Often we see technology as a detriment to our health, it is the reason why some families will spend hours in front of the television or playing computer games rather than keeping active. Which is why technology is often perceived as leading to laziness but various types of technology can help to make health improvement easy and enjoyable for the whole family1.
With all the different gadgets and gizmos out there it can be confusing to know what to purchase and help you and your family to maintain a healthy lifestyle without breaking the bank. We have selected five different types of more affordable technology that could help you to improve you and your family’s health and wellbeing
1. Health App
Apple introduced the free Health app as part of its iOS 8 update to promote health and fitness amongst its smartphone users. The app is designed as a one-stop shop for all of your health monitoring needs as it is designed to be compatible with other fitness apps in order for your health data to be stored in one place. The app also has a feature called ‘Medical ID’ that allows you to store any emergency medical information such as allergies or medications that can be accessed from a locked screen.
According to Tescos Living2 many of us will strive to ensure our families are eating healthily, but as many of us know dishing out the right portion size can be particularly confusing. Stylist3 recommends the ‘Spaghetti Measure’ to help you to avoid over-indulging. Simply use the lever on the side of the device to select the required portion size and voila.
From Google Glass to smart watches, wearable technology is becoming more and more popular. More than 70 million smart wristbands, chest straps, ankle trackers and sports watches were sold worldwide last year5. Whatever your preferred method of exercise, running, tennis or simply going to the gym, a fitness tracker can help you to set goals and monitor your progress. Technology experts Wearable6 recommend the Xiaomi Mi Band as an affordable option as it allows you to not only track your steps and calories burned but also to monitor your sleeping pattern.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle isn’t just about exercise, a recent study found that physical activity has little to do with tackling health issues such as obesity and eating healthy through a balanced diet is more instrumental than exercise7. The Change 4 Life Smart Recipes can help you to make healthier food choices by providing you with over 100 easy recipes for every meal of the day. The app also features a meal mixer if you’re in need of inspiration and a shopping list so you don’t forget your ingredients. Find out more about beating the bulge with our top five tips to combat family obesity.
Fitness trackers aren’t just for adults! Leapfrog has designed a fitness tracker for kids called the ‘Leapband’. The band encourages children to be active by allowing them to adopt a virtual pet which is kept healthy by taking part in various physical activities.
If you do decide to invest in a gadget to help implement a healthier lifestyle, you could use it to help track your progress by taking part in a half marathon. Looking for a running event to take on this year? Signing up to take part in one of the three great British runs could be the challenge you’re looking for – or if you’re looking for something that the whole family could get involved in, why not take part in a family friendly fun run?