A Beginner?s Guide to Digitally Managing Health

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An introduction to new health monitoring technology

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in all aspects of our lives. Perhaps no development is as exciting as the potential to harness the power of modern technologies to manage your own health. Still, with so much information out there, it can be hard for a beginner to keep track of what actually is available for managing her health. Here are the basics of what you need to know to get started down the digital path to a healthier lifestyle.

Wearables

Fitness hardware is a booming industry. You?ve probably seen more than a few friends wearing a strange wrist band. Right now, FitBit is dominating the wearable technology market. The company provides a range of technologies, from a simple pedometer to the FitBit Flex, which will monitor the number of steps you take in a day, distance travelled, calories burned. The Flex will also track the quality of your sleep. Armed with this information, users are pushing themselves to increase their daily physical activity, leading to an improvement in overall healthfulness.

Platforms

Fortunately for health-conscious consumers, the nascent market for health-monitoring technologies is beginning to heat up. As a result, two major players in the smartphone industry have ramped up the competition?a win for anyone seeking a healthier lifestyle. Google and Apple have both recently released health-monitoring platforms that will allow app developers and third-party fitness hardware companies to take advantage of a trove of data on your smartphone.

Currently, these apps allow you to monitor physical activity using your smartphone?s motion sensors, enter health data, and create an emergency health information file. The real excitement, though, will come when third-party developers take advantage of this platform. Eventually, you will have access to a complete picture of your health in one place.
If you are looking for some great health related app for your phone, we have some great suggestions for you.