Got a problem? Blame technology; especially if that problem is health related. It’s no secret that sitting all day and being inactive is unhealthy, but is technology truly to blame? The truth of the matter is that technology can be used as an aid for virtually any activity you choose. Of course, it can help you binge-watch 20 episodes of Friends, but it can also help you to be more active.
Yes, technology, which has so unfairly been blamed for our sedentary, unhealthy lifestyles could be the key to a healthier lifestyle. The future is now; we have personal trainers on our wrists, scales that analyze muscle content rather than weight, apparel that monitors muscle activity, and water bottles that tell us how much water to drink. Technology has taken the guesswork out of fitness, so it’s time to stop blaming it and start embracing it.
A few key pieces of smart fitness equipment could be just what you need to get active and stay healthy.
Moov Now is a personalized fitness trainer fully equipped to push you further with real-time motivation, technique assessment, and workout tips. Rather than focusing on steps, which has been the emphasis of other trackers, Moov Now tracks active minutes.
Active minutes require a higher level of energy expenditure than simply walking, which leads to better results and tracking of activities such as swimming that can’t be measured by steps alone. Moov Now also excels in sleep monitoring, GPS tracking of outdoor activities, and swim analysis (it’s waterproof).
The first step towards an active lifestyle is to simply get moving, but if you’re looking to push yourself even further, Moor Now is the perfect virtual trainer for that.
Withings Smart Scale
While the average scale simply measures your progress in pounds or kilograms lost, the Withings Smart Scale does much, much more. This self-body analyzer measures Body Mass Index (BMI), lean muscle versus fat mass, and heart rate in addition to body weight.
Connecting wirelessly to the integrated smartphone app allows users to set goals, track progress, view local weather, and current step count. While you might think that such an integrated smart scale would be limited to one person, this scale can accommodate up to eight users. What’s even more impressive is the scale’s ability to recognize users based on weight.
It’s a well-known fact that gained or lost pounds don’t tell the whole story, so if you’re on a journey to get fit this year, a smart scale could be your greatest ally.
Athos Smart Apparel
If you’ve ever pulled up to the gym only to realize you forgot your fitness tracker at home, you’re not alone. Fortunately, a new innovation in wearable tech has the potential to solve this problem. Athos smart apparel, yes, your clothes, can track your workout too. Advanced biosignal monitoring technology utilizes sensors to record muscle activity and heart rate. Then the “core” collects this data and sends it to the app where users can view which muscles are being activated and whether they are training muscles symmetrically.
Real-time data and visualizations in the app provide the ability to work on form and maximize the impact of every workout, making Athos the smartest piece of clothing you’ll likely buy this year.
Trying to figure out how much water to drink a day can be a difficult task. Some stick with the old “8 glasses a day” rule, while others suggest it varies based on weight. Fortunately, Hidrate Spark has taken the guess work out of staying hydrated.
This smart water bottle provides a customized hydration goal based on your age, weight, height, and activity level. Not only does the app track hydration history and sync with popular fitness trackers, but the water bottle itself will change color if you haven’t taken a sip in a while.
Since water is essential for the proper functioning of the human body, this smart water bottle is perfect for everyone.
While starting a healthy lifestyle can seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be, especially with the help of some super cool technology and your smartphone. What are you waiting for? Get out there and be active!
Kali Muir is an ambitious freelance writer with a BA in Communications. She was born in Canada, but has since lived in Norway, Denmark, and England. Her work experience is as diverse as her past addresses, including roles in technical communication, corporate communication, marketing, and article writing. She has experience working in varied business sectors: Oil & Gas, Engineering & Technology, Clothing & Equipment Retail, and Creative Writing. Follow Kali’s professional and personal journey at www.kalimuir.com, or connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.