The increasing use of technology has many experts worried. A staggering number of people have become reliant on the convenience new technologies bring. This dependence has resulted in less physical exercise and more "lazy" hours throughout the day.
As a result, many experts are questioning the impact of technology on our health, as they believe it's contributing to an obesity epidemic.
But, is this all technology does? We know it's not all negative, right?
Technology can actually help you get healthier: It's just all about how you use it.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Use technology to get moving.
We all remember when Fitbit began sweeping the nation. There are several devices like Nike+ FuelBand that are designed to help you stay fit. Even Apple Watch can be a great workout partner.
These bands help you monitor your fitness routine and also send you occasional reminders to get up and get moving. iPhones come with a preinstalled Health App that calculates the distance you cover, including walking, cycling, etc.
This way, you can see if you're meeting your daily goals or not. Overall, these are great tools to start setting daily goals and holding yourself accountable in meeting them.
2. Improve your sleeping habits with technology.
According to reports, excessive use of mobile devices result in poor sleeping patterns. This is because users wind down for bed by checking memes, talking to friends or just browsing social media.
Having this type of obsession can lead to several other health and emotional disorders. However, if used in moderation, the same mobile phone can make your sleep much more peaceful.
There are several mobile apps to help regulate your sleeping patterns. These apps are designed to remind you when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up.
Although that sounds eerily familiar to an alarm clock, these apps can accomplish much more (including guided meditation). The iPhone even has a bedtime feature on the built in clock app. And if you have a fitness tracker on your wrist, it can usually sync with apps on your phone to track your sleep.
Some of the best apps for insomniacs: Awoken, Digi Pill and Pzizz Sleep.
3. Stay healthy by eating healthy.
For many of us, overindulgence is normal behavior. We love to eat our favorite snacks and drink from the can. It's quicker and easier, and junk food is usually less expensive. The amount of food we consume increases when we watch a movie, play our favorite video game or browse the web.
Most of us don't keep an eye on what we're eating or how much we're eating. As a result, we end up consuming too much food, which we know can lead to obesity. Eating on the go is a primary reason for weight gain.
Overcoming obesity may sound like a simple problem on paper, but it is one of the biggest issues out there. However, the solution is pretty simple. You can start being more calorie-conscious by using your phone. All you have to do is install a calorie counter app on your mobile device, and make sure to calculate how much you actually consume with each meal.
It's become quite popular for those in the fitness world to count their fat, protein and carbohydrate intake as opposed to calories. There is no shortage of diets in today's world, so it should be quite easy to find a plan that fits your lifestyle.
Once you pick a diet, check out the app store. If the diet is fairly popular, there is a good chance there's an app to track the progress. There are apps for Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach and vegan diets.
4. Use technology to get motivated.
There are several motivational speakers out there who motivate you to do better in life and stay healthy. You can subscribe to any speaker and listen to what they have to say on the go, at the gym or in the car. With technology, you can take the motivation with you.
Technology is also bridging the gap between doctors and patients by enabling doctors to provide their services online. This way, patients can be treated or diagnosed without having to travel. It's a breakthrough idea that has the potential to save people a lot of time, energy and money.
The truth is, technology can make us lead a healthy life if we use it how it is intended to be used. Do not depend entirely on technology -- use it only to make your life easier, but remember what makes us human.