In the past few years, and especially in the past few months of 2013, developments in technology have meant a significant increase in the production and availability of fitness gadgets, designed to improve workouts, monitor your fitness and help with setting and achieving targets. Fitness analysis tools are designed to help you to evaluate your current fitness levels, enabling you to create a program that is tailor made to suit you and your lifestyle. They can also measure your health levels, give a report on your body’s past and current state, and how this can affect your fitness and impact on your body. For example, gadgets such as heart rate monitors, which will measure your heart rate, help you work out how hard you have trained and how your training capabilities are improving throughout your training regime. The data that you provide is analyzed, recorded, measured and reported upon to help you achieve your goals a little faster.
In the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games, the British Triathelete Team took advantage of advances in new technology with the aim of improving their performance. A low body fat percentage is crucial for athletes to be able to perform efficiently, and the Body Composition Analysis Tool provided by GE Healthcare enabled the athletes to get a more accurate recording of their body fat without the problems of distinguishing fat from muscle that standard scales have. New products such as iHealth’s Wireless Body Analysis Scale now provide a very similar service to anyone wishing to analyse their body composition, amateur or professional! Their device consists of measurement tools including body fat, muscle mass, body water, calorie intake and several other features. The machine is compatible with a smart phone app that can record all of your personal measurements, as well as providing a feature for the user to set goals and reminders to aid their workout.
Drug and Alcohol Analysis Tools
Drug and alcohol testing is very important and prevalent in professional and amateur competitive sports, which usually means the extracting and analyzing of body fluids, mostly of urine and blood samples. New developments in fitness analysis tools means that drug tests could in future be carried out with the analysis of just a fingerprint, and the sweat that it leaves behind, which contains miniscule amounts of broken down by-products of drugs or alcohol, with the information available in a matter of minutes. This procedure is also non-invasive, as opposed to having a needle stuck in your arm, or providing a urine sample that must adhere to certain specifications in order to be tested. New tools such as these could also help with alerting you to the amount of alcohol you consume for instance, and how this affects your body and your workout. The taking of drugs will have a damaging impact on those who pursue a career in sport, both on their reputation as well as their performance. Drug abuse rehabilitation centers, such as these specialist programs listed in Kentucky or other states, are dedicated to helping people who have addictions to drugs fight their addiction and get back to doing what they love – and use of these new analysis tools can provide assistance with this.
Other Analysis Tools
There is such a wide range of products available for monitoring your workouts, and each can offer slightly varied functions, which means you are sure to be able to find the perfect one to suit you! The Fitbit One is a device that clips onto your clothes, or can be carried around in a pocket. The LED display shows you how many steps you have taken, how many calories you have burnt and also comes with a stop watch feature. The Fitbit One can also be attached to your arm with a wrist strap, and it can monitor how efficiently you sleep. The data can then be collected and collated in various fitness apps using a Bluetooth connection. Alternatively, for a more intense analysis, the BodyMedia Core 2 is a device worn around the arm, which also has interchangeable arm straps. The Core 2 has 4 different sensors for tracking your workout; temperature, heat flux, galvanic skin response and 3-axis accelerometer sensors, which capture more than 5000 points of data per minute! It can track the burning of calories, the intensity of your exercise as well as monitor your sleep pattern, which means you can get a comprehensive overview of your habits over a long period of time. The information is delivered to an iOS device via Bluetooth, or to a notebook or laptop that has a Bluetooth connection installed. The device is currently not compatible with Android devices.