5 Ways Wellness Technology Can Save Your Waistline This Holiday

5 Ways to Save Your Waistline This Holiday SeasonBy Erin Knight, FDN, Research Scientist, Health Engineer

You started 2016 off with the best of intentions.

You had fitness goals, some new gadgets and maybe you even signed up for a race (or 5!)

We all did…

But by the time beer and football season rolled around in the fall, those ambitions seemed a little fuzzy.

As you hunker down under that cozy wool blanket, it almost sounds like a good idea to wait until the next set of New Years Resolutions to get motivated again.


But wait!
 Before you get too comfortable in those elastic-waistband fleece pants (cookie pants!), 2015 is not over.

With a solid six plus weeks left before the ball drops on NYE, there is no reason to write the year off as a lost cause or backslide on all the great work you started in the name of stuffing and cranberry jelly.

Today I want to share 5 ideas for utilizing wearable technology to re-engage and have an extra boost of motivation through the next 3 months of temptation.

5 Ways Wellness Technology Can Save Your Waistline This Holiday

1. Use a HRV trainer to practice bringing your nervous system to “rest and digest” state before meals

Bringing yourself out of a frantic, stressed mindset into a calm, coherent state before meals is crucial for healthy digestion AND can help you make better choices at the dinner table. (Read more about how to use HRV to de-stress at heartmath.org)

2. Use your device to tune into your sleep patterns

Most of the current fitness trackers offer sleep tracking tools, and even if you are going to slack on the workouts when the weather turns chilly, this is the perfect time to optimize sleep quality. For an example of something you may learn: if you wake up frequently in the early morning, this MAY be a sign that your cortisol is spiking due to a major drop in blood sugar or even parasite activity. Or maybe it is just your neighbor's car alarm going off again – regardless we want to track down the root cause and help you get better sleep. (For 7 more practical tips to help you optimize your sleep for optimal health, check out my free eBook!)

3. Get excited about a new app5 Ways Wellness Technology Can Save Your Waistline This Holiday

Why wait until January to look at the New & Noteworthy section for fitness apps and let the excitement of trying something new carry you through the holidays.

4. Use your device to remind you to get up and move AT LEAST one per hour

Burn off those extra helpings with some squats or a couple of flights of stairs. Your brain and focus will benefit, too!

5. Start a challenge with friends or family in early December

By the time you see them for the holidays, your little competition will be in full swing and you will have the perfect excuse to take a walk together instead of having a beer in front of the game with Uncle James. (If your friends aren't game, you will surely find some link minded folks in the Digital Health Transformation Facebook Group to help you stay accountable)

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Cheers to still fitting into your favorite jeans on January 1st!

Feeling inspired?

Comment below on which tip you think will help you the most and then pass this along to 3 friends and ask them to be accountability partners.


About the Author : 5 Ways Wellness Technology Can Save Your Waistline This Holiday

optimalhealthErin Knight is a Health Engineer who helps high performers eliminate hidden sources of chronic stress to optimize mental and physical states. Erin has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Michigan and is trained in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ and nutrigenomics. She shares tips for achieving radiant health through online classes and her blog.

Questions for Erin? Feel free to reach out at erin@engineeringradiance.com or connect on Facebook or Instagram.

  • Amy

    I did a push-up challenge with my family last year that was really fun. Thanks for the reminder, I need to do something like that again this year!

    • How many pushups did you get to Amy?

    • How many pushups did you get to Amy? 100?? 🙂

      • Amy

        Yes, 100! At thanksgiving my family decided see who can do the longest wall squat by Christmas..

  • Ryan Coffman

    Moving at least once an hour sounds like a big improvement. It’s too easy to sit on the couch all weekend after eating.

    • Truth be told Ryan! How are you reminding yourself to move every hour?

    • Truth be told Ryan! How are you reminding yourself to move every hour?

  • Love this post! One of my biggest movement motivators is finding new and unique ways to exercise. I like mixing up hikes with my dog, and yoga and dancing at a local studio with short HiiT workouts and strength training at home. The more diverse I can keep my workouts, the more fun I have, and the more I want to maintain my fitness routine!

    • Janine, thanks for your motivation here! What is your biggest health goal for 2016? Better question: How do you plan to not get bored:)

    • Janine, thanks for your motivation here! What is your biggest health goal for 2016? Better question: How do you plan to not get bored:)

  • daisy

    I guess I was waiting for the New Year to commit to some health goals but I like your idea of starting a challenge with a friend. Why wait? Just realize I should keep tracking my sleep, something is going on as I keep waking up early in the morning before my alarm. Thanks for the little push 🙂

  • great tips, erin! i definitely need to start utilizing #4 – reminding myself to get up and MOVE. i am in the middle of a huge project, and i tend to hunker down and forget to do everything else. 🙂 thank you!

    • April, the Garmin vivo has a great vibration alert for activity when you’ve been sitting too long. Check it out!

  • Ferris Jay

    I love these tips. The first is a great reminder for me, it makes such a difference to my digestion if I’m in a ‘coherent’ state before I eat. Number 4 also really resonated with me. It feels so good to get up and move regularly, especially when I’m indoors more at this time of year. Thanks for the great advice Erin.

  • Why not start early right and wait to 1 Jan? Now is as good as time as ever. I like the tip about sleep patterns and different ways to workout. I quit the gym about 2 year ago because it’s just not my scene. Thanks for a useful post.

    • Shae hoe did january go for you? 🙂