Augmented Reality in the Fitness Industry

People are willing to try everything from fad diets to hypnosis to help them get on track to meet their health goals.

One area that is beginning to gain popularity in fitness circles is augmented reality (AR) technology during workouts. No matter their fitness levels, more and more people see success with technology aid that makes exercise a bit more straightforward and engaging.

By integrating AR into your exercise routine, you can add fun and usefulness to your workout without losing your winnings. Here's how the latest and greatest AR will help you meet your fitness goals—no matter where you start.

Real-time data

For example, many augmented reality systems include wearable technology that tracks your heart rate. This helps you make sure you're training hard enough to lose your pounds or build up your muscle, as well as helping you make sure you don't over-stretch yourself. The average range of heart rate for a 30-year-old to maintain during moderately vigorous exercise (the ideal range for fat burning) is between 95 and 162 beats per minute, so you'll want to keep an eye on your wearable tech to monitor your heart rate for optimum success.

This isn't limited to what's going on inside your body, either—augmented reality systems only help you track how far you've come. By helping you chart the distance you've taken or the measures you've taken, you can provide a regular estimate for your workout. Better still, many iterations of AR technology reward you on that basis. For example, you can unlock rewards depending on the number of steps you have taken.

This is a significant aspect of working out that people sometimes overlook, and seeing your success can be a great motivator to keep going and achieve your goals.

Learning as you go

Astounding 47% of generation Z is expected to be obese by the time they reach adulthood. A significant factor in this tragic figure is that for many people, the sheer amount of knowledge they need to learn about fitness can be intimidating—and, eventually, a turn-off.

For one, you can obtain customized workout videos from an AR system such as smart glasses to jumpstart your exercise routine. Just imagine: with this technology, you can make your fitness coach teach you new exercises, such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT), yoga, and Pilates. This eliminates the nervousness of going to a workout class for the first time, allowing you to understand how it is handled in the first phase.

You can also obtain instructions in real-time using AR smart glasses or just your headphones on your type, helping you optimize the ROI of your workout and minimize the risk of injury.

Fun

Finally, virtual reality technology makes working out more enjoyable. Adding gaming elements to exercise makes your workouts more open and pleasant to meet your fitness goals.

When it comes to exercising regularly, adding some fun factor goes a long way to keeping them motivated over the notoriously difficult first weeks and beyond. Not everyone enjoys working out for the sake of working out right off the bat—-it can take an extra degree of commitment up front to help them power up through the tough first stages of a new exercise routine until they feel satisfying on their own.

Developers have developed mysteries, challenges, and other games to get users up and down. For example, the popular AR app called Zombies, Run! The fitness collection is becoming increasingly popular. You listen and follow through your headphones while a helicopter pilot helps you survive the zombie apocalypse. You've finished a 5K before you know it.

With one-third of American kids already overweight, a little fun in the name of fitness is only going to help. 

With one-third of American kids already overweight, a little fun in the name of fitness is only going to help. 

What are several other ways you've been able to get to the peak of your fitness?

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Augmented Reality in the Fitness Industry