When we think about health and wellness these days, our mindset has shifted beyond just fitness and exercise to include other aspects that impact our well-being. This new holistic view is the result of a number of factors, including technology that helps you monitor and get real-time insights on many aspects of your health.
What are some of these products? We break it down for you, focusing on some of the top categories of health and wellness gear, and highlighting some of the products you can find in those categories.
One of the great things about the latest health and wellness devices is that they aren’t just about advising on different facets of your health and fitness but also being able to detect, and potentially even prevent, illnesses.
The Withings Thermo Smart Thermometer is one such device, which uses infrared sensors to precisely read your temperature and sync the data with your smartphone to log readings. You can also use the handy app to set reminders and input related symptoms and/or medications you’re taking to receive advice on what to do. (Of course, if there’s a concern, you should always consult your doctor.) And because it’s a no-contact device, the Thermo smart thermometer is totally sanitary, never coming into contact with saliva, earwax, or other bodily fluids.
Also employing a no-contact set-up is the Wellworks infrared digital thermometer which provides precise temperature results from the forehead or even an object, providing a quick reading is just one second. Alternatively, you can remove the probe and insert it in your ear to get your temperature measurement that way. It even has a feature that will provide audible fever warnings and can keep a record of up to 32 readings, and has four modes to measure different people in the family. It’s ideal for use with babies and kids.
With the Beurer Wireless Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor, you can track your blood pressure and pulse from your wrist and track your stats over time in the app. In terms of detection and prevention, it includes a risk indicator and arrythmia detection. It even comes with a handy storage box so you can bring it with you and measure as needed.
Smartwatches are great ways to measure not only physical activity but also things like sleep, caloric intake, and even heart health and levels of stress. The Fitbit Sense is the company’s latest premium device, which can also measure skin temperature and SPo2. When monitoring activity, you can measure specific sports and workouts as well as use built-in GPS to track your pace and distance when running, hiking, or cycling, without needing to bring your phone along. It provides high and low heart rate notifications as well so you can keep tabs on unexplainable high or low heart rates. While exercising, Active Zone Minutes will also help you optimize your workout by advising when you reach peak heart zones so you know when to slow down or work harder.
If you’re looking to set up your own gym at home, the NordicTrack SpaceSaver SE9i Elliptical has pretty much everything you need when it comes to cardio, including coaching, stats, and entertainment. It has a built-in 7″ Smart HD touchscreen you can use to play entertaining videos while you sweat it out as well as train with certified personal trainers, with an iFit subscription. It has 30 different workout apps, adjustable incline range, and AutoBreeze fan that keeps you cool.
One feature in particular that further sets it apart are the rear-mounted wheels so you can store it without taking up too much space, ideal if you want to keep in the corner of a bedroom or basement, and easily move it from room to room as needed. If you prefer, you can also mount your own tablet in the secure holder or plug in your own music player via auxiliary port and listen to a playlist using the 2″ built-in speakers.
Combining the best of health and wellness tracking with the ease of an at-home DNA test, the Orig3n Hypertension DNA Home Testing Kit is an interesting way to discover more about your genes and if you are at greater risk for hypertension. Do the swab test at home, send in the kit, then check your results online once processed to find out how things like diet, behaviour, and exercise might impact your blood pressure. Once armed with this information, you can use it to make changes to your lifestyle to hopefully improve your wellbeing.
This summer, I had the chance to review the FoodMarble AIRE Digestive Tracker, which can help you determine if you have issues digesting certain types of food. It comes with a FODMAP Test Kit that includes powdered forms of lactose, inulin, sorbitol, and fructose that you can ingest during a controlled test to verify how well your tolerate them. Or, simply take breath tests as you eat different food to get a better idea of how well your body absorbs and digests them. The handy device measures the level of hydrogen in your breath. After using the device, I was able to confirm an already suspected issue with digesting lactose. You can read my full review for more details on how it works.
Rather than a standard scale, check out the Withings Body+ Wi-Fi Smart Scale that measures your weight as well as body fat, water percentage, and more, syncing and uploading the information to your smartphone and the Health Mate app where you can review trends and data to see how well lifestyle changes are impacting your health and wellness. Use it to track nutrition, manage your calorie allowance, and set weight goals. It can recognize up to eight different users and their personal weight history. It also syncs with more than 100 health and fitness apps, including popular ones like Apple Health, Fitbit, and Google Fit.
Fitness and exercise are a big part of health and wellness. But it’s about a lot more. And thankfully, the latest tech gear can give you real-time insights into more than just those two factors, from your weight and your nutrition to stress, heart health, sleep, and more.
Check out plenty of great health and wellness gear at Best Buy online.