We all live entire lives inside our bodies, but how well do we really know them? Besides a few yearly checkups here and there, not many people spend time tracking their health, and experts believe that needs to change. In fact, tracking your health can have a huge impact on your long-term health, and can help you assess what you need to do to get healthier. Tracking also lets you know how far along you are in your health progress. So without further ado, let's dig deeper into the benefits of tracking your health.
Reach your Goals
Whether it’s sleep, weight loss, or vital signs, keeping track of all of them is essential to ensure your body and mind are working properly and have all the tools they need to improve. You can’t reach any goal without knowing where you are starting from. Tracking your progress will help you stay motivated and can determine if you are on the right track. If you aren’t on the right track, make small changes and monitor your health to determine what works and what doesn’t. Here are 4 simple steps you can take to track progress towards your goals.
SPEED UP YOUR DIAGNOSIS
Tracking your health also helps to determine the root of health issues that have no explanation yet. For example, if you are suffering from stomach pains but can’t figure out what triggers them, consider noting down everything you eat and how it affects your body. Take your vital signs and pay attention to how every part of your body feels. When you visit your doctor, let him know everything you noticed. This can speed up the diagnosis and give your doctor more insight into your condition, making his job easier and increasing the chances of finding a solution.
A 2017 study looked into the science of self-tracking of health and found that “routine self-tracking, as opposed to occasional, event-triggered tracking, is more likely to result in positive changes to health management approaches”. This is because tracking your health raises awareness of certain issues, encouraging you to work on them and make the necessary changes. It also empowers you to take control of your own health, easing patient-provider communication. If you suffer from any long-term health condition, it is especially important to self-track your health, as this can slow down disease progression and catch any changes early on.
Sometimes, our bodies go through changes that can’t be perceived with our five senses. Using modern technology to track your health is a great way to really listen to your body and detect any abnormalities before they turn into severe complications. Beurer offers a variety of health tools to track everything from sleep to blood saturation and blood pressure. Check them out on our Amazon page!
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