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How does modern technology support athletes?
The widespread access to modern technology makes everyday life a lot easier. Smartphone apps and other innovative technological solutions also support athletes, who gain incredible assistance in achieving their goals. In what way? Which ones are particularly noteworthy?
Modern technology in sport: controlling hydration
One of the most helpful apps for athletes is the daily hydration checker. Most apps are based on regular reminders to replenish fluids in order to cover the daily requirement without the slightest trouble. The apps independently calculate the necessary amount of water to consume during the day, and also allow you to analyse your results on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis. This is a great solution for everyone, especially during holidays and hot weather - the application reduces the risk of dehydration.
Modern technology in sport: training diary
Interactive training diaries are equally valuable support for athletes. Many of them feature an intuitive user panel that enables simple operation. Workout diaries in the form of applications for mobile phones allow you to record your progress and the effects of successive exercises included in your training plan. Thanks to this, you can easily view the value of the load used or check the number of repetitions to be completed in a particular activity. Some modern technologies contain a number of valuable options that further facilitate the realisation of the training plan, e.g. automatic generation of weekly or monthly reports, video materials allowing to check the correct exercise technique, or a multimedia anatomical atlas.
Modern technology in sport: the calorie calculator
It is a great solution for all people, including athletes, who want to ensure that their daily calorie balance is maintained. Diet plays an extremely important role in the case of recreational physical activity and professional sports training. A well-balanced nutritional plan is the basis for providing the body with the necessary energy to work - equally during exercise and in the performance of everyday duties. Modern smartphone technology makes it very easy and convenient to calculate the energy value of individual meals.
In many calculators, in addition to a rich database of products with specific amounts of macronutrients and calories, there are many other interesting facilities such as:
- ready-made recipes for healthy and dietetic meals
- barcode scanner, which solves problems during a visit to the shop
- exchange tables which allow the substitution of an essential product, e.g. in a situation when a specific ingredient will not be available in the shop's offer
Many calorie calculators also have the option to monitor body mass index (BMI) values, which is one of the most popular ways to check your current weight.