Using New Tech Purchases to Motivate Workouts

Using New Tech Purchases to Motivate Workouts

Campbell Faulkner
Apr 18, 2011

A cyclist once told us that if you find yourself no longer riding as frequently as you should, go buy a new bike and you will ride with fresh vigor. This got us wondering, does new tech act as a catalyst to help invigorate waning exercise enthusiasm?

We noticed this might be the case with us, helping keep our love of exercise alive by infusing it with new gadgets. For runners we wondered is getting a new iPod and Nike + helps to get someone back running. We know we love looking at the data from all of our rides on iMapMyRide that we collect with our iPhones. Any new techy twist and we are excited to use it and see how it fits into our workouts. For use new tech is sort of like getting a new pair of running shoes, you just want to go use them.

The benefits of tech getting us back on the exercise bandwagon aside, is using gear as a crutch to help motivate ourselves? It might be if viewed as an act that furthers consumerism purely to motivate oneself to exercise. At any rate, we seem to notice and like the fact that we can use new cool technology to force ourselves to workout more.

What are your thoughts on using new tech to motivate yourself to workout?

(Top image: Flickr member Mateusz Skuza , second image AMagill, both licensed under Creative Commons)

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