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Managing Your Health With Technology

Managing Your Health With Technology

Because you feel okay, you must be healthy, right? The truth is you can’t manage what you can’t measure, so if you know how active you are, you can take the first steps to improve your health. And one of the most popular ways to understand your activity level today is through technology.

In fact, nowadays technology can be instrumental in reaching just about every health goal you can think of. Wearable gadgets like Fitbit and Jawbone UP allow you to monitor your sleep patterns, fitness levels, calorie intake and bodily functions. Technology can also help you track goals, create new exercise challenges and interact with others to make getting fit more fun.

Wearable technology is useful, of course, when you exercise, but the added benefit is in their ability to track any activity. Whether you’re gardening, walking to the train station or walking the dog, you’re essentially being active if you’re not sitting down or being still. When you think about it, most people accumulate their physical activity not by exercising, but by choosing to do things that require activity to complete.

For individuals looking to improve their activity levels and have fun at the same time, wearable devices are a powerful tool. Over time, as the technology becomes more advanced, it’s inevitable that they will become easier to use, more durable and longer lasting. Ultimately, technology is going to have a more prominent role in the health and wellness space, and investing in these advances can put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to managing your health.

This article first appeared in the August/September 2015 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.