Best Ways to Monitor your own Health And Performance 2018

Monitoring your own health for 2018

In the last 50 year there has been a major shift in how we live and work. The pace of has increased but the physical output from us has decreased. We have moved from a major work force of manual labour to working in offices and sitting down for 8 to 12 hours a day. The daily ACSM guideline for aerobic movement a day is 30 min. Due to the amount of the population sitting down. The average time moving is 10 mins a day. Research shows that only 10% of the population go to gyms and health clubs and 2% of that 10 hire personal trainer to guide them on their journey.
So our physical output has got lower, our food intake of non nutritional food has gone up, emotional and mental stress has gone up which has lead to creating a unstable Homeostasis which will lead to poor health.
Unlike a car when a car runs out of petrol the car will stop. The human body will take what it need from another system and keep going until it disease starts to appear. Then the body doesn’t have any defence to the condition.
Below are three areas that can be monitored at home to help you make the right lifestyle choices to aid with maintain health and manage to aging process and being able to have a fun and long life.
We also have a review of the best heart rate monitor.


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·         Best Body Fat Monitors          

·         Best Blood pressure monitors

·         Blood Glucose monitors

·         Managing body fat levels

·         Monitoring blood pressure

·         Managing blood sugar levels 

 

 

 Best Body Fat Monitors 

Body Fat monitors Pros Cons Star ratings out of 5
.Omron Fat Loss Monitor Works for many types of bodies, more accurate than a scale. Needs to be used at a certain time, can be confusing  4 Stars
Balance High Accuracy Scale Measures everything, nice design. Setup can be tricky for some, instructions must be read.  4.5 Stars
GoWISE USA Digital Scale Very versatile, remembers up to 8 people Dangerous for children, pregnant women and others to use.  4 Stars
Yunmai Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Scale Tracks 10 things including body age, has an app. The manual is brief and doesn’t help with some problems.  4.5 Stars
AZMED Skinfold Caliper Set Easy to use. Doesn’t work well for people who are severely overweight.  3 Stars
Tanita BF680W Duo Scale Very accurate scale Stores only 2 people, electrical pulse.  4.5 Stars
EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Scale Capacity of up to 400 pounds Eats up batteries, some find it to be inaccurate  4 Stars
Accu-Measure Fitness 3000 Personal Caliper Measurement Tool Very quick to use. It takes a while to understand how to use it to get an accurate reading  4 Stars

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There are a number of different devices that can monitor your body fat including calipers, digital scales and handheld device. In general, scales can give you the most information but they are the most difficult to set up.

Omron Fat Loss Monitor

This device looks a bit like a steering wheel. It gauges how much muscle, fat and water you have in your body. This should be used 3 hours after a meal and preferably when you have no clothes on.

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Balance High Accuracy Scale

 

This scale purports to be accurate within .2 lbs. When you first get it, you need to put in your vital statistics. Then when you step on the scale, make sure you wait. It will slowly cycle through your numbers and it will show your weight, then BMI, etc.

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GoWISE USA Digital Scale

This is a very cool-looking scale, mostly black with silver lines. It has a big LED display that glows blue and is easy to read. This scale actually creates a slight electrical current that passes through the body. That means that children, pregnant women and people with pacemakers or metal plates should not use this device.

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Yunmai Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Scale

The Yunmai scale actually links up to the internet and comes with a free app for iOS or Android. You can look at your numbers on your phone or desktop, and they can be tracked automatically. Bluetooth will need to be turned on, but once that is done there is really no other setup. You will need wifi for the device to connect to your app.

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AZMED Skinfold Caliper Set

This is a caliper, a handheld device that you can pinch yourself with and it will measure your fat percentage. The AZMED Skinfold comes with a measuring tape, a fat calculator and a tracking chart. These caliper’s are made of plastic and work best with people who have relatively low levels of fat.

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Tanita BF680W Duo Scale

The Tanita scale measures body weight and body water. It uses a light electrical pulse. Tanita says that the scale is fine for children, but you might want to be careful with that electrical pulse. The scale is said to be so accurate that you could weigh postage with it.

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EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Scale

This is a nice-looking dark scale with a bright digital readout. Unlike most scales, this one has the capacity to weigh people who are up to 400 pounds. Some people claim that the fat percent calculator doesn’t work right.

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Accu-Measure Fitness 3000 Personal Caliper Measurement Tool

This caliper comes with instructions, measuring tape and a tracking chart. It is quick and easy to use.

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Best Blood pressure monitors


These devices involve a cuff that goes either around the arm or the wrist. They inflate and have a device that records your blood pressure. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that there are some devices that give inaccurate readings.

