How Fitness Trackers Can Improve Your Health

If you’ve resolved to get more exercise, lose weight, or get more sleep in 2016, then a host of wearable electronic devices and apps are available to help you succeed. They will gently prod you to work toward your goal, encourage you along the way, and praise you when you get there. The gadgets record your activity, while the apps interpret the results and send you frequent messages to let you know how well you’re progressing. WellnessTech has a vision of becoming a platform for users to interact with to not only find and book fitness classes, but track their progress as they undertake various fitness activities. WellnessTech wearable’s may not be too far away. Our dev team are working hard to make WellnessTech compatible with the wearable technologies of tomorrow.

Studies have shown them to be effective, according to a small research experiment. A randomized controlled trial of 51 overweight postmenopausal women found that those who wore a digital tracker exercised 38 minutes more a week than those who used pedometers. The results, published in the September 2015 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, aren’t too surprising to Dr. Lauren Elson, a physiatrist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. “I have several patients who are using them successfully to get started on a walking program or to remind them when they are sitting too long,” she says.

What the trackers do

The trackers, which are worn on a belt or wrist, rely on accelerometers—devices that detect the body’s movement and convert it into data. The data are sent to an application on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, where software computes the number of steps taken, distance traveled, or calories burned. All count the steps you take every day, and most also track the duration and intensity of your activity and estimate calorie use. A few have alarms to remind you to get up and move around when you have been sitting too long. Some also log the minutes you spend sleeping, tossing and turning, and waking during the night. Additional features, such as heart rate monitors and altimeters—which measure elevation climbed—are available on some of the more expensive devices.

While the devices themselves give you a little information about your workout—they may display a digital reading of your heart rate, step count, or miles logged—the apps offer a wealth of additional data. For example, most generate graphs with detailed data on your steps, exercise intensity, and sleep behavior. They can give you an idea of when in the day you put in the most exercise, or the times during the night when you were restless or awake. They also allow you to compare your performance from day to day and week to week.

How they might aid weight loss

Many devices can replace the calorie logs and activity journals many dieters maintain to reach their goals. For example, you can enter your current weight and target weight, and the app will calculate a daily calorie allowance to meet that goal. If you type in the food you eat throughout the day, the app will compute the calories you’ve consumed, calculate the calories you have burned, and tell you how many calories you have left in your daily allowance.

Some brands of trackers, including Fitbit and Withings, can be synchronized with “smart scales” that wirelessly transmit your weight to the app. The scales are sold separately for around $100.

Data sharing

If you want more than electronic feedback on your progress, you can share your data with your friends, family, and physicians. If you’d like a benchmark, you can find an online community of people who wear the trackers and are your age or have similar fitness goals, and match your activity to theirs. “I know quite a few physicians who compare their own activity with that of their colleagues around the country,” Dr. Elson says.

The graphs and charts from the apps may come in handy if your health care provider has suggested you keep a log of your activity, diet, or sleep. Your doctor might appreciate having the information available in a compact format.

Stay tuned for regular tips, tricks and advice from the WellnessTech Team as well as updates  on the development of our web and mobile platform.

Yours in sport,

Wellness Tech

4 Simple Steps To Better Health

It’s possible to learn HOW to better your health in only 4 steps and this article will show you how. Each step is a bite-sized nugget of healthy living information you can actually use.

Let’s get started…

Step 1: Nutritional Supplements

In my opinion, they are very necessary and very beneficial- especially when combined with healthy eating habits. It’s very difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs through food alone, but combining proper nutrition with nutritional supplements is very powerful.

That being said, the one supplement everyone should be taking is a good multi vitamin/mineral. Look at it as added insurance- eating well is crucial, but now that you’re also taking a multi, you can rest assured you’re getting the nutrients your body needs.

Step 2: Nutrition

Good nutrition is SO important. You are what you eat…remember that. Make a conscious effort to gradually improve your eating habits, eating more of the good foods (nuts, berries, peanut butter, olive oil, greens, chicken, whole grains, etc.) and less of the bad foods (fried food, saturated fat, fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc.). Reading the label of what you’re eating will tell you a lot.

You may think you lack the needed will power, but you’ll be amazed at what happens when you start to gradually improve your eating habits.

Step 3: Exercise

Exercise is the missing piece of the puzzle when it comes to better health. There are so many benefits of exercising, including stronger bones and improved libido- it’s a no brainer to start doing it. Your goal should be to exercise 3-5 times a week with a combination of cardio exercises and strength training (but no more than 1 hour per workout session).

It’s been measured that if you add 3 pounds of muscle to your body, this added muscle will burn as many calories as if you ran 1 mile. Muscle burns calories!

Step 4: Stress Management and Sleep

Stress management and getting good sleep each night round out your path to better health. Until you find a way to manage your stress, it will continue to do damage to your body. Two tips you might want to implement include prioritizing your day each morning and practicing deep breathing exercises (yes, you probably already knew this, but have you tried it?).

