Written by Evie Fane de Salis • Published 9th January 2020 • 3 minute read
As we welcome a new year, most of us will be exhausted by February, having rushed to try every diet and exercise fad shoved under our nose since we’d reluctantly told ourselves “this is the LAST mince pie, ok?”. But how do we know if our new fitness regime is actually working? And if we’re only tracking our workouts, how do we know we’re really going into 2020 a brighter, healthier us if we’re not also tracking our sleep pattern, stress level, air quality exposure or body temperature? Enter, smart health technology. Some tech can monitor all of this and more, without us even thinking about it. Here are some of our favourites for a healthier and happier 2020.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT
Track your New Year fitness goals with Garmin
This beautiful piece of wearable tech is one of the latest products from experts in sport and fitness, Garmin. The product’s strapline is: “You do it all, now your watch can too” and it sure can. This product is not for those who are just dipping their toe into a new year fitness regime, those of us who “might go for a swim, might not”. This is more for the seasoned athlete who wants accurate readings of how their body responds to intense workouts, including their RHR, HR, recovery time, VO2 max, movement and sleep. Some of the stats can be displayed on Garmin’s Connect smartphone app where you can also see historical data. Now that we’re back on track, we’ll definitely be giving this a go.
Track your sleep with this smart automation pad
We’re constantly told that we’re not getting enough sleep, what with all the distractions of TV and mobile phones these days. We’re also told that all our problems can be solved with a good night’s sleep – if only. However, there is technology out there that can alter our environment to make it more comfortable for us to sleep better, without us having to fumble in the dark for a light switch or open a window. The Withings Sleep Sensing & Home Automation Pad tracks sleep cycles (deep, light and REM), heart rate and snoring duration to determine the quality of sleep we’re getting. It also syncs with other sensors in the home to control lights and temperature just by getting into and out of bed. It works with Apple and Android phones so can be paired with the Withings Health Mate app to view a breakdown of sleep quality.
Monitor your alcohol intake with ION™.
Dry January may be in full swing, but if you’re still watching your alcohol intake come February, you can easily do so with ION™, the “wearable alcohol sensor” from Milo Sensors. Not to be compared with a breathalyser, the wristband device reads the alcohol molecules in your skin and pairs with an app on your phone, so you can view how much alcohol you have consumed and be more aware of your limits. The clever technology is a convenient and discreet way of alcohol monitoring, designed by Milo Sensors with preventing drink-driving in mind. You can even share your data with friends and family, either to keep you in check or to give you a pat on the back if you’ve stayed dry for another week or two, which let’s face it, we could all benefit from.
Currently still at the beta development stage, but watch this space as 2020 promises to be a big year for Milo Sensors.
Monitor your air quality exposure
Air pollution is rife, particularly in areas like London (lucky us). And when you can’t see or smell it, it can become dangerous. Air quality monitors like this genius portable device from Eve are a great way to monitor the air quality in our homes, so we can be alerted when air quality is particularly bad and encourage us to open a window or switch on an air purifier. The clever device also monitors the temperature in the room, which can be especially important for households with young children. It works with Apple HomeKit so you can view conditions such as air quality, temperature, or humidity using the high-contrast e-link display, or you can just ask Siri.
Whether you’ve set yourself a New Year’s resolution or, like us, you’d just like to be a bit more health-conscious this year, these are a great place to start.
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