The High-Tech Fitness Mirrors That Aim To Get You Exercising More

Many of us don't like to watch ourselves while working out. We know that we don't look our best when sweating on a treadmill or looking pained while using weights for fitness. Still, many people out there like to admire their reflection while at the gym via floor-length mirrors. It is perhaps why more and more people are thrilled by smart fitness mirrors. Read on to know more about the high-tech fitness mirrors that aim to get you exercising more.

What are High-Tech Fitness Mirrors?

High-tech fitness mirrors are 6 feet or 180 cm tall, vertical, and contain a computer. They can also be hooked up to the internet and work as a video screen. A person can connect with an online trainer who appears in the mirror of the screen along with the person's reflection. Some of the advanced mirrors are fitted with speakers and cameras, allowing a trainer to observe your movements and suggest changes and tweaks.

A user can choose from live one-on-one sessions or opt for group classes. Examples of classes include yoga, cardio, pilates, and weights. On the simpler mirrors, the video and sound are one way, and lessons are not live in the others. A person just accesses a library of streamed workout videos.

The Cost

If you want to go for a basic high-tech fitness mirror, you will need to shell out at least £1,000 or $1,300. You also need to pay for a monthly subscription.

Types of High-Tech Fitness Mirrors

When seeking a high-tech fitness mirror, you will come across a touch screen option fitted with several sensors. Such mirrors can be connected to AI (artificial intelligence), give you feedback regarding your movements, and suggest improvements.

You can also come across smart health mirrors with sensors that check your skin.

Another type of high-tech mirror is a smart wellness mirror that uses sensors and AI to evaluate your skin and underlying health. These mirrors can replace the mirrors above the sink in the bathroom and use a camera, infrared, and UV light sensors to analyze your skin and temperature and suggest several care routines. You can also access subscription-based skincare tutorials and control the mirror via motion and voice control.

The Concerns

Many experts feel that seeing all the flaws in the exercise and wellness mirrors can lead to issues. It can also lead to an obsession with a perfect body image. Dr. Anthony Papathomas, a sports and fitness psychologist at Loughborough University, said, "From a psychological perspective, exercising in front of your reflection might provide important feedback; for example, on running technique or weight lifting form. It may also appeal to people's aesthetic motivations for exercise - you can see the muscles in action, and that can feel rewarding."

He added, "My concern would be how do people with body image insecurities feel about this? It may be a problem for those new to exercise and looking to make a lifestyle change. Even for regular exercisers, we know there are many who experience body dysmorphia or eating disorders, and for them, seeing a reflection throughout their exercise might be troubling."

Consultant psychologist Dr. Elena Touroni also has concerns about fitness and wellbeing smart mirrors. She said, "For someone who is already focused on perfection, and perhaps already notices every perceived 'flaw' in their body, these mirrors could end up amplifying these kinds of psychological difficulties."



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