The idea that people that love tech and people that love sports are some kind of polar opposites is a very outdated idea indeed! Tech and sports are in fact a match made in heaven. Professional athletes have been utilising technology to optimise their training for many years. Tracking performance & analysing data, using advanced training equipment, and even high-tech recovery techniques (like cryotherapy) are all very real parts of modern professional fitness training.
But of course, not everyone is a professional athlete who are afford the best in modern training. That doesn’t mean that you can’t incorporate some great software and hardware into your exercise regimen! TechQuarters, an IT support company in London, has a great culture of sports in their company. “We’ve regularly taken part in triathlons for the last 8 years. In 2017 we competed in 5 triathlons for the Alzheimer’s Society! We always welcome anyone in the company to represent the company in sports events.” says TechQuarters.
So, what are some of the ways that you can train with tech?
TechQuarter’s CEO, Chris, has been an avid cyclist for many years. “Since I started providing IT Support London based businesses need, I’ve always tried to stay as active as possible.” says Chris. “Cycling turned out to be a perfect fit for me. I could easily get out into the countryside from London for the weekend.”
But lately, Chris has turned to virtual biking. “Of course, nothing compares to riding through real countryside!” says Chris, “but Zwift has been fantastic for when I can’t get out of London.” The online cycling game and training program, Zwift, allows you to cycle virtual versions of some of the most famous cycling tracks in the world.
A wearable device can also be a great accompaniment to Zwift, or an easy (and slightly cheaper) way to enhance other types of exercise with some performance tracking. FitBit was one of the first companies to make wearable step counters, and the capabilities of their devices have diversified. You can steps walked, steps climbed, heart rate, quality of sleep – some devices even measure blood-oxygen levels.
So, this managed services provider knows some great ways to combine their tech know-how with staying physically fit. There are plenty more options for the health-conscious tech enthusiast, and more come to market every year. Being able to quantify one’s health and physical performance can be a huge help to some – look into it if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your health regimen!