Are you attracted to the health functions of a smartwatch, but not the smartwatch itself? If so, then this post is for you. Fitness & health trackers are those cool looking bands you can wear on your wrist. These devices help with counting your steps, calories, tracking your sleep patterns. If your device is high-end, then it will also monitor your heart-rate and come embedded with a GPS tracker. In other words, it will keep an eye on you like a hawk.
- 1. Why use a dedicated Fitness or Health Tracker over a SmartWatch?
- 2. Fitness and Health Trackers
Why use a dedicated Fitness or Health Tracker over a SmartWatch?
While talking about fitness tracking or health tracking, what comes into your mind? Fitbit smartwatch, some will say Samsung Gear, an Apple Watch and nothing beyond. We need to understand this concept very clearly that these gadgets are not primary fitness trackers rather they assist us in monitoring few health indicators. They offer non monitoring for a diabetic patient, liver, kidney or even heart patient.
A proper health tracker would be specific to that very condition; something Garmin and Apple watches are not equipped for. Many are just ill and want a health monitoring device for the sake of managing their health.
Let’s introduce to you, some of the coolest health and fitness trackers equipped with exclusive features. These trackers have been built using the latest Internet of Things(IoT) concepts. Here is a round-up of some fitness and health trackers that fit your needs and adds a healthy benefit to your life.
Here are some of the best fitness and health trackers you should be looking into.
Fitness and Health Trackers
Spire Activity and Mindfulness Tracker
The Spire is more for those who engage in Yoga and meditation to ensure wellness than those who hit the jogging tracks, pool or treadmill. It measure breathing and provides feedback via its patented respiration sensor. Through its sensor and algorithms it detects, your breathe rate and patterns, state of mind (calm, focus and tension tracking) and sends you notifications on your smartphone. It also tracks steps and calories. It has a 7 day battery life and is charged wirelessly. This mindfulness tracker is small enough to clip on your waist or bra and is water resistant which is beneficial if it goes for an accidental spin your washer. The Spire is backed by 7 year of research from Stanford’s calming Technologies lab to understand your state of mind.
KardiaMobile EKG/ECG Monitor
A recent article published in the WHO directory reported that around 31% of annual deaths occur due to cardiovascular diseases. That amounts to a staggering 17.9 million deaths each year. The report also inferred that the fatality rate can be decreased to almost a half if there is a mechanism which is capable of recording periodic changes to a patient’s heart experiences. Thanks to a Alive Technologies who took up this challenge and introduced KardiaMobile EKG/ECG Monitor.
This device is your ultimate solution which acts as a single-channel cardiac event monitor and recorder. The package comes with an attachable gadget which sticks at the back of your phone easily and is connected to KardiaMobile app.
All you need to do is open the app, place your fingers at the dotted sensors and it will immediately send the recordings to your app. By maintaining your history of recordings, the application will email the reports to your loved ones and also to your physician who will get in touch considering the situation of the ECG/EKG graph. The best part is, KardiaMobile is an FDA-approved device which knows instantly if your heart condition starts to become abnormal or if it senses even the slightest atrial fibrillation.
The Muse: Brain-Sensing Headband
Just like any other machinery, which needs to be washed, overhauled and cared for, the human body is a natural marvel. It has its own set of practices which calms it down, soothes it and nurtures the overall well-being. Meditation is one of the most practiced techniques which people do to calm their bodies and to improve their focus. However, many complain that even though they are trying hard, their minds can’t focus during meditation. They seek help from several yogis and experts which are costly enough, but to no use. Here’s when the Muse comes in!
It is a 21st-century headband which serves as your digital meditation assistant by aiding you in tracking your progress. It keeps you consistent and focused during meditation by broadcasting calming sounds of ocean waves or rain-forest which slowly keeps on getting louder. Not only does it makes the meditation practice faster, but even more enjoyable and convenient. The mobile app that it comes with, tracks your activity during the session and plays the music which you really want to listen to while meditating. I know, for many of you it’s a jaw-dropping moment but that’s okay! Who doesn’t need a calm mind after a hard day at work?
