Smartwatches for Smart Aging?

By on February 22, 2016
Smartwatches for Smart Aging?

By Daisy Stephenson –

With all of the trendy discussion about smartphones, smartwatches, and wearable devices, the words are so familiar, and yet perhaps the technology isn’t, particularly with the 50+ demographic. And yet, this demographic is exactly who should be interested in this technology. Why? Because the tracking features of wearable devices, particularly smartwatches, can help you to better monitor all of the areas of your health, including exercise, sleep, and diet, to more easily maintain your energetic and active lifestyle so that you can continue to feel your absolute best.


It’s no secret that as we age, our bodies begin to have different demands when it comes to sleep, diet, and especially exercise. Obviously keeping active is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, no matter what your age. As you become older, however, there is an increasing need to ensure that you are getting enough cardio within less strenuous activities. If you can still run a marathon and participate in a bike race at 70, all the power to you, but many find that as they age, they may have to hang up the mountain bike and take up yoga instead. Being able to check your heart rate (both resting and active), track your steps, and in general monitor your workout routine, can assist you to visualize your effort and progress.

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One of the most heralded gadgets in the industry for specifically monitoring heart rate is the Fitbit Charger HR. Although the majority of smartwatches and wearables out there do much more than just monitor physical data, viewing caller ID and messaging are probably not high on your list for a fitness tracker. If you would prefer something that looks a little more stylish and won’t clash with your dress attire, Chrono24 offers beautiful Tag Heuer watches, like the Connected Watch, that is fashionable and contains smart technology.


One of the other major benefits of a good and productive exercise regimen is the ability to sleep better. Sleep is incredibly important to a person’s physical and emotional health, whether you are five or 50. Aside from giving you the rest that you need to be able to function for the next day, your sleep cycle also helps your body to repair itself – which is one reason that people’s skin looks younger when they get sufficient sleep – and has an impact on heart health, blood pressure, memory, and mood. Believe it or not, sleep deprivation even interferes with your appetite or eating habits. Being able to monitor how well you are sleeping – differentiating between REM sleep, light sleep, or deep sleep – can help you decipher if you are indeed getting what you need to maintain your healthy, active lifestyle.

The best item on the market to track sleep is the Jawbone UP3, which monitors heart rate, respiration, temperature, and galvanic skin response, among other things, making it a superior sleep monitoring product.


Monitoring your diet is more than attempting to maintain your weight. A good nutrition tracker can monitor your calorie intake and generate a prediction for the amount of physical activity that will be required to burn those calories. Some trackers also give advice for meal times and food groups to consume from. Most also have some kind of food diary input that can help you to keep track of not only calories but the food choices that you are making, and can suggest where areas in your diet might be lacking or in excess. This takes the guess work out of trying to maintain a healthy diet.

There are actually many Food Trackers on the market. The trick is to find what is most efficient and easy for you to use.

Daisy Stephenson is a fitness enthusiast and mother of two. Her hobbies include yoga, cross-stitching, and reading.

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Smartwatches for Smart Aging?