This time of year, many of us are thinking about starting out on a positive note when it comes to health, fitness, and wellbeing. And technology fans are in luck, as there are more ways than ever to scratch the fitness itch while also getting our fix of the latest gadgets and devices. Where lockdowns may have limited our ability to get to the gym, or in some cases even out of our houses, in 2020 and 2021, an abundance of at-home exercise solutions appeared. These will still be very present in 2022. However, other devices and trends are aimed squarely at those who are excited about getting out in the open air again. Fitness technology is always an exciting area, with everyone from giants such as Google and Apple to any number of innovative startups constantly finding new ways to collect and interpret data to help us hit goals and improve our health. So here’s a rundown of what’s on the cards in 2022:Meditation and mindfulness technologyDisruption to our way of life, school closures, large-scale shifts toward working from home, and general anxiety have led to four in 10 US adults worrying about their mental health since the start of the pandemic in 2020. This has led to an increase in interest in relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness and a surge in technology-based solutions. More than three million people are said to use meditation apps daily, and popular health platforms, including Fitbit, now include functionality designed to help track and improve stress and other mental health factors. Apple is said to be working on including features that will help to detect and diagnose conditions including depression and anxiety using its Apple Health platform, as well as the capability to detect cognitive decline, which could act as an early warning for the onset of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The wearable revolution has helped countless people take control of their physical fitness, and 2022 could be the year where we see its impact in mental healthcare too. Workplace wellness technologyTechnology solutions designed to monitor wellness in the workplace will come to the fore during 2022 as employers become more aware of the importance of encouraging fitness and wellness among their staff. We can expect to see tech being deployed by more employers – particularly larger ones – in order to gamify health activities such as gym attendance or taking desk breaks for gentle physical activity. Platforms such as Gympass combine fitness apps with gym memberships and classes, so employers can offer a choice of programs to their staff. This allows them to choose solutions that fit their specific requirements. Other apps like Zevo Health are designed to work with teams that are either office-based or working from home and integrate with wearables and fitness platforms they are already using to integrate their workplace wellbeing programs with their overall fitness regimes.
All data is taken from the source: http://forbes.com
Article Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2022/01/26/the-5-biggest-fitness-and-wellness-technology-trends-in-2022/
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