Internet Usage to Promote a Healthy Lifestyle
Every New Year comes new resolutions. For many of us, it is all about losing weight and living a much healthier lifestyle than we have in the past. In a society obsessed with selfies, self-image and the appearance of happiness, affluence and well-being, it is not surprising that most have started using the Internet to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Whether it be to find the kind of information they need, guidance, support or just to document their progress, the internet and the myriad of resources it presents has become an integral part of healthy living.
Internet Ties Into Our Healthy Lifestyles
In this golden age of technology and information, almost every single one of us has two lives: our real life and the virtual one that we live online. Even though many will say that the lives we live online are plastic and shallow, the actual truth is that the kind of exposure we get could go either way; it could be highly beneficial to your overall being or it could be detrimental. As for using the Internet to promote a healthy lifestyle, a great many positive attributes can be drawn.
For starters, the fact that we always want to look good on the countless selfies and pictures we post on our social media profiles is a great way to ensure that we at the very least try to actually look good. And not just that, there are incalculable images of beautiful models and regular people just like us who look amazing online. These people are often more than happy to share the secret to their fabulous bodies with anyone who will listen or through various forums.
Since almost 85% of the world’s population is online today, companies both big and small have jumped in to cash on what is turning out to be a virtual gold rush. From healthy living related content to diet promoting apps and even wearable tech, we can now find anything we need to live a healthy lifestyle on the internet.
The availability of information and support forums for chronic lifestyle diseases. There was a time when people suffering from chronic lifestyle diseases only had their doctors and maybe family members to turn to.
Today, there is a whole world online that is more than willing to support, share information and even suggest better management techniques for those willing to look. Lifestyle diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and the rest all have dedicated platforms and support group forums where members can share their stories and give advice on how best to manage their conditions.
These avenues have opened up a whole new world to a group of people who otherwise had very few options to turn to. Now, with internet access, they can find out various alternative methods of treatment that have worked for fellow sufferers; different health programs that can help them manage their conditions; different specialists with new age ideas on how to manage their conditions or just good company of people who know what it is they are going through.
With this kind of support and information, it is much easier for people suffering from lifestyle diseases to learn how to manage them better and to carry on with their lives as opposed to languishing in depression and isolation.
There seems to be an app for everything now. Health-related apps, in particular, have become very popular with people who are looking to lose weight, maintain a healthy lifestyle and find the right balance between their busy schedules and their workout schedules. Apps such as:
– Workout trainer: Offering users a myriad of workout routines complete with instructional audio as well as video
– Pocket Yoga: Allows you to carry around your own yoga studio through different video and voice yoga pose instructions
– Fitocracy: A social network for fitness-oriented individuals where your progress is displayed for all to see and critique or emulate
– Calorie Counter: An app built to help you keep track of what you are eating
But perhaps the most useful of these apps is ‘Pact’. This is where you get to state your intended fitness goals and wager money on the fact that you are going to see it through.
The apps record your progress and should you be true to your word, you get paid a certain amount from the communal pot. Should you fail, you pay money into the pot. This is one of the best ways to ensure that you see those New Year resolutions through. Money is one of the best motivators.
Wearable technology is said to be the next big thing. The fact that healthy living has become a priority for many is shown by the sheer number of wearable techs invented just for this very purpose. From devices that track your activity such as the Microsoft Band, Fitbit Charge HR, and LifeTrak Zone C410, we now have wearable technology that can track the distance traveled, the calories burned, and your heart rate as well. All bits of information vital for those looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Most of the information from this device are downloadable and you can go online to track your progress as well as compare it to that of others in the same kind of situation. You can also get usable advice on how to make the best use of your gadgets and how best to promote your health.
When all is said and done, the internet is the most useful invention of the 20th century. This is an amazing information highway through where one can find almost every single thing that they need to live a healthy lifestyle. From instructional videos to encouraging and useful content as well as support forums and even medical and professional referrals, it all happens online.
Today, if you want to start living a healthy lifestyle, you do not have to bother your neighbors with it. You can easily find like-minded individuals online, find the information you need and create a routine that is not only monitored but encouraged and supported. The internet has made so much easier for those willing to live a healthy lifestyle to do so at the click of a button. Of course, you still have to turn off your computer, get off the chair and do the work.