Stay Healthy With Technology
If you could use a little help staying on top of your health goals, (said anyone reading this article), we have a few device suggestions for you. Long gone are the days where you put a big X on the wall calendar signifying that you worked out that day. With so many advancements in technology, you can get a better night’s rest, stress less, eat better, and get motivated to move with a variety of tools.
Fitness trackers provide a wonderful reminder to get more steps in or to evaluate your sleep habits every time you take a look at the screen. They make a great gift for men and women of all ages and prices range from $50 - $200 depending on the capabilities of the tracker you buy. To put your best foot forward here are some of the most popular trackers you should consider purchasing.
Fitbit Charge 3
The latest edition in Fitbit’s line of trackers lets you know how many calories you burned that day, your heart rate, and sleep patterns.
Garmin Vivosmart 4
Need to wake up for that morning jog? Set an alarm on the Garmin Viviosmart 4 tracker. While you’re at it, monitor your heart rate, sleep, stress, and exercise activity.
Samsung Galaxy Fit
This lightweight device tracks your fitness activities, sleep, and heart rate. It even allows you to respond to incoming messages.
Download a wellness app
Whether you’re looking to slim down, relax, or eat better, there’s an app for that. There are a ton of options available (both free and paid) for download for Android and iOS. Popular titles in the following categories include
- Weight Management/Healthy Eating: MyFitness Pal
- Stress relief: Headspace
- Exercise: 7 Minute Workout
Finding the time to cook for yourself or your family can be a daunting task. Luckily, technology is on our side. The Instant Pot has been the talk of the internet for a couple of years and there’s a good reason for it. This pressure cooker lets you cook a wide variety of foods quickly and efficiently. You can cook anything from steak fajitas to flavorful soups in 45 mins or less. Make a meal for the family in less than an hour or, meal prep your lunches for the next few days when you use an Instant Pot.
Sleep aid device
Sleep is an often-overlooked part of daily health. To have the energy to power your brain and your body; a good night’s sleep is crucial. If you have trouble sleeping brought on by stress throughout the day, relax and unwind with a sleep aid device.
Douni Sleep Machine
This simple noise machine has 24 sounds that are meant to help put you to sleep. Choose from a variety of fan sounds, white noise, and nature sounds. Then, set the timer for 30, 60, or 90-minute increments so it doesn’t play all night. Additionally, it comes with a headphone jack for private listening.
This device is a little more interactive and is meant to train your body to relax. Place the device on your nightstand and tap it once for the 8-minute relaxation session or twice for the 20-minute session. You will notice a faint blue light appear on your ceiling. As the light expands across your ceiling, inhale. As the light shrinks, exhale. Dodow makes you focus on your breathing and keeps random thoughts at bay as you keep your attention on the blue light, helping your body ready for sleep.
So, do yourself a favor and take the time to take care of you! Living a healthy lifestyle is a balancing act. Finding the time to accomplish all of your goals can feel overwhelming. Not sure which tool you want to buy first? Ask family and friends for a gift card to retailers that sell some of the gadgets listed. This way, you can choose which area you want to focus on first and once you accomplish it, you’ll be ready to tackle the next one.