“If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” The rise of technology to help you achieve your wellness goals
We truly live in a digital age. From big data to electric cars, 2022 is a world away from even some of the most outlandish prophecies predicted by pre-21st century science fiction.
Harnessing the full potential of today’s tech can help you achieve your wellness goals if you know how to make the most out of it.
Whilst we may have an idea of what we want to achieve from a wellness perspective, the question of how to achieve your goals is hotly contested – from creating a vision board to Tweeting your goals to the world.
S.M.A.R.T. Goals in Play
In the 1981 article “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management goals and objectives”, George Doran details setting Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely goals as one of the best ways to realise your potential. Whether you are looking to lose 5 kg or 50, lift 10 kg or 100, setting a S.M.A.R.T goal will give you a greater chance of success that’s backed by science.
E-health, the use of information and communication technology to support health and healthcare is a trend that has been picking up momentum since the ‘.com’ boom.
Owner of boutique Sydney based gym, Flow Athletic, Ben Lucas is a long time believer in exercise for physical and mental health. Ben is gearing up to run his 45th marathon this year, and over the COVID period he kept himself accountable to his training by posting daily running selfies to Instagram.
Smartphone apps are a popular choice when it comes to goal tracking, but do they actually work? The question was posed to a group of Australian scientists who conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis, which produced compelling results. The 2020 study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, found Interventions using apps or trackers seem to be effective in promoting physical activity.
Body Scanning Technology
One such app is mPort, which uses 3D body scanning technology to help you realise your physical wellness goals.
The revolutionary Bodymapp feature uses infrared technology to create an avatar of your body and find a number of body and health measurements. All of these measurements are then recorded in the app so you can track your measurements consistently and conveniently. The app also allows you to compare your avatars from previous scans. It’s one of the best ways to see if what you are doing is working for you, particularly if you have a body composition or weight loss goal.
The idea of Bodymapp was born out of lockdowns, but it has proven to be a hit for those who want to track their health and fitness in the comfort of their own home. To better understand your body download the MPort app which is currently available on iPhone with Android to follow soon.
Ben Lucas Guest Blogger
Ben Lucas is the owner and co- founder of Flow Athletic, an incredibly successful yoga and fitness studio based in Paddington. It is now known worldwide and they (had) a lot of internationals coming in to try out their classes. He was also named one of the 2017 ‘Men of Influence’ by Men’s Style magazine and personally trains Erin Holland and Sammy Robinson to name a few.
Ben also came up with the innovative Flow After Dark silent yoga disco concept in 2016, which has now held 9 sold out events across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. He has also created the Nightclub Spin, Sofa 2 Surf and 30 Days Clean concepts which are always huge hits and generate a lot of interest within the media.
In 2015 Flow Athletic won the Telstra Small Business of the Year Award and last year he was also profiled in the Optus business feature.
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