Maintaining Body Health with Use of Technology
This could be my favorite article to write to date as it deals with my two favorite topics: technology and fitness! I like to think of myself as a fitness guru as I exercise at least five times a week and have tried every exercise out there. Over the past few years, I have used technology to keep my routines new, exciting and challenging.
I will begin with the technology most are familiar with — Fitbit. Fitbit is a technology device, usually worn similarly to a watch, which keeps track of your daily steps. It also monitors your sleep patterns and can keep track of your heart rate and even calories burned. My favorite part of Fitbit is that you can compete against others to see who gets the most steps in a day or a week. I once challenged a client, and I edged him out by jogging in place in my living room until midnight; the final daily total was 42,000 steps for me and 41,000 steps for him. The one thing I do not love about these step trackers is that the users focus way too much on steps and will skip out on high intensity interval training workouts since they don’t register as many steps as other forms of exercise.
Another one of my favorite technologies for fitness are apps that allow a user to keep track of their workouts. Many people bring a notepad and pen to the gym to record their exercises, the amount of weight, the amount of sets and the amount of reps they are doing. But an app can serve the same purpose and provide additional benefits. I recently signed up for the genesis program by Body Spartan, a 12-week workout schedule designed to get you in the strongest shape of your life. They recommended a very inexpensive app — Gym Genius — that you can buy which will keep the above diary/log for you. The app is able to show me exactly what workout I am doing — what exercises I need to do and how many sets I’m supposed to do — and keeps track of my sets, reps and time for the entire workout. Yes, I need to enter the information after each exercise, but it’s very easy, doesn’t take much time at all, and now I have all the information I need going forward.
This app also keeps track of target goals, weight, body fat percentage and personal records. You can add your own workouts, but Gym Genius also has workout plans of their own such as muscle builder, fat burner and strength. Each one comes with a beginner and an advanced plan.
Workouts on Demand
Lastly, my favorite technology for fitness is Beachbody On Demand. Beachbody is a company that produces DVD workouts such as P90X, Insanity, Body Beast, 21 Day Fix and countless other workouts. I have been doing Beachbody workouts for over 10 years and love them. Whether looking to put on muscle, lose weight or develop a better core, Beachbody DVD programs have it all. The only downside was that you had to buy the DVDs and play them in a DVD player on your TV.
Now Beachbody is on demand so instead of buying DVDs for each program you want, you can pay a monthly fee to log in from anywhere and stream a video on your smart TV, computer, laptop or other device. I have been using Beachbody On Demand for a year now, and I can choose any workout they have ever produced and can switch up my routine based on what I feel like doing that day.
I can write for days on fitness and technology… especially when we combine them. What I have learned from my years working out is to always change your routine, challenge yourself and find ways to keep exercising interesting. Technology makes it easier than ever to do this.
Christopher M. Chudyk
Christopher M. Chudyk, CPA, CITP, is a partner at Traphagen Financial Group. He is a member of the NJCPA Student Programs & Scholarships and Volunteer Relations committees and is a past president of the Bergen Chapter.
This article appeared in the January/February 2019 issue of New Jersey CPA magazine. Read the full issue.