Get­ting Healthy With Tech

5 Tech Prod­ucts to Help You Lead a Healthy Life­style

NOVO - - FRONT PAGE - by Stephanie Greenall

For the last month, I have been gorg­ing on cook­ies and pretty much ev­ery sweet treat that came across my desk. Go­ing home for the hol­i­days also didn’t do much for my waist­line. From pints of eg­gnog to the re­volv­ing door of cheese plat­ters and baked goods I’ve emerged from the hol­i­day sea­son with a lit­tle ex­tra win­ter weight. In­stead of launch­ing my­self into a panic-fu­elled star­va­tion diet I’ve de­cided to en­list a cou­ple of gad­gets to help guide me on a health­ier path.

Nadi Smart Fit­ness Pants

If you’re look­ing to give your down­ward dog an up­grade, I would check out Wear­able Ex­per­i­ments’ Nadix X smart yoga pants ($179 USD). De­vel­oped by a com­pany whose mis­sion is to im­prove qual­ity of life through de­sign and tech­nol­ogy, the pants have the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate and cor­rect your form dur­ing prac­tice. Yoga is made up of a se­ries of poses which at times can be in­cred­i­bly in­tim­i­dat­ing--par­tic­u­larly for be­gin­ner yo­gis! In each po­si­tion you must con­sider hand place­ment, align­ment, hip ro­ta­tion, and at the same time try­ing to stay phys­i­cally and men­tally bal­anced. With the help of sub­tle elec­tronic sen­sors em­bed­ded in the fab­ric, the pants track your body’s move­ments and use hap­tic feed­back to guide you into po­si­tion. For­get star­ing at your smart­phone screen or cran­ing your neck to see if your leg is at the right an­gle, these vi­brat­ing yoga pants just be­came your best

mat mate.

Smart­phone Fit­ness Apps

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve used the ex­cuses that “I’m too busy” or “the mem­ber­ship is just too ex­pen­sive.” Well, there is re­ally no ex­cuse when it comes to work­ing out when one of the best fit­ness re­sources fits in the palm of your hand. It’s es­ti­mated that more than 3.4 bil­lion smart­phone users world­wide will have a health-re­lated app on their phone by the end of 2018. There are thou­sands of apps out there, but what’s right for you? When it comes to find­ing the right fit­ness com­pan­ion, you can ei­ther nar­row it down by the type of ex­er­cise or diet you are work­ing on, but I look at the mo­ti­va­tional as­pect when de­cid­ing on my digital coach.

If you’re look­ing to be taunted and mocked CAR­ROT Fit ($3.99 USD) is the sadis­tic app that will whip your “lazy car­cass” into shape, or else! This fit­ness over­lord will bribe, in­spire, threaten, and ridicule you as you sweat your way through a 7-minute sci­ence­based method work­out.

If you want some­thing with less teas­ing and more ter­ror, Zom­bies, Run! is the app for you. It’s sur­vival of the fittest as you join the im­mer­sive story as a jog­ger who needs to make it to the last re­main­ing out­post dur­ing a zom­bie out­break. By run­ning, jog­ging, or walk­ing, you gather sup­plies, res­cue sur­vivors, and de­fend your home. The app syncs with your reg­u­lar playlist, but when you start to hear the un­dead ris­ing, that’s your cue to pick up the pace.

For those who aren’t in­spired by the rav­ings of a vi­cious AI trainer or the prospect of be­ing eaten alive, there’s Char­ity Miles. In ad­di­tion to im­prov­ing your health, the app gives back to your char­ity of choice (40 or­ga­ni­za­tions to choose from). Once you’ve picked your char­ity and your ac­tiv­ity (in­door run, out­door run, or out­door bike), the app will pair you with a cor­po­rate spon­sor that will be re­spon­si­ble for the do­na­tion—for my lat­est cy­cle ses­sion it was Brooks. If this isn’t mo­ti­va­tion to go the ex­tra mile, I don’t know what is!

