Your overall health and wellness is a collection of all the “tiny” decisions you make on a day-to-day basis. That’s why making a change to live healthier is like steering a ship. Establishing good habits to point yourself in the right direction takes time, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle is easier once you get going.
Joining a gym or fitness club is one of the best paths to success because you surround yourself with people that have the same vision. The problem is that the average person only spends 5-10 hours a week at the gym or fitness studio. What you do during the other 158-163 hours a week is what makes the most significant difference.
That’s where all of those “tiny” decisions come into play. Sleep, diet, and overall activity level are the biggest factors to your overall success. Plus, surrounding yourself with healthy tools outside of the gym is just as beneficial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Find What Drives You!
Motivation for a healthy lifestyle change can come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe it’s your New Year resolution, an eye-opening yearly physical, or perhaps you or someone you know recently had a health scare.
It really doesn’t matter WHY you’re making the change when it comes down to it. The critical thing to remember is that it’s never too late to improve your quality of life, and the first thing to do is establish a good state of mind.
A New "Year" State Of Mind
There’s no question why many of the most popular New Year resolutions have something to do with diet, exercise, or just living healthier in general. Especially when we have to get through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and all of the other gluttonous holidays before the new year.
On top of that, New Year resolutions and healthy lifestyle goals are easy to start but are often the hardest to keep. That’s where we come to the most difficult question to answer…
How Do You Stick To A Healthy Lifestyle?
The answer to this million-dollar question can be applied to ANY goal, target, or objective… MAKE IT EASY!
Whether you set the bar low or you’re “shooting the moon,” creating a simple plan and surrounding yourself with healthy tools are the two crucial steps in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The only thing left after that is to execute!
What are some technologies that keep you healthy?
Even though no gadget or machine is going to do the work for you, there are plenty of tools that can help. Through our research, we narrowed it down to these key pieces of technology that can make taking the healthier path easier and more efficient. That way, even if you can only choose one of these to get started with, you’re still taking a massive step toward consistently maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Best Healthy Gadgets For Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle:
Even though body composition smart scales are an essential tool for advanced athletes, you could argue that they’re even more important for “regular joe’s” like you and me.
We all know the frustration of seeing the ups and downs of daily weigh-ins on traditional scales that only display weight. Without proper context to judge your overall weight, we’re walking a fine line between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and falling off the wagon.
Being able to track muscle mass and total body water alone can give you a far better snapshot of your overall physical health. Plus, the added data points make it easier to track your day-to-day progress going forward.
Each of our top 3 picks does a great job of measuring over 10 body composition metrics to give you a much larger window into your overall health and wellness. Plus, out of all the gadgets to track your progress toward better health, this is the best one to start with.
The Withings Body+ made the top 3 for a few reasons. It has a ridiculous 18-month battery life and great measurement accuracy. Plus, the monochrome display shows weekly weight trends, fat percentage, weather, and more!
What really sets the Body+ apart is the best-in-class compatibility. Nobody will be left out if you live in a household that uses multiple wearable brands because it can sync with almost all major wearable platforms and health apps.
To put it simply, the Garmin Index S2 is the Cadillac of body composition smart scales for home use. The beautiful color display can show 30-day trends for your main body composition metrics, and its measurement accuracy rivals medical-grade scales.
If you already use a Garmin wearable, this one is a no-brainer. Yet, for non-Garmin users, you’ll still find plenty of compatibility with other popular health and fitness apps, including MyFitnessPal, Apple Health, Google Fit, and more!
Even though the Amazfit Smart Scale is the top budget pick, it’s rich with features. The hidden monochrome display comes alive to show up to 10 essential body composition metrics. Plus, Amazfit offers a nice family of premium yet affordable fitness trackers and smartwatches to pair with it.
We found that the measurement accuracy is almost as good as the Withings Body+, but for less than $50, the Amazfit Smart Scale is by far the best value.
While tracking body composition provides invaluable health and wellness information, using a fitness tracker can fill in the rest of the puzzle. The ability to track all of your biometrics, rest, and activities 24/7 can help spot other areas of opportunity to improve the effectiveness of your daily routines.
Fitness trackers typically provide great battery life for uninterrupted tracking and conveniently display essential metrics in real-time. Plus, their software platforms analyze raw data and compile them into easy-to-understand charts and dashboards. This alone can help users of any fitness level easily track progress and stay motivated.
