Beating the Winter Blues with Technology

Now that the weather has turned cold for many across the country and daylight hours have dwindled, it’s normal to feel a bit lethargic. These feelings could be a sign of some mild winter blues, which nearly 10 to 20 percent of the U.S. population experiences, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Practicing healthy habits can help you beat the winter slump, and a variety of tools can keep you motivated all season long.

Cold temps make it all too easy to curl up on the couch, but exercise can help relieve stress and anxiety. The Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker helps you measure your fitness progress by logging steps taken, distance run and calories burned. All you have to do is clip the device to your belt or clothing. You can then wirelessly sync the info to your Fitbit profile and view it on a computer or Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and tablet.

Seven to eight hours of sleep each night is considered the ideal amount of time for people to wake up feeling refreshed. The Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband can be comfortably worn to bed each night to help you monitor sleep patterns and measure how well and how long you sleep. Additionally, the device has a silent alarm that gently vibrates to wake you up each morning.

The winter blues may send you rummaging for sweets, carbs and other comfort foods. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can help increase energy levels and boost immunity. UP by Jawbone and the accompanying app allows you to take a photo of your food with your smartphone, scan a barcode, browse the image gallery or search the ingredient database to record what you are eating and drinking. The UP app keeps track of calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, fiber and sodium consumed.

Music can be a mood booster and the Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker offers great sound quality, even on the go. The ultra-compact speaker fits in the palm of your hand and connects wirelessly to a smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device.

This winter choose to make healthy lifestyle choices, and you’ll help yourself avoid singing those winter blues.