By Brittany Newland
Are you a fan of technology? What about wearable tech items?
First, let’s define what it is that we wear for tech items? Fitbits, smart watches, wearable ECG monitors, blood pressure monitors, biosensors, BodiMetrics and Garmin devices, and heart rate monitors, just to name a few, are saving lives and look like the most simple piece of your wardrobe. No one even notices what you’re really trying to accomplish. Improving quality of life is one of the main benefits of integrating new innovations into these wearable medical technologies.
So what exactly is wearable technology in health and wellness and what are the benefits? Wearable technology in healthcare is a variety of electronic devices you put on to collect the data of the users’ personal health, wellness and exercise. These electronic devices can help address health and safety issues such as fatigue and stress, track fitness, and even regulate your sleep pattern. This type of technology is the future of healthcare. Sensors on the devices track everything from body movements to heart rate and blood pressure. These can also include alarms to remind users throughout the day.
These wearable devices might be smartwatches and wearable monitors to collect real time data. The continuous monitoring can allow for prediction and alerting, and empower the users. They connect via Bluetooth to our smartphones or tablets and can be commonly known as:
- Smart Health Watches (Fitbit, Apple Watch)
- Wearable ECG Monitors
- Wearable Blood Pressure Monitors
As a millennial woman, technology is my lifeline. If you’re anything like me, you want all access at your fingertips at all times, especially when it comes to your overall health. I want options. I want answers; and I want them now. If I can simply wear something to monitor my health, why wouldn’t I? For the on the-go generation, it just makes sense. If the watch I’m wearing can track my heart rate, sleep, activity and overall fitness level, then sign me up.
Things like Fitbits and smartwatches are such common culture nowadays; there really are no excuses to not be monitoring your health when there is a pair to your phone option. Health monitoring using wearable tech might just be the easiest and most flexible option at this time.
Using wearable tech is easy because it syncs with your phone. They not only monitor and bring issues to your awareness, but also encourage you to start and stick to healthier habits. These wearable health technology tools can really change your life. The bottom line is that they help you become aware of any issue to fix ASAP.
Every morning I put on a watch that tells me more than just the time, and I absolutely love it. I have a physical activity tracker right on my wrist to remind me to become more active, eat a better diet, sleep better and turn me into a healthier human being.
According to Business Insider Intelligence research, the total installed base of fitness tracker and health-based wearables in the U.S. will grow at an annualized rate of 10 percent to surpass 120 million by 2023. Business Insider Intelligence research also tells us that U.S. consumer use of wearables increased from 9 percent to 33 percent in just four years, and this number will continue to grow as wearable technology becomes more conventional. More than 80 percent of consumers are willing to wear fitness technology.
If you’re not counting your steps, monitoring your heart rate, sleep cycle, blood pressure or being physically reminded to make a healthier food choice, 2020 might just be the time to invest in your health using wearable technology.