Why More People Are Relying on Fitbit for Selfcare

Fitbit is a wildly popular wearable personal fitness and wellness device that’s become more advanced as newer models have launched over the years. Today’s Fitbit offers a gambit of features and functions, including options for tracking activity and workouts, diet, hydration goals, sleep tracking and more.

With this many features, and options to take things even further when you sync your Fitbit to new options like Modo Bio – it’s unsurprising why more people are relying on Fitbit for self care… even if the Apple Watch 6 is a tempting upgrade. 

The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI) published a recent study regarding Fitbit and self care, the results were in favor of, concluding: “Activity data from wearable devices may be a resource for self-care.”

The underlying study followed 27 Fitbit users who relied on the device for heart rate, sleep and daily step count tracking. The study did suggest that users would be better served having their data reviewed by a healthcare professional, but also demonstrated that it was efficacious, too: By showing how patients experience self-tracking data across dimensions of knowing, feeling, and evaluating, we point toward the richness and complexity of these data experiences in the context of chronic illness and self-care.”

Using Fitbit as Part of Your Self Care Routine

New research suggests that as many as 74% of patients are using wearable devices like Fitbit to help improve their personal wellness and self care routine. One of the key reasons to use a Fitbit is the incredible amount of Biodata it tracks and delivers to you, which you can use to track, monitor and improve your self care routine. 

What follows are some highly effective measures you can put into place to start getting more out of your Fitbit.

Getting Your Core Workouts In

One of the primary functions of the Fitbit is to track your physical exercise and activities, so you can maintain and improve your overall wellbeing. Whether you’re using a personal trainer, going solo at your own home gym or attending group workouts, Fitbit will track and monitor this Biodata, helping you better realize results from your efforts by honing your routine, while simultaneously encouraging you to keep at it.

Stop Putting Off That Doctor Appointment

You may not be aware of it, but the Fitbit Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2 and Blaze models all feature calendar notifications (all you have to do is turn them on). That means there are no more excuses you can make for missing that dental checkup, doctor appointment or mental health follow-up. Once you’ve set your calendar dates, your device will vibrate at the time and date you’ve set to help you maintain your self care regimen.

Medication/Supplement Reminder

With good health comes consistency. That means knowing when to take your vitamins, health supplements or prescriptions on time. With how busy our lives get, it can be easy to overlook a dosing schedule when on the go. Instead, set silent alarms on your device, most Fitbit devices allow you to set up to eight of them so you never miss an important dose.

H20 Intake

Water is the very essence of life and a healthy body. What’s more, studies find that people who drink three or more extra glasses of water per day eat less, absorb fewer calories and more easily process sodium, fats and sugars. Fitbit lets you conquer this by easily setting a hydration goal in the device and on your app. This way you know when it’s time to tip a cold glass back and rehydrate your body.

Balancing Sitting & Standing

Some studies have concluded that sitting is nearly as bad for you as smoking, no, really, it’s true. Those who sit for prolonged periods of time are at higher risk of contracting a myriad of deadly diseases. But fear not, your trusty Fitbit is here to help. The Fitbit Flex 2, Alta, Alta HR, Charge 2 and Blaze all have reminders that can be set to ensure that you take 250 steps or more every hour. The trackers will provide subtle reminders – in the form of a buzz – if you have not gotten your steps in every hour on the hour.

Mastering Your Breathing

Breathing – it not only helps you live by supplying it with crucial amounts of oxygen, but it’s also one of the greatest stress management tools your body has to offer. The Blaze or Charge 2 Fitbits are here to help you manage your breathing with different options for relaxing, deep-breathing sessions via the Relax experience. Alternatively, you can always set silent alarms on your device and in-app to make sure you set aside time for these breathing exercises every day.

Making the Most of Sleep Cycles

Sleeping is critical to your core functionality, longevity, mental and physical wellness. As the year fluctuates, so do our sleeping patterns in an anomaly calledSeasonal Circadian Rhythm.” Many of the newer Fitbit models feature a sleep schedule tracker that can help you tap into your best night’s sleep with convenient bedtime reminders and sleep recommendations that enable you to tackle the next day with more energy.

Improving Your Diet

One of the simplest methods you can use to improve your diet is by tracking your intake of foods. Fitbit helps you with this important element of self care with the food logging feature. Simply log your caloric intake after each meal to get an eagle’s eye view of what you’re doing right and areas you can improve to fine-tune your nutrition and maximize your results.

Connect Your FitBit to Modo Bio!

