Data-driven performance tracking: a review of some of the latest technology
Have you heard of the quantified self movement?
Even if you aren’t aware of this term, you are probably taking part in it by tracking performance. If you have an AppleWatch or a FitBit, you are using data to improve your performance. Even charts where you write down your workout stats (how many reps, at what weight) are routinely used to track progress. Without these benchmarks, it’s difficult to quantify if our workouts are as effective as we would like.
As technology improves, there are more tools to track our body, mind, time, environment or whatever. It’s easier than ever to track a life. But which tools are worth the investment and which will become fads?
Let’s look at a few of the most popular ways you can track your activities.
So, there’s a lot to consider when looking to technology to measure and track our progress. Collecting data about yourself and your workouts can lead to a better understanding of where you’re spending your time and explain why (or why not) you’re progressing. While technology can provide you with specific stats, so can a notebook from the dollar store. You can also take pictures of your cardio machine displays. No matter what your budget, you can start keeping track of your fitness journey.