Science fiction has toyed with the idea of wearable technology monitoring our vital signs for decades. Real-world technology has caught up to science fiction, and we have wearable technology that can monitor our body’s activity and much more. Many people have started asking the question, “Does wearable technology improve health?” At Doha, we’re firm believers that wearers of smartwatches and other technology can benefit from many of the features that come with these gadgets, but the answer to this question is nuanced. Read more to learn about how wearable technology can help improve health.
Physical activity monitoring
It’s nice to see the progress you’re making with your physical goals. Wearable technology is a passive and convenient way to track your steps and record your exercise. You can keep a record of what you’re doing and see immediate results without having to do complex math or counting steps. Wearable technology has everything is taken care of, so you don’t have to worry about anything beyond exercising.
Not only will you have the ability to track your workouts, but you can also monitor your everyday activity. When you move around at work, go to the grocery store, or get out for some fresh air for a walk around the neighborhood, your wearable technology will keep track of that for you.
Mental status monitoring
Changes in your mental health can be identified with other aspects of your overall health. For example, it’s normal for your heart rate to go up before you have an anxiety attack. Wearable technology will continually monitor your heart rate and can alert you if it’s starting to change, so you can take medication as needed or get out of a stressful situation. You can learn ways to more easily manage your mental status with help from wearable technology.
It’s not uncommon for seniors to be at risk of falling. Whether it’s because they’re dealing with a medical condition that makes them unstable, or they trip over clutter in their house, falls can be serious. Wearable technology can help to provide you and your family with peace of mind that your aging loved one is wearing something that will let you know if they’ve fallen. Sensors within a smartwatch can identify movement that’s consistent with a fall, or your parent can send a notification from their watch without having to reach for a phone.
Your wrist is a great place to monitor your heart rate. The area has enough veins under thin skin that it’s easy to feel your pulse and check your blood pressure. Wearable technology has sensors on the backside of the watch face that can track your vitals, which makes it easier to get in the ideal heart rate range for a workout and ensure that you’re not overdoing your exercise. What’s more, you can easily track your and record heart rate each day so you can report to your doctor.
Encourages healthy habits
Wearable technology can be used to track much of you do each day. From your daily activity level to your metabolic rate to how much sleep you get each night, you’re getting regular feedback. You can use that information to identify ways that you can improve your habits and lifestyle to improve your overall health. It’s important to keep in mind that wearable technology isn’t going to be what improves your health. Rather it will help you get on the path to doing so on your own.
Reach out to learn more
So, does wearable technology improve your health? The real answer to this question is no, it doesn’t. However, wearable technology can certainly help you take the steps you need to improve your health. Wearable tech makes it easier to monitor your vital signs and the effort you’re putting into your overall health. You can learn more about wearable technology by calling 1-888-DOHAINC.