Sometimes, there is the conception that children and adolescents are too hooked on technology and that the excessive use of digital and mobile devices is making them less active .
But what if we empowered the uses of technology that allow us to be more active ?
Nowadays, new technologies are an essential piece in most professional sports . From applications aimed at improving the athlete’s performance , to those in charge of verifying the result of the competition objectively.
On the other hand, technology has crossed the boundaries of professional sports and is also being established in amateur sports and in education .
These days of confinement due to the coronavirus it is very important to remain active . How can technology help us exercise?
They can be used from smart watches to free mobile applications that mark our goals and achievements .
We can follow our progress but it is essential not to obsess , since the purpose of these applications is not that we are extremely competitive or that we neglect other aspects of our lives that are equally important.
Set reasonable goals
Setting unrealistic goals can be very daunting . Age, gender, and fitness level are factors that determine a person’s ability to complete sports tasks.
For this reason, we must adapt the physical fitness goals to the needs and capacities of each person . Most devices track your heart rate during exercise, allowing you to adjust your effort.
Exercise, nutrition and professional sports are very present topics on the internet and social networks . You can find information on healthy habits , but remember that it is important not to become obsessed with achieving perfection.
You can also watch video tutorials or live classes conducted by athletes or professionals from CAFE (Sciences of Physical Activity and Sports).
By not having a professional to guide us at all times, listening to us is essential to avoid injuries . Don’t force yourself to do exercises you are not prepared for.
It is important not to lose motivation and try to follow an hourly routine .
We can use technology to plan our exercises and set aside some time each day in the morning or in the afternoon for physical activity.
Video games are often considered a sedentary activity that takes time away from adolescents for physical activity.
But there is a genre that encourages physical activity : from music-based dance games where the goal is to move the skeleton, to sports simulators where the controller becomes a tennis racket.
Technology allows us to track movement in real time and transfer it to a screen in a fun and attractive way, so that physical activity does not become an obligation.
It is recommended that we do not spend all day using our devices . We spend many hours in front of mobile or computer screens: we also need to take some digital break.