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4 Ways Technology Can Help Us Make Better Health Choices

We spend every waking moment of our life making different choices. What to wear, what to eat, where to go and when to go. All these are choices that apparently have an effect on the overall outcome of our lives.

According to J.K. Rawlings “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.

The phenomenon of making choices is not new and has been with us since the earliest of times. However, in the past few decades, there has been a giant leap in technological advancement. Hardly can you do anything without involving technology.

It goes without saying that we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much in a day without the help of technology. Want to cook? Sure, the microwave, electric kettle and so many other appliances are there to help you along. Even if you don’t know how to cook, there are numerous apps out there containing hundreds of recipes and step by step info, on how to prepare that favorite dish of yours.

This article however is focused on how to make better health choices with technology and since the trend is to go mobile, this piece will lean towards using mobile technology in making healthy choices.

Listed below are four cool ways you can make healthy choices with technology:

  1. Better nutrition choices

As the old saying goes “You are what you eat”. Want to make better choices with food? Try the Yummly app. Depending on what you want, Yummly is an android app that helps you to select and prepare foods based on your preferences. Want healthy food? Sure. Want a gluten-free or paleo diet? You are covered. That’s one app you can try out and it’s free.

  1. Get the best health Insurance deal

Nowadays, you can make appointments, check laboratory test results and lots more without leaving your home. All these can be achieved with the help of your mobile phone which is a technological breakthrough on its own.

Are you looking for the most affordable health care provider with the best rates and excellent services? Technology can surely come to your aid. While watching your favorite TV show, you can also browse through different health care providers and their rates before committing yourself.

If you were to do this without technology, a lot of cold of calling and personal visits would have been the obvious route. In order for this article not to sound like a sales pitch, I will omit mentioning any app here but a quick search around will yield tons from which you can just choose one.

  1. Monitor your health

According to a 2015 research, 50% of adults in the US have diabetes or pre diabetes. In order to live a long and healthy life these people will need to watch what, when and where to eat. Also, they will have to monitor their blood sugars and take necessary medications when required. All these can be easily achieved with apps like mySugr Diabetes Logbook android application.

Also, according to WHO, 39% of adults were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese. These are two health challenges that cut across borders. There was a time when you’d have to manually count and calculate the calories you need to take without going beyond the limit.

These days, there are numerous apps on the android, windows, ios and other platforms which effectively measures and takes note of your diet especially in counting calories.

The Calorie app comes to mind in this case. It monitors your calories and helps you keep an accurate count so you don’t go overboard. People that are overweight or simply want to keep their weight down can easily make better choices.

  1. Keeping fit:

There are many advantages to being in shape. It makes you look good, feel good and also stay healthy. Keeping fit however, is easier said than done. What is more, our busy schedule keeps us off track while the natural resistance to anything that involves stress kicks into play.

However, technology comes to the rescue again with apps such as FitNotes Gym Workout Log which help you track your workout sessions.

Remember, it is our choices that make us what we are. Not our abilities, environment, background or education for that matter. If you have not been doing so before, put all these awesome technology to good use!


 

Author’s Bio: Sunday Bamiteko is a freelance writer from West Africa specializing in the health and fitness niche. His website is: http://www.myhealthwriter.com and he can be reached at Sunday@myhealthwriter.com

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