Bid farewell to the bulky, erroneous and ugly looking sphygmomanometer of your grandparents. It’s about time, we give you something new, advanced and stylish. The latest Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) is one of those amazing health trackers which not only keep you company anywhere you go but also keep your doctor informed about your health stats. What more can one ask for? Synchronized with your phone via the Bluetooth technology, it never skips a pulse beat, like ever! Feel like recording your blood pressure? Simply unbutton your cuffs, roll up your shirt, wrap it around your arm and turn the Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor ‘ON’. It will automatically launch the Health Mate application on your phone and ready, set go! Wait, there’s a lot more to it!
Apart from blood pressure recordings, it will also record the level of hypertension using the past and the current records as well. Additionally, it will keep your physician in the loop by keeping him updated via email notifications. Once you are done tracking your blood pressure, simply disintegrate it from your arm and will turn off immediately. Guys, that’s how BPM serves as one of the best blood pressure monitors out there in the market!
Nima Gluten & Peanut Sensor
What if we proclaim outright that you can now say “YES” to all kinds of restaurant meals without the slightest fear of the presence of gluten in it! The same goes for canned or packaged food and for the baked items as well. Before you even think of something else, let’s introduce to you, the Nima Starter Kit & Gluten Sensor. This is an interesting and a useful gadget for those who want their food to be absolutely gluten-free. From now on, rest assured you won’t be lied to by any restaurant manager about the presence of gluten because Nima is here to help.
It works in the most sophisticated manner. Suppose you want to know if your food is gluten-free, or peanut free? Simply take a food sample and put it in the testing capsule. Then, put this capsule in the sensor and press the push button. There you go, the results will show up within 2-3 minutes. You can do this process while sitting in a restaurant, at a marriage feast, and even at your own home. Manufactured using credible research conducted by scientists at MIT, NIMA starter kit is something which actually lets you enjoy your meal.
Each capsule has an expiry and can only be used once. So users, will need a subscription shipping and should look at the costing of each. Its a pricey investment but at the cost of health, it should not be a think-twice decision. The Nima Gluten sensor and Nima Peanut sensor are great health devices for people who are constantly on the move.
The SteriPen Ultra
With the ongoing water sanitation issues going on in almost every country. The SteriPen Ultra is the only portable water cleaning device which ensures the removal of 99.9% of bacteria from water. Specifically designed for solo-use, it is an on-the-go gadget which easily fits into your pocket while you are traveling. It features an OLED display and guarantees a lifetime of purification if used properly. It comes with a USB cable which is used to charge the SteriPen and a Neoprene pouch.
Certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA), the SteriPen guarantees that the water you are drinking is pure enough. On a single battery charge, it can work up to 50 treatments and over 300 charge/discharge cycles.
To use; dip the pin of SteriPen in a glass full of water and keep it immersed for a few seconds. The moment it’s OLED indicates a beep, you are sure the ultraviolet radiations emitting from SteriPen have eradicated the bacteria. The water is safe for drinking.
Fitbit Charge 3
Fitbit keeps adding innovations to their wearable tech and till now have cornered the wearable market; enough to make ‘Fitbit’ synonymous with activity / fitness trackers. Their Charge 2 series doesn’t disappoint and comes with a heart rate tracker. Their new Charge 3 series is even more fabulous.
You can now take Charge 3 for a swim as it is waterproof to 50 meters and women can use the female health bit to track ovulation. Other than these two added features, Charge 3 tracks heart rate continuously on the wrist to maximise workouts. It also auto detects exercises, reminds you when to move, tracks sleep and all day activities. On top of this, it gives guided breathing sessions, has connected GPS, silent alarms, call, text and calendar alerts.
Interchangeable bands are a very big plus point as you can buy a few in different colours and switch them according to your outfit. There are leather and metal bands if the silicone is not your style.
Downside? It still lacks onboard GPS.
Fitbit Flex 2
The flex 2 is like its name offers flexibility of wear and discretion. It is ultra thin, swim proof and active wear proof and is a great choice for anyone wanting to save money on their fitness band. The Flex 2 also tracks steps, active minutes, and calories burned, while also recognising selected workouts and sleep. Call & text alerts show up as LED lights in distinct colours and patterns. Another nifty feature of the flex 2 is how the fitness tracker separates and can be used as a pendant. Like the charge 2, it sends all the information to the Fitbit app and has a 5 day battery life. If you are a fitness band shopper on a budget, this is a great choice for you.
As you can see, finding a fitness, health or mindfulness tracker that fits within your needs and budget is pretty simple. There is almost certainly a device out there that is perfect for you. What did you think of our list? Are there any fitness trackers that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments!
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