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By Ackerman Cancer Center

on 08/28/2018

Using Your Phone to Improve Your Health

In today’s age of smartphones, it didn’t take long for health technology to come to the forefront. Digital health tools including telemedicine, fitness tracking mobile apps, and e-health platforms mean you can easily stay engaged with your health without a visit to the doctors’ office. The growing popularity and widespread availability of these digital health tools make it easier than ever to take your health into your own hands.

Many of us own a FitBit or other health tracking device, use a calorie-counting mobile phone app, or at least use our healthcare providers’ online health portal. While having instant access to your daily steps, physical activity, and nutrition is a great start, it is important to remember that improving your health still requires a commitment for you to make a conscious behavior change.

Walking more is one of the easiest lifestyle changes you can make. Some small changes you can implement to increase your steps each day include walking to nearby destinations instead of driving, parking at the back of the parking lot instead of searching for a spot up front, and getting up and walking to someone’s desk at the office instead of calling or emailing them. Once you make these small initial changes, it will become easier each day.

The recommended 10,000 steps per day may be a good goal for you, or something to work towards. No matter if you get 5,000 steps a day or 10,000, any increase will have a positive impact on your overall health. Keep in mind that it is important to know your own limitations and make gradual changes to keep yourself from getting injured.

While walking more has a clear impact on your overall health and aids in weight loss, it has many other positive impacts that may not be immediately apparent.

Benefits of Increasing Your Steps Each Day:

  • Regulates blood sugar
  • Improves your mood and reduces stress levels
  • Improves your heart health
  • Has a positive impact on digestion
  • Helps with flexibility and balance
  • Strengthens your bones
  • Lowers your blood pressure
  • Boosts your Vitamin D levels

You can learn more about the health benefits of walking in this blog by Karen Alexander, Oncology Wellness Specialist at Ackerman Cancer Center.

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