Getting in a good workout may seem like a tradition that goes back through time immemorial, but in reality, our exercise habits have changed dramatically in the past 50 years. This is in large part due to innovations that have swept through the workout world, helping us all to be a bit more effective when it comes to getting sweaty. Here are 6 health advances that have changed the way we workout:

Fitness Innovation Workouts


Even though they seem like old technology, barbell weights with adjustable plates have only been around for 100 years. Before barbells offered changeable weights, men who wanted to weightlift needed to use fixed weights. Changeable weights let would-be weightlifters train progressively, adding more weight to their workout slowly instead of all at once.

Sports Drinks

When we sweat, we lose electrolytes along with water. This can cause dehydration in athletes who sweat for long periods of time, like marathoners. Sports drinks include electrolytes, in addition to providing calories in the form of sugar. This can lead to improved performance, especially for people performing intense workouts.

Moisture-Wicking Clothing

Before there was moisture-wicking clothing, there was cotton. While cotton is typically a breathable fabric, it can cause chafing during intense workouts. Moisture-wicking clothing lets athletes be more comfortable – helping you to train even longer.

Athletic Shoes

Before athletic shoes, there were plimsoll shoes, which were made from rubber and canvas. In the turn of the century, shoemakers began using a new invention, vulcanized rubber, to create quieter shoes, known as “sneakers.” Today’s athletes can count on enhanced performance and safety thanks to this innovation.

Interval Training

When people used to go to the gym, they would work hard to raise their heart rate and sustain it there for long periods of time. While this is useful for a cardiovascular workout, it can also be tiring. Interval training involves workout out extremely intensely for a short period of time, followed by a resting period where you keep moving, but at a less-intense rate. It can help you stay in the gym for longer, and provides an even more effective workout.

Rest and Recovery

Believe it or not, people didn’t always used to rest after going to the gym. However, new research into how muscle is built show that it’s best to rest and recover between workouts. Consider training with KT Tape and then taking a ‘rest day’ as this will give your muscles time to repair and be ready to go at it again. There is always the possibility to over train and lose all your gains

Innovations in the gym help us all to train even better for longer periods of time. The next time you hit the gym, thank these 6 health advances for making your workouts effective.

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