movement sleep–by measuring resting heart rate using wearables like Fitbit or smart ring Oura. For those who don’t find working out to be particularly fun, there are platforms innovating experiences to make them more engaging. Les Mills uses virtual reality in their immersive studio fitness instruction and Kaia uses motion tracking in their app to help users nail that squat, pain-free and with better form. Lastly, it’s important to make smarter workout decisions. For frequent travelers, there are countless audio and video training programs for a small subscription fee. Nike+’s free training app is packed with efficient workouts that require no equipment. Peloton is leading the charge with IoT home-fitness equipment and content, where users can play live and pre-recorded fitness classes from the comfort of their living room.
What Happened to Those New Year’s Resolutions? Incorporating wellness rituals into your life in 2019 using digital tools BY JASLYN KOH
ost of us can identify with having a New Year Resolution that aligns with health and fitness, but achieving it is always another story. We get busy with work, family, and social commitments. We travel. We miss our gym session for a day, which turns into a week, then a month, then–well, you get the idea. Soon, it feels impossible to jump back on that bandwagon. Sound familiar? Often, the reason for allowing our health regimes to take a back seat isn’t due to laziness, but lack of time and energy at the end of a workday. Consequently, we burn out and are never fully present in the activities we commit to. Self-care is imperative to achieving personal goals and career ambitions, and the good news is that we can leverage technology to transform our wellness rituals because we can all use a bit of help, after all.
ometimes, what we really need is a moment of pause to reflect and regain clarity. The good news is there are now an array of solutions for today’s highly stressed workforce. Notable platforms include meditation and mindfulness app Headspace, brain training tool Lumosity, and Shine Text, which sends positive messages of affirmation to the user. Too much of anything is bad, so it’s crucial to cultivate a healthy relationship with technology and know when to disconnect. Now that Apple has embraced the digital wellness trend by implementing ‘screen time’ reports on iPhones, it can act as a first step to being more conscious of how we’re spending our time, and decrease digital consumption as needed.
or those who struggle with staying committed to their health goals, connecting with a like-minded buddy or finding their tribe might do the trick. From holding each other accountable about showing up at the gym to reducing the intake of sugary foods, people are often surprised by how much progress they can make just by not going at it alone. According to Harvard Medical School’s article ‘The health benefits of strong relationships,’ social connections are “every bit as powerful as adequate sleep, a good diet, and not smoking” and “people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.” Looks like it’s time to get social.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ne thing that’s seemingly easy to achieve, but would appear to be a near impossible task for much of the working population is getting those eight hours of sleep. If you struggle with this, start by identifying the issue, whether it’s getting to sleep or staying asleep, and then pinpoint which tools would suit your needs best. White noise or soothing sound apps like Noisli can help users fall asleep. If your sleep quality is poor, apps like Sleep Cycle can help track sleep efficiency–such as the percentage of rapid eye
Jaslyn is the Founder of Broc n Bells, a social platform to meet like-minded people over health and fitness. Users can connect over similar lifestyles, gyms and healthy cafe hangouts, even while traveling. She also started The Busy Woman Project, a lifestyle brand and community empowering women in Asia to lead their best lives. brocnbells.com