Banana bread baker or a serious stroller? Lockdown arguably brought out some interesting trends that took the world by storm.
We were shut in our homes for long periods of time with just a daily walk to keep fit and healthy (or a PE lesson with the nation’s favourite Body Coach). For some it was a good experience as it made us slow down and take stock, achieve a work life balance, spend more time with those we lived with or find new hobbies. But for others it was a real challenge and led to a decline in mental and physical health.
So, if you couldn’t find the motivation to become a serious stroller, or a jolly jogger, in the past 12 months, but as the country begins to open up again, you may wish to ‘hit the ground running’! We’ve rounded-up those top tech trends to keep you in the know and help kick-start your post lockdown fitness journey.
1. Smart Watches
Smart watches are becoming increasingly popular for day to day wearing, not just fitness. They feature sleep trackers, maps, calculators, emails, and you can even text and take phone calls. Apple Watch, Fitbit, Garmin and Samsung, to name a few, are a few of the most popular smart watches.
They are also heavily geared towards fitness and help you monitor your workouts and keep motivated whatever your level from a short walk, marathon run or Olympic swim. You can see all your key metrics (distance, speed, heart rate etc.) so you can track progress over time.
If you’ve taken up running, you may need some new headphones. Wireless headphones can be your best fitness pal and there are so many options from earbuds to near-wireless headphones, and the difference between either comes down to personal choice.
Some of the most popular are Apple AirPods, Google Pixel Buds, Beats Powerbeats Pro or Bose SoundSport Free.
Near-wireless headphones are connected via a wire that goes around the back of your neck and then sit in your ear, like headphones from Sony, Goji, Sennheiser, Jaybird or Librabird. Or you can go fully wireless like the Apple AirPods.
3. Fitness Apps
Fitness apps can also help you get started on your fitness journey. Apps like MyFitnessPal offer recipes, calorie counting, macro tracking, weight tracking, and more. If you want to refine your diet, Noom and Deliciously Ella offer healthier recipes.
Are you working out at home and need some inspiration? FiiT, SWEAT, Peloton and Jennis are worth looking at for home workouts. If you’ve taken up running, Strava and Nike Run Club are two of the best apps that help you track your runs and set your goals.
Maybe you want something that focuses more on balance, core and strength. If so, Yoga Studio and Daily Yoga are two of the best apps for yoga and meditation featuring guided flows from beginners to advanced.
4. Mental fitness
What about taking care of your Mental fitness though? Lockdown highlighted how important it is to take care of our minds, as well as our bodies. Apps like HeadSpace and Calm offer meditations for different situations and different lengths, including sleep meditations, all helping give you a mental workout and keep on top of your mental health.
The mental health charity, , has developed its services and now offers a plethora of tips for managing mental health issues and concerns during and post lockdown.
Why you need REAL FIBRE
The fitness tech industry continues to grow with more and more devices becoming part of our everyday lives. But, if you want to upload your latest workout to social media or take advantage of new features on your smartwatch through software updates, as with many things today you need a decent broadband connection.
Yes, it’s true on their own smart gadgets don’t use a huge amount of data (although an Apple Watch software update can be 100MB+) but when you combine it with your 4K TV streaming, kids gaming online, wireless music playing and video-calls in the other room it all adds up.
That’s why we’re changing the way broadband is delivered across the East of England. The existing broadband infrastructure most of us rely on is called Superfast broadband, also known as Fibre-To-The-Cabinet. The problem is these networks contain Victorian copper cables are not designed to deliver broadband speeds capable of up to 1,000Mbps (1GB), which could be the norm standard speed in the coming years, as technology advances, our homes become smarter and we increase the number of hungry-data devices we’re using. Currently, your connection may be just about ok for now but, over the coming months, Superfast won’t provide the speeds we all need, and the network can’t be upgraded without providers like us undertaking significant infrastructure build projects to enhance the full-fibre technology in areas like yours.
The only solution to accommodate our data hungry devices is to build new full-fibre networks, free of copper, which can deliver 13 times faster speeds up to 1,000 Mbps . Connectivity on a full-fibre network is also far more reliable and you’re less likely to see dropouts during peak times.
That’s why we’re accelerating the rollout of our full-fibre (we call it REAL FIBRE) networks. But building them takes time (up to 18 months) so we need to start now as otherwise, it will be too late and the expectation to have sufficient and reliable broadband speeds in homes and businesses may not be easily come by.
The good news is we’re well underway with our rollout across the East of England. Click here and enter your postcode using our postcode checker tool, to find out if we’re coming to your area soon and see how you can help digitally futureproof your home and your community.