Fitness Technology & Wearables

Sam started her blog www.feelingfit.info with the intention of sharing ideas and tips to make the most of activity tracking devices. This led her to freelance content writing assignments about consumer fitness technology, wearables, and activity trackers. In addition to the bylined work featured here, she also ghostwrote content for clients.

ASMR: Is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response the Key to Stress Relief?

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) became an underground "cult" mindfulness technique. Practitioners report feelings of blissful relaxation, meditation-like states, and flow. Some who suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, and depression find it an effective technique to relieve their condition. Some people report experiencing a tingling sensation across the scalp and back of the neck in response to specific audio and visual stimuli. Often they associate this sensation wit

Three Surprising Uses for Heart Rate Variability

Many racehorses are high-earning elite athletes. Like human pro athletes, they have an entourage of trainers, coaches, and therapists. Unlike human athletes, they can't tell their coach when they feel pain or fatigue. Horse trainers rely on body language and any objective information they can get. Over the years, some use baseline heart rate variability (HRV) measurements to track the horse's recovery time and scheduled rest or active recovery days accordingly. Scientific research indicates that horses' HRV readings vary day to day in response to illness, workouts, and emotional stress.

How To Get Started With Your New Fitbit

Your new Fitbit is a fun and powerful motivator. It can coach you to increase your activity level, to eat right, or to get enough sleep. While many people love their Fitbit activity trackers, some get frustrated as they do not know how to make the best use of it. While Fitbit’s interface is fairly intuitive, there is always a learning curve. As a long time Fitbit user, I want to share a few tips to help you get started. Most likely, you chose your Fitbit to help you on your journey to a health

Wearable Trackers Move Beyond Counting Steps

People sometimes confuse today’s wearable activity trackers with an old school pedometer. The truth is, the two are different in how they operate and their capabilities. It is important to understand the difference so we can follow the developing trends. Modern activity trackers feature a tri-axis accelerometer. The accelerometer that tracks movement in three directions. (Side to side, forward and back and up and down.) They measure the force of gravity and the force of acceleration when moved.

Two Emerging Health Gadgets to Help with Conception

The world of personal health technology is expanding. There are devices to track fitness, activity, and blood pressure. But, what about fertility? Innovative companies are developing connected fertility tracking tests to help couples who are trying to conceive. Sandstone Diagnostics developed the first FDA-cleared connected, at home male fertility testing system. The Trak Male Fertility Testing System allows men to test their sperm count at home. Techcrunch called it the “Fitbit for sperm.”

Can Technology Help You Sleep Better?

Sleep is essential for good health. Along with healthy food and exercise, it is one of the top lifestyle factors for a health and wellbeing. In our busy lives, we often skimp on sleep as there is only so much time in a day. We often brag about lack of sleep because we are so busy with work, socializing, or family. Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post wrote The Sleep Revolution to address the modern “sleep crisis.”

Keep Calm and Enjoy Pokémon Go Safely

Chances are, unless you were hiding on a desert island you know that Pokémon Go has swept the nation. There are many upsides to this trend as the augmented reality game gets people moving and interacting with each other. People feel encouraged to explore their world while they explore the virtual world. However, there are dangers. The obvious risk is that some enthusiastic players are looking at their phone screen while they walk, cycle or even drive!

Can Music Improve Your Workout or Your Work?

Music has the power to distract or help us focus. Several apps use the power of sound and music to enhance several aspects of our lives. Do you need some tunes to help you work? There is an app for that! You probably know that it makes mindless tasks such as housework and physical labor more pleasurable. And most likely you shared the experience of feeling fully absorbed in the moment during a concert. But can music help us perform better in the gym and on the job?

Fitbit Reveals Two Stylish New Trackers Including One for Swimmers

Fitbit faces ups and downs. The activity tracking company faces lawsuits, the stock values fluctuate, and some speculate they may not compete with smartwatches​. Despite these challenges, they released two new fashion-forward activity tracking devices. The upgraded Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Charge offer changeable straps and new features. The Flex has long been a favorite of style-conscious Fitbit users. The small removable tracker was the first to allow users to change bands to suit their mood.

Would You Use a Smart Water Bottle to Track Your Hydration?

If you want to live a healthier life, there is a gadget and an app for that. Sleep trackers, activity trackers, smart scales, what next? A connected Bluetooth water bottle and app can even track your water intake and provide feedback on your hydration. Hidrate Spark is a connected BPA-free smart water bottle. The partner app tracks water intake, provides GPS location reminders, and may sync to an activity tracker such as Fitbit. You can even challenge and compete with friends.

Remote Personal Training and Other Fitness Tech

Thanks to the invention of countless labor-saving devices and technology, we are more sedentary than we were a hundred years ago. Innovators aim to use technology to remedy this issue. Wearable fitness tech, fitness video games, apps and now remote personal trainers all have the same goal. They all strive to use tech to get us to move more. Wearable fitness technology empowers people to track their activity throughout the day.

Real-Time Blood Pressure Monitoring with Fitness Trackers?

Wearable fitness trackers and smartwatches track movement and heart rate, but so far none have tracked blood pressure. Wearable device innovators plan to release smartwatches​ that offer real-time blood pressure monitoring. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a major health concern. According to the Center For Disease Control, one in three American adults have hypertension.  Will this development empower us to take charge of our blood pressure?

Tech Enhanced Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation are ancient practices that many people associate with a low-tech lifestyle. However, these practices evolve and some inventors develop gadgets and apps to use our phones to make mindfulness even easier. Smartphones and gadgets are an essential part of many people’s lives. However, some find themselves stressed and overstimulated as a result of the plugged-in lifestyle. More and more people are turning to yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices to help them recharge.

Stealth Fitness Turns Planks Into a Game

STEALTH by Stealth Fitness turns planks and other core work into a game. The system includes the STEALTH Core Trainer and partner app. They are currently crowdfunding through Kickstarter and expect to ship the system to backers in June 2016. The Core Trainer looks a little like a wobble balance training board. Users do planks and various plank variations like mountain climbers and push-ups while playing a game through the app.

How Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Apps Aid Workout Recovery

Activity trackers, heart rate monitors, and other gadgets track our activity and the intensity of our workouts. What about our workout and stress recovery? Tracking Heart Rate Variability (HRV) offers insight into your workout and stress recovery. Some use devices to track HRV, but you can also use a smartphone app and certain heart rate monitor straps. I’ve used an HRV app to help track workout recovery and I am impressed with the results.

Shape by Atlas Offers Personalized Fitness Coaching

Many consumers buy an activity tracker because they want a 24-7 fitness coach. First and second generation trackers track activity and give feedback on progress. Fitness technology devices are moving towards more sophisticated coaching features. For example, Atlas unveiled their Kickstarter campaign for their new Shape by Atlas program. “For the first time, you’re no longer bombarded with step summaries or suggestions to get eight hours of sleep.” – Peter Li, Peter Li, CEO of Atlas Wearables.

Benefits of Kettlebell Training

Kettlebell training combines benefits of weightlifting​, calisthenics, and circuit training. This training method offers an efficient combination of strength training and cardiovascular exercise. Kettlebell training is a low impact yet vigorous workout. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), kettlebell training is a strength training workout that also has aerobic benefits—a perfect combination for anyone wanting to take their health more seriously.
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