Smartphones, in general, are revolutionary pieces of technology that we pretty much take for granted. With over 40 million smartphone users in the UK, app developers are seizing the opportunity to release many health-related apps that are both convenient, and incredibly useful. There are now many ways you can use your smartphone to help manage your general health and encourage a healthy lifestyle. Here are some things that your smartphone can assist you with:
In the past, the only way to book an appointment using a phone was to make a phone call and book the appointment. These days, however, many healthcare providers and GP surgeries now have the option to book appointments online. Your smartphone can come in handy when it comes to booking an appointment and not having to wait on hold for someone to answer the phone.
Most smartphones now have some sort of fitness tracker built into them, and if they don’t, there are many that you can download for free. A fitness tracker can help you track your daily steps, the calories you have burned and any routes you take when out for a run. They can also provide analytical information about your BMI, heart rate, and other general health statistics relating to your daily activities.
Meal Planning – Maintaining A Balanced Diet
Before smartphones existed, it was harder to keep track of the calories and macronutrients that you consumed over the course of a day. There are now apps available that can analyse data about the food that you have eaten and provide you with handy charts and advice on how to make your diet more balanced. These apps also advise the number of calories and macronutrients to eat depending on your personal goals, e.g. weight loss, weight gain, or muscle growth. The best part of these apps is that most now incorporate a barcode scanner, meaning you won’t need to manually input the data of the food that you’ve eaten.
Ordering Medication Online
Most pharmacies and GP surgeries in the UK now provide the option for patients to order their medication online. This takes the hassle out of having to go to the surgery and request a repeat prescription. Now all patients need to do is use their smartphone to complete a quick online form or send an email to order their medication. In addition to this, smartphones are also useful for those that use holistic medication or supplements to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Most online retailers of supplements and holistic medication now offer the option to subscribe and save money when buying certain products. Many of these retailers also offer apps that allow customers to purchase supplements and other dietary products with a simple click of a button.
Cooking/ Recipe Apps
Using cookbooks in the kitchen is becoming a thing of the past. With free recipes available online and specialised apps on the market, eating well has never been easier. There are a number of recipe apps available that cater to different dietary needs and requirements, making it easier to stick to your goals. Most recipe apps allow users to search for recipes centred around certain ingredients, making it a convenient way to tailor your diet for a healthy lifestyle.