On top of all that, fitness trackers allow you to take that data to another level. With our top picks, you can get even more motivated to maintain a healthy lifestyle by sharing your progress or joining various challenges with family and friends. After all, competition is one of the best forms of motivation.
Even though the Fitbit Charge 5 is the best fitness tracker for women AND men, the luxury features give it more of a smartwatch feel. You don’t have access to a traditional app store, and there’s no LTE connectivity, but then again, it’s not meant for those types of users.
The medical-grade ECG heart rate sensor, built-in GPS, and beautiful AMOLED display are just a few of the reasons why the Charge 5 is the best overall fitness tracker to date.
Additionally, the Fitbit App is one of the best software platforms for helping users reach for the stars when setting health and fitness goals. In-app features include body composition tracking, nutrition tracking, and a virtual personal trainer.
To top it off, Fitbit’s new Daily Readiness Score helps you find the correct ratio between workouts and recovery. Making it even easier to stick to your healthy lifestyle and not get burnt out too quickly.
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Garmin Vivosmart 4 – Best Traditional Fitness Tracker
The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is a great choice if you want less bulk, but you don’t want to lose out on any essential and luxury tracking features. Garmin’s unique tracking metric “Body Battery” is similar to Fitbit’s Daily Readiness Score, and helps you know how hard to push through plateaus without burning out.
Amazfit Band 5 – Best Fitness Tracker On-A-Budget
With a price under $40, it’s incredible that you get so many advanced features on the Amazfit Band 5. The 15-day battery life, 5 ATM water resistance, and hi-definition AMOLED display are only a few of the reasons why it’s the best value in the fitness tracker category.
If you’re looking for more on-wrist capabilities than what a fitness tracker can provide, then a fitness smartwatch is just what the doctor ordered. You might be sacrificing some battery life, but a good sport-tracking smartwatch will make up for it in many other areas.
Obviously, you can track your health and fitness progress with an Apple Watch, Galaxy Watch, and other traditional smartwatches, but their biometrics, activity, and sport tracking capabilities are limited. If you only want to track basic steps and activities, then they may do the trick, but you run the risk of outgrowing their capabilities when you get anywhere past a beginner’s fitness level.
Wearables from brands like Garmin, Polar, Coros, and more offer an advanced window into your health and fitness. From advanced running metrics to recovery analysis, they do a much better job breaking down how you’re feeling and performing.
Garmin continues to lead the industry with groundbreaking fitness wearables, and the Fenix 7 Series is the best yet. As their flagship wearable, you get all of the main features you see on their other watch series like live GPS mapping, advanced running metrics, advanced biometric readings, and more!
As if the battery life wasn’t good enough on the previous Fenix models, they stepped it up with the Fenix 7 series. Now you can choose from models with a built-in solar ring that can extend the battery life to more than a month on some solar models.
Multi-sport tracking on the Fenix 7 is where the real luxuries come in. You can customize your main watch menu with “Widget Glances” to quickly view your Body Battery, sleep analysis, heart stats, stress level, and more! Plus, there are plenty of watch faces to customize the main screen to fit your activity or style.
During your workouts, you can view essential live stats like pace, distance, time splits, maps, and more. It even shows animated workouts for weight training, HIIT, and Yoga, ensuring you’re using the proper form. Not only does that help maximize each exercise’s effectiveness, but it also helps you avoid injury.
Garmin Connect App
The Garmin Connect training platform is where the rest of the features reside. Access all of your data, in-depth analysis, and tips on how to improve from your phone, tablet, or PC. On top of that, you can choose from over 1,400 premade workouts to download to your watch, or you can create your own.
No matter what sports or activities you’re into, Garmin Connect does a great job of keeping you on track with all the healthy lifestyle goals you set. The best part is that all of the features are free. No need to pay for a subscription to unlock advanced features.
The Bottom Line
Featuring a sun-friendly transflective display and extremely efficient (and accurate) Elevate 4.0 heart rate monitor, the Garmin Fenix 7 series watches are built for anything. Packed with luxury fitness features like 100m water resistance, 2,000 song capacity, and adaptive coach-lead running programs (5k, 10K, and marathon), you’ll never outgrow this watch.
If you want premium multi-sport tracking and essential smartwatch features, the Garmin Venu 2 series is the best of both worlds.
