Wearable Fitness, Smart Coaches: The Advent of Technology into Fitness


Most of us lead fast paced lives, with little or no time to focus on the most important facet of our lives, i.e., fitness and health. While we are usually struggling to meet professional and personal commitments, our own health usually takes a backseat.

India isn’t quite the epitome of fitness, while many may argue, the truth is most of us don’t really focus on fitness as a need. We have grown rather accustomed to our sedentary lifestyles. We’ve replaced walking with cars, climbing stairs with elevators, doing chores with paid help so on and so forth.

We have even started compromising on our sleep. It is recommended that a human being sleeps atleast 7-9 hours a day. That doesn’t seem to be the case for most of us, most of us skimp on our sleep just to get more work done and even if we manage to sleep for 8 hours it’s usually disturbed and not exactly sound sleep.

The fact that technology has become an indispensible part of our lives, is no surprise.  It has crept into every aspect of our life and has made things easier, faster and better. This is probably why it is a good idea to merge fitness with technology. We could use the ease and accuracy that technology has to offer and apply it to our fitness regimes.

There are now so many top fitness trackers on the market that choosing the best one can be difficult. The right activity tracker will be based on your individual needs; whether it’s step counting, sleep pattern tracking or 24/7 heart rate tracking, advising you to increase your water-intake, basically, it pushes you to live a more healthy active life in general.


Jawbone is a privately held consumer technology and wearable products company headquartered in San Francisco, California. It develops and sells wearable technology such as the Jawbone UP2, UP3 and UP4 wristbands.

Jawbone recently launched the UP3, which is built on an advanced multi-sensor platform that packs in a newly designed tri-axis accelerometer, bio impedance sensors, as well as skin and ambient temperature sensors. These sensors sit on the inside of the band – they measure the resistance of skin tissue to tiny electric currents like a treadmill heart rate grip.


Jawbone has again turned to Swiss designer Yves Béhar for the design of the UP3 – the same chap who came up with the flexible, bendy, fit of the UP2. Unlike its predecessor though, the UP3 is a one-size fits all affair that’s more ‘jewellery’ than ‘gadget’.

It really takes fitness and health to another level, wearing this little band on your wrist is like having your personal fitness trainer around you 24×7. It reminds you if you haven’t walked enough on a particular day and prompts you to meet the target set by you. What might be considered adequate sleep for one person may differ when compared to another! The fact that it is so personalized makes it even better!

Bollywood Actor Neha Dhupia, who was present for the launch of the Jawbone UP3 says that for a fitness freak like her this comes as a blessing!

When asked if she feels that the advent technology will help make India a fitter and healthier country, watch what she had to say;


Shireen Azizi

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