Although I’ve been slow to adapt to some of the latest gadgets and tools (I needed three lessons to master my programmable microwave), I love the ones that I’ve successfully incorporated into my life.
For instance, I love the speed of e-mails. Thanks to the Internet, access to the latest news on any topic is at my fingertips, and research is not limited to the local library. And thanks to small cameras that sit on top of our computer monitors, my family in France and I can view each other when we talk on the phone. Equally amazing is the fact that we can talk as often or as long as we want since the cost of international calls is negligible.
Home entertainment has also come into its own. The screen in my living room is as good as the screen in any movie theater I’ve been to. And now that I’ve mastered the microwave, I can make bowls of popcorn in a jiffy.
Of course, there’s more technology to explore than the advances I’ve just mentioned. If you’re ready to use technology to beef up your fitness efforts, here are some cool tools:
FitTV: You can watch on-air programs, and through the Discovery Channel network, you can order specialized fitness programs through the video-on-demand service under the Health on Call section. You can also learn about the latest fitness gadgets and find recipes that trim calories.
YouTube: You can access workouts from popular trainers. If you enter fitness in the search engine, you’ll find about 50,000 results (to give you an idea of the range of options). And the price is right: free.
iTunes: You’ll find tons of fitness content here. You can download audio workouts to an iPod or iPhone. And you can find video and audio podcasts under the Health: Fitness & Nutrition section.
Netflix: Thought this service was just for movies? Think again. Netflix offers DVDs from many fitness gurus, including Jane Fonda, Denise Austin, Richard Simmons and Leslie Sansone.
ExerciseTV: If you are a digital cable subscriber, you have hundreds of workouts to choose from, ranging from yoga to Pilates to cardiovascular routines.
Wii: No discussion of technology would be complete without mentioning the Wii fitness games (baseball, tennis, bowling, etc.). These games are so much fun that you need to put the kids to bed so you won’t be interrupted.
If you need help mastering some of the new technology, consider hiring a student from your local high school or junior college. You’ll be amazed at his or her knowledge (and patience) as you learn how to join this brave new technologically sophisticated world. And there’s an added benefit: continuous learning improves the health of your brain. Welcome to—and be brave in—this new world.