There is strength in numbers, but not so much in the numbers one would find on the scale in a bathroom, and runners have the future of digital training applications to thank for that. After all, changes in weight or weight stagnation may not always be a reflection of one’s fitness or overall health.
Americans and women in particular desire lean, trim and toned bodies devoid of fat. But not only do Americans need to stop gauging their appearance through photo shopped images of celebrities in magazines, they also need to realize why the scale can be the greatest saboteur in realizing health and fitness gains.
There are many rationales seeking to explain weight loss failure: stress, poor diet and sedentary lifestyle are a few of the common culprits. But given America’s increasing devotion to exercise, it is likely that most runners are not seeing weight loss success in the early stages of their training routines due not to negative factors, but rather to increased health and fitness which remain dormant upon the scale.
Despite these misconceptions, digital training applications like the Mettis Trainer, Nike+ and Apple’s various IPhone applications will help athletes measure fitness gains more effectively than the traditional scale during various stages of different exercise regimens. For instance, the Mettis Trainer improves the balance and footwork of athletes’ form, therein creating a solid segue to the rapid attainment of fitness goals.
For instance, many of these applications help runners explain that weight loss results aren’t seen, despite increased exercise levels, oftentimes due to the body’s weight homeostasis. Bodily homeostasis explains how the human body has varying set points in weight from person to person. Although running may not be trimming pounds, the increase in health it provides can make one look fitter, healthier and therefore better.
Furthermore, these applications are poised to prevent runners vested in weight loss from lapsing too far into cardio-intensive routines. Although cardio is great, anaerobic workouts like sprinting facilitate greater calorie burning, save time and stimulate more muscle growth than aerobic training routines.
Furthermore, lack of weight loss in the beginning stages of a running routine should not be discouraging since digital training applications can explain how the body increases water retention to repair damaged muscle when training intensity is heightened, therefore inflating the number seen on the scale.
Digital fitness applications are positioned to impart these tidbits en masse within the next few years, legitimizing recreational runners’ and professional athletes’ newfound insights to athletic progress, all in spite of what the scale may show.
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