Wearable technology has been on the rise over the past couple of years. Apple smartwatches, Google Glasses, Fitbit fitness bands and the ever-growing list of other smart devices have made life easier for people. Their benefits are catered to the working professionals, business owners, insurance agents, professional athletes, patients, and even pets.
Among all, their healthcare benefits are widely appreciated by many.
Are you using wearables to track your health and fitness? No? Okay, before you do, take a look at some mind-blowing uses of wearable technology for health.
- Fitness Measurement
Fitness tracking wearables were the first to hit the market. They replaced the smartphone fitness apps with smartwatches and wristbands that could track a range of physical activities such as speed, heart rate, calories burnt, distance covered and present the data in mobile phone apps.
They have made even a simple jog competitive. Instead of just jogging, you can race against your previous speed, view stats, get feedback and look to get better in various aspects. There are fitness trackers like Charity Miles that motivate you to go the extra mile.
Sensors are evolving and giving more accurate results than before. In turn, this fills the gap and creates new opportunities to help people realize their true capability. The use of wearable technology in the insurance industry has been gaining a lot of popularity. Here’s an Infographic that highlights some interesting information on how the smart gadgets could help simplify things for insurance companies and insurance buyers.
- Diet Tracking
Diet tracking devices are an extended benefit for the health-conscious people. Combine them with fitness tracking gadgets to get the best of both worlds.
Whether you are looking to lose weight to get ready for an important event or to enhance your physical appearance, the diet tracking gadgets can help you in a lot of ways. Use them to see how much calories goes in daily, ask recipe suggestions, monitor your eating patterns, scan barcodes on food items, and do so much more to stay healthy and keep diseases away.
- Mental Health Monitoring
There is a deep connection between the body and mind. Wearables track your physical activities and tell you about your physical habits and mental state. By measuring your sleep patterns, they let you know whether you’re getting enough sleep or not.
Also, there are apps that monitor your sweat glands and tell you if you are nervous. The body sweats more when you are nervous or stressed out. If you’re tensed, the apps will suggest relaxing exercises like meditation and deep breathing. Some apps even find out whether we’re exercising or not. By knowing information like this, we can prevent common problems like stress, anxiety, and depression.
- To Quit Smoking
Wearables have been successful in helping thousands of people quit smoking. Some are loaded with stats, telling people how much money they’ve spent on cigars. Some are rewarding, offering bonus points and trophies for people who minimize their tobacco intake.
By monitoring other important factors like heart rate, sweating, and breathing, they find the base root of your craving for nicotine. To make you understand the problem better, they embed the data and generate statistical reports (it also shows at what point of the time your craving is high – before meals or after meals) to help you quit smoking slowly.
- Medication and Doctor’s Appointment
The major problem among patients is, they either forget to take medicines on time or they take the wrong dosage. Again, wearables can help you to take your pills on time. Just when you are supposed to take your medication, the apps will raise an alarm showing the dosage instructions. This can help either you or your caregiver to take action immediately.
Wearables also provide alerts for refilling and next appointment with your doctor. These are some simple ways by which smart wearables can help improve your medication-taking habits.
These are some notable ways how wearable technology can help you to keep track of your health and fitness condition. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are some bigger discoveries to be made. What seemed to be almost impossible is now possible with wearable technology.
From diabetes to asthma to flu tracking, there are a range of apps that truly help you to leverage the benefits of technological developments and improve the quality of your life. Start using them, and lead a healthier life.
Cathy is the writer and social media strategist at lifeinsurancepost.com, a community of life insurance experts offering advice to people on how they can protect their family with the right insurance. She is a technology freak and spends most of her time exploring new gadgets and apps.