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Best in Class: Apple 6 Watch Wellness and Fitness Capabilities Are Astounding

The Apple Watch 6 is still rolling big more than a year after its initial launch date, which touted impressive wellness and fitness functionality, and vast hardware improvements, including a S6 System in Package (SiP) and an always-on altimeter, to name a few. Undoubtedly, the Apple Watch 6 is a technologically advanced, high-tech wearable device with a strong emphasis on personal wellness. As such, it has been well-embraced by fans and critics.

Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, accurately described the device prelaunch by stating: “Apple Watch Series 6 completely redefines what a watch can do. With powerful new features, including a Blood Oxygen sensor and app, Apple Watch becomes even more indispensable by providing further insight into overall well-being.”

Blood Oxygen Sensor and App

One of the most lauded additions to the newest generation of Apple Watches is the blood oxygen sensor and app. This new sensor feature can monitor the saturation of oxygen in a user’s bloodstream, delivering pertinent vitals and information (via the corresponding Health app) to help users improve their personal wellness.

The sensor measures SpO2, or the saturation of oxygen in the blood, representing the percentage of oxygen that is being delivered to the lungs and the body via red blood cells. The advanced oxygen sensor relies on clusters of infrared LEDs as well as photodiodes that work to measure light reflected from blood. Using custom algorithms, the watch can deliver real-time blood oxygen level measurements, as well as tracking these levels during activity, inactivity, and sleep.

Users are then able to monitor their stats via the corresponding Health app, which gives them detailed statistics and graphs illustrating their levels over set periods of time.

Sleep Tracking

In addition to impressive blood oxygen level tracking, the Apple Watch 6 offers an array of other wellness-focused features, including sleep tracking and monitoring. To use sleep tracking, Apple does require that your battery level be at 30% or greater to ensure that the watch has enough power to last the duration of your slumber.

The sleep tracking feature lets users set their bedtime in the watch or via the Health App. It tracks the number of hours that a user sleeps as well as their heart rate during their sleep session. All this information is relayed over to the Health app to give users a better, if not limited, understanding of their sleeping habits.

Adding to this feature set is something Apple calls “Wind Down” – a pre-bedtime feature that sends you notifications on when it is time to start getting ready for your nightly sleep. Of course, Apple lets you pair your favorite playlists, viewing lists or reading lists with this feature to help you prepare your brain (and body) for some shuteye.

When it is time to wake up, the watch sends you gentle reminders, vibrations, and soothing morning music (which also goes to your synced phone) to give you a gentle nudge up the next day. It is important to note that the sleep tracker does not track different cycles of sleep like REM, or other stages of sleep, and isn’t designed for that.

Handwashing Detection

It was only a matter of time – all things considered from the happenings of the past two years – before a handwashing feature would be destined to be added to a smart device for end users. So, it comes as no surprise that Apple is the first to the finish line with theirs.

This automated wellness feature in Apple Watch 6 immediately senses whenever your hands are underneath a faucet in a sink. It then starts a timer that encourages or reminds you to keep washing and lathering them for 20 seconds. Of course, the Health app also tracks this data for users, letting them know about trends in their hand washing routine, including instances where they failed to wash their hands long enough to sanitize them.

Other Wellness Features

The above features are not the only health and wellness features that you’ll find in this watch, it actually has quite a few.

Here are a few others you’ll want to know about:

  • Heartrate Monitor: This watch comes with a built-in heart rate app that will monitor your heart rate in real-time. It will notify you periodically (depending on your settings) about your current or past heart rate, including giving you options to compare it versus latent and physical periods of your day.
  • ECG: You can take an ECG, electrocardiogram (ECG) to check your heart rhythm, with this watch. To do so, merely access the Health app and select: Health Data > Heart > Electrocardiogram. AN ECG takes about 30 seconds to complete, with data sent to your app to monitor it.
  • Hearing Protection: Varying exposure to different decibels of noise can damage your hearing over time, and in some cases can lead to loss of hearing. Using the Noise app, your watch can not only measure the noise levels around you, and anywhere else you may go, but it will also warn you if the noise is loud enough to cause damage to your ears.
  • Track Menstrual Cycles: A complementing feature to the one that already comes with your iPhone, the watch will also track your menstrual cycles, with the ability for you to keep a real-time menstrual journal (on your phone/in-app) that helps you predict and prepare for your next cycle.
  • Track Your Workouts: Of course, Apple Watch 6 will track your workouts, with a variety of options for tracking activities ranging from running to dancing to strength training, and nearly everything in between.

Connect Your Apple Watch 6 to Modo Bio

Modo Bio and the Apple 6 watch combine to help you make the most of your health and fitness goals. We connect you, your wearable data, a dedicated health team and those you love on one platform… all so you can work together, set goals and achieve your best health yet!