5 Gadgets for your Health Goals
If you're like 45% of Americans, you're probably ringing in the new year with quite a list of resolutions. Unfortunately for most goal setters, New Year's resolutions have only an 8% success rate.
Don't lose motivation yet! We live in the digital age, and there are gadgets-a-plenty to hold you accountable for the next 12 months — and beyond! Here are our favorites:
• Resolution: Get More Sleep
The benefits of getting a full night's rest are undisputable. Snoozing for the recommended 7 hours helps productivity, mood and can reduce risks for health complications.
° Goal-Achieving Gadget: Jawbone UP Move
This sleek device keeps track of your snooze time and provides personalized suggestions to improve sleeping habits.
• Resolution: Reduce Stress
Long-term stress can lead to several health complications, including hypertension, ulcers and a compromised immune system. Stress isn't friendly to your smile, either. Anxiety, depression and stress can cause canker sores, bruxism (teeth grinding) and other mouth conditions.
° Goal-Achieving Gadget: Spire
Comfortable and subtle, Spire detects when you're under stress and provides feedback on breathing patterns. It coaches you through a series of meditation exercises to improve your state-of-mind.
• Resolution: Eat Healthier
Whether your goal is to lose weight or just improve overall nutrition, a balanced diet is key to a healthier you. Keep your smile bright and healthy with these tooth-friendly snacks.
° Goal-Achieving Gadget: SITU Smart Food Scale
This scale goes beyond your standard calorie counter. It offers precise measurements based on exact portion size. It then tracks nutrition intake over time, making it easier to adjust your diet to meet your goals.
• Resolution: Drink More Water
Water makes up 60% of our bodies. H2O also makes smiles healthier, preventing tooth decay by washing away cavity-causing bacteria. In addition, drinking water that is optimally fluoridated benefits people of all ages and is a healthy way to prevent cavities.
° Goal-Achieving Gadget: Sportline Hydracoach
This “smart” water bottle tracks daily intake, as well as makes recommendations based on your personalized activity.
• Resolution: Be More Active Outdoors
Though getting outside in Iowa during the winter months is a little risky, spending time outdoors elevates mood, spurs weight loss and increases brain function. It's also great for your smile! Sunshine provides vitamin D, an essential vitamin that helps absorb calcium to strengthen bones and teeth.
° Goal-Achieving Gadget: JUNE by Netatmo
Sunshine is great, but too much exposure can put you at serious risk for skin cancer and eye damage. This wearable bracelet compares your skin type with UV exposure and provides a recommended daily sun dose.
Need more help to stay on track? Check out these tips!