5 Ways Technology Can Boost Your Health
Technology often gets a bad rep as being bad for our health, and that can undoubtedly be the case. If you spend too much time on your smartphone comparing yourself to others, then you could develop mental health issues, or simply just neglect to get enough exercise, or if you spend too much time typing away on your laptop, you could end up with a repetitive strain injury, for example. However, technology can also be used to boost your health, and its benefits should not be overlooked.
Here are just some of the ways that technology could actually help you to live a healthier life:
Tech can Help You Monitor Your Health
Health apps like Google Fit and My Fitness Pal (I use this one to track my nutrician), along with gadgets like the Fitbit, are fantastic for helping you to monitor your health. They can tell you how much you’ve eaten, how many steps you’ve taken, what your calorie burn for the day is, and even how well you slept amongst other things. This makes it a lot easier for you to optimise your lifestyle for health and well being.
Tech Can Assist You in Seeing a Doctor Quickly
Did you know that, with GPs Powered by babylon, you can book an appointment and see a GP in as little as 10 minutes? That means no more waiting in surgeries for hours on end with lots of sick people spreading their germs, and that’s if you can even get an appointment at all!
Just imagine how much more in control of your health you’ll be when you don’t have to weigh up the pros and cons of taking time off to see the doctor anymore because you can simply talk to one on your phone and get what you need almost immediately; it’s going to revolutionise healthcare once it becomes more widely used!
Tech is Motivating
When you’re using various pieces of technology to track your health statistics, it can serve as a very good motivator. If you’ve ever lost weight, you’ll know how much it spurs you on when you see a move in the right direction on the scales. With tech, you can track these trends much more closely, review them regularly and be more motivated than ever before to keep up with those healthy habits you’ve formed.
Tech Can Teach You Healthy Techniques
Whether you want to learn how to practice yoga, how to still your mind through meditation or what you need to eat and how much you need to lift to develop a super six pack, you’re sure to find that there’s an app for that. So. even if you can’t make it to the gym, and even if there isn’t a meditation class locally, you can still take control of your own health.
Tech Can Take Away Your Pain
It’s still in the early stages, but various health and tech professionals have been experimenting with using Virtual Reality to help with pain management, as well as treatment for anxiety, depression and phobias. So, far immersive VR systems have proven helpful at distracting burns victims from their pain, desensitization phobia-suffers to triggers and lessening the effects of anxiety and depression in subjects. It’s truly amazing.
Tech truly is changing the face of healthcare forever, so don’t be afraid to use it in your efforts to live a healthier life.
This is a collaborative post.