The Venu 2 is one of the first from Garmin to come with an AMOLED display instead of their signature transflective display. This gives it a premium smartwatch look and feel. Also, the Venu 2 Plus has a built-in mic for hands-free calls and voice assistant (via Bluetooth).
Since it comes with a big, beautiful smartwatch-style display, it’s even more impressive that you get more than a week of battery life. That’s thanks to Garmin’s new Elevate V4.0 heart rate sensor. It’s not only more efficient, but the accuracy is better than any other watch-based PPG sensor we’ve tested.
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Apple Watch Ultra – Best For iPhone Users
The Apple Watch series has been a great option for people who want a true smartwatch experience, but they’ve always lacked the battery life to power GPS tracking on long distance workouts. That changed with the release of the Apple Watch Ultra.
Besides the best in class heart rate sensor and ECG readings, it features some essential fitness upgrades. You get a beefed up Titanium chassis, extra bright display, and it’s the first Apple Watch to have a battery life of more than 1 day.
The iOS 9 that was released in late 2022 also came with some essential fitness upgrades. Now it comes with all the advanced running metrics like Vertical Oscillation, Stride Length, Ground Contact Time, and more! It now can directly compete with traditional running watches like the Garmin Forerunner, Polor Vantage, and Coros wearables.
Polar Vantage M2 – Best Garmin Alterntative
Even though Polar has a smaller family of wearables, their fitness smartwatches like the Polar Vantage M2 are on par with Garmin’s tracking quality. The Polar Flow training platform also rivals the Garmin Connect platform and can help users of any fitness level reach their goals.
Coros PACE 2 – Best Battery Life
The Coros PACE 2’s lightweight design, advanced workout metrics, and 20-day battery life are only a few of the things that make it a steal for under $200. It has all of the essential sensors for accurate multi-sport tracking, and the Coros Evolab training software is expansive yet simple to learn.
Treadmills are an extremely valuable way to boost your activity level since they’re “weatherproof.” Even if you prefer running or walking outdoors, it’s nice to have one to fall back on for those rainy days or prolonged winters.
Additionally, treadmills help give you some much-needed variety if your local trail or track starts getting monotonous. Using their built-in programs and variable incline levels can even help you break through those pesky plateaus and keep progressing toward your goals.
The best way treadmills can give you a boost at maintaining a healthy lifestyle is by transforming your entertainment time. Instead of Netflix and Chill, you can Netflix and ‘Mill. Prop up your phone or tablet to catch up on your favorite shows, or better yet, set it up in front of a wall-mounted TV. After all, sitting is the new smoking, so there’s no question why they’re one of the best healthy gadgets you can have in your home.
Here are our 3 favorite treadmills that should fit most people’s needs: (Also, our guide for the Best Treadmills For Home Gyms has some extra options for people with more specific needs.)
The Bowflex T22 is our favorite because you get the features and performance of a commercial treadmill, all without the price tag. It has a large 22″ x 60″ deck, so there’s plenty of room for taller users. Yet, even though it’s bigger than your average home treadmill, it folds up to a footprint of only 39.5″ x 44.5.”
Boasting a commercial-grade 4 HP motor that can reach a max speed of 12 MPH, it can support almost any level of distance running. The best-in-class -5% decline to 20% incline is hard to find of even on many commercial treadmills. Plus, you can use the added incline levels to boost your equivalent pace way past the 12 MPH max speed.
One of the best features of the Bowflex T22 is the huge 22″ HD touchscreen. No need to squint at your small phone screen or risk having your iPad fall off the treadmill’s book rest and get shot across the floor. Everything you need, from tracking your workout program to streaming your favorite show or movie, is in one convenient place.
You get access to it with the Bowflex JRNY training platform that features adaptive workouts, trainer-led programs, and more! Plus, the best part is that an unlimited amount of users can use the same JRNY subscription, and you get the 1st year free! After that, it cost $19.99/month, but it’s a lot cheaper than most gym memberships, making it the best alternative, hands down!
The NordicTrack T 6.5 Si is a great choice if you want a high-performance treadmill in a more compact design. It has a wide 20″ deck, so it still has a roomy feel. Plus, the 10 MPH max speed and 10% incline are more than enough for the average user.
For the more advanced workout programs, it uses the iFit platform. Their subscription is a little more expensive than Bowflex’s JRNY, but it has a few more workout program categories and an additional section filled with cooking classes. It’s a great all-in-one solution and alternative to hiring your own trainer and nutritionist.
