With the evolution of technology has come a slew of new apps, gadgets and devices. Though it may seem like they’re all just for fun, many of them are also quite practical. In particular, technological advances have brought exciting new hi-tech ways to stay healthy:
Fitness Tracking Wristband Devices: Though they’re very popular with younger generations, fitness tracking wristband devices aren’t just for your kids and grandkids! They’re excellent devices for monitoring health metrics such as heart rate, number of daily steps you’ve taken, caloric intake and your sleeping pattern. The popularity of these fitness trackers in recent years means there are plenty of options with varying price points, so it shouldn’t be hard to find the perfect option for you. Popular brands include Fitbit, Mio, Basis and Misfit.
Health-related Smartphone Apps: According to an article from AARP, 20% of smartphone users rely on healthcare-related apps, and it’s not hard to see why! If you’re smartphone-savvy, apps can be a convenient and easy way to keep track of various health aspects, such as medication reminders, chronic pain monitoring and blood sugar and blood pressure tracking.
Nurse and Doctor E-visits: If you have medical questions for a doctor or nurse and want an opinion sooner rather than later, you can sign up (for a fee) for an electronic doctor “visit.” Various sites offer this service, and it can be a great option if you don’t have time for an in-office visit or can’t get an appointment right away.
Online Medical Portals: More and more medical providers are getting on board with online medical portals, allowing patients to manage appointments, refill prescriptions, view medical records and more–all in one easy-to-access area online.
In addition to these hi-tech resources, our residents at The Villages at Two Rivers have great “low-tech” ways to stay healthy in our community–beautiful walking and biking trails, our pools, hard-court tennis courts and a state-of-the-art fitness and exercise center! Whether our residents love the hi-tech ways to stay healthy or the more traditional options, it’s easy to stay fit at The Villages at Two Rivers!