Some Thoughts About The Revolution of Health and Technology

Some Thoughts About The Revolution of Health and Technology

Physical fitness was an obvious necessity to human survival and development from time immemorial. You had to be fast to hunt. You had to be strong to build a shelter. You had to be agile to defend your family. Survival meant training your body. Running, jumping, swimming, lifting, sparing, climbing, pushing, pulling, stretching. Fitness techniques evolved over time, but for millennia, the technology we used to train our bodies didn’t change much. And while survival doesn’t depend on fitness for most of us, there is obviously a strong correlation between fitness, health and quality of life. So we continue our age old quest to be physically fit.

Some of the innovations which we use to train our bodies today are not only light years ahead of those of our ancient ancestors, they are leaps and bounds ahead of what even our grandparents and great-grandparents had. From stop watches to digital sensors, the rapidly evolving history of innovation in fitness and health technology is staggering.  Today we have abundant and ubiquitous resources to help us train. We have highly compact sensors and mobile apps that test our athletic abilities and gauge our performance and body health through interactive applications. We have shoes that track our steps, our lengths of movement and more. Such technologies are applicable in various disciplines and all manner of fitness, helping us push our personal limits. And global connectivity has made it all possible.

The revolution of health and technology is here, and technology will keep pushing us forward, allowing us to explore health and fitness in ways our ancestors could never imagine. We are moving into the future with new ideas, and new ways to explore our capabilities. We are tracking the past, present and future of human potential and health right from our smart phones. There are billions of dollars being spent on the newest and best technologies. The challenge is to effectively use this knowledge and connectivity to improve and prolong our lives.

This all leads to new questions: has technology made fitness more efficient? Has it made fitness easier? Has it made it more accessible?

The fact that we can go to the App Store right now and find countless apps to book fitness classes, monitor our progress in running, heart rate, nutrition, etc. is a testament to where we are going. But the often confusing and disjointed marketplace for proprietary technology and expensive services is also a testament to how much further we can and will go in making technology useful in everyday applications. In a way, all this technology has made working out more complicated. Can we make all this connectivity and integration cost effective, seamless and effortless in our everyday lives? Can we make technology work for us, rather than the other way around?

Over a year ago, my team and I joined the fitness and technology revolution with a venture we called Open Sweat. The idea was to use technology to make working out a better, yet simpler process – to help bridge the gap between time, money, and effort in finding and booking a good workout. No gimmicks, just a lofty goal. The idea was to make last minute workouts in your area easily accessible to anyone. Make it inexpensive and make it available to accommodate people’s already complicated lives. Our goal is to help people get healthy in mind and body. We think we developed a platform and mobile application that does just that.

I urge you to sweat, to become energized, to find a passion in one of the many disciplines that we offer. Because now is the time to begin your own revolution.

By Adam Gleicher, Co-Founder of Open Sweat

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