By Fitmo CEO & Founder, Dave Roeloffs
If a man goes for a run, without tracking it, then did he really go for a run?
This is the philosophical question I’ve been pondering lately. With so many apps and devices to track everything from what we eat, to our sleep cycle, to the number of steps we take on a daily basis, it’s hard to imagine what the point of working out was before all of this technology existed. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but really, when was the last time you went for a run without first starting up your RunKeeper?
Fitness technology is great, I’d be a hypocrite if I said otherwise. Not only am I the Founder of Fitmo but I also use a number of wearables and apps on a daily basis to train more intuitively for running events. I am currently training for the Iron Man-Barcelona this May. I sport a Garmin, wear a heart monitor when I go for a run, and own a Tacx (an indoor racing bike system). These technologies have allowed me to train smarter to achieve the results that I want over a shorter period of time. It’s hard to imagine how people used to train for triathlons before such technologies.
On the other hand, as much as wearables and apps have given me invaluable insights into my training and health, I’m not convinced that they’ll ever fully replace the insights that an expert can provide. My thoughts are, if you run 25 km this week but you aren’t feeling any benefits or if you’re stuck to your daily calorie count but you’ve failed to see the scale move, then there must be more to the story than an algorithm can capture, right?
So, when should we start listen to an expert again versus relying solely on technology to try and produce the results we want? Is there a happy mix?