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Live Well With a Little Tech Help

4 Ways Technology Can Help Your Wellness

Today’s technology offers all kinds of opportunities – an Internet search at your fingertips, a driver at your door in minutes and endless ways (text? Tweet? Snap? Facebook message?) to reach your friends. But smart technology has more to offer than just the virtual world. Health and fitness apps are changing the way people engage with their wellbeing through convenient and encouraging goal-based tracking.

With Your Fitness

Fitness is easily one of the more popular types of apps, and developers have taken quite a few different approaches to helping you work out better. Options like Fitbit and Google Fit track your activity over time and offer goals to reach each day. Digital workouts like Bodbot and Johnson & Johnson’s Official 7-Minute Workout function like a modern day aerobic VHS, showing you moves and different exercises to do each day.

With Your Diet

Apps are also working wonders for anyone looking to eat healthier or stick with a diet. Some are educational – like Fooducate – and scan barcodes to tell you the healthiest options, while also allowing you to keep track of what you eat. Struggling to reconcile your diet and your tendency to eat out? Consider HealthyOut, a guide to local restaurant options that fall within your dietary parameters.

With Your Emotional Health

Your emotional wellness is just as important as your physical health, and technology offers help here as well. A variety of apps is available to support general mental health as well as support those who are fighting addiction, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts and various mental health illnesses like bi-polar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

With Your Organization

More and more hospitals and health care providers are turning to electronic health records (EHRs). Online portals and mobile apps such as NM MyChart can facilitate a healthy lifestyle by increasing efficiency and engagement. EHRs are fast and convenient, providing physicians with access to medical records immediately. They can also ease the process of scheduling appointments, reviewing bills and requesting prescriptions.