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5 High-Tech Ways to Improve Your Health

5 High-Tech Ways to Improve Your Health

Almost everyone makes new year resolutions and makes commitments to remain fit and healthy in future. Slowly and gradually, motivation and excitement decrease and we forget what we have committed to just few week ago.

Fitness is something which requires your commitment and motivation. It is not that to remain fit you need to go to the gym or make imaginary plans.

With simple changes, you can easily get fit and healthy. Here are some tips on how to use technology to get fit and healthy:

1. Fitness Tracking

Everyone knows that the key to fitness is to get some exercise. You don’t have to be running marathons, but simply taking the time to make sure you get a little activity in each day will have a noticeable effect on your mood, weight, and overall well-being.

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Fitness trackers are the best way for you to keep track of your activity levels. They’re available as watches, wristbands, or tiny little clips. They’ll give you vital information about your health, so you can keep track of how active you are.

2. Quit Smoking

If you smoke, quitting can be one of the easiest ways to see a drastic improvement to your physical health. The problem with quitting is that nicotine is addictive, and withdrawal can be very unpleasant.

Fortunately, electronic cigarettes are a high-tech way that people can quit smoking without having to go through withdrawal.

Just grab the coolest looking one you can find and a tasty flavor of e-juice and you’re good to go! E-cigarettes vaporize the nicotine instead of burning it, so none of the harmful ingredients that you find in cigarettes are present.

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3. Visit A Virtual Doctor

Unless you’re seriously ill, the last thing that anyone wants to do is head down to a stuffy doctor’s office and wait for hours in a crowded room.

Our healthcare system is under quite a lot of strain, so many people don’t feel it’s appropriate for them to seek medical attention for minor issues. Fortunately, technology has come to the rescue. Virtual doctors offices allow qualified doctors to diagnose minor issues over Skype or other teleconferencing systems. This has a few key benefits.

First, doctors are able to see more patients in an hour, making the service more affordable. Secondly, you’ll be able to wait in the comfort of your own home instead of having to leave. For most people, we think that’s a win-win!

4. FitnessApps

Not sure which exercises you should be doing? There are lots of fitness apps that give you the same structured workout routine you’d get from a personal trainer, but you can take it with you everywhere you go.

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When you’re working out on your own, one of the most important things is to keep pushing yourself. Most people find this to be much easier when you’ve got something to remind yourself not to give up.

5. Flux

While there are many ways that technology can improve our health, there are also some ways that it can harm it. Studies show that bright white light, just like the ones emitted from our displays, can interfere with our bodies natural sleep and wake cycles.

Flux is a piece of software that reduces the color of your displays to a warmer glow after sunset. Studies have shown that this is less likely to keep you up at night, allowing you to get a better sleep and wake up feeling rested.

6. Nothing More Important Than Health

Your health is one of the easiest things to neglect. With snack food and Netflix being ever so convenient, these types of activities often take priority over things that are natural and healthy. Technology can, however, worsen our health conditions too. Excessive sitting in front of computers and watching Netflix can cause serious health issues.

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Nothing is more important than your health so try to balance everything and limit the use of technology which requires you to sit excessively.

But now we live in a high-tech society if you’re ready to take your health into your own hands, be sure to try one of these easy tips.

Featured photo credit: ie University via goingtoieu.ie.edu

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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