The Health and fitness industry is no stranger to technology, there is no end to the number of gadgets, contraptions and apps that can help you reach your health and fitness goals. Tracking health has always required a lot of, well, tracking and it isn’t always easy to keep all your data in one safe and secure place that can be easily graphed or charted in order to see the progress you have been making. With the rise of smartphones individuals can easily keep track of results and in some cases, the device associated with the app will take the measurements itself so you have less user

Step counters

Step counters are one of the most basic pieces of health and fitness tech. From simple pedometers to the more advanced devices that track not only steps but heart rate, oxygen level and much more, it has never been easier to see your day to day activity level. If you have a job that requires you to be on your feet for long periods of time or a workspace that covers a large distance you may be surprised by the level of activity you can maintain during the workday. On the other hand, if you are mainly based at a desk you may be horrified by how little movement you are actually doing every day. The curse of seeing how low your step count actually is can be easily remedied, however, take the stairs instead of the lift, get off the bus one stop early, or take a long way round rather than a shortcut and you will quickly see you step count increase. Many step counters provide prompts and encouragement to help you meet your goal of achieving more steps. More complex devices will allow you to set a specific goal while simpler ones will encourage you to hit the recommended daily goal of 10,000 steps

Fertility and pregnancy tracking

Starting a family is sometimes easier said than done for some couples and as a result, there is a multitude of devices and apps that can help when it comes to family planning. While wearable devices that can measure temperature, heart rates and hormone levels are becoming more affordable many couples make use of apps that allow you to easily keep track of your menstrual cycle. Cycle tracking apps are especially popular as they are able to inform you when ovulation is occurring and highlight fertile windows in your cycle.

A note of caution: No app or device, hover technologically advanced, can replace a doctor. Be sure to discuss health concerns and any changes to your health or lifestyle with your doctor.