Keeping track of your exercise routine Keeping track of your exercise routine

Devices and applications can help you establish parameters and quantify activity progress in real time.

 Medical Advisor: Juan José Osorio – Sports Physician
Coomeva Private Healthcare practitioner

Including athletic activity in your daily routine is key for controlling different illnesses and staying healthy, which is why doctors recommend 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (moderate intensity) per week. “The only thing you need to do exercise is motivation, since you can exercise at home, in your building, in parks, or gyms,” comments Juan José Osorio, specialist in medicine applied to physical activity.

What you need when training on your own is a minimum understanding of the volume, intensity, and strain of the exercises, according to your goals. It is also important to understand that, when exercising at home, there is a possibility you might lose interest or not achieve your goals if you don’t do the required number of sets. “Before starting any exercise routine, you should know your state of health. Looking visibly healthy is not the same as being healthy, which is why it is important to have a consultation beforehand”, states doctor Juan José Osorio.

Smart training

There are many devices and tools that can help control and guide your athletic routines. Among the most popular are heart rate monitors (watches and smart bands with sensors on your wrist). “In addition to measuring heart rate, these gadgets have the ability to follow your average activity, such as counting your steps, distance traveled, the quantity and quality of sleep, and in some cases, variations in heart rate”, explains Osorio. The majority of these monitors need digital platforms to interpret the results, which it why it is essential to have a smart phone, tablet, or laptop.

Other devices

Just like the arm bands, there are also athletic shoes with similar functions (highly specialized for runners), that report information such as speed, distance, and calories burned. Many cellphones also have monitoring systems such as Google Fit, which can be integrated with other applications like Runtastic, Fitplan, Training Peaks, Fitbit, Freeletics, Daily Yoga (to practice this discipline), etc. They can monitor your activity in real time, and you can configure specific goals and different options with added values or premiums, with virtual trainers, conditioning plans, and weekly evaluations.

While technology can be beneficial to your athletic practices, it is important to use it responsibly, have a clear purpose, know your current state of health, and have had a prior consultation. “Wellbeing is the main goal, and while there are useful technologies, the significance of the measurements needs to be understood in order to use them correctly in personal training”, adds sports physician Juan José Osorio.

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FITPLAN

Offers access to the training routines of more than 25 elite athletes, with programs from 21 to 90 days, called Fitplans, as well as individual exercises. Through videos and advice, you can guide yourself during physical activity, as well as find new athletes and Fitplans available each month.

DAILY YOGA

Currently one of the best assistants for practicing yoga. It includes videos with step-by-step instructions that will guide you through 200 available yoga poses divided into three intensity levels, all focused on improving your physical state, body toning, and relaxation.

FITBIT

In addition to exercise, this app also focuses on nutrition, weight control, and improving sleep quality. It allows you to register the food you consumed, count daily steps, measure calories burned, and compare results with other people that are using the application.

TRAININGPEAKS

Directed more towards those who do sports such as cycling, running, and triathlons. It allows you to sync to an account online so you can access statistics related to performance, rhythm, speed, and routes according to the user’s goals from both your phone and computer.

GOOGLE FIT

Teaches the user secrets and techniques to train with their own body weight. It provides a simple and direct way to improve the user’s physical abilities with challenges proposed by the application that people of any age or physical condition can do.

THENX

Teaches the user secrets and techniques to train with their own body weight. It provides a simple and direct way to improve the user’s physical abilities with challenges proposed by the application that people of any age or physical condition can do.

All apps are available in the Play Store for Android, and the App Store for iOS.