Even if you use it in manual mode, it’s the best value under $1,000!
The Assault Fitness AssaultRunner Pro can grow to ANY fitness level. Since it’s a manual treadmill, it can handle any speed you can dish out, making it perfect for HIIT training and sprinters.
The unique curved deck and slat belt running surface is the best at reducing impact. Plus, the slat belt design is much smoother than traditional treadmill belt designs that need lubrication every once in a while. That makes it one of the best choices for long-distance runners, as well.
No matter how you train, it’s super simple to hop on and start running or walking.
While treadmills offer great versatility and value toward maintaining a healthy lifestyle, free weights offer just as much, and maybe even more! You can debate all day whether it’s cardio or weight lifting that’s better for weight loss. In the end, it’s best if you do both, especially if you’re also trying to improve your physique.
One common problem is that it can be intimidating for some people to jump into the free weights section with the “big dogs” at your local gym. That’s why having your own set of dumbbells at home can eliminate that anxiety and let you get down to business.
I’ve witnessed plenty of people (usually my fellow males) let their ego get the best of them and push it too hard on their first day or two of lifting. Plus, I’ve seen just as many “expert” weight lifters setting themselves up for injuries and long-term issues because they’re trying to show off.
To avoid injury and unnecessary wear-and-tear on our body, you should always keep this motto in mind:
“It’s not how much you lift. It’s how you lift it.”
Just like I mentioned when highlighting the benefits of the animated workouts on the Garmin Venu 2, proper form avoids injury and maximizes the effectiveness of each exercise. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don’t let your inner Arnold Schwarzenegger cause you to go too hard and throw your back out on the first day.
In the past, the convenience of having a full set of dumbbells and plates at home wasn’t always realistic. After all, not everyone has an empty garage or an extra bedroom to convert into a weight room.
Nowadays, adjustable dumbbells are the best way to get a gym-size weight selection without the gym-size weight rack. Through our research we’ve narrowed it down to the 3 best sets of adjustable dumbbells that should fit any workout style or budget.
If you already lift heavy or you plan to get there, the Bowflex 1090 adjustable dumbbells are second to none. Their best-in-class weight range can adjust from 10-90 lbs in 5 lb increments. To put it simply, they can replace 17 sets of separate fixed-weight dumbbells!
They may be a little bulky for people with a smaller frame, but they have great balance at any weight selection. Also, their grips are designed for ultimate control, even with sweaty hands.
The icing on the cake is that they come with a FREE 1-Year Subscription to the JRNY fitness app. You’ll get access to some of the best app-based trainer-led workout videos. Helping you take full advantage of the extreme versatility of these premium adjustable dumbbells!
Another reason Bowflex is our favorite adjustable weightlifting option is because of their complete SelectTech family. Check out our review of their adjustable barbell set and kettlebell to see how you can create an even better home gym setup!
If you like the 1090s, but you know you’ll probably never use 55-90 lb settings, then the Bowflex 552 adjustable dumbbells are your best solution. They can still replace 15 sets of fixed-weight dumbbells since they adjust in 2.5 lb increments up to the first 25 lbs, and 5 lb increments after that.
They’re about 2 inches shorter than the SelectTech 1090s, so they offer a little better range of motion. Plus, they have the same balanced weight distribution and durable build.
Bowflex offers a FREE 1-Year Subscription to the JRNY app with these as well. Combined with the better selection of lower weights, the SelectTech 552s are easily the best adjustable dumbbells for beginners.
If you still want some heavier weight options like the SelectTech 1090s, but you want to go lighter on your wallet, Ativafit has your answer. Their 71.5 lbs adjustable dumbbells can replace 12 sets of fixed-weight dumbbells to save plenty of room in your home gym.
They feature a safe and durable dial-based weight selection design, similar to Bowflex’s SelectTech adjustable dumbbells. They also feature a lock button for extra security.
With the set costing about the same as one SelectTech 1090 dumbbell, they’re the best budget adjustable dumbbells we’ve tested.
When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, no tool’s a more obvious must-have than a blender. From fresh smoothies to homemade dips and dressing, they’re an essential gadget for any healthy kitchen.
If you’re new to the blender world, or it’s been some time since you upgraded, combo blenders are the new style to have. Whether you want to make smoothies for the whole family or you want to whip up a single serving right in a to-go cup, these versatile blenders can do it all.
