I’m not a big tech person, both in life and in the gym. Some people are so wired up for their workouts they look like they are undergoing laboratory testing, but that’s not my thing. My workouts are a time for me to check out. Unplug. Get in tune and listen, really listen, to my body.
Some distraction is good, especially during cardio, the bane of my existence, but you don’t want to be so preoccupied with your electronic leashes that your focus is taken away from your workouts. (Cough, cough, mirrin’ Instagrammers, cough).
Aside from distraction gadgets like iPods, TV and social media, stat tracking gadgets can be useful for tracking training progress, but it can still be a slippery slope. When you are so preoccupied with your numbers, stats and calculations, the all important mind/body connection element of fitness gets thrown out the window. When you rely on a digital read out to gauge and dictate your speed/distance/intensity, you lose touch with being able to read your own body. This dependence can actually lead you to undercut yourself and your results.
How many times have you stopped your workout because you hit the arbitrary number you set for yourself: 30 minutes, 5 miles, etc.? How many times have you slapped that stop button on the treadmill the second that timer ticked from 29:59 to 30:00? If you went by how you feel as a gauge, honing in on the burn in your legs, the pumping of your lungs and the thumping of your heart, you might have been able to pound out another 10 minutes or mile without even knowing it.