Do you measure your latest recipe by how many “likes” it gets when you post a mouth-watering photo online? Do you listen to your most-played songs when you’re getting ready for a night on the town? Every day, our actions generate data—but if you really want to run the numbers on yourself, you’d better start running.
Marathoners and amateurs alike are using wearable devices like the LG Lifeband Touch Activity Tracker to better understand their health and habits. The daily fluctuations of a scale look pretty passé next to the LG Lifeband, which delivers a full range of fitness data on a bright OLED touch screen! This device is so advanced, it uses an altimeter to detect if you’re climbing stairs, while LG’s innovative Heart Rate Monitor earphones track your heartbeat. It may sound like science fiction, but the impressive HRM earphones actually have a PerformTek sensor in each ear bud. As long as they’re in your ears, these buds continuously send real-time data on your heart rate and oxygen consumption to your LG Lifeband via Bluetooth. And features like music and volume controls, call notifications, and call silencing, unique to the LG Lifeband, are a peek into the future of wearable tech, bridging the gap between smartwatches and other fitness bands.
But there’s more to all this technology than just the fun of new gadgets and gizmos. These tools help us measure our lives, and if they sound indulgent, they’re not. Because all this introspection has spurred the creation of fitness apps
that don’t just measure the rate of your heartbeat—but start to measure how open your heart is to the world around you:
Take the opportunity this spring to embrace our common good, and try out Charity Miles, a free app for Android and iOS that lets bikers and runners earn 10 or 25 cents per mile for any of a select list of charities. Or earn rewards for exercise and check-ins at healthy locations through an app called EveryMove, and keep the rewards or donate them to a charity of your choice through their “Charity Champ” program.
You could also turn all this do-goodery on its head and try StickK. It’s an app that makes a donation to the charity you’d least want to support, but only if you fail to reach your fitness goals. Who ever said tech geeks didn’t have a sense of humor?
How do you use technology to help you meet your health and fitness goals? Tell us in the comments below.LG is not in any way affiliated with these organizations or individuals, nor do these organizations endorse or sponsor LG products.