The smaller blender containers for combo blenders make it easier to create homemade dips and dressings. Plus, they double as a handy storage option.
Out of all the combo blenders we’ve researched, here are our favorites:
For 100 years, Vitamix has produced commercial-quality cooking tools for the average person’s kitchen. Their latest blender model is no different. The Vitamix Ascent is powerful enough for professional chefs yet simple enough for beginners to instantly start maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
There are 4 models in the series, but the base model (A2300) will do just fine, if you’re comfortable with mostly manual controls. The single-serving blender cups and bowls are usually sold separately, so that’s why the Ascent A2300 Family Pack is the best value. Not only does it come with the large 64 oz pitcher, but it also comes with a 20 oz blender cup, two 8 oz blender bowls, and the base blade conversion top.
Featuring a 72 oz pitcher (64 oz max liquid), 64 oz food processor bowl, and two 24 oz blender cups, the Ninja BN801 is the best option if you’re on a budget.
Ninja’s Auto IQ technology takes the guesswork out of creating the perfect smoothies, dressings, doughs, and more! Plus, Ninja’s unique blade-shaft design makes high-volume blending quick and easy.
The NutriBullet Blender Combo is the perfect option for maintaining a healthy lifestyle consisting mainly of smoothies. It’s still powerful enough to make hot soups, nut butters, and more, but it doesn’t have a food processor or blender bowl attachment like our two other favorites.
Starting at under $200, it’s still a great value for high-volume smoothie making and other large households needs.
Countertop Convection Ovens
Not only does most microwaved food taste bad, but it’s also scientifically proven to be the most unhealthy way to heat (or reheat) your food. At the same time, firing up your traditional oven isn’t always the most economical way to cook, especially if you just want to heat up some leftovers.
Luckily, countertop convection ovens are the best of both worlds. They have the perfect size and functionality to completely replace your microwave. Plus, most countertop convection ovens have cooking functions that not even the best microwave can touch.
First off, they can easily help you stick to a healthy lifestyle because you don’t even have the option to cook any of those unhealthy microwave-ready meals or food items in the first place.
You might be getting anxious just thinking about not having a microwave, but it’s not as bad as you might think. For instance, my household has been microwave-free for over 5 years. Leftovers are just as good (and sometimes better) when reheated in a countertop convection oven or toaster oven. The only thing it took some time to get over was missing out on the convenience of microwave popcorn.
Since then, we’ve perfected our stovetop popcorn recipe. Plus, you can also empty a bag of your favorite microwave popcorn into a pan, add some oil, and cook it stovetop-style. Then again, the main reason to swap out your microwave for a countertop convection oven is to avoid those prepackaged foods altogether.
From air frying to dehydrating, here are our favorite countertop convection ovens that are perfect for maintaining a healthy lifestyle:
If you’re already an experienced chef or you’re looking to improve your kitchen game, look no further than the Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer Pro. It’s one of the most versatile countertop ovens, with rotisserie being the only missing feature.
Out of the 13 cooking functions, you can air fry, slow cook, dehydrate, and even proof your own homemade yogurt. It has a large enough capacity to cook two 13″ pizzas or a 14 lb chicken, so you can even team it up with your stove and tandem cook large meals fast!
Don’t let the height fool you. The Ninja SP301 Foodi still cooks a homemade 13″ pizza or toast up to 9 slices of bread at once. The reason for its short stature is that when you’re done cooking, it pivots up to a super space-saving storage position.
It even comes with a non-stick SearPlate cooking pan that lets you sear, rapid bake, and griddle cook like a pro!
The NuWave XL Smart Oven has a slightly smaller capacity than the Breville Smart Oven Pro, but it can still fit a 13″ homemade pizza or up to a 10 lb chicken.
On the other hand, it has an integrated thermometer, so it’s the best choice if you like roasting. Plus, the minimum temperature range of 50° F makes it perfect for dehydrating fruits and veggies. With a price under $180, it’s one of the best values in toaster ovens.
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Instant Omni Pro – Best Convection Oven With Rotisserie
While the three countertop convection ovens we just suggested are some of the best all-around options, none of them have a rotisserie option. For that, you would want to go with the Instant Omni Pro.
It can cook a great rotisserie chicken or beef roast. Plus, since it’s made by Instant, you know it has plenty of other cooking functions. It’s a little on the smaller side, but it can still fit up to a 12″ homemade pizza.