Nowadays, every time you look around it seems like people spend most of their day glued to their phones texting, playing games, surfing the Internet, and posting on social media. This smartphone dependent era we live in has caused many people to believe advances in technology have only resulted in bad things, such as leading a sedentary lifestyle and developing bad social habits, but not all changes in technology are bad. Some changes are good and have even helped improve people’s health.
Technological advances, such as easy access to information through search engines and the use of apps, have a dramatic impact on your daily health. In fact, chances are good that technological advances have helped improve your health; you just might not have realized it.
We will take a look at some of the ways technology, such as smartphones, computers, and the Internet, have helped to improve your health.
Easier Access to Information with Google and Bing Search Engines
It the past if you wanted advice on how to lose weight, eat healthier, or treat a cold, you had to rely upon friends and family members for help. If you didn’t have a friend or family member who had the answers for you, you had to go to a doctor or even research the answers in books at the library. Luckily, things have changed and thanks to technology you can get quickly get answers to any health related question.
Search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing, make it easier for you to gain valuable information that improves your day-to-day lives and helps you stay healthy. Just by putting a few words into a search engine you can get all types of information from how to properly treat a cold or flu to how to lose weight, stress less, or eat healthier. The best part is you no longer have to wait for someone to answer the phone or the library to open up as search engines provide you with 24/7 access to this valuable information.
Apps Help Encourage You to Get Up and Exercise
It is recommended that you get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Unfortunately, many people find they lack the motivation to get up and exercise. That is where smartphone apps can help.
There are a number of smartphone apps that are uniquely designed to encourage people to get up and exercise. Some of these apps make a game out of exercising and reward players with points and prizes, while others provide fun exercise suggestions that keep you from getting bored with your daily exercise routine.
Easier to Track What You Eat with Smartphone Apps and Technology
Eating healthy can dramatically improve your health. Not only will it boost your immune system, but it can help you lose weight. When you lose weight you decrease your chance of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other diseases. Unfortunately, some people find it difficult to eat healthy. Luckily, there are apps and websites to help.
People can use various apps and websites to track what they eat on a daily basis. Keeping a daily food log of what you eat and how much you eat will help you take a closer look at your eating habits. Once you take a closer look at how you eat, you can spot areas where you could improve. For example, if you notice that you tend to consume sugary treats in the evening a few hours after dinner, you could try switching to snacking on healthy foods such as fruits and nuts.
In addition to helping you determine how you can improve your daily eating habits, these apps and websites make you aware of what you are eating. Many people have a habit of eating food and not really thinking about it. Keeping a daily food log makes you aware of just what you are consuming throughout the day.
If you have a goal of living a happier, healthier life, let technology help you. Using everything from search engines to smartphone apps and food log websites can help you improve your daily health by guiding you to make healthier lifestyle choices.