Already sweeping the fitness and health arena, wearable technology is revolutionizing the health industry in a big way. Also known as wearables, these devices can be worn around your wrist, are loaded in some earphones and can even be tracked with your phone. Each device is a little different, but the ideas is the same: monitor your health and your lifestyle on a daily basis to ensure you are moving, eating right and using healthy habits to feel your best.
With so many options out there to monitor your health, it’s important to do your research and find the wearable device that gives you the most useful information. Many are custom to what you want to track and record, but here’s a look into the world of wearables.
The most affordable wearable in the Fitbit family, the zip is a small tracker in a silicone sleeve that you can slip into your pocket or hook to your belt. Available in five different colors including blue, pink, white, grey and lime green, the small device (1.4 inches wide) tracks steps, calories and syncs with your smartphone. It’s affordable at $60, water resistant and durable. For a basic fitness wearable that’s easier to track and more stylish than a pedometer, the Fitbit delivers the basics of wearable technology.
A stylish band you wear around your wrist, the Jawbone Up tracks your daily activity, diet and sleep. In addition to tracking, it also shows users how to make simple adjustments to their lifestyles to lead a healthier, happier life. The device includes a healthy food score, water intake logging and more. Another great aspect of this wearable is sleep tracking, which monitors your sleep patterns and lets you know how much quality sleep you get each night. All together, the wearable is a great tool to teach you how your day, night and food affect your health.
This gadget is a wireless earphone that uses Bluetooth to connect to your smartphone and track your pulse, heart rate and number of calories burned during a workout. FreeWavz Earphone tracks your distance, activity duration and oxygen saturation so there’s no guessing how your workout went. Health stats are audible so users can hear what is going on during their workout. The frequency of alerts can be altered, or users can wait to track their workout stats after it’s over.
The fresh new phone to hit the market, the iPhone 6 comes pre-loaded with a health app, called HealthKit, which can sync up with other health and wearable technology apps. The app is a dashboard that allows you to keep track of your personal fitness data. It works with any of your other health apps and wearables and syncs your fitness information in one place. It even lets you share the information with other people like your doctor. This app is a great one-stop place to track all of your health and fitness stats.