We are more reliant on our smartphones than ever for our day to day lives. We are also dependant on our mobile phones for keeping us fit and tracking our health. Today, we can check various stats and parameters in a single glance of our phone at any time, any place. So, how does it exactly help us live longer?
We tend to ignore our health quite a bit on a daily aspect, especially in the working and student phases of our life. We end up going into a bad sleeping pattern, eating tons of junk food, sitting for long periods of time and as a result end up taking a lot of stress. What we don’t realise is, all of them are interconnected and we end up falling into a vicious cycle where we damage our body quite a bit.
To keep this under check, we’ve got various apps. We’ve got fitness tracking apps to help us keep track of how much we have exercised and how many calories we have burnt. The parameters to be tracked are not only dependent on our phone but, can be tracked on various fitness tracking devices like bands (or watches) like the apple watch for iOS, various models of Samsung gear, Fitbit, Jawbone, etc incase you don’t carry your phone around everywhere. Keeping exercise in mind, these apps show you the number of steps taken and your activity time to push you to complete your minimum quota for exercise everyday. Some of these devices are capable of tracking our various activities like cycling, swimming too. The data stored is also represented in a very simple manner that makes it easier for us to understand our progress. Getting the right amount of exercise at the right time ensures much better health and also boosts our productivity and alertness.
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Sleep tracking is very important too. Insufficient or improper sleep can cause a lot of harm to the body. We end up losing focus and also our health deteriorates. This also influences our food intake and exercise drastically. There are many devices that track your sleep and many apps that tracks our sleep automatically. Some of the bands and clip-ons are capable of rating the quality of our sleep too. With Instant you can do it with your smartphone. Viewing and reviewing our sleeping charts helps us understand and take action on sleeping patterns.
Calming ourselves down from time to time is also of utmost importance. There are many ways to do this. We could meditate or take deep breaths once in a while. There are a variety of apps like Buddhify, or Calm that can be used for meditation. The main purpose of calming down is to tackle stress. Another great way to tackle stress is by sorting the time we spend on various activities as, most of the stress arises due to time related issues. That’s ironic since our phone being the pillar based on which we carry out our most important tasks, judge our health distracts us and kills a lot of time.
Food tracking can be pretty difficult to do initially because, all the entry has to be done manually. But, once you get used to it, its a very good habit. This helps us not only control our daily calorie intake and push us to eat healthier. It also helps us formulate a much better diet plan based on previous records and helps us keep it realistic. Some good food journaling apps are MyFitnessPal, Lose It!.