Wearable Tech: Should Runners Get Rid of It?

We live in the age of technology, and physical exercise is one of the many daily activities that have become accompanied by gadgets.

Technology can make us eat healthier, more fit, and faster. Often, however, we rely on technology to keep us going. Seeing our dependence on wearable tech, is it time we get rid of it, or should we maximize its use?

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Image source: beatplantarfasciitis.com

Wearable technology has done a lot for running as a sport. It helped transform people who were once indifferent about fitness into fans. But newbies to sports are not its sole beneficiaries. Technology has also helped seasoned runners. People who have been into the sport for a longer time can now monitor their heart rates and breathing patterns—which make them more mindful of their activities. Wearable tech also provides data on other sports-related movements like speed, pace, agility, and stride form.

Image source: metro.co.uk
Image source: metro.co.uk

Is wearable tech hurting the inherent benefits of performing a physical activity? It doesn’t hurt to use wearable tech if you know it’s for making your fitness routine better, but if you’re solely going to rely on it to be fit, this could be a problem. You don’t need an iPhone, a pair of Bluetooth earphones, and a GPS-tracking watch to lose weight. All you need is yourself and your determination sans the technology.

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