Like many other industries, the fitness industry is gradually being overwhelmed with all things hi-tech and electronic. Apps, trackers, monitors, gizmos, gadgets, online programs, simulators and electronic fitness activities. Wii Sports anyone? Back in the old days, we did push-ups.
With our own arms.
While I’m not anti-technology (welcome to my website), I am getting tired of people wheeling out ‘the next big thing’ that’s gonna lead us to fitness and fatness salvation. Well, if the next big thing is not total commitment, courage and passion to do what’s required, then I’m not interested. Tell someone else. Call me old fashioned but I’m pretty sure that lack of gizmos and gadgets is not the cause of our current obesity epidemic.
Some people are so enamoured with their electronic fitness distractions and their hi-tech weight-loss solutions that they fail to do the basic stuff. The stuff that works. Like sweating. Working hard. Getting uncomfortable. Eating less shit. Not giving up. Giving their body a reason to adapt. Training consistently at a level where physical transformation becomes an inevitable outcome.
In the context of this conversation, the smart question is….
Q. So, with all the hi-tech fitness resources we now collectively have at our disposal, are we (the Australian population) leaner, lighter, healthier and fitter overall than we were pre-technology… or is the opposite true?
A heart-rate monitor is not a solution. It’s a resource. Gizmos don’t get results, people do. Beyond the high-tech distractions what generally determines success or failure (over the long term) are the no-tech things like choices, standards, attitudes and behaviours. Want the solution to your fitness problem?
Look in the mirror.