Wearable technology has come a long way, and has definitely changed my approach to fitness. I'm sure you can relate, how after long hours at work, kids, and just being plain tired, I had gained a few more pounds than I needed and wasn't getting enough exercise. I told myself, "I will get around to eating better and exercising later, when I'm less busy." Fast forward to the winter of 2014, when my doctor said I really needed to do something about my cholesterol, or I should consider taking cholesterol medication.
Right around this same time, I came across an article talking about how to lose weight. What it said was so simple: to lose weight, eat fewer calories than you expend. Being a geek at heart, I decided to approach this technologically, by using my smartphone and the MyFitnessPal app to log what I ate, and the MapMyFitness app to give me calorie credit for my daily walks. With the help of technology, I instantly gained an understanding of how the food I ate affected my health goals. Within weeks, and with the help of my smartphone and the apps, I started seeing real results.
I have always believed, "anything worth doing, is worth overdoing!" It wasn't long before I started wearing a FitBit device, and with the pedometer linked to my smartphone and connected to MyFitnessPal through the cloud, I was even more motivated to walk during the day, take the stairs, and generally stay active to ensure I kept the weight coming off. An added benefit of the FitBit was also tracking how long and well I slept as well. Recently I have added aerobic exercise and strength training to my workouts, so I have added a Wahoo TICKR X chest strap and a Garmin footpod, all connected wirelessly via ANT+ to my Garmin FR60 exercise watch. Now, after a workout, I tap my smartphone to send that data up to the cloud where I can use my apps to analyze and track my progress.