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4 Ways Smartphones Help With Your Health

By Brandi Swieter

Almost everyone has one nowadays -- a portable phone that fits in a pocket or purse with ease. Not only can consumers use it to do online shopping, check emails, text friends, and watch cat videos, but there are also options for keeping up with fitness as well. With four different ways available, smartphones can help with your health and keep you on the right track to meeting goals.

Fitness Trackers

Search for fitness trackers on the app store in your phone and options like Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, and FitBit show up on the screen. These trackers store data and ensure those who use them can stay on the right path when it comes to meeting fitness and weight loss goals. Some allow the user to set a goal, such as taking 10,000 steps or being active for at least 30 minutes, while others record weight measurements. If someone goes for a walk, run, or bike ride, the path can get recorded to show how long the session lasted and an estimate of how many calories were burned. Utilizing one of these apps is a great way to stay motivated.

Universal Health Record

While not all offices participate, many have chosen to include a health record for their patients if the person decides to access it. The FollowMyHealth app keeps a record of all doctor visits and allows people to see their weight, blood pressure reading, test results, and other important details verified after each office visit. It allows users to stay up-to-date on their information and have access to it later on if they ever need it. People can also view their results faster with this app than if they had to wait for their doctor to call to give them the news.

Workout Log

Some people who work out prefer to keep a log of the exercises they perform. It helps them see how many reps they completed and what they should focus on more of next time. A gym workout log app like FitNotes lets users mark how much weight certain equipment held and how many reps they completed of each. The app creates a graph detailing the average number of repetitions completed for that particular exercise over time.

Health Tips

Apps aren’t all people can use to benefit their health. Smartphones have the capability to go online. Use it to visit health websites when some tips are needed during a trying time, such as when a medical concern arises. People may get tips on how to cure an illness at home using ancient remedies, or they may read a forum that lets them know they should seek a doctor for treatment.

Most people spend hours out of their day on their phones. Why not use it to your advantage and keep track of your health with the help of the device? Plenty of apps exist that allow users to track data and use it to see patterns and trends.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Henderson, Nev.


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