“There’s an App for That”

Dylan Dacosta
In Fitness And In Health
9 min readFeb 22, 2023

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Do we need to track every morsel of our fitness journey?

“Hey! Are you ready to train today?”

“I don’t know, let me check my phone.”

It feels as if we’ve entered the era of the fitness-tracker-technocracy. Every day there seems to be a new app available to track some additional component of your fitness and health journey.

From a numbers perspective, one report from straits research showed the global market for wearable fitness tracker market to be valued at 45 billion dollars USD in 2021 and is expected to be at 192 billion USD by 2030. I bring this up because with the market ever expanding, this tech-era of fitness will only grow over the next while and with market growth, always follows an onslaught of scammers looking for that next piece of tech to solve all of your fitness and health problems. See Neoliberalism 101.

Today you can track your diet, your sleep, your steps, your heart rate/heart rate variability (HRV), your energy expenditure (allegedly), your basal temperate, your menstrual cycle, your recovery (as a vague term) and so on and so on.

I’m not anti-tracking either. I see the utility in a lot of these potential devices/technologies. I also see the potential downsides that accompany them. Largely, it seems…

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Dylan Dacosta
In Fitness And In Health

I am a personal trainer and online coach from Toronto, Ontario. If you like my writing, check out my website! www.five-elements.ca