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Use Your Smartphone to Help You Stay Healthy

By Paul Rothbart

Smartphones are incredible pieces of technology. A mini-computer in your hand, they provide communication through traditional phone calls, texts messages, email, and even video chat. They can guide you to a destination using GPS, allow you to shop online, play games, and keep track of your schedule. New apps are constantly in development to make smartphones more useful than ever. There is another way to utilize a smartphone that may be the most helpful of all. They can be used to help you maintain good health.

They Can Track Fitness

There are many fitness applications available for smartphones. Some come with one preinstalled. These useful apps can track the number of steps you take each day, the number of calories you burn, and the flights of stairs you've climbed. You can get daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly totals. These apps are excellent for setting fitness goals and tracking your progress. It's like having a doctor's bag in your pocket.

They Can Be Your Medical ID

It's a scenario you hope you never have to face, but if you are in an accident or take ill and become unconscious alone in a public place, you want first responders and medical personnel to have access to your medical information. Many people wear bracelets or pendants, but there are smartphones that allow you to set up a profile with all of your essential health information. This profile is accessible without unlocking the phone. You can list any medical conditions you have, medicine you are taking, allergies, and anything else that would be helpful to someone who is treating you. Having the right information available could one day save your life.

They Can Call for Help

Many smartphones are automated to call 911 with just the press of a button. Some are even voice-activated. If you need help and are unable to dial, these features can help you contact emergency services and get the help you need. In situations such as these, every second saved can make a big difference.

They Can Help You Keep Track of Medication

Many people take some kind of medication daily. Some even need multiple meds. On busy days, it can sometimes slip your mind. There are also drugs that must be taken at specific times or after eating. Smartphones have apps that can remind when it's time to take medication. They can also keep track of prescriptions and remind you when you need to renew them. There are so many things to keep track of. Getting help with the most important things is always welcome. 

One of the most useful inventions in recent decades is the smartphone. Their communications abilities alone make them worthwhile. Their ability to aid you in staying healthy makes them almost a must.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Seminole, Fla.

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