Wearables are becoming more affordable – thanks to the latest mobile phone deals, wearables are no longer something only enjoyed by tech junkies and the super-wealthy. Additionally, wearables are no longer just about smartwatches. There are many different types of wearables now being developed from smart helmets to smart rings.
There is no doubt that wearables make our lives more convenient and help us to do business more efficiently. But did you also know that they can improve our health too? Here are 7 ways that wearable technology is making us healthier.
Helping Users Reach Fitness Goals
Fitness trackers have become very popular in recent years – wearable tech was named the number one fitness trend for 2020 – and for good reason! These wearable devices can have many different functions and features, including monitoring health data and vital signs. Almost every fitness track lets the user track their exercise and calorie consumption. This is extremely useful for people to monitor their progress towards their fitness goals, and keep them on track. It is pretty easy to set goals such as exercising more, walking a certain amount of steps a day, or keeping your daily calorie consumption under a certain level. Sticking to these objectives is a lot harder, however, and using a fitness tracker makes this easier to achieve!
Makes Remote Health Monitoring Possible
Smartwatches, fitness trackers, and smart rings all typically collect health data that users can use to monitor their health. This same technology is now being used in dedicated wearable medical devices such as Cloud DX vitality, health patch MD, Google smart lenses, and iTBra.
These devices use a variety of sensing technology to monitor vital signs and detect body changes. This allows medical professionals to remotely monitor patients, which is extremely useful for patients located in remote areas. This has become even more vital in recent times, with many people under isolation.
Improves Mental Health and Mental Fitness
Wearable technology is also helping us to improve our mental health. Smartwatches and other wearable devices feature apps that help to improve mental wellbeing such as meditation apps. Additionally, scientists tell us of the strong link between exercise and mental health, and therefore fitness trackers and other wearables that encourage more physical activity are also very helpful for mental wellbeing.
There are also new types of wearables now available that are specifically designed to promote better mental health. For example, Muse has developed an ECG headband that monitors your brain activity at the same time as guiding you through meditation.
Encourages you to Sleep Better
Sleep is an essential part of good health: our bodies replenish and repair while we sleep, and if we don’t get enough, quality sleep per night, our health suffers. However, in our modern, stressful lives our sleep can all too often suffer, whether from burning the candles at both ends, or restless nights caused by stress. Wearable technology such as fitness trackers can help to improve our sleep by tracking the amount of sleep we get as well as monitoring the quality of our sleep.
Replacing Traditional Aided Accessories
One of the latest development in wearable tech is “hearables” – smart technology that uses audio to deliver information and other functions. These include smart headphones and smart bike helmets that have features such as music on-demand, GPS, and the ability to make phone calls.
There are also wearable medical devices that are replacing traditional hearing aids. These hearables sit in the ear canal and are superior to traditional hearing aids in a number of ways. Particularly, these hearables can amplify the sound at a normal conversational level while filtering out other sounds. This also the user to hear what they want to hear while filtering out the background noise.
Makes it Safer to Exercise
We all know that working out is essential for our health. However, training can also involve significant risks of injury, as well as safety risks when exercising outside. Wearable technology is helping to manage many of these risks and make physical activity safer. Smart socks that equipped with weight sensors illuminate your run, providing light every time your foot hits the ground. This minimizes the risk of injury when walking or running at night.
There are also assault protection wearables that can help women keep themselves safe while jogging or exercising alone. These wearable devices blend in with your clothing and can be used to send an alert if you need help. They work by connecting to your phone or Bluetooth device with an emergency rape button which sends a distress signal to emergency services. In many cases, the device also has a recording function when activated which can be used as evidence for a future legal case, if needed.
In the age of Apple Watch and Fitbits, wearable tech is becoming the next go-to accessory in our daily lives. Which is your favorite type of wearable tech? Let us know in the comments down below.
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