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The Best Fitness and Wellness Accessories in 2020

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This year has been a challenging year for all of us. In the midst of a global health crisis, the subsequent lockdown period took its toll on our emotional well-being too. To cope with this, we turned to many different outlets for our worries and frustrations. We baked, gardened, and did arts and crafts, to name a few. But most of us also sought help from wellness products and technologies. Therapeutic products, organic foods, fitness technologies, and other wellness products have seen increased sales during the pandemic. We’ve rounded up the best in this list to help you out. So if you’re looking for a workout companion, a sleep inducer, or a wellness booster – or all of the above – you’ve come to the right place!

Wearable fitness trackers

One of the most widely used recent technologies is fitness trackers. The most popular option is, of course, the Apple Watch, but there are many others on the market at different price ranges. Some bracelets sync up with apps you can download on your smartphone to help you track sleep, calorie intake, heart rate, and many other metrics.

Smart fitness clothing

Fitness clothing has seen remarkable leaps and bounds over the last decades. But it’s not just about shifting towards more breathable fabrics. The fabrics themselves are now “smart.” Athos is the best example of this. Their smart fitness clothing line works in conjunction with a mobile app and AI to help wearers determine the work their muscles are putting in during workouts. This helps athletes and their trainers correct form and optimize routines for better efficiency.

If you’ve been running or taking walks, Sensoria has smart running socks that pair with a mobile app. The program picks up everything from heart rate to foot landing force to improve your form and performance.

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Sleep-improvers and -inducers

The lockdown has been isolating and stressful, so many of us have had trouble falling and staying asleep. So we set aside an entire category for products that can help to alleviate these problems.

Weighted blankets and sleep masks have been popular bedtime companions during these restless times. The weight within them is given by microbeads and induces deep pressure stimulation (DPS). This gives the impression of being hugged while we’re in sleep and aids in the production of serotonin, helping us relax.

Apollo has a wrist band called the Apollo Neuro that pairs with a mobile app to deliver soothing vibrations on your wrist or ankle. The app has seven different modes to help you relax throughout the day.

Light is an important factor in our sleep hours and quality. In line with this, Philips designed their HF3520 to mimic sunset and sunrise, helping to ease you into or out of sleep. Apart from just the visual side of things, it also comes with an audible alarm, FM radio, and five natural wake-up sounds that you can choose from. ;

Dodow’s Sleep Aid Device is another light-based gadget you can consider. When you turn off your lights, it projects soft beams of light onto your ceiling that act as your guide for a breathing exercise. When the beam of light expands, you inhale and exhale when it shrinks. Dodow runs on a timer, so it turns off automatically after the exercise, which you can set to either eight or 20 minutes.

As healthy as you might think you are, no one is immune to the negative impacts of prolonged isolation and stagnation. We hope you found something you can use on this list of gadgets and gizmos for better wellbeing during the lockdown.

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