If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that health should be among the top priorities in life. It’s not just our physical well-being that we should look after, but also our mental, emotional and spiritual health that demand utmost care and protection.
As with all things in life, this doesn’t come easily. It takes time and effort to bolster our overall health and wellness, but that’s not to say that there’s no way to ease the process. Thanks to today’s technological advancements, we are far more equipped to stay on top of our fitness and diet goals, personal hygiene, meditation plans and even sleep routine than our parent’s generation and the generations before them.
In case you’re looking for ideas on where or how to start, we’ve put together a list of health and wellness gadgets to help you on your health journey.
Fitness tracker: Fitbit Charge 4
One of the most fundamental tools you can get to up your fitness game is a fitness tracker, as it covers all the basics to move and sleep well. While smartwatches do more (we cover this later), a fitness tracker is designed primarily for fitness purposes, making it more lightweight and comfortable to wear all-day, every day. Those who prefer to wear an analogue watch to tell the time can also acceptably wear a fitness tracker on the other wrist, as opposed to wearing two watches. The Fitbit Charge 4 is a category-leading option to consider with its built-in GPS; SpO2 pulse oximeter sensor; trackers for pace, elevation, heart rate and calories burned; Fitbit Pay capabilities; and well-rounded features. W fitbit.com
Smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 6
There’s a wide variety of smartwatches today that are designed to meet different needs, including design, connectivity or health. One that checks all boxes is the latest Apple Watch Series 6, which offers a blood oxygen sensor and app as well as an electrical heart sensor to alert users if high or low heart rates or an irregular rhythm is detected. It can also perform SOS calls to emergency contacts in case of a serious fall, making it a great companion for active users and those with heart-related concerns alike. W apple.com
Air purifier: LG PuriCare™ 360° air purifier
Months of being stuck at home has plainly stressed the importance of having clean, fresh air indoors. Here’s where an air purifier comes in handy to rid the air in your home of allergens, dust particles, pet dander, pollen and harmful gases. The LG PuriCare™ 360° Air Purifier is capable of detecting fine particles under 1mm in diameter to effectively eliminate over 99% of all harmful substances, while delivering clean, purified air to all corners of your home. It also allows you to monitor the indoor air quality via its ThinQ app to help you take better control of your living environment. W lg.com
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Meditation headband: MUSE 2
With the constant movement and #WFH stress we face daily, mindfulness and meditation is a useful practice to get into to relax and refresh the mind. There are meditation apps to help you get into “the zone”, but there are science-backed gears to guide you through the process better too. MUSE 2 is one such gear that is capable of reading a range of brain electrical activity and transforming it into easily understandable experiences to track your progress. It then uses these signals to provide soundscapes that guide wandering minds to calmness. Did we mention that it helps you fall asleep too? W choosemuse.com
UV sterilizer: Samsung UV sterilizer with wireless charging
As little as a few years ago, you probably wouldn’t have heard of such a device. Now, UV sterilisers make cleaning and hygiene way cooler and easier than they sound. A UV sterilizing gadget essentially uses ultraviolet light to kill bacteria, germs and pathogens such as E. coli and MRSA. Last year, Korean tech giant Samsung released its own UV sterilizer with wireless charging that allows you to disinfect your phone as you charge it. It can also be used to disinfect other personal belongings including earphones, sunglasses, wallets and keys to keep your frequently used items clean and free of contamination. W samsung.com
Smart scales: Withings Body smart scale
What your average weighing scale fails to do is tell you how much of your weight is attributed to body fat, lean body mass and muscle mass. This data is important to understand weight beyond its face value, so that you can work better towards your fitness goals. While the accuracy of some smart scales is questionable, the Withings Body+ Smart Scale is known to be reliable and clinically tested device. Boasting a modern and stylish design, it offers a comprehensive range of data including BMI, body composition, fat percentage, bone mass and muscle mass, which you can access via WiFi or Bluetooth from its accompanying app. W withings.com
Electric toothbrush: FOREO ISSA 2
Dental hygiene is an underrated aspect of healthcare that if overlooked, can lead to issues such as bad breath, a dry mouth and increased risk of tooth decay. FOREO’s ISSA range of toothbrushes is designed to combat these concerns with its medical grade silicone electric toothbrushes for an ultra-hygienic alternative to manual brushing. The ISSA 2 incorporates T-Sonic technology to pulsate at a frequency of 11,000 pulsations per minute for micro-sweeps that effectively yet gently clean teeth and massage gums. Plus, it claims to be 10,000 times more hygienic than nylon-bristled toothbrushes for extra peace of mind. W foreo.com
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