New Year, New You: Connecting to a Healthier Lifestyle

It’s no secret that gyms see a spike in sign-ups every January… or that all those new members typically abandon their health goals by February. If you’ve tried and failed to keep resolutions before, you may even wonder if it’s worth trying to live a healthier lifestyle in 2020. But you can do this! To make it a little bit easier, we’ve rounded up seven apps and tools that will keep you motivated and on track. Read on to discover everything you need to make this year your healthiest year yet.

#1: Echelon Smart Connect Bike

Much like the popular Peloton Bike (but with options at half the price), Echelon’s smart exercise bike streams live classes and on-demand workouts to keep you in the saddle and on the move. Already have an exercise bike? Just download the app to get the “smart” ride experience and enjoy studio fitness classes from the privacy of your own home.

#2: Mirror

This sleek, dual-purpose fitness tool is everything you need for revamping your fitness this year! The Mirror is both a mirror and a screen for streaming, so you can watch your NYC studio instructor and yourself at the same time. Choose between dance cardio, yoga, boxing, or many other active options, then jump into a live class or pick one on demand. When turned off, Mirror acts as a regular mirror with a modern design that blends seamlessly into your home decor.

#3: Aaptiv

Whether you want to work out at home, in the gym, or in the great outdoors, Aaptiv makes it easy to get a personal trainer’s guidance every step of the way. Simply check your workout suggestions for the day, then tap to stream guided audio workouts for running, strength training, yoga, and more. Each workout is paired with a playlist, so you can move to the beat as you crush your goals. Plus team challenges, an in-app “team” feed, and a feature that measures your workout streak provide all the motivation you need to get active with Aaptiv every day this year!

#4: MyFitnessPal

As you get fit in 2020, exercise is only half the battle. That’s why MyFitnessPal is here to help you form healthier eating habits, too. This app allows you to set goals, track your food intake, and monitor your progress over time. There is also an in-app community which offers all the encouragement you need to remember you’re not in this alone. You’ve got this!

#5: Sleep++

As you tackle new, healthy habits, don’t forget to give your body the rest it needs to recover each day! For Apple users, the Sleep++ app helps you uncover your sleep patterns by tracking how long (and how well) you sleep. Check the easy-to-read data analytics and make adjustments over time to ensure you’re getting the shut-eye you need to stay on track and healthy in the new year.

#6: Sensoria Smart Socks

If you want to maintain a long-term running plan, you have to avoid injury. And if you want to avoid injury, you have to make sure you’re running correctly and safely. Fortunately, these smart socks provide real-time feedback on your running form! Outfitted with tiny textile sensors under each foot, the conductive fibers act as a circuit board that gathers information with each movement. The app provides audio and video cues throughout your run so you can make little tweaks to ensure every workout is smart and safe.

#7: Shopwell

Does finding healthy options in the grocery store leave you confused and overwhelmed? Shopwell has your back. Start by creating a food profile to set goals, note allergies and health concerns, and even record your likes and dislikes. This handy app will make recommendations for healthy foods to grab on your next grocery run. You can even scan labels to find out instantly whether that snack you discover in aisle 3 is a good choice to keep you on track.

Are you ready to get fit and healthy in 2020? Call Race today to make sure your internet can power the apps and tools you need to achieve your goals!

 

“Smart” Seniors: The Best Wearable Tech for Baby Boomers

Millennials and Gen Z may be known for their mastery of technology, but they aren’t the only generations using modern tools to manage their daily lives. With so many advances in wearable technology, more resources exist now than ever before to help baby boomers live a healthy lifestyle and maintain their independence.

Here are five of the best wearable tech devices on the market for today’s older adults.

#1: Livio AI Hearing Aids

First things first: The Livio AI Hearing Aids are an extremely effective product. You can stream your phone, TV, or music straight to the hearing aids, adjust settings easily in the companion app and even use geotags to save your preferred settings for frequent locations. But the impressive functionality doesn’t stop there.

These hearing aids are the first to use artificial intelligence to monitor body and brain health and deliver a daily overall wellness score. Plus, built-in technology can detect a fall and immediately alert emergency contacts, giving you and your loved ones more peace of mind.

#2: Samsung Gear S3

The Samsung Gear S3 may look like a classic, timeless watch, but the smart features make it perfect for today’s baby boomers. For example, with convenient built-in speakers, you can easily make or take calls straight from your watch, even if your phone is in another room.

Added bonus: If you fall or find yourself in an emergency situation, you can easily send SOS messages to assigned contacts, who will immediately receive information about your location as well.

#3: Apple Watch Series 5

The latest Apple Watch is full of bells and whistles to keep users of all ages healthy. An ECG app can help you (and your doctors) know if your heart rhythm is high, low or irregular. Noise sensors notify you when surroundings are loud enough to damage your hearing.

Calendar functionality and daily alerts can remind you to take your medication and attend your doctors’ appointments. And, again, a fall detection feature easily notifies emergency services and loved ones in the case of an accident.

