All About Wearables: Why They Can Help You Improve Your Overall Health
Posted June 28, 2017
Have a FitBit but it’s collecting dust somewhere in your closet? It might be time to dig it out.
FitBits, along with other wearables, could help you improve your health. In the recent decade, wearable technology has not only emerged, but thrived.
What’s a FitBit and How Do You Use it?
If you’re not familiar with FitBits, they’re a digital product intended to help users track their fitness goals. As a digital wristband, a FitBit allows people to track their daily activity, exercise, food, water intake, weight, and sleep. And with 9 different bands to choose from, potential FitBit customers are bound to find the right fit for their personal fitness goals.
So, how does it work? It’s actually quite simple. After you purchase your FitBit, you’ll receive instructions on how to properly set up your specific device. All FitBit users download a companion app, which displays all of the data tracked by the device. Here, you’ll be able to enter your weight, height, which wrist you’ll be wearing your FitBit, your exercise goals, etc.
However, the features don’t end there. A neat addition of the FitBit is the social aspect—you can add friends through the app and compete in step competitions. A little friendly competition goes a long way (especially if you can’t stand to lose) and can keep you motivated by providing accountability 1.
Apple offers a similar product called the Apple Watch. Like FitBit, you’re able to choose from an array of different watches specific to your needs–some intended for more personal/social use, while others are geared more heavily toward fitness. All iPhone users have an app called ‘Health’ on their device. Your Apple watch will connect to this via Bluetooth. Within the Health app, you can plug in your personal health measurements along with tracking your activity, sleep, and nutrition 3.
Why Does a Product Like This Help You Improve Your Health?
It creates awareness. Being aware of your health stats and goals helps you understand what more you need to do to get healthy and remain healthy. If you’re not tracking your health figures and activity levels, how can you be sure you’re reaching them?
It helps you understand what goals you should be reaching. FitBit experts have done extensive research in order to provide you with reasonable goals fit for you. After entering in your personal data such as your weight, height, everyday activity level, and etc., the FitBit app will suggest appropriate goals that you should be reaching. Sure, Google can probably provide you with some of this information—but with a FitBit, this process is streamlined by being faster and more personalized.
It’s fun. Who doesn’t love reaching a goal? Seeing your goals documented on the app is motivating, and when you reach them, you feel accomplished. A bright green congratulatory screen will appear on days that you’ve reached all of your goals. And although it might sound silly, it’s satisfying to see. In terms of the step competitions, it’s a great way to stay connected with friends and family throughout your day—and you’re all working toward a common goal (staying healthy!)
What are Some Other Types of Wearables?
In addition to the FitBit, there are a number of other wearables on the market. Here are a few specific brands that seem to soar past others in the healthcare world.
1.) AliveCor Heart Monitor – this is a tiny device (serving as an electrocardiogram) that connects to your phone case. Not only does it provide helpful education on a healthy heart, but it also provides ECG recording, collect data, and insights on your personal statistics.
2.) Viatom Checkme – this small standalone device accurately measures body temperature, pulse rhythm and rate, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, activity, and sleep.
3.) Witchings Blood Pressure – this is a blood pressure monitor that connects to an app via Bluetooth. It measures your heart rate, blood pressure, and weekly steps. It’s certainly the most blood pressure focused wearable, taking 3 measurements each time and calculating the average for an accurate reading 2.
Why You Should Stay Tuned
At MedaCheck, it’s our goal to help you stay healthy. That’s why our developers have something incredible in the works. Our team is currently working to allow FitBit users (and other wearable users) to sync their data directly with the MedaCheck app, Habit.
In addition to tracking all of your medication data and needs, you’ll be able to have all of your health stats in one place.
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Available via tablet and as a standalone app, MedaCheck makes sure you take the right dose, at the right time, every time. If you’re a hospital, care center, healthcare organization or home care provider, employer or individual, visit www.medacheck.com.