Can wearable technology improve your health?

Wearable technology includes devices like smart watches, heart rate bands, step counters, calorie trackers and sleep monitors. All of these are designed to help improve your overall health, but do they really work? Here is a quick breakdown of the latest in wearable tech and how they can help improve your health and fitness.

Heart Rate Monitors. Just a few years ago the people that used heart rate monitors were limited to fitness enthusiasts. You may remember seeing runners, swimmers or cyclist wearing chest straps in order to get a reading on their heart rates as they exercised. Today, it’s a whole new world as wearable tech stepped forward with great gadgets that can actually read your heart rate 24/7. Many of these watches, wristbands and other wearables synch with portable devices like your iPhone (and even your home computer) to deliver charts and graph of your personalized data that you can take right to the doctor's office.

Pedometers. If you want to improve your activity levels there are some great wearable pedometers out there. With a variety of options ranging from the classic type that clips onto your shoe or belt to something more fashionable like a sleek wristband these devices are made to help you keep track of how many steps you take every day. Using a pedometer can help make it easier to see when and where you can increase your activity levels during the day.

Calorie Trackers. Losing weight is never an easy task, and most people fail or quit their diets within the first few weeks because they simply don’t have the willpower to keep going. Fitness and nutrition professionals agree that keeping a weight loss journal is vital to long-term success. Wearable calorie trackers make it simple and easy to see exactly what you are eating and where you can cut back. And don’t forget that by keeping track of how many calories you’ve cut during the day you’ll also know when you can afford to cheat!

Sleep Monitors. About 60 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder including everything from occasional sleeplessness to insomnia. You probably already know that sleep is important to maintaining high energy levels throughout the day but it’s also a critical to your good health, your fitness performance and your ability to maintain a healthy weight. When you sleep it’s important to achieve the REM phase, or deepest resting state because that’s when your body replenishes hormones and brain chemicals involved in regulating everything from your mood to appetite. Sleep monitors are a unique type of wearable tech that enables you to see just how well you are really resting during the night so you can pinpoint health problems that may be associated with a loss of restful sleep.

Health Apps. Apple has created a new experience in health tracking technology that allows you to use your older data and information from other health trackers all in one place. The Health app for iPhones, and other Apple devices works with Jawbone, MyFitnessPal and other software to allow you to see everything on the Health app dashboard. Add any type of app including a blood glucose reader, body fat calculator and body thermometer to your mobile device and the Apple Health App with paint an entire picture of your health for you!

If you want to improve your quality of life, wearable tech devices may be just what you’re looking for! They may help you to increase your activity levels, reduce your calorie intake and even improve sleep quality so you can reach your health, fitness or weight loss goals faster and easier.

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