#4: Dexcom G6

For those living with Diabetes Type 1 or Type 2, the Dexcom G6 makes it easier than ever to monitor your glucose and share data with the people in your corner. The continuous glucose monitoring system updates your phone app with your latest glucose numbers every five minutes.

Share your info with up to 10 people, who can access your data and trends from their own phones. Plus, check out easy-to-read graphs, trends and statistics based on your health data, then email it directly to your doctors to keep them informed.

#5: Freedom Guardian

No smartphone? No problem. This medical alert watch is a standalone device designed specifically for older adults (think simple interface and large touch-screen icons). Helpful features include weather forecasts, reminders and alerts and text-to-speech messaging. Plus, you can simply press and hold the side button for three seconds to request emergency assistance.

Friends, family and caregivers love it as well. With the companion mobile app, they can easily add important daily tasks in your calendar, track your location, message you and know right away if you’ve requested emergency assistance.

Each of these wearable tech devices makes life easier for baby boomers — just like high-speed internet from Race! Contact us today to make sure you have the high-speed internet you need to make the most of today’s technology.

What Exactly are Internet of Things (IoT) Devices?

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of physical devices, such as laptops, vehicles, and security systems, that communicate with humans or other connected devices.

These devices can do everything from monitoring your health and diet to securing your property, or even reminding you to buy more paper towels. But they all have one thing in common…they require a fast, reliable internet connection from a company like Race.

Wearable Devices

A smartwatch or step tracker can track your calories, heart rate, or the number of steps you take in a single day. These IoT devices can share this information with your doctor. This gives you and your health team the opportunity to discuss ways to improve your health. As you make changes, the device can monitor your progress and encourage you to continue living a healthier lifestyle.

Home Security

Internet-connected cameras, peepholes, doorbells, locks, and other security features enable you to monitor your home 24/7. These devices are fully accessible from a smartphone or tablet, providing you with real-time information. Should a breach occur, the IoT device can alert law enforcement for you.

Smart Appliances & Gadgets

Even if you don’t want your showerhead communicating with your toaster, many smart household appliances now anticipate your needs by assessing the data they collect. Today’s coffee maker can have your coffee perked and ready to your specifications. Are you almost out of milk or eggs? A text from your refrigerator tells you what you need at the grocery store. Don’t walk into a cold, dark house when you get home from work; control your home lighting to come on at specific times or by voice activation when you enter a room. Plus, you can program your thermostat to monitor the house and adjust interior comfort as needed to save money on your utility bill.

Shopping

Always listening and ever-attentive, voice assistants such as Amazon’s Echo, Google Home, and Apple’s HomePod make it simple to purchase items. Just tell Alexa to buy it via your enabled Amazon account and wait for the delivery. Not ready to shop this minute? Just ask Alexa to add eggs and cream to your shopping list.

As IoT’s relevance grows, let Race make sure you’re ready for the next innovation – order Race’s fastest and most reliable internet service today!

Design Your Dream Office at Home with These Smart Devices

Ready for a break from awkward office parties, loud typists, and coworkers who microwave fish? If so, it’s time to build your dream office at home with fast, reliable internet from Race, and these great “work from home” smart devices.

Start with the Smart Speaker

As the hub that controls other smart devices, a smart speaker serves as the keystone of your home office. The Google Home speaker, available for $129, is a good option if you use Google services such as Google Contacts and Google Calendar. Synching well with Google apps, the hub’s voice assistant excels at handling documents on Google Drive and making phone calls with Google Home. At a list price of $99.99, an Amazon Echo smart speaker with the Alexa assistant is another good choice for work-related tasks, such as managing a calendar and making to-do lists.

Select the Right Smart Printer

Although businesses continue to go paperless, you still occasionally need to print hard copies. Smart printers allow you to print directly from cloud services such as Google Cloud Print and Apple’s AirPrint. Consider your usage when selecting a printer. For low-to-moderate use, affordable options from Canon’s All-In-One inkjet series can set you up for just under $100. For greater volume, the Brother MFC-J985DW-XL offers faster printing and higher ink capacity at an affordable cost of $288.

Streamline Audio with Smart Earbuds

You need not show up on Skype meetings with a bulky headset that makes you look like a cargo pilot. Upgrade to smart earbuds. With built-in microphones, Bluetooth-connected earbuds sync with virtual assistants to handle voice commands. Smart devices such as Bragi Dash Pro earbuds, at a cost of $290, enable bilingual business conversations through integration with iTranslate. For a less expensive option, Tom’s Guide gives good marks to ENACFIRE E18 earbuds, which you can pick up for around $50.

Track Work with a Smart Timekeeper

Say goodbye to traditional time sheets. Smart devices such as the TimeFlip multi-sided die can keep track of your work. Designate each of the die’s sides to different tasks, such as emails and meetings, or different clients and projects, and flip the device to the corresponding side as you perform each task. You can get a TimeFlip on Amazon for about $50.

To keep everything running smoothly, you need a good internet connection. If you want to future-proof your office, gigabit internet from Race, which offers speeds up to 50 times faster than cable broadband, is the smart choice. So beef up your internet, set up your smart system, and trade in the traditional work environment for your dream home office.