1.Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

2.Clinical Automatic Monitor

3.Monitor by VIVE Precision

4.Slight Touch Wrist Digital Monitor

5.Balance Professional Upper Arm Monitor

6.MDF Calibra Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

7.ChoiceMMed Digital Upper Arm Monitor

8.MeasuPro Easy Read Automatic Digital Wrist Monitor

9.Santamedical Adult Deluxe Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

10.Withings Wireless Monitor

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Blood pressure monitors Pros Cons Star ratings out of 5
Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor Trusted bra App doesn’t work with some devices.  4.5 Stars
Clinical Automatic Monitor Fits your wrist, detailed instructions You need to make sure that you have it in the right position for it to work properly. 4.5 Stars
Monitor by VIVE Precision High quality medical device Sometimes it gives bad readings until you reset the unit. 4.5 Stars
Slight Touch Wrist Digital Monitor Fits on anyone, even those with big arms Some people claim it gives very inaccurate readings. 4 Stars
Balance Professional Upper Arm Monitor Huge screen, popular If not used carefully, will be inaccurate. 4.5 Stars
MDF Calibra Aneroid Sphygmomanometer No electronic malfunction to worry about Calibration issues, poor velcro. 4.5 Stars
ChoiceMMed Digital Upper Arm Monitor Big screen, consistent high quality Fairly basic compared to some other devices. 4 Stars
MeasuPro Easy Read Automatic Digital Wrist Monitor Simple, fast, quiet Buttons too sensitive. 4 Stars
Santamedical Adult Deluxe Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Easy to use, readable Eats batteries, fragile. 4 Stars
Withings Wireless Monitor Free app, wireless Software issues, frequent malfunctions. 3.5 Stars

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Omron 10 Series Wireless Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

This is a very popular monitor that tracks up to 100 readings on your smartphone using the free Omron app, which works on most iOS and Android devices. It even detects irregular heartbeats.

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Clinical Automatic Monitor

This monitor straps onto your wrist. You hold it across your chest so that it is level with your heart. It can record your heartbeat, check for hypertension and it is able to recall your previous reading in case your forget to record it.

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Monitor by VIVE Precision

This device come with a cuff that fits a wide range of arms. It can store over 200 previous measurements. This device is a less complicated version of what hospitals use. The monitor can be inaccurate on occasion. Reset it to get it working again.

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Slight Touch Wrist Digital Monitor

This straps to the wrist and inflates on command to take a BP reading. The memory can store 60 readings and it detects irregular heartbeats.

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Balance Professional Upper Arm Monitor

This device comes with am upper arm cuff. The screen is very bright and readable. A lot of people rave about this device. A small percent of users claim that it gives inaccurate readings.

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MDF Calibra Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

This is a more traditional device. It has a dial connected to a pump and the cuff. The nice thing about this is there’s no electronic component so you won’t have to worry about computer malfunctions. Sometimes the velcro doesn’t stick well and the dial can lose calibration fairly quickly.

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ChoiceMMed Digital Upper Arm Monitor

This electronic monitor has a very big screen that anyone can read with no difficulty. It detects irregular heartbeats and will shut off on its own if left unused so you won’t drain the battery.

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MeasuPro Easy Read Automatic Digital Wrist Monitor

This wrist device tracks pulse rate, BP and irregular heartbeats. It is easy to use and quiet compared to some others. The buttons are easily pressed, so be careful putting it away or it might inflate.

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Santamedical Adult Deluxe Aneroid Sphygmomanometer

This sphygmomanometer straps onto the wrist and tracks the pulse and BP simultaneously. The screen is quite readable and simple. This device tends to eat batteries quickly.

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Withings Wireless Monitor

This is a high end device with wireless sync that connects to an app that is compatible with iOS and Android. There seems to be some manufacturer defects, so approach with caution.

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Blood Glucose monitors


If you have diabetes, you need to be extremely careful with these monitors. Some of them give inaccurate blood sugar readings. Be sure to check which ones come with strips and lancets. There are some products that advertise strips but don’t include them, so you should always read reviews before you buy.1.Blood Glucose Monitors Bayer Contour Next USB Blood Glucose Monitoring System2.FreeStyle Freedom Lite Blood Glucose Meter3.Active1st TrueMetrix Complete Diabetic Blood Glucose Testing Kit4.One Touch Ultra System Kit5.iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System for Apple and Android6.HealthPro Complete Diabetic Blood Glucose Testing Kit7.TRUEbalance Blood Glucose Monitoring System8.Home Diagnostics Sidekick Blood Glucose Testing System9.Embrace Blood Glucose Monitoring SystemBack to the top

Blood Glucose monitors Pros Cons
Blood Glucose Monitors Bayer Contour Next USB Blood Glucose Monitoring System Plugs into computer, versatile Registering on the website is difficult.
FreeStyle Freedom Lite Blood Glucose Meter Requires very little blood None.
Active1st TrueMetrix Complete Diabetic Blood Glucose Testing Kit Great starter kit The lancets don’t work too well.
One Touch Ultra System Kit Tests for Diabetes Inaccurate, draws a lot of blood, doesn’t come with lancets or solution.
iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System for Apple and Android The app keeps a record of your readings App does not work well, doesn’t come with solution or strips as advertised.
HealthPro Complete Diabetic Blood Glucose Testing Kit Adjustable lancets lot of stri Screen flickers, eats batteries.
TRUEbalance Blood Glucose Monitoring System No coding, just a little blood needed None
Home Diagnostics Sidekick Blood Glucose Testing System Compact, clever strip container Meter is finicky, lots of blood.
Embrace Blood Glucose Monitoring System Has a vocal component Inserting a test strip is tricky, requires a lot of blood.

