When you think of living a healthy lifestyle, technology is probably one of the furthest things from your mind. In fact, you may even consider the two to be opposites. We are constantly fed stories by the media of all the various dangers technology poses to our health – whether it is the blue light from our phones and tablets disrupting our sleep, or whether we are becoming couch potatoes as a result of playing video games. But technology, like so many other things in life, can be beneficial to us, providing we use it responsibly.
Unfortunately, playing a sports game on your Xbox probably isn’t going to help you shift the pounds. But, if you take a look around the market, you will find lots of different pieces of tech that can actually help you on your way to a fitter, healthier you. Here’s our pick of some of the best.
E-cigarettes, or vaporizers, as they are also known as, have been around for some years now. This is a topic I typically write about, but this is today’s reality. Now, e-cigs are a popular option for smokers looking for a healthier alternative, and us non-smokers appreciate having less smoke around. Part of the attraction of using these electronic cigarettes and ‘vaping’ is that they contain zero tobacco. This automatically means that they pose a much less serious health risk to the user than a regular cigarette would – although it is worth bearing in mind that they do still contain nicotine. If you are unsure where to begin, a website such as VapeGuide.org is a good place to start. Here, you can familiarize yourself with all the various e-cig options, as well as all the different flavors that are on offer.
Calorie counting apps
If you are looking for a detailed and reliable way to lose weight, look no further than the huge range of diet-tracking apps now available. These programs enable the user to write in what they have eaten that day and how much exercise they have done, and it will, in return, show you an accurate breakdown of your calories. We all know that the key to losing weight is burning off more than you are putting in, so if you are looking for a tool to keep you on track, an app like this could be just the ticket. Some of them also send you reminders, such as prompts to drink more water, to keep you healthy and focused on your goal.
Another great bit of kit that can transform your life is a sleep tracker. Available either in app form or as a piece of wearable tech (like the hugely popular FitBit), these programs monitor your activity throughout the night to tell you how much sleep you got. More importantly, they tell you what the quality of the sleep was like. By seeing detailed reports of your sleep habits, you can implement a healthier night time routine for yourself and can wake up refreshed every day of the week.