Find out which wearables can help you keep your New Year’s resolution!
Well 2017 has finally arrived! Now that your hangover is gone and the vacation is over, it’s time to get back to reality. I personally love the start of a new year because it’s a fresh start for everyone! We each have the chance to make those changes in our life we’ve always wanted to. And, since all your friends and family are doing it, you’re sort of forced to stick to any New Year’s resolution you may have made…well at least for a few weeks or even months. Most of the people I speak to often want to make a change in their health, lifestyle, or exercise habits as they start the year. It is a new year right, so why not also make a “new you”. Now that the countdown is over, time to stick to those resolutions you’ve made to eat healthier, work out more, or sleep better. Check out these 7 wearables that will keep you healthy, fit, and in shape!
Is your New Year’s resolution to start running more? Are you finally trying to run the family 5K this year? Did you just buy the latest Nike sneakers and need to justify your purchase by actually using the shoes? If you answered yes to any of these questions that the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is the wearable for you. This wearable is a great device for runners, as it has an amazing GPS feature and spot-on tracking, all packed into the simple band. The band also has a heart rate monitor, is water resistant up to 50 meters, and has a battery that can last for 6 days on a single charge! The HR+ can be used simply as an activity and sleep tracker, like FitBit, but it really excels when it comes to fitness activities and running. Because it is built for fitness, such as running more so than just being an activity tracker, the HR+ falters slightly on the design front. But it’s durable design does the job! Drop it on the floor or knock it around and it should withstand the test!
If you want to track your daily activities but still look stylish while doing it, then the FitBit Alta is the wearable for you! Besides its sleek and modern design, the FitBit Alta offers accurate step tracking, a super strong battery life, and exercise and activity monitoring. Because the FitBit Alta tells you how many steps you take in a day, you may choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator, or take the scenic but longer walk home! Now you can obsess over how many steps you take each day in order to reach your goal. The nice thing about this wearable is that you don’t have to focus on all your activities. If you want you can closely monitor every step you take, each moment of rest, and your daily weight in order to set goals to improve each. But, you don’t have to. And touch screen feature makes it easy and simple to use. The FitBit Alta is the wearable for everyone out there who may have been holding off on buying a wearable because of bulky or unfashionable design. No more excuses! It’s the New Year and you can become the new you and still look great doing it!
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The TomTom Touch is a fitness tracker similar to many other wearables on the market except it has a unique fat scanning feature. So, if your New Year’s resolution is to shed those few extra pounds, this is probably the wearable for you. According to their website, the TomTom Touch tracks not only your steps, but also “what you’re made of.” The body composition data that the wearable is able to monitor measures your body fat and muscle mass percentage. This way you can better understand the impact of your diet and workout activities and get better results over time. Besides the main feature, the battery life will last up to 5 days and the wearable offers 24/7 activity tracking and can monitor heart rate!
Although LVL is not available yet (you can preorder one now on Kickstarter, they are expected to ship in 2017), it made our list because it is the first ever fitness tracker that can track your body’s hydration in real time. LVL can simultaneous sense your hydration level, heart rate, and activity to help you get the most out of every workout. In real time, the wearable will alert you to tell you exactly how much fluid you need! Basically it will tell you when to drink so that you can feel your best. So if you are worried about getting dehydrated while working out, or just want to drink more water on a daily basis to benefit your health, LVL is the wearable to help you keep your New Year’s resolution.
Looking to improve your sleep habits in 2017? Then you should definitely check out the Jawbone UP3! This wearable rivals the FitBit Alta when it comes to looking good and being stylish. The company boasts that the UP3 is so lightweight, comfortable, and stylish you will never want to take it off! So basically it’s a beautiful wearable with the added benefit of tracking not only your sleep but also your activities and heart health. By monitoring a user’s bpm, respiration rate, body temperature, and galvanic skin response, the Jawbone UP3 can tell the difference between REM, light, and deep sleep. Even cooler, when you don’t wear the UP3 to sleep, the paired app will guess when you were in fact sleep and create a sleep graph based on your previous history. Tracking your sleep can help you improve not only your sleeping habits but also your health!
Ok, let’s say that you workout daily, eat healthy, and are in bed every night by 10pm, but you still want to better yourself in 2017. How about by getting a promotion at work? Whether you’ve been stuck in the same position for years or just are looking for the next challenge in your career, getting a promotion is definitely one of the ways to create the “new you” in 2017! That’s where the Android Wear comes in. Android Wear is Google’s rival to the Apple Watch and it makes accessing some of the features on your phone as simple as looking at your wrist. Gone are the days of fumbling around in your pocket to reach for your phone. You can see all important notifications, phone calls, and messages from the watch. Now if you get an important message or a new Twitter follower request, you can easily see it from your wrist. You can also swipe up and down on the screen to look at the weather, your calendar, and other app notifications. Besides swiping, all Android Wear smartwatches respond to the voice command “Okay, Google.” Android Wear smartwatches come in various shapes, sizes, and colors so you will definitely be able to find one you like. Gone are the days of missing appointments because you forgot to check your phone. Never miss an important phone call because you left your phone in the other room. Stay connected all the time, be more productive, and get that promotion!
One of the most important ways you could improve yourself in 2017 would be to stop smoking. But we know this isn’t easy! And now there is technology to help. Chrono Therapeutics has created a wearable patch that can help users stop smoking. Although it is still in testing, we are very excited about this wearable as it is the first wearable that will help users ditch the bad habit. The patch-like device combines wearable technology with drugs, creating an approach using personalized medication and behavioral tools that work over a 10-week period to help the users stop smoking. How does it work? Well basically the patch has sensors that monitors your cravings, and can inject a tiny bit of nicotine into your system each time you want to smoke. The patch slowly gets you off of nicotine this way. Eventually, after 10 weeks of continuous use, you should be able to reach your goal of quitting. The app also features a digital coaching system that can send you texts during the process to help you reach your goal and increase motivation.
As wearable technology becomes more and more popular, the need to easily charge all these devices is growing. That’s where wireless charging comes in. Humavox’s ETERNA platform is an optimal and effective charging technology that is elastic enough to wear many shapes and forms, while at the same time fitting into endless types of devices. Imagine being able to drop any of the wearables above into a bowl, cup, or even your backpack, and the devices will charge. No more cords or wires, which means no more hassle!
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Looking to change your habits as we enter 2017? Use any of these wearables to make sure that you stay healthy and fit. And who knows! Maybe your resolution will last longer than the 2-3 month maximum and turn into your everyday reality! Happy New Year everyone!!
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