At this time of year, many of us are thinking about setting off on a positive note when it comes to health, fitness and wellness. And tech fans are in luck, because there are more ways than ever to scratch the fitness itch while getting our fix of the latest gadgets and devices.
Where shutdowns may have limited our ability to get to the gym, or in some cases even get out of our homes, in 2020 and 2021 an abundance of home exercise solutions have emerged. These will still be very present in 2022. However, other devices and trends are aimed squarely at those who can’t wait to get out in the great outdoors again.
Fitness technology is always an exciting field, with everyone from giants such as Google and Apple to a number of innovative startups constantly finding new ways to collect and interpret data to help us achieve our goals. and improve our health. Here is an overview of what is planned for 2022:
Meditation and mindfulness technology
The disruption to our way of life, school closures, large-scale shifts to working from home and general anxiety have led to four out of 10 American adults have been concerned about their mental health since the pandemic began in 2020. This has led to increased interest in relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness and an increase in technology-based solutions. More … than three million people are said to use meditation apps daily, and popular health platforms, including Fitbit, now include features designed to help track and improve stress and other mental health factors. Apple is reportedly working on including features that will help detect and diagnose conditions such as depression and anxiety using its Apple Health platform, as well as the ability to detect cognitive decline, which could serve as an early warning for the onset of conditions such as illness of Alzheimer’s. The wearable revolution has helped countless people take control of their fitness, and 2022 could be the year we see its impact on mental health care as well.
Workplace wellness technology
Technology solutions designed to monitor workplace wellbeing will come to the fore in 2022, as employers become more aware of the importance of encouraging the fitness and wellbeing of their workforce. We can expect to see technology deployed by more employers – especially larger ones – to gamify health activities such as going to the gym or taking breaks from the office for gentle physical activity. platforms such as gym pass combine fitness apps with gym memberships and classes, so employers can offer a choice of programs to their staff. This allows them to choose solutions tailored to their specific needs. Other apps like Zevo Health are designed to work with teams that work in the office or from home and integrate with the wearables and fitness platforms they already use to integrate their workplace wellness programs into their overall fitness regimes.
AI Personal Trainers
Everyone can benefit from a personal trainer – a fitness professional who gives us personal attention and a personalized plan to fight fat and improve overall fitness. Unfortunately, they are not cheap. Fortunately, customization is a task where artificial intelligence excels, which has led to the development and release of a number of AI-powered personal training apps. Apps like Artifact using AI techniques like computer vision, where cameras track body movement during exercise and then offer users real-time feedback on their posture and technique. You can also use augmented reality (AR) to get visual overlays on video recordings of your workout, showing you where you’re going wrong and how you can improve. Mirror is a mirror equipped with augmented reality and computer vision that offers personalized fitness guidance and coaching while you watch yourself train in reflection. AI has enormous potential when it comes to developing personalized training routines, as it is able to accurately predict safe and optimal training programs taking into account age, fitness levels physique and body mass. Take Weight Watchersfor example – now rebranded as simply WW – which offers its own machine learning-based personalized wellness programs that take into account users’ diet as well as physical activity and sleep.
Better and smarter wearables
Wearables are one of the most important technology trends in health and fitness because of their ability to allow anyone to easily collect and monitor their own health and performance data. This year we’ll see the first physical fruits of Google’s acquisition of wearable pioneer Fitbit – a deal Google was keen to point out concerns “Devices, not dataThis means we could see the first Fitbit devices running on Android software instead of Fitbit’s dedicated (and somewhat flaky!) operating system. Blood oxygen (Sp02) monitors are a common addition to several ranges of wearable fitness devices this year – as the metric is recognized as a useful indicator of whether a body is fighting off a viral infection.And for people who don’t like wearing watches, the smart fitness tech is appearing in a range ever-increasing range of devices, such as rings and listeners.
Better and smarter home fitness technology
With Covid-19 still of great concern, many of us will continue to forgo public gyms in favor of home workouts, at least for the start of 2022. The home fitness tech craze has seen some manufacturers such as Peloton is doing extremely well during the pandemic, and judging by CES 2022, that trend shows no signs of slowing down. A number of competitors have emerged from Peloton’s gamified exercise bikes, including the soul cycle At-Home, which has the unique selling point that the cyclist is encouraged to synchronize their cycling training with the sound of music. If you prefer running to cycling, NordicTrack and Echelon are among the manufacturers that have created a range of smart treadmills, combining on-demand and live fitness classes. The addition of touchscreens, network connectivity and interactive streaming features has transformed 2022’s home exercise equipment from simple mechanical devices built from steel frames, weights and pulleys into technological pieces sophisticated, intelligent and connected.