Future fitness: Infrared light and dancing games

At this year's International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association's convention and trade show computer-based fitness games and health data for the Web stood out as big trends.

At this year's International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association's convention and trade show here in San Francisco, computer-based fitness games and health data for the Web stood out as big trends. Inactivity from sitting in front of computers can lead to obesity, but the health industry seems increasingly to be using computers to combat sedentary lifestyles and attract customers to gyms.

At the IHRSA trade show this week, I saw computerized scales that talk to your watch, fitness data that automatically uploads to the Web, and arcade-style dancing games aimed at fighting flab. As gyms and fitness gadgets get more computerized, PC sales are seeing dramatic declines .

Have a look at my photos and video to get a sense of what you might be seeing in your gym one day soon.

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    Erik Palm, a business reporter for Swedish national television, is joining CNET News as a spring 2009 fellow with Stanford University's Innovation Journalism program. When he's not working, he enjoys kayaking and exploring California's hiking trails. E-mail Erik.

     

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