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Can smart watches improve your wellbeing?

Smart watches are taking an increasingly front and centre position when it comes to technology that promotes good health. A popular option for those who want to have easy access to multiple smart functions, read on to learn some of the benefits of these increasingly clever gadgets.

A step above a fitness tracker

Granted, it all depends on what you want from your device. But thanks to their larger screens, smart watches tend to be more comprehensive in their offering compared to the standard fitness tracker. As well as being able to monitor your fitness goals, they can give more detailed notifications on your sporting metrics, as well as text, call and email access, without needing to reach for your phone. The ability to leave your mobile at home if you chose (or for it not to be the end of the world if it’s forgotten) may appeal to those who are busy and want wearable tech that does it all.

More in-depth analysis at the touch of a button

Want to track your sleep? You got it. Want to check your heart rate? No problem. While the fitness trackers of old may have been limited to counting steps and recording running data, new advanced features such as heart rate monitoring, mean that smart watches can provide a much wider view on your health then previously possible. Apple was the first company to develop the ability to provide an electrocardiogram (ECG) using a smart watch. The electrical heart rate sensor built into the back of the watch can detect irregular heart rhythms, something which can increase the risk of a stroke. You can then download the data to print off for your doctor. There are now several smart watches on the market with similar technology to provide ECGs.

But it’s not just heart rates that can be tracked. Fitbit claims their new smart watch, Sense, can actually detect stress by providing electrodermal activity (EDA) readings. Launched last year, Fitbit says of the new feature, “EDA responses are tiny electrical changes on your skin which may indicate your body’s response to stress.” The idea is that the user can identify triggers and work to manage these, promoting a more proactive approach to dealing with stress.

Practical steps towards improving your wellbeing

Of course, there is no point in purchasing and tracking these features just for the sake of it. Instead, smart watches allow the user to take a hands-on approach to become fitter, in body and mind, by providing them data that can help to mitigate health issues before they arise.

It is well documented that exercise has a positive effect on mental health, as well as physical, so fitness apps are beneficial to wellbeing as whole. And having complied figures that illustrate, for example, that you’re less stressed on a day where you’ve completed 10,000 steps, or your sleep quality is improved on days where you’ve been better hydrated, allows you to turn data into results.

And that is the key to getting the best out of your smart watch; using your own personal health data to improve your quality of life.

An increasing number of group policies are now providing discounts on smart watches.

Thanks to Brunsdon Financial for this insight.