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Bayer Contour Next USB Blood Glucose Monitoring System

This little device has a USB which allows you to plug it into your computer. Collecting blood can be done from almost any angle.

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FreeStyle Freedom Lite Blood Glucose Meter

The Freestyle is small and very fast. It only needs a tiny amount of blood.

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Active1st TrueMetrix Complete Diabetic Blood Glucose Testing Kit

This starter kit has 50 strips, 100 lancets, solution, the meter and more. This is a very comprehensive set. The lancets bend easily, so be careful.

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One Touch Ultra System Kit

You will need to buy lancets and control solution to use this. You should be wary with this device. A 2012 consumer report found that about 60% of the One Touch devices were very inaccurate.

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iHealth Wireless Smart Gluco-Monitoring System for Apple and Android

This has a wireless connection that can used with the free iHealth Gluco-Smart app to track your blood sugar. This does not come with strips, solution or lancets and the app does not work very well.

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HealthPro Complete Diabetic Blood Glucose Testing Kit

This kit comes with everything you need including 100 strips and 100 adjustable lancets and it requires only a small blood sample. The screen can flicker depending on how you hold it.

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TRUEbalance Blood Glucose Monitoring System

This meter requires no coding and gives results in about 10 seconds.

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Home Diagnostics Sidekick Blood Glucose Testing System

This kit comes with a meter and 50 strips. It allows you to test the forearm or the fingertip. It requires quite a bit of blood and is a bit picky.

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Embrace Blood Glucose Monitoring System

The Embrace meter requires no coding and has a large screen. It has a voice that issues instructions for those with bad eyesight. Setting up a test strip can be annoying with this meter.

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Managing body fat levels

 

What the difference between Weight loss to fat loss

 

Weight loss is the reduction of your Global weight. (What your whole body weights of). Fat loss is the reduction of just the fat covering your body. There are a number of fitness and performance activities and sports, which require weight loss. Any sport that  requires you to be in a weight category is weight loss and any activity that requires less body weight for performance is weight loss.

For example any form of running 6x your body weight is going through each leg and 9x on any jumping sport. When following a weight loss program lean tissue can be lost as well. So body fat and lean tissue need to be record to aid in maintaining health.

 

To aid with managing both a system call the BMI scale need to be measured alongside body fat to help measure what is being the greater loss.

 

For example

 If the BMI goes up and the body fat goes down. This is a base measure of lean tissue increase and body fat loss.If the BMI goes down and the body fat goes down. There is a greater chance more lean tissue has been lost.

 BMI on it own is a great test for a sedentary person. For a active person the body fat measure needs to be added to assist with the clearer evaluation.

 To work out your BMI there are a number of app you can use.

 Body Weight in kg divided by height squared in meters.

87kg divide by (1.72 multiply by 1.72) = 25

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 Below are a few of the possible condition that can come from having high BMI and Body fat%

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Monitoring blood pressure

Blood pressure is the flow of blood around the blood.This flow has to be at a certain level to maintain health and performance in the body.There are number of conditions that can affect blood pressure.The number one is stress.

Below is a great picture by Paul chek from is book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy which illustrates the stressors to the body.
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The green line is optimal amount of stress for improvement and the green is below sub optimal which leads to illness.

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There are two reading that will come from taking blood pressure. Systolic and diastolic. Systolic is the active flow of blood and diastolic is the resting flow of blood.

Below are the optimal readings for health for each group of people.

Any readings above are classed as Hypertension which is high blood pressure.Any readings below are classed as Hypotension which is low blood pressure.

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Below are a few of the  conditions that will come from having bad blood pressure.

Yes, uncontrolled high blood pressure (HBP) can injure or kill you. It’s sometimes called “the silent killer” because HBP has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it’s damaging your arteries, heart and other organs.

Consequences of high blood pressure on your body

 

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Possible health consequences that can happen over time when high blood pressure is left untreated include:

 

 

 

 

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Managing blood sugar levels

Managing blood sugars levels is key to managing weight and the health of your pancreas.One of the main conditions that can come from poor management of blood sugars levels is diabetes.You can now have type 2 diabetes for a number years before it becomes a major health problem

Managing blood glucose to aid with health and weight management is broken into two categories.Managing the glycemic index and glycemic load  

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