HEALTH & FIT­NESS

GAD­GETS FOR A BET­TER LIFE­STYLE

iPhone Life Magazine - - 2018 Best Tech Guide - BY DONNA CLEVE­LAND

Philips Soni­care Di­a­mondClean Smart Tooth­brush ($219.99) Our man­ag­ing editor Rheanne re­cently made the switch from brush­ing her teeth man­u­ally to us­ing this elec­tric tooth­brush, and she's been amazed at what a dif­fer­ence it's mak­ing in her rou­tine. The brush syncs via Blue­tooth with the Soni­care iPhone app, which helps her to make sure she doesn't miss a spot, brush too hard and damage her gums, or get bored and cut the ses­sion short. Plus, we've found it's hard to get that squeaky-clean feel left by an elec­tric tooth­brush from a reg­u­lar-old man­ual ver­sion.

Belkin Fit­ness Arm­band ($39.99) Lis­ten­ing to mu­sic or a pod­cast while jog­ging trans­forms what could be a slog into an ad­ven­ture. That's why I keep Belkin's Fit­ness Arm­band and a pair of true wire­less ear­buds (see page 36) by my front door for when I want to hit the trail with my five-yearold boxer mix Roger. The arm­band is easy to use—my iPhone X pops in and out of Belkin's flex­i­ble case eas­ily, and the Vel­cro strap ad­justs snugly around my bi­cep for a com­fort­able fit. While the XS looks fine, I'd steer clear of arm­bands for the XS Max or a Plus­sized iPhones, as they might feel heavy and look bulky.

Fit­bit Alta Fit­ness Wrist­band ($79.95) Sit­ting at a desk all day is hard on your health. That's why this year I've been striv­ing to take 10,000 steps each day, in or­der to sat­isfy the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol's gen­eral ac­tiv­ity guide­lines. While the Ap­ple Watch or track­ers like the Po­lar M430 are great for run­ning or high-in­ten­sity workouts, I found the Alta to be the most con­ve­nient for track­ing steps and other sim­ple met­rics like how many flights of steps I've climbed. Its low-pro­file de­sign and dis­play read­ings make it a great tool for be­com­ing more ac­tive and aware with­out the com­mit­ment or fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment of an Ap­ple Watch. Po­lar M430 Ad­vanced Run­ning Watch ($199.95)

Thought you were in­tense about your workouts? The M430 will take you to even greater heights with fea­tures in­clud­ing cadence record­ing, in­ter­val training, and work­out eval­u­a­tions in de­tail you've likely never seen be­fore. The watch is big and screams, “I se­ri­ously work out,” but who says that's a bad thing? The M430 is great for those who want to push their work­out lim­its.

Tiny­log­ics Memo Box 7-Day Pill­box ($199) Part of be­ing a healthy adult is keep­ing track of your sup­ple­ments and med­i­ca­tions and tak­ing them as pre­scribed. Shuf­fling through a messy drawer of pill bot­tles every day doesn't make this an easy task! I fi­nally made the switch to this 7-day pill­box and have been pleased by how easy it makes it to track what med­i­ca­tions I'm tak­ing and when as well as set alarms and re­fill re­minders. In the case of par­ents or other care­tak­ers, you can track whether fam­ily mem­bers are stick­ing to their med­i­ca­tion plans.

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