We all want to stay healthy. But as we age it becomes increasingly difficult to know just how healthy we truly are. Some conditions such as high blood pressure can creep up on us without our knowing and eventually develop into a serious health concern. In addition, the rising costs of health care make it more important than ever to take the proactive approach to our health.
You may never have thought of it as such, but each time you go for a run or choose a healthy snack over a bag of chips you are taking a proactive approach to maintaining your health. We are all aware of the health benefits of a regular regime of exercise combined with a healthy diet. But many of us can benefit further by taking our health care to the next level by using a variety of monitoring devices that will keep us on top of our overall health.
For the past decade, tech companies have been developing medical devices that hospitals and physicians can use to remotely monitor the health status of their patients. Recently that trend has started to make its way into the mainstream consumer market and can be purchased at any medical supply store. These devices allow a person to track their vital signs and other health data in an effort to monitor their overall health.
Keep Track of Your Health
ABI Research predicts that by 2016 there will be 80 million wearable sports and fitness related monitoring devices sold. Many devices which seemed like science fiction just a few years ago are already on the market. For example, BodyMedia sells an arm strap that not only tracks calories burned and activity, but measures the quality of the user’s sleep as well.
Withings.com offers a product it calls the smart body analyzer. It looks like a weight scale but does much more. It not only measures your weight but measures heart rate and monitors the quality of the air in your home. Information from the scale can be sent to your mobile device to track your progress.
Many of us may already use some of these devices now. For example, heart rate monitors worn on the wrist are a popular device many use to keep track of how hard their heart is working. By inputting your age the monitor will display the percent of your maximum heart rate you are working at.
Pedometers are another common device to keep track of how many steps a person walks each day. Calibrating the pedometer to measure the distance of your stride will provide you with the total distance you’ve walked each day.
Blood pressure monitors are another device once used exclusively by physicians in their offices. Now many models are available for at home use. For individuals prone to heart conditions, a blood pressure monitor is an effective way of monitoring your health and seeking treatment before your health deteriorates.