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As we all know, staying healthy is a good move. But actually getting there is the real challenge, especially for hardworking healthcare staff. Health and fitness is important to patients, your employees and your bottom line. Keeping your employees healthy helps them to be happier and more productive, less likely to miss work and more attentive and focused in their duties. Add to that the pressing risk of rampant chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity—all of which can be prevented or sometimes reversed through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
So how can your busy staff (and your patients) get and stay healthy even while working?
Many people these days are looking to technology. Using technology to get fit at work is easy with the abundance of mobile applications, social websites and cool devices that make getting fit fun and fitness goals easier to reach. Many are free (and some are almost free), but could be priceless in terms of motivation and wellbeing.
Below are just a few of the of the most popular types of fitness apps your employees and patients might find useful while on the job:
Exercise Apps: Team motivators, wearable trackers and pedometers
Maybe your office has already implemented a wellness program, but your staff is struggling to stay motivated or see progress. Apps such as Hotseat and Keas are perfect for keeping the whole team accountable and motivated. These apps encourage users to take breaks from sitting or standing (great for vascular health), maintain an activity log and connect with other participants. Your team and patients might find a wearable fitness tracker such as Fitbit an invaluable tool to conveniently keep track of steps, calories, heart rate and more. Some of the newer mobile phones already come built-in with pedometers to get started.
Nutrition Apps: Food scanners and journals
Numerous nutrition and diet apps are available. My Fitness Pal and SparkPeople act as virtual diet keepers with journals, nutritional and calorie recommendations and menus with a community of users to ask advice and motivate. Fooducate is useful for scanning barcodes of food packages to learn about its nutrition contents and compares that food with healthier alternatives to help users make better decisions about what they eat.
Wellness Apps: Health tips, mental fitness and more
People who are new to health and wellness might find inspiration from the Cleveland Clinic’s fitness and wellness app called Wellness Tip of the Day that delivers a daily dose of fitness advice right to your device. Apps such as Lumosity and Elevate offer exercises for the brain in the form of games that can be played on iPhone or Android during a quick break. Apps such as Simply Being help people through timed meditation sessions, which are well known to lower stress levels, aid in sleep, fight depression and much more.
The best way to find out the best fitness app for a particular person is to download and install a few of the apps, try them out, and see which one they keep going back to. Many are free on a trial basis. One or two apps will, for whatever reason, suit one better than the rest. Then you know what to pay for -the ones that you will actually use.