Thursday, November 13, 2014

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide: Wellness to Fitness Wearables - #HelloBetter

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With the holidays just around the corner and a new year on the horizon, many Americans have their waistline on their mind. One of the most effective ways to maintain health or lose weight is to monitor calorie intake and physical activity.  With the fitness tracking trend on the rise, a roundup of the best wearable technology devices this holiday season will allow you healthy living technology that pairs well with smartphones.

This holiday season, get the perfect gift for your health and fitness obsessed friends and family by hooking them up with the latest and greatest fitness tracking devices.  The fitness tracking trend with new devices and expanded features allows users to gather even more data about their health and wellness.  Fitness tracking is one example of how our smartphones and tablets enhance our lives.  Wearable devices also sync with your smartphone and tablet to better track fitness all efforts, making it convenient and easy.   Whatever fitness goals your friends or family members are currently looking to achieve, there is a wireless fitness device gift for them. 

Low-key fitness monitoring beginners may like the UP by Jawbone, which syncs with both Android and Apple products. The wristband tracks distance walked, calories burned, active time and movement intensity. It even vibrates to remind you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long. Jawbone also syncs with an app on your smartphone, so you can input information about what you eat and drink each day to better manage the calories you consume. In addition, Jawbone reads sleep patterns to wake you at the optimal time. The system learns your habits; informs you how your days, nights and food interact to affect your overall wellness; and makes recommendations to improve your lifestyle.

Fitness gurus who like personal attention and also want the sophistication of a high-tech watch, would love the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 or SYNC BURN Activity and Calorie Burn Tracker for Apple to act as a fitness partner that’s with you wherever you go. Compatible with Samsung devices, the Galaxy Gear 2 offers a personalized fitness manager with real-time information on the progress and results of your workout. Then, based on the results, it offers a personalized and adaptive recommendation for your next workout.For iOS users, the SYNC BURN utilizes heart rate sensors to more accurately track the number of calories you burn, and includes a MapMyFitness app to view, track and share fitness progress. The device features digital time and date display, a stopwatch and a one-year battery.

For users focused on weight loss, the Withings Pulse Activity Tracker and Wireless Scale WS-30 is the perfect bundle to help accomplish your goals.

The Pulse Activity tracker, which can be worn as a watch, clipped on a pocket or dropped in a bag, monitors daily steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It also monitors sleep cycles and quality of sleep. When asked, it reveals heart rate and blood oxygen level. Sync the Pulse Activity Tracker with your favorite fitness app on your phone, and it automatically catalogs your personal data, so you can easily see daily progress and access real-time personalized coaching from the app.

The Wireless Scale WS-30 measures weight and body mass index, as well as connects to the partnered fitness app of your choice to keep track of losses and gains. It recognizes up to eight users, so each person in your family or fitness group can independently manage and access their progress.

In addition to wearable accessories, smartphones can double as health trackers. If you use an Apple iPhone 6, the built-in barometer and accelerometer can measure the elevation you climbed and distance you traveled throughout your exercise. For Samsung Galaxy S 5 owners, the rounded back of your phone can be used as a hear
t rate sensor that works with the S Health app. The app allows you to track statistics, such as blood pressure, blood glucose levels and weight, and it also can function as a pedometer and track your steps from your pocket.

How do you track your fitness achievements and goals?  What fitness wearables are on  your holiday wish list this year?