Looking for that perfect gift? Whether you’re shopping for your significant other, colleague, or best friend, we’ve rounded up some great gift ideas for health and fitness wearable tech lovers.
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Read on for our selection.
When it comes to fitness trackers, you won’t go wrong with a Fitbit. And there are a few options to choose from.
Despite being over a year old, Charge 2 is still our choice for the average person who does the occasional run here and there. The sleek looking device comes with a great software ecosystem. You’ll find everything you need for 24/7 activity monitoring, including a continuous heart-rate monitor and detailed sleep tracking. You’ll also get some more advanced fitness metrics such as a personalised Cardio Fitness Score (VO2Max), and breathing exercises to keep you stress free.
Another great gift option is the Alta HR. In terms of specs, expect to get pretty much everything from Charge 2 and all this is packaged in an ultra-slim, modern looking gadget. Admittedly, Fitbit has left out the altimeter for counting stairs climbed, Connected GPS and Cardio Fitness Levels. If you can live without these, this is another great choice.
Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Some people may cope with this more effectively, other many not find it as easy. In a world of wearable technology, tracking fitness is typically the main goal. However, a growing number of devices are trying to gauge your state of mind.
Spire is one such device. This mindfulness and activity tracker is a tiny grey stone, satisfying to hold, zen-like and paired with a beautiful cork charging plate. Unlike purely exercise-oriented gadgets, it tracks respiration patterns and body movements to provide advice geared to emotional and cognitive well-being. Attach it to your bra or belt and get ready to discover a new path to calm.
Selected by Time as “one of the 25 best inventions of 2016“, this is a portable, bottle sized device that differs from the competition in that it doesn’t purify all air, just the air around you. The medical-grade filter removes particulates, cat dander, mould, bacteria and pollution in a matter of minutes.
But there is more. Wynd also has a detachable tracker that serves as an intelligent personal air quality system that alerts you when the air around you is unhealthy. The company says this is the smallest particulate matter sensor on the market.
In our review we found Wynd to be a really well thought out product. A lot of work has clearly gone into packing lots of great functionality into a small package.
Indoor air quality is a major influence on the health and comfort of your home. With the average person spending 90% of their time indoors, determining the quality of the air that surround you is important. It is a little known fact that the air indoors can be up to five times worse than outdoors!
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Keeping the air safe in your home is not possible without detailed information on quantities of particulates and harmful gases. Foobot is an indoor air quality monitor that alerts you to take action when necessary and helps you get rid of pollutants by providing you with actionable suggestions and smart home integrations. Even if you keep your home crystal clean, you might be surprised by the results!
One in three adults are affected by high blood pressure, but as many as a third of these can be unaware of a problem. Its no wonder hypertension is often referred to as the “silent killer”.
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Omron EVOLV is a sleek looking one-piece monitor which has no tabletop unit, no tubes and no wires. Because of this the product is highly portable and easy to operate. You’ll get a complete view of your blood pressure both on the device and accompanying smartphone app, along with alerts for irregular heartbeats. For some customers, particularly the older generation, one of its strengths is that you can use it without your smartphone. All you are required to do to take a reading is press one button.
There may be lots of gimmicks or unnecessary bits of equipment for your health, but rest assured that a connected home monitor for blood pressure is highly useful.
Fitness trackers are not just for adults. There is a growing selection of devices designed to help your children get fitter and healthier. The major benefit of using one of these is that they make counting steps feel like a fun game. By setting goals, getting feedback and being rewarded, kids are encouraged to do more.
Vivofit Jr 2 is one of the best such devices on the market today. It comes with an always-on colour screen, a variety of educational mobile adventures, reminders to stay active and more.
The waterproof gadget also has an accompanying smartphone app for parents. Here they can monitor their little one’s progress and assign kids reminders to do chores around the house. Oh, and there are family step challenges to get the parents off the sofa, too!
These biometric headphones have the potential to improve a person’s running, cycling and training. They will sense heart rate, cadence and speed, and can tap into a smartphone for GPS readings. Vi adapts to a person’s fitness level and personalizes a workout for them.
Plus, with all day battery life users can enjoy your favorite music and talk on the phone without ever touching a single button. All this is delivered through beautiful sound powered by Harman Kardon.
The smart buds functionality is also triggered by voice commands. For example, “Vi how am I doing?” will be met with Vi giving an update of current stats, while “Vi step to the beat” will trigger her cadence coaching capabilities.
The world of quantified health hasn’t exactly been focused on women. Things, however, are starting to change. The days of chunky fitness trackers aimed at health freaks and technology buffs are thankfully behind us.
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Bellabeat Urban is a popular smart piece of jewellery designed to track your health. You can wear it as a necklace or bracelet, or with accessories you already own. The wearable tracks your breathing, sleep, activity and monthly cycles through the smartphone app. If you are feeling stressed, follow one f its breathing routines to calm yourself down. Its advanced technology is hidden inside the wood housing, giving it a soft natural appeal.
Cardiovascular disease is a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels. This is a leading cause of death in the US and globally. However, it is estimated that much of this is preventable.
MocaHeart is a tiny gizmo that provides you with a holistic snapshot of your heart health in under 30 seconds. A simple thumb scan will provide you with info on three heart health indicators including heart rate, pulse wave velocity and blood oxygen levels. The device is designed to be easily carried and fit seamlessly in your existing routines and lifestyle.
Not everyone wants a fitness tracker strapped to their wrist. Some prefer something that looks like a regular watch, but functions like a smartwatch. These are called hybrids. One such device is the Vivomove HR – a hybrid smartwatch with activity tracking, wrist-based heart rate, notifications and a beautiful 9.6mm x 19.2mm OLED display.
When the display is off, there is no way of telling that is anything but a regular watch. Tap firmly on the gadget or turn your wrist, and a small screen will magically appear. When it comes to activity tracking, the swim-proof timepiece dishes out all the Garmin goodies. This includes info on heart-rate, steps, sleep, distance, calories, floors climbed and more.
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