The Best Fitness and Health Devices to Support Client Goals
Your clients might have selective memory about how well they’re progressing in their goals. But if you want the unvarnished truth, the proof can be found in numbers.
The MBODY360 app is designed to make tracking metrics easier. Most metrics can be recorded with a single click.
Tracking exercise, food, mood and conditions helps clients bring awareness to their habits. Yet some clients may find tracking to be another tedious chore.
That’s where tracking devices and wearables can do the heavy lifting. Here are some of the best devices to help clients to track more useful data with less effort:
Many smart watches can track steps, floors climbed, active minutes, specific activities and exercises, heart rate, calories burned, sleep time and sleep quality.
Some will also track things like respiratory levels, mindfulness minutes, hearing, menstrual cycles and more.
The advantage of using a smart watch is that it’s easy for clients to set and forget. If they wear it consistently, and the watch will keep track of fitness data.
The Oura is a very popular ring among integrative and functional medicine practitioners. The Oura ring helps clients track their metrics using sensors on the inside of the ring. Their interface then helps clients interpret their data.
By interpreting trends in their health metrics, Oura can help clients understand how data relates to how they feel and perform.
Data points that Oura tracks include sleep details (bedtime, wake time, total sleep, respiratory rate, resting heart rate); activity details (workout intensity and calories burned); mindfulness minutes.
Modern bathroom scales that include a Bluetooth or Wifi connection can track way more than just weight. Metrics may include body mass index (BMI), visceral fat, muscle mass, bone mass, heart rate, basal metabolic rate (BMR), and more.
A note of caution: not all smart scales have accurate measurements for BMI. It may be worth taking a baseline measure by doing the math or getting a DEXA scan at the beginning of your client’s journey.
That way, you can judge whether or not the scale is on the mark.
Devices to Measure Vital Signs
Blood pressure monitors
A recent CDC study found that one out of three US adults have high blood pressure. But the study indicated that the true rate of hypertension may be closer to 45% of American adults.
Other research found that self-monitoring can lead to lower blood pressure numbers.
And because white coat syndrome can artificially elevate blood pressure, it may be worth it for clients to track their blood pressure at home.
Blood pressure monitors can measure with a wrist cuff or arm cuff. Some at-home smart blood pressure monitors can save several days worth of data, and others will store data for multiple people.
Blood glucose monitors
According to a report from the CDC, an estimated 34.2 million, or about 10.5% of the US population, has diabetes. About 7.3 million of those people have it but have not been diagnosed.
Needle-free blood glucose monitors can help clients painlessly monitor their levels.
Some use a patch on the skin that can detect glucose levels in the interstitial fluid just below the skin. Other devices use a sensor on the ear that reads ultrasonic, electromagnetic, and thermal waves.
Others use implanted sensors that can monitor the interstitial fluid continuously for a few months.
Temperature tracking is important if your client is susceptible to seasonal flus and cold, or exposed to viruses like COVID-19.
If you have clients who are trying to conceive, tracking temperature daily can help them understand their cycles and when they’re ovulating.
Some smart thermometers can read temperatures within seconds and without contact.
Others take readings more slowly through oral or underarm placement.
Many have larger digital screens and connect with smartphone apps that can help users interpret data and decide whether to seek additional help.
Data supports better outcomes and encourages compliance
You can use data to encourage clients to keep going with their goals, and congratulate them as their numbers improve. And you’ll know if they have fallen off track when there are gaps in tracking.
While these devices track myriad data, MBODY360 will sync with the most commonly accepted clinical metrics used by practitioners.
We are also always adding new metrics, like temperature, to our tracking.
With all of the data in one place in your portal, it’s easy to analyze trends and get better insights into your clients’ progress.
When they know you’re watching, your clients are more likely to stay on track.