Ulla Smart Hy­dra­tion Re­minder

No mat­ter how many times I’ve been told to drink more wa­ter, I al­ways for­get. It’s not un­til I find my­self with a headache and a parched throat do I re­mem­ber to pick up a glass. With a menagerie of glass, plas­tic, and alu­minum bot­tles, the thought of pur­chas­ing an ad­di­tional smart wa­ter bot­tle had me shak­ing my head. Thank­fully I came across Ulla ($19.60 USD). This handy lit­tle de­vice at­taches to an ex­ist­ing bot­tle or cup and re­minds you to drink up. The in­tel­li­gent hy­dra­tion mon­i­tor uses a high-pre­ci­sion ac­celerom­e­ter to track your in­take and glows when you’ve missed the ideal in­ter­val (twice ev­ery hour). What I love most about this gad­get is that it’s sim­ple! Ulla uses an eas­ily re­place­able coin cell bat­tery which lasts up to six months, so there is no need to add an­other charg­ing cord to your col­lec­tion. I can con­fi­dently say that since

pur­chas­ing Ulla I have con­sumed more wa­ter, al­though my pro­duc­tiv­ity may have suf­fered with the in­crease in bath­room breaks.

VirZOOM VZ Bike Con­troller

Usu­ally break­ing a sweat in vir­tual re­al­ity is a side ef­fect, not a goal. I’ve played my fair share of Fruit Ninja—which can re­ally steam up your head­set—but when I was in­vited to try out VirZoom’s VR con­nected bike ($399 USD) I was in­trigued. I hopped on to what looked like a typ­i­cal sta­tion­ary bike with gamepads at­tached, strapped an Ocu­lus Rift to my face and be­gun to ped­dle. I was trans­ported to the Wild West where my bike was now a trusty steed, and I was at­tempt­ing to lasso the lo­cal ban­dits with the con­trollers. It’s not your typ­i­cal work­out but it had me sweat­ing. If you’re plan­ning to give fit­ness in VR a go I rec­om­mend keep­ing a sweat rag nearby! The bike works with mo­bile, PC, and Playsta­tion VR and the com­pany will soon be of­fer­ing a VZ Sen­sor that will hook onto any sta­tion­ary bike and trans­form it into a VirZOOM cy­cle. I’m not sure If I’m ready to add this ex­er­cise to my weekly rou­tine, but I would def­i­nitely throw it in for a lit­tle va­ri­ety.

Philips Hue White Am­biance Starter Kit

It turns out a good night’s rest is vi­tal to one’s health and on my mis­sion to im­prove my life­style I looked at what would help me catch some qual­ity ZZZs. When it comes to light in the bed­room, your smart­phone screen is not one you should be bask­ing in. The blue light that’s emit­ted from your phone can de­lay the re­lease of sleep-in­duc­ing mela­tonin, in­crease alert­ness, and re­set the body’s in­ter­nal clock. If you’re look­ing to min­i­mize the blue light in your life, I would sug­gest the Philips Hue White Am­biance Smart Bulbs ($49.97 USD). With a va­ri­ety of color tem­per­a­tures, the bulbs mimic nat­u­ral light which can help you fall asleep. Us­ing the Hue app, you can set “rou­tines” and cus­tom­ize the light lev­els in the morn­ing to wake you and dim in the evening at bed­time. The per­fect lul­laby of light to send you off to the Land of Nod af­ter a long day at the of­fice—and of course that quick jog af­ter din­ner.

Whether it’s an app or a VR con­nected bike, its time to get off that couch! Take a jog around a neigh­bour­hood full of zom­bies or strap on a pair of vi­brat­ing yoga pants and work up a sweat. Join me as I take on the new year with a healthy at­ti­tude and a col­lec­tion of fit­ness tech! How will you get fit with tech?

Ulla Smart Hy­dra­tion Re­minder

Nadi Smart Fit­ness Pants

CAR­ROT Fit App

Ulla Smart Hy­dra­tion Re­minder

VirZOOM VZ Bike Con­troller

Philips Hue White Am­biance Starter Kit

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