Even if you haven’t heard it called the Quantified Self Movement, you’ve heard of its members and practices, and chances are you’re a part of it. These data trackers (aka Quantified Selfers) use self-tracking methods to measure various health habits, such as sleep, food, exercise, heart rate, mood, and many others, to understand their health picture and make conscious choices to improve or maintain it. It’s this trend that spawned the popularity of tracking devices and apps like FitBit and MyFitnessPal.
Tracking data is one of the best tools in reaching your health goals. If you’re not already monitoring your habits and performance, or if you’re searching for better ways to do so, now’s one of the best times of year to research your options to find what works for you with holiday deals in full swing and New Year’s Resolutions specials just around the corner. Check out this infographic from Gherghich & Co. and Fix.com for more on the Quantified Self movement and how to make it work for you–or scroll straight to the bottom for links to recommended tracking devices, programs and apps!
RECOMMENDED DEVICES AND APPS TO GET YOU STARTED
Take control of your goals by using Charge HR to record your workouts and track all-day activity like heart rate, steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed and active minutes. – FitBit, Inc.
At MyFitnessPal.com, we focus on making sure you can log your meals as quickly and easily as possible. Because the easier we make it for you, the more likely you are to stay on track, and the more likely you are to succeed in your weight loss goals. – MyFitnessPal, Inc.
The Lumo Lift is a small, lightweight wearable solution to posture. Worn near your collarbone, it gently vibrates every time you slouch to remind you to sit tall and stand straight. Its unique biomechanic motion sensors have the ability to track your posture and activity levels throughout the day for progress tracking via the Lumo Lift app. -Lumo Bodytech Inc.
Simply controlling your breathing can lower blood pressure, reduce tension, and increase endorphins. By monitoring your breathing, Spire figures out when you’re calm, focused, or tense, and provides you with guidance and exercises when it matters most. -Spire.com