Exercise and technology

There are a million ways to motivate yourself or your kids to exercise. However, some people don’t enjoy the process and make every excuse possible to avoid exercise. One of the sure fire ways to succeed with exercise is to have a partner. Our laboratory exercises in group every week, no matter if it is raining or cold out side. However, having a workout partner isn’t always possible.

So, what about making use of technology to get motivated to exercise? We are of course not talking about exercise machines like treadmills, etc. We are talking about Gadgets, apps, and all these strange names that come from the technological language. Tons and tons of personal technology have surfaced over the past few years, from the FitBit to mobile fitness apps, aiming to help us get in shape more easily. Newsweek Magazine listed new tech applications that can be use to get in shape.

Check also what two elementary schools in US have implemented to motivate students to exercise:

But does it actually work or is it just another cool gadget/piece of software?

Technology is blamed for children’s lack of exercise, according to a recent survey conducted by the YMCA. Speaking with more than 1,600 parents of kids ages 5 to 10, the YMCA found that technology, time and money are identified as key barriers and that 42 percent of parents say the numerous distractions with TV, games and cell phones are inhibiting kids’ healthy lifestyles.

Even though parents are partially blaming technology as a reason for the lack of exercise, 74 percent opt to spend family time with their kids sitting in front of the TV and 53 percent spend extra time with their kids playing video games or using the computer. It’s hard to blame technology as a cause of kids’ inactivity if parents are sitting right beside them on the couch. No matter the reasons, childhood obesity rates have tripled in 30 years in developing countries and, currently, one out of every three kids is considered overweight.

What about you? If technology has helped your health in a positive way, please share with us in the comments what you did and how you used it.

God jul og god trening!

Written by Gustavo da Silva, Postdoctor at CERG.

This entry was posted in Exercise, Fitness, In English, Julekalender 2011, Lifestyle, Motivation, Public health, Video by CERG. Bookmark the permalink.

About CERG

The Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) seeks to identify the key mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of physical on cardiac health in the context of disease prevention and treatment. Named the K.G. Jebsen Center for Exercise in Medicine under Professor Ulrik Wisløff's leadership in 2011, CERG uses both top-down and bottom-up approaches to combat lifestyle-related disease.

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