Getting enough sleep each night is equally important when you consider your body uses this time to repair itself. You should aim for 7-9 hours each night. Two tips you might want to implement include exercising and avoiding late night eating.

Now that you have the basics, expand on this information. Step 1 research more about Nutritional Supplements, Step 2 research more about Nutrition and so on. I guarantee after the 4 steps you’ll feel more confident about reaching your health & fitness goals.

Finally, to help implement and follow through with these steps, the use of a mobile platform that can track such activities would aid your path to better health and fitness. That is what we at WellnessTech are trying to do. Develop a platform that will build strengthen the relationship between a personal trainer and their client’s – you – the people implementing these steps.

Stay tuned on our social media channels for regular updates on the development of the WellnessTech web and mobile application.

Wellness Tech


10 Top Healthy Foods To Keep You Fit

Healthy eating and physical fitness go together, but there are no magic foods that cause you to be one hundred percent healthy by just eating the one food. No, you need a variety of foods from each of these food groups each day. It’s also important to watch the portion size so as not to overeat. Make your mealtimes pleasant and relaxed occasions and your healthy foods will work effectively with your healthy emotions to give you a healthy body.

Berries


You may like all types of berries or just one or two favorites, but you can never go wrong by adding a few fresh berries as a quick energy snack or frozen berries made into a luscious smoothie in place of calorie laden desserts. Berries are high in vitamin C across the board, but some are high in other nutrients as well. Choose ripe blueberries for vitamin C and heaps of anti-oxidants for the health of your circulatory system. Gogi berries are less well-known but are wonderfully rich in many of the nutrients your body needs to be nutritionally and physically fit.

Citrus

The foods of the citrus family are widely recognized as a valuable source of vitamin C. Choose fully ripe citrus fruits for the best nutritional value and choose citrus as near to the tree as possible. Tree ripened fruits picked at the peak of perfection and consumed with hours of picking give you the top nutritional rating. Try grapefruit for breakfast. Add a dash of fresh squeezed lime to your salad as a dressing and enjoy slices of orange with coconut in a light honey dressing for dessert.

Vegetables

The variety of vegetables is amazing. For people who are vegetarian or vegan, choosing vegetables to be part of a nutritionally sound diet is a way of life. Your vegetable group provides many of the minerals required in a good diet. For example, you may realize that potassium is necessary for healthy nutrition. Many people claim the benefits of potassium found in a single banana. But did you know, you can also get adequate potassium in your diet by eating a stalk of broccoli? Try a salad of fresh young spinach topped with pine nuts and stirred with lightly cooked penne’. Feta cheese and a light vinaigrette dressing to create the perfect light luncheon meal.

Whole Grains

Like many other of the best foods, choosing only one type of whole grain for your meals doesn’t provide all the variety you need to be nutritionally sound. Often, mixing two or more whole grains together will give you complete proteins. For example, brown rice and wheat kernels with a spicy seasoning are a popular dish in many countries.

Salmon

Salmon is lean fish and nutritionally one of the best fish choices. It is rich in Omega-3 oils that are noted as helping improve the functioning of the brain. Salmon baked whole with just lemon or lime as a seasoning makes a fantastic main dish or a hearty luncheon featured menu item. Salmon is also commonly found in chilled seafood dishes.

Legumes

A legume is the name for a variety of fruits with a single dry seed. Legumes are sometimes called pods. Examples of edible legumes are soybeans, peas, dried beans and peanuts, among others. Legumes are rich in iron and high in fiber, making them excellent nutritional choices. Peanuts are a type of legume that have been used to make hundreds of different products some edible and others with various types of helpful uses.

Nuts and seeds

Nature has packed a lot of goodness into small packages. Most everyone has heard of walnuts and pecans which are very good nutritional products, but did you realize that flax seeds are brain food–containing critical non-meat sources of the Omega-3 oil.

Lean Proteins

The keyword here is lean. Americans eat far too much protein compared to the rest of the world. Cut down of portion sizes–three ounces will provide all the needed protein needed for your day.  Also, trim all visible fat from your protein source. Alternatively, use non meat substitutes such as the complete proteins found in vegetable dishes like beans and brown rice.

Tea

Depending on the type of tea you prefer, you can get an energy boost from a cup of green tea, or the calming effect of chamomile tea. Get going with mint teas or start your day with Earl Grey Breakfast Tea. Herbal teas are soothing, tasty and good for you. Non herbal teas will help you to stay alert when you need help to function.

Olive oil

Olive oil is probably the healthiest substance you can use to keep fat in your diet. You can use it on your salad, mix it with a little vinegar to create your own, or fry other foods in the hot oil.  Just make sure that the temperature is not too hot so that the oil is broken down.

Combine these foods with your health and fitness routine and you’re onto a winner! 

Wishing you the best in health and fitness,

The WellnessTech Team.

Wellness Tech