We all know that technology can make our lives better, and since there is arguably no more important area of life than our health, below are some of the best available health monitoring gadgets and some tips for using them.
Many injury-related issues, even things like lower back strains and sprains, are relatively easy to correct, with something like a brace for your lower back, some rest, some ice, and a lot of positive thinking. But chronic health conditions, like obesity and diabetes, are much harder to address. So, it’s important to stay on top of these conditions, and these devices can help.
Given the vast array of fitness watches available, it’s not easy to choose the right one for you. The Fitbit Surge is not without its drawbacks; for example, the rubber wristband takes a little getting used to, the device itself is a bit clunky, and the interface is sometimes not very user-friendly. But once you get past these surface shortcomings, the Surge is clearly the leading FitBit gadget.
This device is a combination fitness and exercise tracker. It has all the features of a FitBit, such as a heart rate monitor, calorie counter, and step tracker, so you can keep track of physical activity. All these metrics are very accurate. Moreover, the Surge also has a GPS tracking device, a music player, and some other features to make your workout a little less arduous.
The Surge also has a long battery life and wireless syncing capability.
Train smarter and go farther with Fitbit Surge Fitness Superwatch.
Weight-only bathroom scales are so last century. Modern scales, like this one, are more like research tools. Body Cardio is a revolutionary new scale that features exclusive heart health metrics.
When you step on this most advanced scale, the gadget sends a slight electrical pulse through your body, and in a few seconds, generates heart rate, BMI, and some other basic measurements, along with some more advanced metrics. One of them is pulse wave velocity, which is the rate that blood travels through your arteries and therefore how healthy or sickly they are. Anything higher than 10 may represent an increased risk of certain cardiovascular diseases.
The heart rate monitor is not quite as accurate as the one on the Fitbit Surge, because the simple act of walking to the bathroom elevates your heart rate. Moreover, not all of the advanced metrics, such as PWV, are commonly accepted as 100 percent reliable. But these shortcomings do not overcome the Cardio Scale’s usefulness and coolness.
Before you ask, this post is not an advertisement for the Withings Company.
People with either borderline high blood pressure or high blood pressure should check their BP frequently, because high blood pressure has no physical symptoms at all. But in terms of health monitoring devices, the choice is either an inaccurate wireless device that’s easy to use or a cumbersome yet accurate sleeve monitor. This gadget combines the best of both worlds.
The device itself is little more than a sleeve and a small air compressor inflation attachment, because it sends all the data via Bluetooth to your smartphone. The small monitor inflates quickly and quietly, and though the phrase “fun to use” probably is inapplicable, the Withings is not something you will dread using. As an added bonus, the device can be programmed to take up to three measurements in one sitting, then calculate the average.
No blood pressure monitor is a substitute for a doctor’s care, and no reading is low enough to stop taking blood pressure medication.
Kito+ Health Tracker
Not everyone needs a home electrocardiogram, but if you have certain serious cardiovascular conditions, the Kito+ is practically a must-have.
To use this device, simply place your fingers on the sensors and it begins testing your vitals like ECG, Heart Rate, Blood Oxygen, Skin Temperature and Respiration Rate. This information is then quickly passed to an app that’s synced to your phone and a real-time ECG line appears on your phone screen. This data is especially useful for people with heart arrhythmia, since it measures electrical impulses as opposed to the beats themselves. If nothing else, this device gives you peace of mind that chest pain is really indigestion and not a heart attack.
The Kito+ is pretty much a one-trick pony, but it is quite a trick.
When it comes to your health, knowledge is power. That means knowing what to do, and having the information available so you and your doctor can make the best decisions. While these devices won’t do anything to assist your overall health and fitness knowledge, they will do wonders in the information area. The rest is up to you.