From smart watches to biometric insoles, wearable technology is definitely making a mark, as almost half of all UK consumers have some form of wearable technology or would consider using one, reports Verdict.
While they are indeed sleek and sophisticated to look at, wearable tech is more than just as a fashion statement. As we’ve previously shared in our ‘Top 5 Fitness Trends in 2020‘, functional features like step count data and calorie tracking can help you improve exercises and boost overall fitness levels. So, how does this translate to your running exercises? Let’s explore how wearable technology can transform your next run.
Feedback on pace and heart rate
Although keeping track of your pace is popular among runners, it’s important to know if your pace and heart rate are working together in harmony, as your body will demand more of the latter as you pick up the pace. In fact, Runner’s World notes that it’s good practice to modify your intensity based on your heart rate, so that you’re not overworking skeletal and muscular systems during an aerobic workout. And instead of leaving you to estimate your heart rate by using your fingers and wrist, wearable technology gives you an accurate, real-time representation of your pulse. Whether it’s a sports bra from Myzone or a hat from LifeBEAM, wearable technology that presents you with a heart rate monitor can help you reach your target pace at a healthy rate.
Personalised insights on every step
Wearable technology lets you record important data in real-time that can help you gain a more in-depth understanding of how you can still improve. While a quick Google search will show you many articles on how to improve on things like foot strike, cadence, and pronation, wearable technology goes a step further and provides personalised insights that you can act on. Nurvv points out that the most important part of a runner’s body is their feet — and the technology they wear can help them gain further insights on how to improve their run time, technique, and pace. With sensors directly gathering information from your soles, wearable technology can help you make the necessary adjustments for a more optimal run.
Decreased risk of injury
Whether it’s a simple muscle strain or a serious shin splint, running-related injuries can occur if you’re not aware of how much stress you’re placing on your body. Key metrics provided by wearable technology can help enhance the safety of each run by helping you analyse the changes you’ll need to make. For example, the compression sleeve from BSXinsight can detect when your body is producing too much lactic acid — a substance that can cause grave discomfort in your muscles. Whether it’s decisions like how fast to run at a certain time or how long your route should be, it’s essential to make well-informed decisions, as they can mean the difference between a healthy run and a harmful one.
Even if today’s technology is advancing faster than ever, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to using them to improve public health, as it’s expected that two-thirds of all Brits will either be obese or overweight by 2025. This goes to show that it’s important to understand not only your ‘what‘, but your ‘why‘ as well, to ensure that you reach the finish line of each race. Sometimes, all you need is a friendly reminder to stay motivated. In this regard, fitness trackers like this one from Garmin regularly notify you to work out while guiding you with the appropriate fitness level your body needs to exert. Moreover, most wearable technology devices offer mobile applications that modify their features based on the goals you set — from how many kilometres you want to reach to how many calories you intend on burning per run.