Use the Tube
So you could be a fitness fiend or an amateur who is trying to figure out the best way to do a hammer curl or a burpee. Or you could be trying to learn a new ab exercise. You no longer need to struggle all alone to figure out the best way to do any of these exercises. All you need to do is log onto YouTube and it is almost like having your personal trainer at home. Almost, but not quite, as the correctness of your posture will be entirely dependent on how good an observer you are. However, there is no denying that YouTube is a great instructional and inspirational source. To top it off, quite a few exercise machines come with QR codes which can be scanned using your smartphone. These codes then enable you to access the machines specific instruction video demo so that you can learn how to use it safely and effectively.
Fitness clubs, fitness gurus, inspirational health mavens –- all of them have Facebook accounts. Log in and follow them. While you are at it follow a few pages that encourage healthy eating and update healthy recipes on a regular basis. The constant deluge of their updates will encourage you to regret unhealthy choices and lead a healthier life.
As on Facebook, Twitter is also awash with fitness and health content updated on a daily and even hourly basis by experts out there. Needless to say you will also come across the latest fitness news, fads, trends, health tips and diet ideas out there. It is also a great place to get your queries answered. However, you need to exercise discretion as to who you do follow, be it on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.
It is easy to brush this site aside as something that is of interest only to suburban housewives. You would however, be very wrong. It is a great site to collate inspirational images and messages, workouts, recipes and health tips.
This is not just about posting a photograph of you working out on to the world-wide web and sharing it with the world. It is about charting your progress, highlighting your achievements, successes and making yourself accountable to continue on the healthy path. And who knows, you just may end up motivating someone else through your journey.
Be it Cross Trainer, My Fitness Pal, 5K Runner, Pumping Weight or Map My Tracks, fitness apps are the greatest technological development as far as most of us are concerned. These apps bring expert knowledge, constant motivation and a charting device together to create a handy fitness tool that can guide us whether we are in the gym or running around Safa Park.
Music makes us forget the worst of the grind and helps us get through an hour of exercise. It also prevents boredom while aiding us in maintaining our rhythm. You can listen to the news or sports commentary, and if you are a student you can even listen to your lessons-– anything that will help you get through your fitness routine without experiencing boredom.
Make the Movement
A new fitness product that has been making huge waves, in Dubai and the rest of the world, in the field of fitness technology is MYZONE. Its tagline says ‘Making Movement Measureable’. However, it does do a bit more than that. It helps improve performance and results by providing an accurate report of the progress achieved during the workout or any other physical activity.
It also enables you to track your progress after every workout and helps you see what your strengths are what your weakness are, thus helping you improve. The biggest plus point is that it not only measure your progress in just any one particular activity but also measures your movement across all ranges of physical activity that you may undertake for improving your fitness.
Using it is simple – you just strap it on (it resembles a heart rate monitor) attached to a belt around your chest. After registering your belt to the MYZONE cloud from which information relevant to you is uploaded. The data is collected whether you are at the gym or away and then wirelessly loaded to your registered facility in the cloud. You will get regular email summaries about your progress and can track your fitness chart according to your own convenience, irrespective of where you are.
The belt must be worn by the user while exercising for recording real-time measurements of indicators such as the effort applied. Effort is measured in MYZONE Effort Points (MEPs). You can accumulate MEPs for every minute of activity that you spend in the five effort zones (based on intensity and an individual’s maximum heart rate). The device also calculates calories burned and the duration of the workout. With the help of bio-impedance scales, MYZONE can additionally track values such as body water and fat percentages, as well as weight, muscle mass and metabolic age.