Looking for that perfect gift for that special someone or for yourself? It’s that time of the year. We’ve rounded up some great ideas for health and fitness wearable tech lovers. Now that holiday sales have begun, many of these can be picked up with sizeable discounts.
Essential reading: Top fitness trackers and health gadgets
Read on for our selection.
- Fitbit Charge 5/Versa
- AliveCor KardiaMobile Card
- Withings Scanwatch
- Garmin Lily
- Form Swim Goggles
- Withings Sleep Analyzer
- Muse S
If you are looking for a fitness tracker, you won’t go wrong with a Fitbit. The company is a best selling brand for a reason.
Charge 5 is a recent addition to Fitbit’s crop of wearables. It represents a great choice for the average person who does the occasional run here and there and is not looking for a fully fledged smartwatch.
The band comes with a decent sized AMOLED display, water-resistance and up to 7 days of battery life. You’ll find everything you need for 24/7 activity tracking including a heart rate monitor and some more advanced health tracking technology. This includes an ECG sensor, along with an EDA sensor for stress readings. The thing even has built-in GPS which ensures the data on pace and distance is accurate when you’re running.
If you are looking for a smartwatch, one of the devices in the Versa range is the way to go. This is Fitbit’s second smartwatch and its first proper one. The benefit of buying a Versa is that you’ll get something with a bigger display, apps you can install, Alexa control, smartphone notifications and contactless payments. If, on the other hand, you want absolutely everything the company has on offer as far as health and activity tracking, check out the Fitbit Sense.
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 Plus 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.
Something like this is ideal for those on the go. The device is portable so you can easily carry it around in your bag or rucksack.
In our hands-on 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.
This is an ECG device like no other. Put a credit card next to KardiaMobile Card and you’ll notice they have exactly the same dimensions and thickness. The look and feel is pretty much identical. Which means you can slip KardiaMobile Card into your wallet, pocket or bag and it will quietly sit there until you take it out to capture a reading.
This is a medical-grade single-lead ECG device that has been approved by the FDA – meaning you can have confidence in its measurements. It can spot six of the most common heart arrhytmias. There’s no charging and the card should work for a couple of years with the internal battery intact.
Check out our full hands-on review. We enjoyed the whole concept and ease of taking readings and the simple to use smartphone app. The little device presents itself as a complete solution for those suffering from heart issues or those who simply want to keep a closer eye on their heart health.
This is the most advanced hybrid you can buy today. Its headline feature is the ability to spot a serious form of irregular heart rhythm that can lead to heart failure and is a major risk for stroke. Scanwatch has a PPG sensor that is capable of spotting the condition plus you can take an ECG. The wearable also has a blood oxygen monitor and has Sleep Apnea detection, alongside the usual sensors to help users track their activity day and night.
ScanWatch is for those looking for something that doesn’t look like a fitness tracker yet performs the functionalities of one. For those that want powerful health tracking but with a touch of class.
Gone are the days of chunky, masculine looking wearables. Not you have a much wider choice, including devices made for those with smaller wrists. Lily is one of these – this is Garmin’s first smartwatch purely designed for women.
The choice is between Lily Classic and Lily Sport. Beyond the design differences, both pack an accelerometer, heart rate sensor, SpO2 and have Connected GPS (no built-in GPS). Fitness and health tracking goodies include stress tracking, Body Battery, abnormal heart rate alerts, respiration rate, menstrual cycle and more. The watch can monitor a multitude of sports including yoga, pilates, aerobics and breathing exercises.
A nice touch is the emergency help function. It works by transmitting the location of the wearer on-demand to pre-defined contacts. This does need your phone to function, though.
All things considered, this is a nice addition to Garmin’s range of watches. Something that might make a great gift.
Your mom or dad might be one of the 80% statistic that don’t make use of their gym memberships. However, there’s a great alternative. Blazepod is an innovative system allowing anyone, from fitness enthusiasts to elite athletes, to improve their fitness level.
The wireless, portable system uses lights and sensors with pre-programmed exercises to help you increase agility, reaction time and more. You essentially get a Flash Reflex Training system designed to supercharge your workouts.
We really enjoyed our time with Blazepod. The best part about the product is that it makes exercise fun!
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For the latest and greatest in swimming technology, we have Form Swim Goggles. The Heads-Up display recently benefitted from a structured workouts feature. This lets you pick from a library of workouts and follow your progress in real-time.
Beyond that, this is as good as it gets as far as tracking your activity in the water. The augmented reality specs track a wealth of info including time, split time, stroke rate, stroke count, distance per stroke and much more. You can even connect the Polar OH1+ for heart rate information from the temple. Best of all, all of this is displayed in your line of vision so you can focus on swimming.
Check out my review a couple of months ago of the new Guided Workouts feature. Or have a read through my detailed review of Form Swim Goggles.
Lumen is a breath analyzer that wants to reinvent weight management by monitoring your metabolism and providing a customized nutrition plan. It really is a one-of-a-kind device.
You might think your metabolism is the same each day, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It all depends on what and when you eat, how much you exercise, how much you sleep and other factors.
Our bodies tap into two main sources of energy: carbohydrates and fat. Knowing the ratio at which these two are being used at any point in time is important to achieving your health, weight and exercise goals. With each use, Lumen tells you what you’re using for energy. Having this type of data at your fingertips will help you learn how your body processes food, and fine tune your metabolism for the better.
The personal nutritionist in your pocket can be picked up on Lumen’s website. You can get 10% off by clicking on this link. Just make sure to use the code Gadgets10 at checkout (plus up to 50% is off for the holidays). Our full hands-on review can be found on this link.
Withings Sleep Analyzer
The problem with most sleep trackers is that you have to wear then to bed. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a non-wearable, simple solution? Well there is. It comes in the form of the Withings Sleep Analyzer.
A favorite of ours, the gadget slips under the mattress from where it tracks all aspects of your nightly rest. The promise is that it can even detect sleep apnea and snoring. Absolutely no buttons to push or need to charge. Jump into bed, and go to sleep – that’s it.
In our hands-on review we found it to be an excellent tracking device. The range of data it looks out for includes everything from sleep cycles, to interruptions, sleep heart rate, snoring, breathing disturbances and more. You’ll get info on naps, too. Best of all, it does this accurately even though it lies under a thick mattress.
Rounding off our ten health tech gift ideas is Muse S. This is a a meditation and sleep combination gadget.
Use it during the day to help you focus. There are EEG sensors in the headband, a heart rate monitor, along with an accelerometer and gyroscope to monitor body movement and breath. You can choose from a range of meditation experiences and all of this will be tracked for you in real-time. It definitely makes meditation more interesting.
At night Muse S can be used as a sleep wearable. Choose from a range of meditation experiences to help you fall asleep. Or opt for sleep stories, ambient sleep soundscapes and biofeedback sound soundscapes.
The latest update is something called a “Digital Sleeping Pill”. It plays sounds and knows when to tune them out thanks to Smart Fade technology. If you wake up during the night it will kick into gear once again until you fall back into slumber. The gadget works great – check out our full hands-on review on this link.
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