Improve your health using technology

Improve your health using technology

Team Digit | 15 Apr 2020

Living a healthy life can be quite difficult, especially for those of us who live very busy lives. Thankfully, there's an arsenal of apps and gadgets for those who want to take steps towards living a healthier lifestyle. In addition to several apps and gadgets targeted at helping you better take care of your health, there are an equal number targeted at helping you get fit, both avenues are important when it comes to living healthy.

There are a plethora of gadgets in the market that cater to both specific and general health monitoring needs. There are wearable blood pressure monitors, heart rate monitors, digital thermometers, recovery accelerating wearables, and so much more. Alike, there are plenty of apps and gadgets on the 'getting fit' side of the spectrum, made specifically for people who can't spend very long actually working out at a gym. 

The easiest first step to take is to track yourself. Track what's going into your body, track the calories you intake and track what you're burning off. Simply being aware of what (and how much) you're eating is sometimes considered an effective method to curb your bad eating habits. The easiest way to manage this is to use your smartphone. All you need to do is get your hands on a fitness tracking app. You could manually input data, or you could pair the app with a fitness band for more accurate tracking. In most cases fitness band brands come with their own tracking apps, but you can find third party apps that work with fitness bands, it's all up to your preference. 

What you want from the tracker is to be able to track your food and calories intake. The band is able to track the calories burned, you can see how this will give you an idea of ​​how much more you need to burn off or if you even need to eat more in some cases. Of course, there's more to health applications than just fitness tracking. Medication apps are also present, and can be literally life savers. A very large percentage of people not only forget to take their prescriptions, but plenty of medication is taken as prescribed. When it comes to serious or chronic conditions it could mean the difference between life or death. That's where medication reminder apps come in.Apps like Medisafe for example, will remind you to take your prescription on time. Not only that, these apps usually feature additional features,

This still does not cover the host of trackers that are present, with there being gadgets and apps to better track sleep cycles, menstrual cycles, injury recovery, diet and more. We don't give enough importance to sleep, but you'd be surprised how much of a difference a good night's sleep can make on your day. Excessive sleep is just as bad as little sleep. There are various sleep cycle trackers to help you find the ideal amount of sleep you require. Like sleep, even diet plays an important role, and simply making drastic changes to your diet can greatly affect energy levels in your day. 

While AI is taking strides in the healthcare industry, complex operations are still left to reliable surgeons. When it comes to personal health however, it's all on you and your willpower. Computers are also helping athletes perform better, allowing them to push themselves the right amount to make improvements. We think in time AI will be able to take over the jobs of people like dieticians and maybe even personal trainers.

 

Healthcare apps for India:

1mg
PharmEasy
Medlife
Practo
Netmeds

Fitness tracking apps

HealthifyMe
Home Workout, No Equipment
Calorie Counter - MyFitnessPal
7 Minutes Workout
Runtastic
Fitocracy
Sleep cycle calculator: https://dgit.in/sleepcal

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