Just What Does the Quantified Self Mean?
The quantified self (also known as lifelogging), is a way to foster self-awareness through a system of tracking and analyzing data about one’s self. Through using a system of apps, GPS tools and wearable technology, one can track their sleep patterns, exercise regimen, nutritional habits, and even mood to in order to better understand themselves.
Through tracking lifestyle choices and attitude, it becomes easier to properly analyze what habits are hindering or helping your fitness regime and overall health. Lifelogging even means that the average person can emulate professional athlete’s training practices through analyzing and comparing the differences between their health practices and those of athletes.
Now, this may sound like a lot, so let’s break it down. Emulating an athlete doesn’t mean you have to become one yourself, but there are certain practices that you can adopt in order to improve your overall health. Here are some tips and tricks that up your health game.
Think of Working Out Like a Game
From being a superhero to running away from zombies, there’s currently a slew of apps on the market that are designed to keep you moving in game-like scenarios. Working out doesn’t have to be boring, and exercise games mean that you can enjoy yourself and get your sweat on too.
If this doesn’t quite float your boat, joining a fitness class might just do the trick. From Zumba to kickboxing, workout classes offer support, guidance, new friends and improved performance because questions can be answered by the instructor.
Get the Most Out of Your Exercise Routine
It can be difficult to feel like your workouts are making a difference. Whether you have come to an exercise plateau or simply don’t feel like you’re burning off as much as you want to, it can be disheartening to not see your goals come to fruition. Luckily, there’s a solution for every problem. Getting the most out of your workout means looking at the whole picture. Here are a few things you can do to maximize your workout:
● Get at least 8 hours of sleep.
● Drink plenty of water, even when you aren’t exercising.
● Eat your veggies! Abs start in the kitchen.
● Try new routines that push you past your comfort zone.
Improve Your Health and Fitness Levels Through Tech Tracking
Health and wellness providers are attesting that apps and tech-tracking tools are promoting healthy habits and lifestyles. Tech tools can now track just about anything the user wants. From tracking heart rates, distances crossed and users’ pulse, fitness trackers are on the rise and helping people participate in applying quantified self principles.
This may sound intimidating, but it’s actually more achievable than you may think. Training like an athlete can help you stay on track with your fitness goals. Whether you’re a college athlete who looks up to Lebron James or are retired and looking to improve your physical health, taking notes from professional athletes can improve your health and fitness levels.
By simply committing to tracking your daily habits, you will be better able to understand your strengths and shortcomings in your daily life. After all, how can someone find a solution if they don’t know the problem?