Americans have more access to technology than ever before, and it’s not just computers. Today, 68 percent of Americans have smartphones, and 45 percent have tablets. With more and more consumers using smartphones and tablets, tech developers are capitalizing on this trend. It’s time we did too.
An App for That
Millennials probably recognize Apple’s trademarked phrase “There’s an app for that”. It’s catchy, and it’s true. There seems to be an app for everything, no matter what kind you have. If you have a smartphone, smart watch, or tablet, there are countless apps you can download to help manage your health.
- Fitness Apps
A simple search in your app store can reveal many fitness-related apps that can help you keep track of your fitness, plan your fitness, and even show you how to be fit. You might find a fitness database, or you may find an exercise system or website that has a nice app.
- Nutrition Apps
Right alongside the fitness apps are some meal recording apps to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some apps may even combine fitness records with nutrition—the perfect recipe for weight loss and health.
- Sleep Apps
You can record your sleep habits as well as find apps to help you sleep on your smartphone. Sleep is important for your physical and mental health, and too many Americans are sleeping too much or not enough. If you think you need a sleep aid from your physician, record your sleep habits before you consult your doctor so that you can better identify the problem.
- Health Apps
Whether you have an Apple or Android smartphone, you may have the best resource hidden right under your nose. Your health app may connect to your favorite fitness and diet apps. It may record your pulse, your blood pressure, laboratory test results, and more. Record your medications and symptoms in your health app so that it’s all in one handy location when it’s time to visit the doctor. No more will you get to the doctor and forget the date of your last menstrual cycle or panic attack. You have your very own health record at your fingertips when you use your smartphone.
- Charting Apps
Ask your health care provider if they participate in an online charting system. When you use a charting app, you can review test results, medications, immunizations history, and more. You can contact your physician or clinic staff, upload health and fitness data, view and pay your bill, and access your family’s health information. If your hospital or clinic participates in a charting website or app, you will create a secure user login and no one will have access to this information but you and whomever you allow access.
You can use your smartphone for more than just games and social media. You can use it to help manage your health. Talk to your cellular provider about a phone that can work best for you.