Woman jogging during sunsetThe world has seen some of the biggest advancements in technology, but nothing seems to come close to computers than the smartphones. Statistics show that there are already 224 million users in the United States. By 2022, it will balloon to almost 271 million. At least two billion people worldwide will own a mobile device.

People are not only buying the device; they’re also using and checking it regularly. In 2015, about 11 percent of the users looked at their phones every few minutes. Around 41 percent, meanwhile, said they did so a few times per hour.

People are attached to their phones, so it isn’t surprising to ask about the device’s impact on certain areas of the users’ lives. For example, how does it affect fitness?

Poor Grip

Ladies, it’s time to visit a Braintree fitness studio for women and work on your grip. In a research found in the Journal of Hand Therapy, all the swiping and pinching is affecting the muscle strength of the hand. The repetitive motions are making the ligaments weak and lead to alignment problems.

Having a strong grip is important, as it plays a big role in your daily activities. These include driving your car, opening the door, or lifting weights in the gym.

Bad Balance

Group fitness classDo you check your smartphones while exercising? It’s best to put it away because some studies revealed that they can affect your performance. In fact, this habit can ruin your balance. In a Performance Enhancement & Health study, experts found that smartphone use contributed to 45 percent negative impact on both stability and balance. Both texting and calling can lead to 19 percent worse balance.

Make no mistake about it: smartphones are useful. They have helped build relationships, made communication easier, and allowed information to become more accessible. But too much of something is bad. Knowing when to avoid the smartphones may spell a better body and health for their users.