Isn’t it great to live in the age of technology? While you’ve been inundated with the latest gadgets for years now, “new” innovations like the iPod and cell phone — have become all but obsolete in only a decade or so. We’re already onto the next big wave of tech.
And while we often think of the digital age as a gateway to becoming lax or idle, there’s actually a ton of new technology on the brink of stardom this year that can help us better monitor and manage our health goals. So, want to get ahead of the game in 2015? Let me help! Here are 7 tech-based resolutions you can make to track, buy, download and practice your way to better overall health in the new year.
Resolution #1: Try hearables.
Fitness trackers were all the rage in 2014, but “hearables” might takeover the market in 2015 — and with good reason. Since many of us keep headphones attached to our person at all times (guilty!), it’s a convenient way to monitor your stats and vitals. It’s a better way, too, as the “hearables” like The Dash and LG’s Heart Rate earphones generally provide more accurate readings and longer battery life. Time to make the swap!
Resolution #2: Get therapy at your fingertips.
Problems don’t exist in a bubble; you carry their effects with you. So with the dawn of a million apps for, well, everything these days, why not get a little advice on the go? Talkspace is a new form of digital therapy, where you can get access to a licensed therapist anytime, anywhere. You can ask questions via text or vent in the private chat room.
Resolution #3: Get the happy app.
Most of us make resolutions with a key goal in mind: get happier. Happify can help. Developed with the research of psychologists and neuroscientists in mind, the app combines exercises and games aimed to help you build healthy, effective, life-changing habits. Plus, they’re personalized for you — and 86 percent of users see an increase in overall happiness in just two months.
Resolution #4: Calm down now.
Want to know another amazing app that may hit it big in 2015? Calm Down Now is technology specifically targeted for those who deal with a lot of anxiety, which science has shown us takes its toll on our heart, brain, GI tract and beyond. Created by a psychotherapist with 30 years of experience, the app can provide guided relaxation and soothing sounds to help you through the day’s anxiety-filled moments. It may be a great tool for your next lunch hour before a big deadline.
Resolution #5: Try a sweat-sensor strip.
Want to get an edge while working out? Try wearing a sensor strip like Electrozyme that analyzes your sweat. I know it seems straight out of Star Trek, but the benefits of using chemical sensors are actually super-useful. These sensors will tell you when you need to hydrate, when you need more electrolytes, when you’re in danger of heat exhaustion, and generally how your body chemistry is responding to your exercise routine. This way, you can maximize results while being as healthy and safe as possible.
Resolution #6: Track your mood.
Sometimes, it’s good to keep tabs on your mental space, and we’re finally getting to the stage where technology can tell us if we’re stressed, irritated, feeling particularly zen, and so on. Zensorium’s Being, which is being released this year, describes itself as “the only wearable that continuously tracks your mood, heart rate, activity and provides advanced sleep science insights.” Cool, right? On top of that, it’ll do all the traditional tracker stuff like monitor steps and calories burned. However, if you’re prone to the occasional freak-out, you may want to update to a device that’ll remind you to chill out. Plus, knowing your mood cycles may also help you recognize times of the day and habits that lead to more stress, so you can curb your worries.
Resolution #7: Never forget your medications again.
I take a few medications, and yes, I do have days where I cannot remember if I’ve done this basic task. Enter Liif. This smart pillbox syncs up to Bluetooth (or its own hub) to provide alerts about when you need to take your medications during the day. This may help the forgetful medication-taker, or those who take care of elderly adults who have more extensive pill-taking regimens than the average person.