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How Can Technology Aid Our Health in 2014?

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 02 Jan 2014

Better living through technology! This may be your ultimate New Year resolution for 2014. What if technology could make you physically active? What if you could have a unique mobile application that gives you sound sleep? What if you could get a browser that keeps you less exhausted at the workplace? Well, there are ways to make the technology work in your favour of you for improving your health. Here is a simple guide on how the use of innovative technology can aid our health in 2014. Read on:

Technology in Health Industry

Using Technology for Health in 2014

Here are some common health related problems and how they can be resolved with the use of technology in 2014.

Physical Inactivity

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), physical inactivity kills more than 3 million people in a year, making it the fourth leading risk factor for death. Sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of several health problems today. So is there a solution? Yes there is.

Solution – According to an article published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, using mobile devices can help us increase our physical activity levels and thus to stay fit. With the growth of the app market, we now have portable tools that help us track our physical activity levels round the clock. For instance, you can use the Nike+ FuelBand and connect it via Bluetooth with your iOS device or with your computer to keep track of the calories burned. You can also set your physical activity goals and get notification of your shortfalls in physical activity from the device.

Poor Sleep

Lack of sleep and sleeplessness is clinically proven to be as harmful as alcohol. It may cause obesity, type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Solution– You can now get an Android application downloaded in your smart phone to keep track of your sleep trend. For instance, SleepBot is a popular sleep app that helps you track how long you sleep, and most importantly, how well you sleep. When you activate the app, it automatically silences the phone and shuts of Wi-Fi, removing all potential disruptions around you. Once your sleep data is collected, you can analyse those later to find out your sleep trend.

Forgetting to Take Breaks

Working at your office computer for long hours without taking any mild break may create excellent business results. However, it may also be impairing for your health. It can cause serious eyestrain, backaches and many more health complications.

Solution – Try installing a free plug-in called EVO into your Chrome and Firefox browser. This unique plug-in will prompt you to take frequent breaks in between your busy work schedule. It has two modes. The 20-20-20 mode will make your computer go black after every 20 minutes and prompt you to look at an object that is around 20 feet away from you for at least 20 seconds. The 60-5 mode tells you to take a 5 minutes break after every one hour of work.

Gaining weight

It is known fact that modern day offices provide several opportunities to fall prey to junk food traps. Starting from candy bowls to cookies, birthday cakes, pastries, and pizzas, there is no lack of junk foods to tempt you at the workplace. While all these foods may cause you to put on weight, there are technology tools to help you achieve your weight loss goal.

Solution – There are websites and mobile apps that help keep track of the foods you eat. All you need to do is to login to the website and provide details of the foods you took and the exercises you did in a day. The app will chart out the amount of calories you have gained and burned. It will also notify you the amount of calories you are left to eat for the day. Logging your meals and exercises in the app would get easier with time because the app would remember the common foods and exercises you logged earlier.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Also known as CVS, computer vision syndrome is kind of eye problem caused by working at computers for hours. Between 50 percent and 90 percent of those who need to stare at a computer screen for long hours as part of their regular job end up being a victim of eye trouble, according to WebMD, a research firm that provides health related information.  Thankfully, there are technology tools to help avoid computer eyestrain.

Solution – Like the professional video gamers do, you can use an eyewear to protect your eyes from the computer vision syndrome. Effective eyewear like Gunnar Optiks eyewear comes with special lenses that filter out artificial light and improve image contrast. This helps reduce your eye fatigue to a large extent.

Technology is always evolving to make our life simpler and better. All you need is to keep track of the technological changes and make the most of those

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