For the past couple of decades, gadgets have been used, innovated and developed to help assist in most aspects of health and fitness, whether it be timing equipment, high tech jogging shoes or software to aid the correct execution of an exercise programme.
With the increase in technology, especially with regards to smartphones and the internet there has been an evident influence on the fitness industry and what people want from their exercise gadgets.
The military boot camp instructors at British Military Fitness believe that there are many benefits attached to exercise gadgets; they can be used as equipment within an exercise programme to help improve fitness as well as record an individual’s progress.
Here we run through some of the most useful gadgets and trends around on the market at the moment.
This gadget is probably the most recognised along with being the most basic. It allows an individual to record themselves during their exercise programme, in order to see how long they took to do a particular activity.
A simple wrist watch can be used for this, but obviously with the improvements in technology there are many watches available with increased characteristics to do this.
Over the past couple of years there has been advancement in exercise clothing and accessories. With many trends coming and going, with the most current being barefoot running.
This is a trend that has been entwined in our history, coming in and out of fashion throughout the ages. But what we mean by 21st century barefoot running is a manufacturer producing training shoes that offer minimalist protection so the user feels like they are running barefoot.
However the benefits of this style of running are still debatable. As with little protection around the foot you would presume that these could do more harm than good. But, actually the lack of cushioning requires the body to reduce the impact created during heel strike providing even more shock absorption for your feet, which means there will be less impact on your joints.
On the other hand as your feet will not be used to this style of running it is recommended that you ease yourself in, and get your muscles used to running in a different way.
Compression socks are designed to help combat deep vein thrombosis, the most current trend is to wear these socks during an exercise programme to stop blood pooling in the calves.
During your exercise programme these gadgets can be used to record your aerobic and anaerobic levels. In order to keep within your target zone you can also set alarms within the monitors to ensure you stay within your boundaries.
Most of us nowadays have a smartphone that we use on a regular basis, and for some they have become an integral part of their health and fitness regime. Not only to listen to music whilst training, but also to use the many fitness apps that are now available to help.
There are many on the market that are very good, and none more so than the British Military fitness app that helps to motivate you as you train.
But, if a real life instructor is what you need then why not give their actual fitness boot camp a go! British Military Fitness runs classes in over 100 locations across the United Kingdom, so they could be training at a park near you.