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How Your Smartphone Can Make You Healthier
By Brydon McCluskey, Who Is Hosting This, 18 May 2015.

Is technology helping to make us healthier - or just the opposite?

Looking around, you’d probably guess the latter. Worldwide, obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980, with almost 2 billions adults classified as overweight in 2014. As technology develops and automates more and more tasks, people are living increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Not getting enough exercise increases your risk of health problems including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, anxiety and depression, and even certain types of cancers.

With that in mind, the steady march of technological progress seems like it might do more harm than good. Why go outside and exercise when you’re surrounded by entertainment at home? The United States now boasts an average of 5.7 Internet-connected devices per household.

We’re constantly surrounded by screens, and not just at home. Around the world, mobile devices outnumber people. Could the ubiquity of smartphones be a contributing factor in our worsening health?

Smartphones almost certainly impact our social health as people prefer to stare at their screens instead of making conversation or even eye contact. But has our addiction to playing Angry Birds, instead of going outside and seeing real ones, contributed to a decline in our physical health as well?

In fact, the opposite may be true. The increasing ubiquity of smartphones has also given rise to a booming smartphone healthcare industry.

Thanks to new smartphone apps and other developing new technology, anyone can now monitor their heart rate, track diet and exercise routine, and keep an eye on their blood sugar levels without complicated or expensive equipment. Going forward, experts predict that smartphone health apps will “reduce our use of doctors, cut costs, speed up the pace of care and give more power to patients.”

How can you put your smartphone to work to improve your own health?

Check out the graphic below for the best health apps for iOS and Android, plus new fitness devices that put the power of technology work for you.

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Infographic Sources:
Health Fact Sheet
2. Survey: 32 Percent of Mobile Device Owners Use Fitness Apps
3. 45 Mind Blowing Digital Health Statistics and Trends
4. Doctors Take Note: 70 Percent of People Track Their Health and Fitness Daily With Mobile Apps
5. The Smartphone Will See You Now
6. How Apple is Bringing Health Care to Your Smartphone
7. Apple Health
8. The 25 Best Fitness Apps: FitStar
9. Fitbit App
10. Fitbit
11. Health Mate – Steps Tracker & Life Coach by Withings
12. Featured App Friday: Withings Health Mate
13. Withings Health Mate: Track Your Steps and Measure Your Heart Rate [Review]
14. MyFitnessPal (for iPhone)
15. Lose Weight with MyFitnessPal
16. The 25 Best Fitness Apps: Pear Training-Intelligence
17. Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal
18. Argus - Connected Activity Tracker
19. ARGUS by Azumio
20. Azumio
21. Argus for iOS Review: The Fitness App That Nearly Does It All
22. The 25 Best Fitness Apps: Pact
23. Moves (for iPhone)
24. Moves App / No Fitbit Or Fuelband Necessary. The Moves App Tracks Your Steps From The iPhone.
25. MIO Link
26. Mio Link (Grey) Heart Rate Wristband
27. PEAR Mobile Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor
28. PEAR Sports
29. Product Review: Pear Sports Smart Training System for Android and iOS
30. Zephyr HxM Smart Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd Gen) & iPhone 5 with Bluetooth Low-Energy (4.0)
31. Wireless Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor for Android & Windows Phone 8
32. Make Fitness a Lifestyle With Flex
33. Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, Black
34. Jawbone UP App
35. UP by Jawbone - Medium - Retail Packaging - Onyx (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
36. UP24 by Jawbone
37. Smart Body Analyzer
38. Wi-Fi Body Scale Tweets Your Weight Daily
39. Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale Review
40. Google’s Project Ara Team Is Testing a Module That Can Track Your Blood Oxygen Level
41. Apple Watch
42. Smartphone Tracker Gives Doctors Remote Viewing Powers
43. for Individuals
44. Beam up My Blood Test, Scotty: Sano Intelligence & Wearable Tech
45. Health Quotes

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