The Best Health Gadgets That Make You Fit And Healthy (Updated), The ubiquity of fitness-tracking technology in recent years has meant people are generally becoming more conscious about their health.
Increasing mainstream availability of sensors on wearables such as smartwatches – that are able to give us better feedback about what’s happening in our bodies – means more of us are discovering insights into our health and looking at how we can improve it. But with so many health-improving gizmos on the market, it’s not easy separating those that are truly beneficial from those that are nothing more than a gimmick.
With that, I’ve picked out the best health tech to improve your general wellbeing, and listed them via the area of your health they will improve. (If you’re looking for the best tech to track your fitness, head over to my Best Wearable Tech And Fitness Gadgets roundup.)
Lower blood pressure: Omron Evolv Health Gadgets
Available for $89 (US) and £129 (UK), from Boots
The Omron Evolv is a clinically-validated wireless blood pressure monitor that is light enough to take anywhere with you, while also being super easy to use. The device lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using an app. It is also really well designed, which I was pleasantly surprised about considering its function. Using an heart health algorithm, called Advanced Accuracy, the device measures more data points and eliminates interference from movement for more precise, clinically-accurate readings. It also lets you easily measure, record and share your blood pressure data with your family or doctor using the Omron Connect App.
Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the Evolv is one of my favourite health gadgets, mainly because it works so effortlessly while giving very accurate results, displayed simply in a well-designed app.
Lose weight: QardioBase Health Gadgets
Available for $129.99 (US) and £129.22 (UK), from Amazon
Smart scales are by no means anything new, but the QardioBase scales takes weighing yourself to a whole new level.
As well as weighing you, the connected scales will check your heart rate, water percentage, body fat, bone mass and muscle mass and keep a record of all this so you can compare your vitals over time.
Accurately measures body weight, body composition (including body fat percentage, muscle, water and bone mass) and body mass index (BMI).
Working with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Samsung S Health, the scales connect to the free Qardio App for iOS, Kindle, and Android, allowing users to share data easily and set goals and reminders to achieve goals.
Better yet, the smart scales can also distinguish your measurements from someone else’s, meaning everyone in your household can share them.
Cleaner lungs: Netatmo Healthy Home Coach Health Gadgets
Available for $99.99 (US) and £89.99 (UK), from Amazon
If you live in a big city, chances are the air that you breathe on a daily basis could be doing damage to your health.
All cities have pockets, with some areas that are worse than others. How would you know if this bad air, caused by pollution, is having an affect on the place you spend your most time: your home? This is where Netatmo’s Healthy Home Coach comes in.
It detects air quality level, humidity, temperature and noise at home , and gives advice on how to create a healthier environment.
You can also connect multiple healthy home coaches to your smartphone to monitor several rooms.
Better Digestion: Philips Avance centrifugal Juicer Health Gadgets
Available for $299.99 (US) and ££177.45 (UK), from Amazon
Fiber is one of the most important nutrients in helping us prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and also improve digestive health.
However, many people don’t get enough fiber. One way of ensuring you do is with a simple to use juicer such as Philips’ Avance.
The juicer has FiberBoost technology, which enables you to choose the texture of juice you prefer, selecting with the switch of a button from a refreshing clear juice to a more creamy juice with up to 50% more fiber.
It’s also super easy to clean, meaning you’re more likely to keep up the juicing and not hide the appliance in the back of your cupboard once the novelty wears off.
Healthier heart: AliveCor Kardia Band Health Gadgets
Coming soon in the US and available for £199 (UK), from AliveCor
If you’ve already got yourself an Apple Watch but you’re particularly worried about your ticker and want to step the heart-rate monitoring level up a gear, then the Karida Band is a good choice.
It’s essentially a medical grade heart monitoring Apple Watch strap by Silicon Valley health tech company AliveCor, but what makes it special is its electrocardiogram (EKG) tech that is designed to pick up palpitations, shortness of breath and other reasons for concern which could increase the risk of a stroke.
This is a must-buy for any Apple Watch user even slightly worried about their heart as it’s already been proven to pick up vital signs of heart-related problems in several users, even heart attacks.
More health tech continued on the next post