5 Dos and Don’ts for Using Technology in Your Workout

More and more people are working out with fitness apps to keep track of everything from time and pace to distance and calories burned. But using devices as the focus of a workout can get in the way of what should be the real focus–how the body is feeling.

Fitness apps have their place in terms of providing motivation, monitoring heart rate or giving accumulative feedback. It’s important, however, that they don’t take away from the intent of a workout, which is to incorporate the body’s feedback as you strive to build strength, flexibility, and speed.

Use these five “Dos and Don’ts” to let your body, not gadgetry, gauge your workout:

1. Do focus on your body; don’t focus on your screen.   With any exercise, it’s important to develop your “inner observer”–that inward focus that keeps tabs on how the body is performing and allows for self-regulation. Putting too much emphasize on what your device tells you, rather than what your body is saying, can result in poor technique, ineffective pacing, or exercising to the point of exhaustion.

2. Do count reps; don’t count minutes.  More important than the amount of time you spend on a workout is your step-by-step progression through your full workout. It’s best to increase your speed only according to how your body adapts to the exercise regimen over time.

3. Do build strength gradually; don’t follow an apps’ prescribed timeframe. Exercise apps tend to increase the level of difficulty for a workout through a regulated sequence that may lead to burnout or injury. The wise approach is to ease into your training in such a way that it can be sustained over the long-term. Strength will come by gradually adding more weight, repetitions, extensions, and speed as your body is ready to progress.

4. Do use your breath; don’t use high-tempo music to regulate your workout. Nowadays, iPods have become standard gymwear. But that frenetic beat pulsing from your music is not the cadence to which you want to match your movements. Instead, in order to maximize fat burning and muscle flexibility, you want to synchronize your breathing with your exertions.

5. Do take time to recover; don’t stop just because the app stops. To truly get the most out of your exercise, you need to allow the body to recover by slowing down afterwards with five minutes of meditation, or just sitting and listening to calming music–the best use of your iPod with your workout!

 

 

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