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Everyday biometrics: Why bio-tracking is not just for the gym

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Everyday biometrics: Why bio-tracking is not just for the gym

Biometric technology is everywhere, and has been for sometime, now. This amazing technology named for the Greek words "bio" meaning life and "metric" meaning to measure, has the ability to create a unique fingerprint of you to be used in keeping your personal information secure in your phones and bank accounts. It is even used to identify individuals under surveillance.

In recent years, however, biometrics has transferred to the world of health and fitness.  It is being used in things like treadmills and biometric straps in an effort to cater fitness regimens that will fit your unique body make-up. 

But, what about everyday movements that are not part of your scheduled exercise program? Can this same technology help you to move and live better even when not on the exercise clock? If so, how?

With all of the capabilities of biometric technology, it can absolutely be used as a way to improve your overall health through everyday use, and here are some ways how:

Tracking your heart rate

Monitoring your heart rate during exercise is a key factor in making sure that you are staying within a level that is both healthy for you and for your desired workout. This is especially true for individuals who may be under strict exercise guidelines of a healthcare professional, or for athletes working toward a particular fitness training goal. 

However, monitoring your heart rate even when not engaged in physical exercise could prove beneficial to your overall health.

In fact, according to an article published on livestrong.com, Clinton Brawner, a clinical exercise physiologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit said that daily heart rate monitoring can motivate people to be more active and achieve their heart rate goals.

The article also noted that daily monitoring can help you when using stress management techniques and to see if your new exercise program has improved your overall heart rate. Doing so can also indicate which daily activities count as exercise, such as taking the stairs, doing house or yard work -- or even keeping up with busy toddlers. 

New technologies are making this easier by capturing high-fidelity, raw PPG waveforms -- the same kind that your doctor uses to evaluate your heart’s health -- then comparing them over the past 24 hours to give you a complete understanding of your heart’s daily health. 

Tracking your activity level

If you’re like many people, finding time to get up and go running, swimming, biking or to the gym can be very difficult. Between work, household duties, taking kids to and from their activities, there is a lot of daily running around that takes place.

Oftentimes, that running around can be counted the same as what you would have done during a scheduled workout. This is where a biometric tracking device can come in handy. 

Many devices can record and track over a hundred daily exercises including walking, running, climbing stairs, and lifting objects using a wide range of repetitive motions. Simply by recording certain movements with your biometric device, it can in turn automatically detect and analyze those movements as you go about your daily routines, helping you to progress in your goals for a healthier you.

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