Technology and Personal Health; a complementary unison

Technology has become an integral part of our lives. Today, we pretty much take it for granted. Whether it be convenience, enablement, practicality or improving someone’s health and quality of life, technology has made its way into every facet of our existence. There is also a thought movement that claims that technology has consumed us and led us astray. While a case could be made for that, the responsibility ultimately falls on us to utilize it to the best of our abilities. Technology can make our lives more productive and easy-going, or it can provide us with endless entertainment and causes for procrastination. In this article, we are going to cover some of the more beneficial aspects of technology. More specifically, our health, where technology has made its greatest advancements.

 

1.      Fitness

 

Physical activity is one of the main issues of the modern world. Most of us live and work in sedentary conditions, to which we are not evolved or accustomed to. There are many problems that can arise from not being physically active. Most notable ones are weight gain, chronic pains (most commonly lower back pain), and diabetes. A sedentary lifestyle can also have counterproductive effects of productivity and life results. The best way to start remedying this is by quantifying it. This is where technologies such as fitness trackers come in. These give us a detailed and granular look into our daily activities and energy management. If we can measure it, we can improve upon it. Track your heart rate, step count, calorie expenditure, and even your sleep routine. Technology has become so personalized that you will receive a unique and precise measurement of your health and wellbeing.

2.      Calories and macronutrients

We are more conscious of our health than ever before. This is partly because science and technology have progressed so much, that anyone can facilitate a healthy lifestyle. One of the most beneficial and overlooked tools are the calorie and macro trackers. Cutting weight ultimately comes down to one basic principle. Calories in versus calories out. Nowadays, we have the precise tools with which we can measure our daily intake and expenditure of calories. Just put in the necessary information, while being honest to yourself, and you will receive information on your screen, the likes we have never seen before. Obesity has taken its toll on the modern world, courtesy of high-calory cheap food. For those that want to go further, the three basic macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, etc.) can be optimised for best results. These are free, it just takes time and effort.

3.      Tobacco and alternatives (e-cigarettes, vape pens, vape mods, etc.)

One of the most addictive socially acceptable vices in the world right now is tobacco. It comes in many varieties, shapes and price brackets, there is something for everyone. It is also quite addictive which is the main reason so many people around the world are having trouble quitting. Smoking addiction encompasses the physical, social and habitual aspect of a person’s behaviour. Luckily, there is a way to circumvent these habits, if not outright quit gradually or cold-turkey. We are all spoiled for choice when it comes to electronic cigarettes, vape pens and all the various vape mods. The market is ripe to ditch the tobacco sticks of old and embrace a healthier option. These alternatives satisfy our cravings while not endangering our health and the health of those around us. If you find yourself unable to completely ditch your smoking habit, give these a try.

4.      Sleep and recuperation

We are all spending an increasing amount of time working and trying to make things happen. But the day only has twenty-four hours, some sacrifices have to be made. Usually, the first thing that comes to mind is to cut back on good, quality sleep. It is important to understand just how essential sleep is when it comes to being a functional and healthy individual. Going through all the 5 REM stages is one of the best things you can do for your body and your mind. It relieves stress more reliably than any medicine and resets your body for another day. As with most things, there are applications that can help you sleep better. They can document your sleeping habits and make recommendations custom-tailored for you. Use these free tools to determine how much sleep you need to function with vigour and energy.

We are living in times of unprecedented technological advancement. Many of those can be leveraged to improve our health and wellbeing. It can be an app on your phone, an online calorie tracking tool, or a physical product such as a vape mod. Usually, a personalized combination of these is what makes a healthy. Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor and improve one’s health, so go out there and make your own routine that you can follow through.

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