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Stuff that Will Help Keep You Happy, Healthy and Thin
Posted on Dec 3, 2017
If you're not fit and hale, your happiness, work performance and future health will all suffer. Even knowing this, though, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to eat right, go to the gym and get enough rest when there's so much else to do. Fortunately, there are a couple of high-quality products out there - some physical, some digital - that can help you schedule and track these self-maintenance actions a little more easily.
As the slogan goes: "there's an app for that." Sometimes the "that" in this equation seems painfully pointless, but as far as supporting your efforts towards wellness goes, a few do manage to stand out from the crowd.
Meditation Studio: Learning to Control Your Mind
While giving your mind a workout might not be your first thought when it comes to improving your physical health, regular meditation has indeed been proven to lower blood pressure, defeat stress, improve sleep quality and even cure conditions such as depression and chronic anxiety. Devised by expert meditation trainers and supported by regular podcasts, this app offers guided meditations aimed at achieving a variety of outcomes.
Edo: Know What You Eat
Even if you're one of those people who actually reads the nutritional labels on what you buy, chances are good that you're not entirely sure what they're telling you. By simply scanning a barcode, though, Edo will quickly let you know how healthy a certain product is using a scale from zero to 10. In addition, it can tell you more about it in the form of a simple pros/cons list and even suggest healthier alternatives. This app also makes it easier to avoid allergens or animal products if desired.
There are certainly a plethora of wearable fitness trackers and health monitors out there - anyone who isn't quite sure where to start should look at a site such as Fitness Exact to get a general overview of what's available, what these devices can do and how much you can expect to pay.
The Omron Evolv: Uncomplicated Blood Pressure Checking Anywhere
One of the problems with monitoring high blood pressure is that it's not constant from day to day or hour to hour. In fact, just the anxiety that comes with a doctor's visit can lead to an abnormally high reading. Unlike some products, the Evolv is approved to take clinically valid and accurate blood pressure and heart rate measurements. Being wireless and easy to use, the user can do so several times a day and seamlessly share this data with their physician.
The Fitbit Flex 2: Calibrate the Burn
Although trying to manage diet and exercise on a calories in vs. calories out basis is actually not very scientific, knowing how much you're actually exercising can be enormously motivating. The Flex 2 keeps track of both your activity and your sleeping patterns, is suitable for swimming with and automatically recognizes different types of exercise while measuring its intensity. The design is sheer genius, with an ultra-thin, ultra-light wristband that still holds enough battery capacity for 5 days of use. The basic idea is that you can use the associated app to monitor your total daily activity, whether this consists of working out or simply walking from one spot to another. Another great feature is that you can use its vibration function as a silent alarm, so that you can get in an early morning gym session without disturbing your significant other.