From electronic health records, to teleconferencing for mental health advice, technology is changing health management. On a more personal level, people are taking care of their health more efficiently through apps and devices they can use themselves. Here are eight wearable devices to consider.
1. iBeat Heart Watch
If you’ve had serious heart problems in the past, or even if you’re concerned about it, it might be time to try the iBeat Heart Watch. It’s a smartwatch that monitors your heart, identifies heart-related emergencies, and can summon health if you don’t respond. As their tagline goes, it’s “The smartwatch that could save your life.”
2. Spire Health Tag
The Spire Health Tag is a small device you attach to your underwear or pajamas. Its sensors track sleep, state of mind, and activity. It pairs with your iPhone and will soon be able to pair with an Android as well.
3. Omron Evolv
You wear Omron Evolv comfortably on your upper arm to track your blood pressure. The device uses Advanced Accuracy, an algorithm designed to improve your heart health. It has Bluetooth to connect to your mobile device through the Omron Connect App.
4. Fitbit Iconic
Fitbit has been a leader in wearable fitness devices for several years. It you want a Fitbit that tracks female health, the Iconic is a great choice, as it tracks menstrual and fertility cycles. The Iconic works for anyone, though, because it counts steps and floors climbed, recognizes and tracks exercises, and monitors sleep. It also gives you reminders to move and can guide you through breathing exercises.
Firefly is a health device that helps you recover from sports injuries. You simply attach it around the back of your knee. Its electrical stimulation helps your muscles heal by increasing blood circulation. You can also use it after any workout to delay muscle soreness.
6. Safe-T-Mate Fall Prevention Monitor
Preventing falls is crucial for elderly people as well as others who have weakness or mobility issues. The Safe-T-Mate Fall Prevention Monitor clips to the wearer’s clothing. If they go farther away from the alarm monitor or fall out of their chair or bed, the alarm sounds. So, they can move more safely.
7. Upright Go
Poor posture is more of a problem than ever since people spend so much time hunched over their computers and mobile devices. Upright Go trains your muscles to work better, delays fatigue, reduces pain, and strengthens your back. The result is better posture and greater comfort as you work.
8. AliveCor Kardia Band
The AliveCor Kardia Band is a strap for your iPhone that works as a heart monitoring device. It can do an EKG and detects shortness of breath and palpitations. It can alert you to an imminent stroke or heart attack.
Putting on a wearable device won’t automatically make you healthier or fitter. You’re still going to have to do the work of exercising and managing your health conditions. What these wearable devices can do is help you avoid medical problems and track your progress as you’re working towards your fitness goals.