Keeping track of what you eat, how well you sleep, how you feel, how much water you drink, or how many steps you take per day can be a great motivator when trying to achieve a specific health goal. Whether you are trying to drop a few extra pounds, ramp up physical activity, or reduce your stress levels - many of us benefit from having an element of accountability when taking on a new health challenge. Consider keeping some on-demand tools in your back pocket to keep you honest and accountable to your health goals. Mobile apps and other technological devices can be really effective tools to help stay on track.
What are some great fitness and nutrition focused apps?
While there are dozens to choose from, and more coming on the market every day, some of our favourites for general fitness and nutrition are: My Fitness Pal (https://www.myfitnesspal.com/), Lose it! (https://www.loseit.com/) and Fat Secret (https://www.fatsecret.com/). These apps are designed to help you maintain a realistic view of what you are eating in order to make healthier, smarter choices in the future. A large database of foods and beverages help you log everything you eat, including the often forgotten little extras like coffee creamer and candy from your co-worker’s desk. These apps also include the nutritional value of each item, so you can view your daily intake of essential nutrients in addition to fats, carbohydrates and protein. If you’re trying to lose weight, they can help you set a daily calorie intake goal based on how much you’d like to lose within a desired time frame.
Those looking for extra motivation to reach their health goals may also want to invest in a WiFi scale, such as Withings Smart Body Analyzer or Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. While electronic scales have been around for years, these new WiFi scales have the added ability to sync with your computer or other health monitoring applications, including MyFitnessPal. Just like food logging, regular weight tracking will help keep you motivated and accountable to your goals. The added convenience of these tech tools makes it even easier to be successful.
What about mobile apps to support physical health or emotional well being?
For most doctors, few things are more heartbreaking than hearing of a patient with a life-threatening condition that could have been easily treated had the patient sought medical advice and treatment earlier. “What may seem like a common cold or the flu may actually be something more worrisome, such as tonsillitis, meningitis, strep throat, or pneumonia” comments Dr. Brown, VP Medical Affairs at Medisys Preventive Health. Long wait times, poor availability of after-hours care, and the inconvenience associated with travelling to and from doctors’ offices often leads Canadians to prolong or avoid seeking medical care when they should, which can result in serious negative health consequences. In a recent survey conducted by IPSOS, a whopping 68% of Canadians surveyed reported having avoided seeing a doctor (for non-emergency care) when they needed one because of long wait times, the inability to book appointments outside of normal work hours, and other barriers.
With new virtual healthcare apps, however, like Medisys On-Demand individuals can now renew or obtain prescriptions, get specialist referrals, and text or video chat with healthcare professionals instantly - any time of the day or night using a convenient, secure mobile app.