10 Ways to Monitor Your Health With Wearable Tech
Whether it’s a watch, strap, anklet or arm band, wearable tech can really help you in your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. Here are just 10 pieces of technology that you might consider as you pursue your wellness goals.
1. Heart Rate Monitor
Heart rate monitors are some of the most popular devices in wearable tech. Not only can they help you measure and track your vital signs, but they’re also great for customizing your fitness routine based on personal breathing patterns, beats per minute (BPM) and recovery times. You can even find heart rate monitors that sync with smartphone apps to deliver detailed results on your workouts.
2. Posture Corrector
From headaches to backaches, bad posture is terrible for your health. But how can you fix something that you don’t even think about? Try a digital posture corrector like Lumo Lift. It’s a tiny square sensor that clips to your clothes and buzzes when your body is slouching out of alignment, and it will help you straighten your way to better health.
3. Blood Glucose Monitor
As technology improves, it gets easier and easier to manage conditions like diabetes, especially when you wear a portable blood glucose monitor. Available in everything from patches to arm bands, these useful little devices will measure the fluctuations in your daily blood sugar levels and help you identify “danger zones” and peak times for insulin shots.
4. Tread Tracker
You’ve heard of smartphones and even smart houses, but did you know that you can buy smart socks? A company called Sensoria has made headlines for creating socks with textile sensors that essentially function as wearable circuit boards. They attach to an ankle monitor and process data on your steps, treads and heel-strikes so that you can optimize your morning jogs and prevent injuries.
5. Mental Health Management
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, so don’t forget to nourish your brain while you’re also tending to your body. Look into things like “meditation tech” that will measure and sync your breathing patterns to mindfulness apps, or use a respiration or perspiration monitor to warn you of impending panic attacks.
6. Health Monitor
If you have to drink a lot of coffee to get through the day, using coffee makers. You’ve probably wondered about the effect that the caffeine is having on your system. Health monitors can help you with that. For example, the CheckMe Pro goes on your arm and tracks everything from your pulse rate to your oxygen saturation, so it’s a valuable tool for anyone worried about their day-to-day health readings.
7. Fitness Tracker
Fitness trackers are essential tools for an active lifestyle. How can you improve your exercise routines if you don’t know how fast and how far that you’re running, swimming, climbing, hiking and racing? Fitness trackers can analyze your body’s movements and machinations through dozens of games, sports and activities, so don’t be afraid to look at high-tech armbands and wrist watches.
8. Sleep Monitor
Do you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep? Consider investing in a smartwatch that will monitor the depth and duration of your snoozing. The insomniacs of yesteryear had to endure cold, clinical sleep studies to figure out why they weren’t getting enough ZZZs, but now you can measure REM cycles with the simple purchase of a sleep monitor.
You’ve probably heard of brands like FitBit, but there are other pedometers on the market as well. Their primary purpose is to measure your “steps taken” so that you can calculate things like distances walked and calories burned, but many modern pedometers also come with advanced features for measuring, tracking, recording and analyzing general vital signs.
10. Stress Test
Many people think that you need to measure heart rate or blood pressure to determine stress levels, but you can actually do it through electrodermal activity (EDA). Better yet, there’s wearable tech that can “read” your EDA through the pores of your skin. If your health has started to suffer because of the demands of work, school, family or other obligations, consider investing in a stress monitor… or at least switching to single-serve coffee instead of full pots.
These are just a few pieces of wearable technology that can help you live a healthier, happier life. Good luck!