Verizon’s Gifts From and For the Heart

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February is a month devoted to the heart in every sense. We wear red throughout the short month in support of National Heart Month and warm the hearts of those we cherish with special gifts for Valentine’s Day. And like other parts of our lives, tech now plays a role in both keeping us healthy and also making a special night more memorable.

Gifts from the Heart

Looking to set the mood for a romantic night in? The Google Home Mini is the perfect companion. With its built-in Google Assistant, you can use it to walk you through recipes to prepare a special someone’s favorite meal. It will play your favorite love song simply by asking for titles. And after dinner, it’ll help you watch your favorite romantic comedy. All you need to do is say, “Hey Google, play ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ on the living room TV” (provided you have a Google Chromecast Ultra plugged in to your TV).

For that special someone who really sparkles, consider helping protect their cherished device in style. Cases like the Speck Presidio Grip or Oh Joy! by Incipio will definitely draw attention and ensure their smartphone stays looking like new.

And help them stay connected even after hours of texting with you by giving them the gift of portable power. Whether it’s the stylish and slim Kate Spade Battery Bank or the marathoner of battery packs (Mophie Powerstation XXL 20000), they’ll be thinking of you anytime their screen is aglow.

Gifts for the Heart

Getting fit or at least starting a workout regime is something many people vow to do on January 1, but by the time February rolls around, often those goals are left out in the cold. But sometimes all it takes is gamifying the process.

The Fitbit Ionic will keep track of all your activity from running, walking and even swimming. And with constant pulse monitoring, you’ll know exactly how hard you’ve been pushing it. Not only that but you’ll know how far you’ve gone thanks to its built-in GPS. Finally, if you need a little extra push, it also has step-by-step coaching built in and can share your stats with friends if you want to make your goals a public challenge!

The Garmin vivosmart HR is another option when it comes to wearable tech. It monitors your heart rate, records your daily fitness activities and automatically syncs the data with your compatible mobile device all without you having to lift a finger!

Looking to have a more heart-healthy diet? Easily track foods and calorie intake with the MyFitnessPal app. And, meditation apps like Headspace and the Mindfulness Apps can help relieve stress and promote relaxation.

Be healthy in 2018 – and good luck with your fitness goals!

 

Steve Van Dinter is Verizon's PR Manager for the Great Lakes area. As a tech enthusiast and former tech reporter, he loves showing people how their lives can be made easier thanks to use of new technologies.

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