Now that it’s January gym memberships are bought by the thousands and cutting sugar becomes popular. And now that its January of 2019, times have changed. Technology has become advanced in ways that health-related resolutions have actually become more manageable. You no longer have to juggle the paper and pen while flipping through a booklet to calculate calories. Improving one’s health means the use of incorporating some of the following technological advances:
If you’ve ever had a question, chances are you have used Google to find the answer. So there is no reason to not include Google when planning. For example, if you’re looking to lose weight, use Google Maps to find the nearest gym. But, don’t stop there. Take it one step further and check the gym location for fast food or other temptations. For instance, this gym in Corona, CA isn’t surrounded by burger joints and convenience stores, making it less likely for someone to pick up some junk on the way in or out. Google has also developed a specialized feature called “Google Fit” for coaching you to a healthier and active life. Google Fit is the result of collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) and focuses on improving heart health.
If your health resolution is to cut back on alcohol consummation, this handy device can help. Personal breathalyzers are compact and often Bluetooth enabled to track results to your smartphone. Just pair the device with your smartphone and blow into the device. Sensor technology quickly estimates your blood alcohol content and takes care of any guesswork on your part. Breathalyzers can also be installed to a car to help deter driving under the influence. However, breathalyzer installation should be overseen by a professional to ensure proper function and prevent any damage to the vehicle.
There’s an app for that
Nowadays, there’s an app for just about anything from instant messaging to ordering fast food. So it’s no surprise that there are many fitness trackers and apps available to help with motivation. Wearable fitness trackers such as Fitbit or Apple Watches are great for tracking your steps, calories burned and heart rate during workout sessions. Also, many come with their own apps for cellphones to help record and graph your progress over time. If you’re on a budget you can also look into the following brands of fitness trackers under $50:
- Letscom Fitness Tracker
- Xiaomi Mi Band 2
- HuaWise Fitness Tracker
If you find yourself lacking motivation, check out the following apps. Several are game based and is sure to get your heart racing:
- Zombie Run is an audio-based adventure that puts you in the running shoes of a hero trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. With zombie chance sequences, you’re sure to get your heart pumping.
- Pact allows users to make monetary pacts with other users. Accomplishing your goal could put a few extra bucks in your pocket! But failure means paying out.
- Burn Your Fat With Me made for anime lovers. This app provides motivation using the power of “moe” where you can choose your “training partner” in the form of an adorable girl to help encourage you through various trials.
Nutritional information online
Thankfully with the internet being so widely available, people seeking to eat better can find nutritional information easily available online. Not to mention this makes meal planning around your diet a lot easier. For example, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrient Database is the ultimate guide to nutritional information and nutrient data for over five thousand foods.
Becoming healthy has changed in the modern year and real signs of progress have made changes easier and convenient. There is no reason not to take advantage of the various technologies available and to find an enjoyable path to a healthier you.