Technology has improved our lives in innumerable ways and perhaps the most significant application will be in the area of health and wellness. Unfortunately, individual consumers tend to place less emphasis on wellness and health related technologies. Who can blame them when new smart phones, massively multiple online role playing games (MMORPG’s) such as World of Warcraft, and online streaming movie services are being introduced at such a rapid rate. Only the most health conscious of us are willing to invest money in our own health outside of insurance premiums. With the rising cost of healthcare, consumers are becoming increasingly aware that the best way to reduce future costs is to take better care of yourself now.
Incorporating technology into health and wellness plans is no longer isolated to the health conscious.
Wireless health monitors
Wireless health monitors take the ordinary bathroom scale and blood pressure cuff to a new level. Sure they still provide you with the same information as their predecessors, but the kicker is this information can now be transferred wirelessly to your computer. This enables easier and more organized tracking of your health data.
These wearable electronic devices track your day to day activity, most commonly in the form of steps taken. The device is capable of taking this data and calculating the number of calories that you burn which is useful to compare with calories taken in from your diet log.
Health and wellness social networks
Collaboration has become a powerful tool for sharing and spreading information of all types which can increase group knowledge in multiple areas. Well-being social networks allows members to benefit from the social capital created by collaboration and sharing.
High levels of mental activity may be associated with reduced risk of age-related, or senile, dementia. Brain training games have been developed based on the idea of neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to build new connections.
Sleep monitors are devices that wearers can place on their wrist to monitor the amount of time spent asleep. These devices rely on accelerometers that monitor movement. When no movement is noted the wearer is asleep. Some monitors even claim to be able to differentiate the cycle of sleep.
Health & wellness apps
Numerous smart phone apps have been developed to assist users in living a healthier lifestyle. They are typically some type of diet, exercise, or weight loss tracker that helps the user organize and provides an extra degree of motivation to reach established goals.
Incorporating technology into well-being plans in no longer isolated to the health conscious. Consumers of all degrees of health awareness are becoming aware of the benefits of incorporating technology into their wellness strategies and are doing so at increasing frequency in order to improve their quality and quantity of life, as well as, reduce the amount of money spent on healthcare.