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June 21, 2018

Work Out, Wirelessly .

Work Out, Wirelessly


Chelsea Sellers

Whether you prefer yoga, running or weight training, exercise is an inherently mobile activity. So it’s no surprise that mobile devices are the exercise accessory—and increasingly, the exercise instructor—of choice.

Want to perfect your downward dog? There’s an app for that.

What about training for your first marathon? There’s an app for that too.

Kiss those VHS tapes and DVDs goodbye—in 2019, your cellphone is the most important thing in your gym bag, thanks to its ease of use, connectivity and ability to personalize any workout. If you own a smartphone, you’re basically already at the gym. It’s that easy.

Many fitness apps require minimal equipment and space and can turn parks, living rooms, and driveways into a place to work out, saving you hundreds of dollars a year in gym fees. Fitness apps are often low cost, or you can create a biking or running route using your smartphone’s basic capabilities.

Plus, a cellphone-based workout plan can help build confidence. Some people may find themselves avoiding the gym because they simply do not know what to do with the equipment.

Bringing your smartphone with you on a run or bike ride can also keep you safe and on track, connecting you to information about your desired path, biometrics, weather concerns or even public safety officials, should you need them.

Connected Device Growth

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Connected Device Growth

This connectivity is spreading to more devices—think smartwatches, connected footwear, and wirelessly-enabled equipment. The connected device marketplace is predicted to grow to over 31 billion devices by 2023, meaning everyone will be able to find a wearable to match their lifestyle.

Which brings us to personalization. Not only are there more connected fitness devices and apps for you to choose from, but these tools allow you to tailor your workout to your preferences and health. And these apps can keep you engaged, releasing new daily workouts that include demonstrations, creating the feel of personal training, without the sticker shock.

Your smartphone’s health applications certainly don’t end with physical workouts—wireless devices can be helpful for mental health as well. Meditation and relaxation apps allow users to unwind, connect the body and mind, journal, and even improve sleep.

Health & Fitness App Usage

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Health & Fitness App Usage

All these developments have led to health and fitness app usage growing- by over 330 percent between 2014 and 2017, for example. And try finding a runner today who isn’t streaming a playlist from their mobile device while they log their miles.

That’s because wireless-enabled workouts make being mobile a no brainer. So as you’re out there getting fit, make sure you have your mobile devices with you!

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