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Using Smartphones for Smarter Health Choices

By Brandi Swieter 

Most people have a smartphone at their disposal, able to download apps, make calls, send texts, and even visit most internet websites out there. With individuals having fast access to these devices, more people should be using them for good. Smart health choices can be made with the help of a smartphone if people know which apps and options to use.

Tracking Fitness

Fitness enthusiasts and those just starting their fitness journeys have adopted the use of fitness trackers to keep on track with their goals. These trackers come in the form of watches and show the number of steps taken, calories burned, and more. Smartphones can be used in combination with these trackers to better monitor overall exercise and activity. The watch may display the information, but the corresponding app can save data that can be analyzed for later use. Apps like these help people see where they have made progress, which helps to keep them motivated. It also allows them to discover where they could work more, which will help tailor workouts.

Staying Updated on Health

Some hospitals and clinics participate in a universal health records system available online or through a downloadable app. Apps such as FollowMyHealth, for example, allow doctors to keep medical records updated for their patients. Those patients can then use the app to check in on diagnoses, see test results, and even email about results or appointment times. It’s a fast way to stay updated and informed on one’s personal health without having to wait for a phone call explaining the details. All necessary information is displayed right on the screen for fast viewing, often within just a day or two of the appointment time.

Finding Tips

With the ability to use the internet on a phone, users can head online to various websites and blogs to find tips. When a medical concern develops, such as noticing a new symptom that you’ve never had before, online sites are helpful at pinpointing what ailments may be causing it. Home remedies, helpful advice from others in forum settings, and even guidance from a doctor before getting in to see one can all be found online.

With hours already spent each day on the phone, more and more people should start putting their use to good. Skip the cat videos and Facebook updates for a few minutes and take the opportunity to focus on health instead. Download some health apps, head online to search for answers, or otherwise use a smartphone to stay smart about health and fitness.

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

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