You have to find your own way of staying healthy!
The so-called wearable revolution has just started and will see a huge number of home-diagnostic and monitoring devices coming to the market in the coming months and years, but being healthy starts with simple things. It should basically be about being healthy and happy. And the only way to achieve that is to be proactive finding your own methods.
Since 1997, I have logged basic parameters about my life including the time when I went to sleep and woke up; scores between 1 and 10 about my mental, physical and emotional well-being. I have logged these for over 6000 days and not one day is missing. It takes me about 2 minutes every day and I cannot even describe how much it have helped me shape my lifestyle, find ways to be more health and happy. I needed data to make these changes, but everyone has to find their own motivation.
Here is an example of how my scored have changed over the last 2 weeks.
I hate running therefore I use the Zombies Run application to motivate myself by being a zombie attack survivor looking for supplies and running away from zombies.
It doesn’t matter whether your method includes technology or social solutions, but you have to find your own ways to stay healthy. Without proper health management, even modern medicine cannot help us.
Please share your methods about how you try to stay healthy on the Facebook page and Youtube channel of the medical futurist.
I started an exciting project by launching my Medical Futurist Youtube Channel in which I will talk about trends, concepts, technologies, ethical considerations and devices that will shape the future of medicine.
I covered my new book and the need for being proactive in your health in the first videos. More to come soon!
Here is the trailer:
Daniel Kraft, the Executive Director of Exponential Medicine, shared the main content of his presentations in a few minutes in a video produced by Alger. Enjoy!
There is an amazing article about Chris Dancy, who I also interviewed for my upcoming book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, and who is considered the most connected man. Sometimes, I heard people commenting on his story/journey saying that he is focusing on technology too much and his case should not be an example for others.
Although I think he made it clear in this article why he is using a lot of wearables and sensors to make his life better.
“I’m the most connected man in the world to myself,” he says. “I’m not the most connected man in the world to technology. Technology was the route.”
Watch this rather long documentary about the future of glasses, augmented reality and wearable technology to get ideas about what is coming towards us in medicine and healthcare.
In this edition of my series about wearable health trackers that I use, I have already described Tinké, AliveCor and Withings. Now let me share my experience with the Pebble smartwatch. This smartwatch got famous by being successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Mine was shipped this April and since then, I still haven’t been able to discover all its functionalities and the possibilities it provides. The reason behind that is the app store of Pebble full of great applications. Due to its own system, developers can create applications specifically designed for the Pebble.
This way, I have these apps right now:
- I can control music on my smartphone from the Pebble.
- I get notifications about e-mails, phone calls or text messages (I don’t have to keep my phone in front of me during meetings any more).
- Pedometer measuring the number of steps I take.
- Morpheuz is waking me up at the best time.
- 7-min workout guides me to a healthy morning exercise.
- Compass (never know when it comes handy).
Its success truly depends on how rich the community of apps can become soon.
Among negative examples, I could mention that its screen is black and white; only a few apps can be added to the watch, although the battery life is amazingly long.