This month, health care professionals and medical experts are teaming up to increase public awareness of the dangers of stress. Although many of us are aware of these dangers, it’s easy for us to disregard the impact stress can have in everyday life. For example; long stretches of stress can have a detrimental impact on our wellbeing, outlook, relationships and most importantly our health.
One serious health concern strongly linked to stress, is heart disease. When stress is left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, tightening in the chest and potentially even dangerous blood clots. Furthermore, the way in which we cope with stress can also be detrimental to our health. Habitual distractions such as smoking and over eating, along with lack of exercise, not only compound stress they are also poor lifestyle choices.
However, regular exercise not only decreases the negative effects of stress, it can also be used as an effective prevention. Exercise naturally releases feel good chemicals called endorphins; which are often referred to as the ‘runners high’. These chemicals provide us with a sense of joy and a positive outlook, which in turn decrease levels of stress.
Whether it is in relation to stress, heath or wellbeing, regular exercise is fundamental in maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and with advancements in technology, it’s becoming increasingly easier to incorporate exercise into our daily routine.
In 2015 research conducted by market intelligence agency Mintel, estimated that 3 million wrist-worn wearable technology devices were sold in the UK in 2015. Wearable technology such as smart watches and fitness bands, allow us to easily monitor our health, track our progression and remind us to stay active.
A study featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association investigated the effect step tracking has on endurance. Their findings showed that once participants became aware of how many steps they were taking their physical activity increased by 26.9%; proving the enhancing health benefits wearable technology can have.
However, it’s not just everyday fitness that wearable technology has been seen to benefit. Over recent years a strong crossover has developed between wearable technology and the medical profession. Medical institutions such as the Oshner Health System, have began to use smart watches to help treat chronic illness. As well as being able to monitor our health, smart watches conveniently provide patients with reminders to take medicine and easy access to emergency contacts, and are lighter and less bulky than their more ‘medicalised’ predecessors.
Furthermore, it’s predicted that the next generation of wearable technology will be able to monitor vital signs such as heart rate and body temperature. So medical checks which typically required doctor appointments, will now be available 24/7 through the touch of a wrist. Meaning wearable technology will be able to pick up on medical issues instantly, paving the way to a new generation of medical health.
TomTom Spark Cardio
- 24/7 activity tracking
- GPS tracking
- Multisport mode
- Built-in heart rate monitor
Every aspect of the TomTom Spark Cardio is designed to improve your overall health on a daily basis. It features 24/7 activity tracking, to enable you to monitor your overall lifestyle, whether you are running, walking or completing everyday activities. It also includes a built in heart rate monitor, which allows you to find your optimum training pace; so you are able to safely increase your endurance without putting too much strain on your health. It also features an automatic sleep tracker, allowing you to check whether you are getting enough sleep in your daily routine.
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