Whether you're monitoring your blood pressure or tracking your fitness, we've top techs and tips for keeping an eye on your health.
Do you know your heart age?
How healthy is your heart?
Many things can cause our hearts to age, such as high blood pressure, inactivity, poor diet, smoking and cholesterol. The risks of an ageing heart can include heart attacks, strokes and even dementia. So it's important to take steps to keep our hearts healthy.
The free heart age test won't take long to do. And it'll help you identify the risk factors that might be causing your heart to age faster.
Blood pressure monitors
Your blood pressure is the strength of your blood pressing against your vessels. High blood pressure can put a strain on your arteries but there are some simple ways of lowering your blood pressure and great devices for tracking your progress.
Monitoring your blood pressure
Blood pressure is measured by 2 numbers and looks something like this: 120/80mmHg. The first number is the highest your blood pressure reaches and the second is the lowest. A healthy blood pressure would have the first number between 90 and 120, and the second number between 60 and 80.
People aged 40 - 74, with no existing cardiovascular disease, can get an NHS check every 5 years. You can also measure it at home with a blood pressure monitor.
Anyone suffering from high or low blood pressure, or cardiovascular conditions, like type 2 diabetes, should have regular checks with their doctor.
Some people become anxious measuring their own blood pressure and take readings far too regularly. If you're worried, it may be best to get your blood pressure taken at the doctors.
How to lower your blood pressure
High blood pressure can be prevented or reduced by eating healthily, maintaining a healthy weight, taking regular exercise and drinking alcohol in moderation.
Monitoring your blood sugar is important in managing the treatment of diabetes. You can easily test your blood sugar with a portable electronic glucose metre, which will measure the sugar level in a small drop of your blood.
Managing your weight can be complex but using a smart scale can help give you a full picture of your body's health.
What is a smart scale?
A smart electronic bathroom scale tells you more than just what you weigh. They provide key metrics including height, body fat and body mass index (BMI) to give you a complete picture of your weight trends. This is then sent wirelessly to an app or smart device that automatically records the data.
Already use a fitness tracker? Combining your tracker with the smart scale, from the same brand can provide even more insight into how your activities, sleep, and food intake affect your weight.
Fitness trackers and wearable technology
Monitor, motivate and measure your success
Sweat it out in the gym, on the bike or in the pool with your own personal coach. With a fitness tracker you can record your workout, monitor your heart rate and even get on-screen coaching. Some trackers also record sleep and calories burned so you can get a deeper understanding of your body, health and progress.