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Empowering Women in Fitness: Innovations Making a Difference

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In the past, women have got a raw deal when it comes to health and fitness. With services, tools and technologies geared towards male exercise enthusiasts, it has felt like a fundamentally unbalanced niche.

Thankfully the march of progress is changing things for the better, and a number of innovations are allowing women to enjoy the same level of support and advice as the men in their lives.

With that in mind, here’s a look at just a small selection of breakthroughs that have been made, and which are a welcome arrival on the female fitness scene.

Wearable tech

Wearable tech has come a long way from basic step counting. In women’s fitness, it opens doors to a bevy of bespoke benefits thanks to innovations including:

  • Advanced metrics. Devices like the Oura Ring track sleep cycles, stress levels, and recovery times. At a time when 43% of women report feeling more stressed now than they did five years ago, these insights are relevant for mental health as much as for physical performance tracking.
  • Smart clothing. Companies such as Nadi X create yoga pants with built-in sensors that guide posture through gentle vibrations.
  • Comprehensive health monitoring. Fitbit and Garmin now offer features tailored for menstrual cycle tracking and female-specific functionalities, alongside hydration alerts, and more besides.

Health and fitness platforms

Fitness platforms are increasingly focusing on women’s unique health needs, which is an area that has been historically overlooked. Options include:

  • Personalised workout plans. Apps like FemFit offer routines designed for processes like pelvic floor training, with an array of associated benefits.
  • Remote personal training. Platforms like Trainwell make it easier to connect with a personal trainer for women remotely, providing expert guidance without the need to visit a gym.
  • Mental wellness integration. Programmes such as Mind Steps combine fitness with mental health resources, supporting overall well-being.

Personalised data analytics

Another way in which women’s fitness is being brought up to date is via data analytics-backed solutions, which provide a level of personalization not previously attainable. We’ve seen this tech put to work on everything from digital marketing to sock trading, and there are various benefits in a health context as well, such as:

  • Tailored workouts. Apps like MyFitnessPal use data to create individualized exercise routines based on personal goals and performance metrics.
  • Performance tracking. Platforms such as Strava offer detailed analysis of runs and rides, helping users optimize their training regimens.
  • Health insights. Devices like Apple Watch analyse heart rate variability, sleep quality, and more to provide actionable health advice. It’s no surprise that this market is set to generate almost $48 billion in 2024.

Virtual fitness coaches and AI-driven training plans

The fitness app market is worth over $9.25 billion, and double digit growth is predicted in part as a result of the introduction of AI-augmented tools. This sounds high-tech, and it is – but the end results are simple to appreciate, and include:

  • Customised programmes. Apps like Freeletics use AI to generate personalized workout plans based on user feedback and progress.
  • Real-time adjustments. Platforms such as Fitbod adapt exercises in real-time, considering fatigue levels and previous performance.
  • Expert guidance. With virtual fitness coaches, women get access to professional advice anytime. This includes video tutorials, form corrections, and motivational tips.

Innovative nutritional tools

There’s plenty of top-level nutritional advice for women out there, but government recommendations for calorie consumption which sit at anywhere from 1,600 to 2,400 daily are not that useful given that every woman is unique. The good news is that nutritional tools are becoming smarter and more personalized, covering aspects such as:

  • Macro tracking. Apps like My Macros+ help women monitor macronutrient intake to support fitness goals, whether it’s muscle gain or fat loss.
  • Meal planning. Services such as PlateJoy offer tailored meal plans that consider dietary preferences, allergies, and nutritional needs. That way you can get the right nutritional balance without the legwork.
  • Hydration reminders. Devices like HidrateSpark track water intake and send reminders to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Wrapping up

From wearable tech to fitness software, from AI platforms to nutritional solutions, women in fitness have got a lot to celebrate. These innovations are not purely altruistic, but rather are driven by the demands of the market, so it’s a good time to take advantage of them to prompt further developments and research.

Samantha Green, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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