Article by SportsBlues
Way back in 2012 when the wearable revolution was just in its infancy, Wired stated that wearables use psychology to motivate couch potatoes. The argument is that by providing fitness data in real time, and having the means to share it via social media, these devices are able to reinforce, motivate, and reward by turning exercise into a game. In this article we look at how wearables evolved in professional sports, and answer the question: do wearables really make you work out harder?
Rise of the Wearables
Wearables were developed in the professional arena, and the devices have become a big part of sports science. Today all professional teams will use wearables to monitor and track progress. Olympic athletes like Connor Jaeger use wearables during their training to avoid overtraining, as reported by USA Today. The amount of technology that goes into modern sports training allows professionals to perform at the highest level. Even the attire of athletes is high tech. Most modern soccer kits are made from moisture-wicking fabric, according to the Coral feature ‘The Evolution of Football Kits’. This innovative fabric prevents sweat from soaking through the shirt so they won’t turn heavy and clingy, which can affect a player’s movement and even speed. Like wearables, this technology is designed to make athletes work harder. As with all innovations, once tested and tried at a professional level, the wearable tech is made available to the public, who can use in their day-to-day fitness activities.
Motivation Equals Hard Work
The Conversation points out in a feature on fitness trackers, that those who train are fueled by progress; the more they see progress, the more motivated they get. The website ran a study of 28 men who completed a 12-week program using wearables. The majority of participants found that using a wearable had a positive effect, with one man describing it as being a “big part of the daily motivation to do something”. A small minority however, found that the wearables decreased their motivation as they could see that were not improving. While wearables can certainly be used as a source to motivate and work harder, the study shows that it is still down to individual mindsets.
No wonder health and fitness expert Nadia Murdock advises us to keep forms of motivation on hand in her recent interview with Binge Magazine. Motivation, says Murdock, can come from pretty much anything, as long as you can see it, like an “inspiration board in your office, images on your fridge or encouraging quotes written on a piece of paper tucked away in your wallet.”
Easy Monitoring Helps
Moreover, wearables can help you monitor everything. According to clinical psychologist Joshua Klapow, monitoring is vital in making changes in your fitness routines. Additionally, these devices eliminate the need for you to physically keep track of everything, thus giving your more energy and time to work harder than ever. Just as important, wearables offer a more accurate and more reliable means of fitness tracking. Users can set themselves goals using wearables, and will be more inclined to complete them as they can track their progress. If you target is to run 5 kilometers every day, the wearable will not only be able to tell you if you have completed the task, but also how long and how fast you went. This makes progression to increased fitness much easier.
Now, you don’t necessarily need all the technologies available out there. An accurate and durable wearable, however, would be a great investment, especially if you are working out regularly already.
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