Make the Most of Mobile Health Trackers

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Have you noticed more and more of your friends wearing those trendy rubber bracelets? More than a fashion statement, in many cases, these are actually health and fitness trackers. With the help of a physician, a health and fitness tracker can give you the tools you need to take control of your health. This benefit is particularly true for patients dealing with a chronic condition.

Consider activity levels as an example. Many people are far more sedentary than they think, and a fitness tracker shows this. For instance, experts recommend getting 10,000 steps in every single day. This is equal to a five-mile walk. Chances are that your day-to-day walking activities are nowhere near this level. A fitness tracker will show you how much more you need to do to achieve this.

Among patients surveyed who had a chronic condition, 51 percent found that a health and fitness tracker helped them change their overall approach to their health, while 48 percent used the data to ask a doctor new questions or to get a second opinion. For 43 percent, the tracker affected their ideas on how to treat their conditions. In light of these statistics, it may be time for you to consider a fitness tracker, especially if you are dealing with hormonal or endocrine-related conditions. Make the most of a health and fitness tracker with these tips:

Types of Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers come in two basic styles - wearable bands or clips. Both monitor your steps and other health habits. Most can now connect with your mobile phone to help you track your progress even when you are not home. The difference between one tracker and the next is in its capabilities and what it can track as well as the compatibility with your phone.

How Fitness Trackers Help

How can a fitness tracker help you? These devices can offer the following benefits:

  • Increase motivation to get health
  • Track health and fitness goals
  • Pinpoint unhealthy habits
  • Help you stick with medication schedules
  • Calculate calories
  • Measure your food portions
  • Monitor blood glucose or blood-pressure levels
  • Analyze sleep quality
  • Measure sweat and body temperature
  • Provide social support
  • Identify energy level patterns
  • Track exercise and other physical activity

Many are water proof or water resistant as well, so you can keep them on almost anywhere you go. Keep in mind that some devices will have more capabilities than others.

How This Helps People with Hormonal Issues

So, how can these devices help people specifically with hormonal issues? Tracking hormonal issues and fitness can help lessen obesity. People with diabetes can manage their blood-sugar levels more effectively. Thyroid treatments can be assessed with a clearer picture of activity and food intake. Doctors can use information from fitness trackers to forecast menstrual and menopause patterns for women.

To make the most out of your fitness tracker, you need to partner with a health care provider. Find a health care provider near you today!

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