October 14, 2016

Five for Friday: Health and wellbeing

Finland was recently ranked highly worldwide in terms of the indicators for the United Nations’ health-related Sustainable Development Goals.
Finland was recently ranked highly worldwide in terms of the indicators for the United Nations’ health-related Sustainable Development Goals.
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In this new series, we take a look at specific areas where Finnish startups are doing great things. This week it’s time to discover what’s going on with keeping fit and staying healthy.

PulseOn

Doing away with the need for a chest strap, now you can track your heart rate continuously from your wrist. Alongside convenience, PulseOn also let’s you know just what your heart rate actually means via its app.

“We are not trying to target everyone, but we are really seeking to provide meaningful inputs to those who care about their fitness and want to see their progress,” the company told us in 2014.

Sooma

This small portable brain stimulation device is used for the treatment of depression, by patients who haven’t gotten benefit from pharmaceutical treatment, or don’t want such.

“Some illnesses are such that you need daily or weekly treatment for the rest of your life,” explains Tuomas Neuvonen, Sooma’s CEO and co-founder. “This is something that’s probably best done at home at some point.”

Runteq

Is running no longer fun? Well, after placing sensors on your shoelaces chest strap, issues such as heel-striking, overstriding, stride length and balance are all recognised and reported in real time via live feedback on the Zoi app.

“It’s a coaching application, combined with a wearable sensor that can help you to run faster, smarter and prevent injury,” explains CEO and founder Tommi Ojala. “It helps you to enjoy running more.”

Fibion

Get on your feet! The Fibion Analysis solution measures and assesses people’s physical activity routines throughout the whole day – regardless of whether they are sitting or standing.

“In developed countries, millions of people are suffering from a sedentary lifestyle, obesity and resulting health problems,” explains Olli Tikkanen, partner and PhD (Sports and Health). “Sitting is associated with weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and even premature mortality.”

Yogaia

This online yoga studio offers interactive fitness classes ranging from yoga and pilates to kettlebells and deep stretching, all streamed live to your web browser.

“We want to create a service which is approachable and effective so it makes physical activity a natural part of as many people’s lives as possible,” explained Mikko Petäjä, the founder of Yogaia, last year.

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