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Exercise tech: How it could be helping (or hurting) your workout

A runner uses an ipod during an excercise in Arsonia, New York on Jan. 17, 2012.
A runner uses an ipod during an excercise in Arsonia, New York on Jan. 17, 2012.
Yourdon Edward

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Fitness technology has undoubtedly revolutionized the way we work out. Devices like the FitBit and soon-to-be-released Apple Watch offer data tracking and exercise reminders to keep you on track.

Even for those aren’t into tracking the finer details of your workout, it’s rare to see someone at the gym who isn’t listening to music, watching TV, browsing social media, or interacting with a gadget in some capacity. In a recent article in the Washington Post, columnist Nora Krug digs into whether or not exercise tech is harmful to our workout.

Have we become too reliant on our technology to help us work out? In what ways can exercise tech be beneficial to your exercise routine? How can it be harmful? Are there specific benefits to working out with tech versus working out without it?


Larry Rosen, research psychologist and professor of psychology at Cal State University at Dominguez Hills. He’s the author of the book “iDisorder: Understanding our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us.”

Jo Zimmerman, Kinesiology Instructor and Physical Activity Program Coordinator at the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland.