By NAME, ASSA ABLOY Smart Living Expert

A smarter way to get fit?

Smart home technology can take some pain out of your exercise regime

As the smartphone becomes a control panel for our homes, convenience takes centre-stage. But what about sustainability? Interior design magazine Elle Décor has claimed, “Smart home and green home are now nearly synonymous”. Are there really ways in which smart home technology makes our daily lives more sustainable?

The health and fitness market was one of the first to embrace the potential of smart devices. Even my 10-year-old now likes to track her activity on her Fitbit, but already this market has progressed way beyond step counting. You can get a smart device to monitor indoor air quality or take your blood pressure. Whenever you check, there are hundreds of “smart” projects looking for Kickstarter funding.

Home automation technologies can help here, too. A smart home equipped with a smart door lock can help make it more convenient to exercise where and when you want.


Smarter = fitter

For a start, a smart door lock like the award-winning ENTR® enables you to go out jogging without carrying physical keys. No more jangling keys in your pocket (what pocket?), which means no more digging in and discomfort in all the wrong places. With an ENTR® smart door lock you can open the door with your smartphone. Even remotely, so there’s no need to break off from your run to let in an unexpected visitor or a family member who has lost their keys. The ENTR® smart door lock and ENTR® Mini-Bridge connect you with your home system via Wi-Fi or Z-Wave, enabling you to open or lock your front door remotely.

Even if you don’t take a smartphone, you can unlock your home with the tiny ENTR® remote controller. It measures just 60mm x 30mm x 8mm and weighs 30 grams. Still not lightweight enough? You can also open up with your fingerprint. I assume you will be taking your finger.

If your ENTR® or other smart door lock is integrated with a comprehensive smart home solution like Samsung SmartThings or Fibaro, you can harness the Internet of Things (IoT) to do some even cleverer stuff. Set a geofence and your smart hub will automatically switch on the lights or the hot water when you return within a preset distance of your front door. The system uses your phone’s GPS to trigger an action.

For more advanced smart home users, IFTTT (which stands for If This Then That) lets you cook up a whole range of smart recipes to suit your digital lifestyle. Should you want to automatically turn off the oven when you leave for a run, or switch on the kettle when you return, IFTTT probably has the right controls. (Here is a great little guide to becoming an IFTTT ninja.)

Harnessing the IoT and smart security like this is more convenient. It also saves you time — leaving you free to fit in a quick Alexa core and cardio workout courtesy of your Amazon smart speaker.