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The New Age of Digital Fitness 

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My Gadget, My Self

As first-generation technology, digital fitness is still evolving; whether it's a passing fad or here to stay remains to be seen. With the endless proliferation of apps and gadgets, it seems like any day now we'll all have USB ports installed in the backs of our heads. A teched-out life is not for everyone—and many of us will prefer to tune into our own bodies without the help of a gadget. And clearly, not all of the devices will stick around; some will appeal only to a select geek population. One new wearable called the Lumo-Lift attaches to your lapel and lets you know when you're slouching—kind of like a Virtual Mom. Is too much technology a bad thing? While the risk of radiation from most of these gadgets is minimal, many apps require the near-constant use of cell phones—which do put out serious radiofrequency energy that can impact health. But most of us have a cell phone attached like a fifth limb anyway. Why not get more out of it?

As the science morphs and transforms, many people—including Olsen, who continues to inspire with his story—will take advantage of the self-knowledge that it offers. Sleep tracking, step counting, BMI indexing, heart rate monitoring—bring it on, says Stone. "Data like this might help you make better diet choices, get out for a walk, go to bed earlier, and really see the relationship between your health and the way you're living your life."

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