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Wearables: smart watches and fitness trackers care for physical and psychical health

The best gadgets to overcome depression with sports

By exercising, chemical changes are happening in the brain which can help to prevent or relieve depression. Going for a run or doing yoga is probably not the first thing a depressed person wants to do. But what if technology could motivate and support? ISPO.com shows some wearable gadgets which can help you to become motivated to live a healthier and more active lifestyle.

 

Exercise has a positive effect on mood and overall mental health.
Exercise has a positive effect on mood and overall mental health.

According to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH), exercising does not only have physical health benefits but can also prevent people from getting to the actual state of depression. Exercise has a positive effect on mood and overall mental health – only one hour of exercise per week can help to prevent and reduce depression.

"In people who are depressed, neuroscientists have noticed that the hippocampus in the brain - the region that helps regulate mood - is smaller. Exercise supports nerve cell growth in the hippocampus, improving nerve cell connections, which helps relieve depression," says Dr. Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

VivaLnk Vital Scout – set your goals

Unlike consumer-grade devices, Vital Scout is a wireless wearable patch that uses medical-grade ECG sensors to measure stress and recovery rates. With continuous monitoring, Vital Scout provides a more comprehensive view of your physical and mental wellbeing. Set your daily health goals, track your progress and stay active!

Moov – your personal coach

Moov is a wristband that can provide you with motivation and guidance for your workout. This AI-coaching system will teach and push you, it will encourage you to take part in different activities and tell what’s best for your training via live coaching.

Bellabeat Leaf Urban – emotional wellbeing

This wearable technology is a very stylish accessory which can be worn as a bracelet or necklace. It does not only function as a fitness tracker but also works as an emotional wellbeing wearable by tracking your sleep pattern, how many steps you are taking, how many calories you are burning and much more. It will also offer mediation and breathing exercises when you are feeling stressed and help you to calm down and obtain focus again.

SunSprite Personal Light Tracker – to get out

Getting the right amount of bright light each day is clinically proven to be as effective as anti-depressant medication. SunSprite is a small, simple-to-use wearable device that tracks your daily exposure to bright light, so you know if you’re getting enough. So get out for a walk to get your light in.

Christian Stammel
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