With Christmas right around corner, we
are officially in the holiday season 2020 is only couple weeks away.
I’ll be sharing 9 gift ideas for health and fitness.
These are great gifts
for friends and family, or if you just want to treat yourself, I won’t judge.
Workout enthusiasts and fitness lovers strap in and get ready as
we’ll be talking about the things like the Oura Ring, the Polar H10 and plenty
Coming up! Hi, welcome to Practical Health, Andrey is
here, and in this video, I’ll be sharing the list of health and fitness devices
that I’ve been using myself on a regular basis.
I believe they’re the best
in their niches, so I can comfortably and confidently recommend them to you.
I put links to all these products in the comment section below.
For number 1 we’re starting off basic – Withings Body Cardio.
This is a great device for measuring weight, body fat, water percentage, muscle mass, and bone mass.
The Withings Body Cardio is the key part of my bathroom’s feng shui, and it pairs with a smartphone app called Health Mate where I can check my results.
This app is well designed and one of the favorite applications on my iPhone.
Number two is the Oura Ring. This is a wearable ring that tracks my daily Activity, Readiness,
and Sleep information.
Statistic geeks like me will love the Oura Ring as it catalogues a ton of sleep-related indicators such as deep sleep, REM, respiratory rate, HIV and resting heart rate among and a number of other things.
The interface is great and it’s likely the most accurate sleep device on the market today.
Approximately one third of our lives is spent asleep, so tracking the quality of our sleep is incredibly important A video all about the importance of sleep and its various ins and outs is coming up soon on this channel stay tuned.
Let’s continue – number 3, the Polar H10 Heart Rate Sensor.
The device serves the purpose of accurately monitoring your heart rate while engaging in activities like running, cycling or any other type of exercise.
This is a great device for individuals at all levels from fitness enthusiasts all the way up to professional athletes.
A valuable point in the Polar H10’s favor is that when paired with the iPhone, it can estimate your VO2max, which I’ll talk a bit more about later on in this video.
Moving on to number 4 we have the Apple Watch. This is surely the best known product on the list. It has been on the market for quite
some time at this point, but if you’ve never picked one up, there are some fitness related features that might change your mind.
In addition to being a sleek and functional watch, the Apple Watch can also accurately measure your heart rate and activity level.
Number 5 is another Withings product – Whitings BPM Connect. This is a blood pressure monitor that measures systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as heart rate.
I don’t find myself using the BPM Connect as often as the Body Cardio, but it is quite useful for periodically checking my blood pressure.
One big point in favor of these two Withings products is that they are multi user friendly, meaning anyfamily members or guests can use them as well Number 6 is the Upright Go 2 device that measures the quality of your posture and tracks improvements.
I know that I have a tendency to slouch from time to time and the Upright Go 2 helps you to fix this problem.
Use this device in conjunction with the Upright Go smartphone app to track all kinds of helpful posture-related data.
Number 7 is that Dexcom G6. This is a continuous blood glucose monitor that measures blood sugar every five minutes.
This device has really helped me understand my body’s reaction to various types of foods.
There is a video all about blood glucose levels right here at Practical Health, be sure to check it out. Briefly on my learnings, there is a ridiculous amount of sugar hidden in all kinds of supposedly “healthy” foods.
It’s kind of depressing.
One note – most of the items on the list are tracking devices because data is extremely important in regards to making healthy choices.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Peter Drucker who says “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.
” And all the electronic devices on my list are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled, this is a critical requirement.
We want all of our data being accurately recorded, so that we can go back and analyze it later on.
It can be emphasized enough how important data is in taking necessary actions with our daily routines.
Okay, let’s move on.
Number 8 – Nike Vaporfly Next.
This is a solid pair of running shoes, probably the hottest kicks of the year.
I’ve been using these myself and saw a clear improvement in my running performance straight away.
These are seriously impressive shoes And finally at number 9 we have blue light blocking glasses.
Blue light from digital devices causes eye strain and can disrupt a good sleep cycle Blue light blocking glasses work to prevent these negative effects.
Similar to the Oura ring we’re talking about the product that improves the roughly one third of our lives that we spend sleeping.
I picked myself up a simple pair of blue light blocking glasses on Amazon for ten dollars, but there are plenty of fancy models out there like the glasses from Gunnar Optics or Swanwick.
That was my list of holiday fitness and health gift ideas.
Additionally, I would like to share some fitness and health tests that I’ve been doing myself and find quite useful. First up is a VO2max test.
This is used to measure your maximum oxygen consumption and is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.
There are different ways to attain an estimate using your running heart rate as a basis, but this estimate is no substitution for the hardcore data of the actual test.
The results were not quite as actionable as I had wanted but certainly interesting at the very least.
There are a number of food sensitivity tests that you can purchase online.
And lastly, I wanted to share that the DEXA scan. This is the the most accurate way to measure fat, bone mass and bone mineral density.
Similar to the VO2Max test, a quick googling will help you to find a DEXA scan lab closest to you.
Those were nine holiday health and fitness gift ideas for friends and family or for yourself plus a couple of test recommendations.
I hope I’ve given you at least a couple of good gift ideas but I might be missing some great products.
Please post your own gift ideas in the comment section, so I will know what I’m missing.
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Thank you for watching and see you in 2020! Bye