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Your Digital Health


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

In this day and age, it seems everything can be enhanced with technology—even your health. We all know that figuratively within our own backyards, we have some of the most technologically advanced research labs and medical care facilities, thanks to the Mayo Clinic. However, at a much more personal level of health, you don’t have to be able to purchase the complex, thousand-dollar software programs and gadgets to track your individual diet, exercise/physical activity, sleep habits, and other components of personal health and wellness.

For the past eight months from my end-of-the-row desk in the Fillmore County Journal office, I have witnessed a great change from my co-workers and how they now take a more attentive approach to monitoring the health aspects of their lifestyles.

As their unwaivering determination and drive can be credited to do better each day, so can the help of their FITBIT Force Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristbands. The information compiled by the FITBIT can be detailed, but it is understandable. Information recorded includes:

•Steps

•Distance

•Calories burned

•Stairs climbed

•Active minutes

•Time

•Amount of time sleeped, sleep disruptions, and quality of sleep

•Can be linked with Android & Iphone apps to track diet

There are also numerous other features too great to list.

Motivation is another great accompaniment of the FITBIT (or similar fitness tracking devices) as you can connect with your friends and even have friendly competitions or share goals. Devices like the FITBIT range from $75-$150.

Granted, we do allow ourselves a brownie & ice cream afternoon break down or an all-out office potluck once in a blue moon, you can’t lie to the plastic microchip bracelet that is strapped to your wrist. Fitness trackers do provide knowledge as we try to improve our wellbeing as well as enforce motivation and accountability, benefits that are well worth the investment for our personal health.

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