making this truly a title for everyone!

Sport Game Details

Tennis (1-4 players): Players grab the Wii Remote like a racket and swing – the game registers forehands, backhands, volleys, lobs, slices, spin and power depending on how fast the user swings and at what angle. Don’t worry about moving around the court to get to the ball – the game automatically moves players into position.

Baseball (1-2 players): Players grip the Wii Remote like a bat and swat fastballs out of the park, or fire a fastball over the plate with a flick of their wrist. Timing and bat speed will make all the difference between going yard and whiffing, so keep an eye on the ball and swing for the fences. In the two-player game, one player pitches and the other bats – all fielding and running is automatic, so that players can focus on the action.

Golf (1-4 players): Step up to the tee, hold the Wii Remote like a golf club and swing naturally to smack the ball onto the green. The harder players swing the club, the farther the ball will fly. Be careful, though – if players swing too hard, their ball will fly out of control, so they should be sure to take some practice swings before going for the pin. After reaching the green, line up putts carefully, practice the stroke and try to hole out.

Bowling (1-4 players): Players raise the Wii Remote in their hand just like a bowling ball, and then swing their arms to roll the ball. The speed of the swing and the angle at which they release the ball affects the ball’s spin, so it will take some practice to master control over the ball and knock down the pins.

Boxing (1-2 players): Using the Nunchuk controller as one glove and the Wii Remote as the other, players dodge, weave and punch their opponents. Players hold their hands high to guard their faces or low to block their torsos. They punch high to hit their opponents’ faces or low to get under their guard for a body blow. Swing both arms left or right to sidestep oncoming blows and move into position for a devastating knockout.

This is what video games should be: fun for everyone. Wii Sports offers five distinct sports experiences, each using the Wii Remote controller to provide a natural, intuitive and realistic feel. To play a Wii Sports game, all you need to do is pick up a controller and get ready for the pitch, serve or that right hook. If you’ve played any of these sports before, you’re ready for fun!


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