These days, gadgets that promote health and wellness are everywhere. Here are some that use technology to keep you feeling good in clever new ways. Some are designed to make everyday activities easier and more comfortable, others help you keep track of things like blood pressure and medication.
Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser
Organizing pills can be difficult, let alone remembering when to take them. This circular pill dispenser has 28 compartments, allowing you to load a week's worth of pills (if taken four times a day) or in other combinations. You set the times of day you want to take them, and the dispenser sounds an alarm and blinks a light for a full half hour until you do. The correct pill compartment will open at the appropriate time. There is also a key to lock the dispenser if you choose. Extra trays are sold separately if you want to set up several weeks or months in advance. Purchase the dispenser for $70 and extra trays for $19 each at Medelert.net.
Withings Blood Pressure Monitor
This compact device works with an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad to take your blood pressure and do all kinds of things with the data. Wrap the Blood Pressure Monitor around your arm and plug it into your device. At the end of the measurement, the full results, including the Systole, Diastole and BPM, are saved on your device. (This comes in handy at doctor appointments.) Once you have some data stored, you can browse, zoom, and get simple averages of your blood pressure data. Access your stats on your iPhone, iPad or iPod, as well as on your private account, at home or in your office, on Mac or PC. Your data is safely backed up so you will never lose your history. Available at withings.com or amazon.com for $129.
Simple things like standing in the kitchen preparing meals can be hard on folks with back, knee, hip or foot pain. The WellnessMat anti-fatigue mat provides cushioning wherever you stand. These mats have been used in businesses for a long time. You may have seen them underfoot at the airport where inspectors stand, or behind the cash register at the supermarket. The WellnessMat is easy to wipe clean, and has a beveled edge which makes it less likely to lift or trip you, and has a non-slip top and bottom. It comes with a seven-year warranty. Four sizes and five colors are available: black, gray, tan, brown, and burgundy. The WellnessMat is available at Williams Sonoma, Frontgate.com, and kitchen specialty stores. Prices range from $120 for the smallest mat to $300 for the largest.
Philips Wake-Up Light
Tired of waking up to annoying buzzers and continuously hitting the snooze? This natural alarm clock gradually wakes you up using light that simulates sunlight. A replaceable halogen bulb gradually increases intensity 30 minutes before your set wake-up time. The manufacturer says it works because our internal body clocks are naturally set to wake with the sunrise. Even when we are asleep, our bodies sense the increasing light and begin to wake naturally. The clock gives users a choice of waking up with music from the digital FM radio or nature sounds as well as light. There are several models. Suggested retail price for the model pictured (HF3470) is $99.99 at Philips.com and electronic stores.
Bionic Golf Gloves
This PGA-approved glove has been given the thumbs up by the Arthritis Foundation. The Bionic Golf Glove is specially designed to help golfers retain club control, and get a better grip by eliminating natural interference. It has an even hand surface, which lessens hand fatigue. Here is what the Arthritis Foundation had to say about the gloves: "(They) can significantly improve strength in the hands of people with arthritis while helping reduce their pain. Users who tested Bionic Golf Gloves reported that they could perform better and with less pain while wearing the gloves compared to barehanded." The glove comes in men's and women's sizes. Cost is $49.99 a pair at bionicgloves.com. The gloves are also sold in golf shops. Check bionicgloves.com for nearby locations.
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