Technology and Healthcare
It is hard to believe that the first breed of microcomputers developed for home use were introduced in the late seventies. Since then, advances in technology have increased exponentially. When the Walkman was invented in 1979, revolutionizing the way people listened to music, who then could have imagined a device, the size of a cracker, that allowed a user to store and listen to thousands of songs? It would have seemed far-fetched and other-worldly at the time.
Technology advancements continue to evolve rapidly, and healthcare is no stranger to technology breakthroughs. Access to information and big data, improved communication, electronic medical records, mobility and mobile apps—they have all been transformed as a result of the rapid growth in technology. Consider smartwatches, for instance. Today, almost everyone has one. Devices like the Apple Watch, Samsung Gear, and Fitbit provide users with the means to monitor and track their health goals and progress seamlessly. They make implementing small changes to a fitness regimen simple. Take a ten-minute walk? All of these devices have got you covered–tracking steps, heart rate, distance. In a world where everything needs to be instant, they provide real-time visibility and make accountability achievable.
With a plethora of apps available on phones and tablets—meal planning and tracking, workout routines, heart rate monitoring, step counting, calorie tracking, weight management, and much more—users have the tools they need at their fingertips to take charge of and manage their health. There are countless options to choose from, all geared towards consumers who are looking for a simple and manageable way to take control of their own fitness and health goals.
Undoubtedly, as we move forward into the future, we can expect to see more innovative and cutting-edge advances. Virtual reality gyms, as an example, are now gaining in popularity. Black Box VR is such a gym that allows a user to get fit using an entirely virtual experience. With advances such as these existing today, it’s exciting to think about how much more technology will advance ten years from now.
5) Reduce your alcohol intake
The Holidays are often a time to indulge, and quite often that involves delicious food and alcohol. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans defines moderate drinking as up to 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men. If you are able to stay within this limit, we highly encourage that. If you are looking to indulge slightly more, drink a glass of water in-between your beverages and try to switch to decaf coffee or tea later in the evening.
As we end the calendar year with Christmas festivities, it is important to make good choices that enhance your overall wellness. Relaxing and enjoying downtime, is great, but being conscious of what we consume can help us stay on the right track for the New Year.