These days, many people are sucked in with technology. Despite some claims that people get addicted to
technology in unhealthy ways, you can still use technology in this day and age to serve you in one of the most fundamental aspects of life: good health management. Barring the occasional hassle of looking for a Samsung phone repair in Layton when your phone breaks down, you can use your smartphone as a command center of sorts in living a healthier life all year round.
Here are some of the ways you can merge technology and your resolution towards a healthier lifestyle.
Track What You Eat
Apps like My Fitness Pal, Fooducate, and Lifesum are popular contenders in the arena of calorie counting. Sure, it will require you to check in with your phone three or more times a day, but the health benefits of these apps don’t even require you to get a premium or paid account. These apps promote the habit of mindful eating and ditch the nasty mindless snacking that leads to love handles and undesirable health issues.
Sync Up Your Workouts
It’s hard to tell in real life how much you are working out. Let your fitness device count how active you were on a given day or week. Most companies like Google and Apple are huge on promoting workout tracking. Google recently acquired fitness tracker giant Fitbit for a whopping $2.1 billion. This multi-billion industry demonstrates the power of tracking your physical activity and incorporating it with your other online assets.
But you are not just limited to Fitbit. There’s a lot of choices in this regard. There’s the original GPS company Garmin who built their smartwatch line that is good for active workouts like biking and running, Huawei’s lower-priced but equally powerful smartwatch Honor series that can last for two weeks, and there’s the Apple Watch that recently acquired 24-hour ECG heart monitoring features in its latest model.
In Finland, they even have the fascinating Oura ring that claims to have a solid algorithm that evaluates your sleep quality and can detect if you are about to get sick at least one to two days before it actually happens. Most of these devices are also waterproof so you don’t have to take them off when you take a shower or a swim.
Monitoring Your Special Conditions
If you are diabetic, for example, you can also check out devices like Dexco and the FreeStyle Libre System that monitors your blood sugar levels continuously and logs all that data in an app that you can install and monitor on your smartphone.
In Dexco’s case, there’s even a way for a loved one to be given an alarm system via phone notifications when your blood sugar is going too low or too high. These critical levels of blood sugar usually require an emergency trip to the hospital and your primary caregiver, spouse, sibling, roommate, or family member may benefit from these prompt alerts.
Backup and Download Your Data Regularly
Ultimately, all these vital signs and health data like blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar levels, and many others are best backed up, downloaded, and analyzed. It’s something you can discuss with your doctor on your next checkup. These data can usually be exported and stored in a cloud service like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive and many others.
How you use your technology with your smartphone can make or break you. Choose the option where you can stay healthy and gain a better insight into how you can better take care of yourself and your loved ones.