Good hygiene is about keeping oneself and one’s surroundings clean and tidy in order to stay healthy and happy. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can start to grow your own colony of germs and bacteria. And no one wants to be known as “the human petri dish.”
But even the purest specimens among us get sick. So if you want to do everything in your power to avoid catching a cold, the flu, or something more serious, here’s how you can use your technology to make it happen.
Better hygiene with hand washing reminders
The most misunderstood way to avoid getting sick is to wash your hands – properly! Most people take a few seconds to lather and rinse their hands, but to really fight cold and flu germs, you need to “do all the poses.” This means that you need to spend enough time washing your palms, fingernails, backs of hands and even wrists.
You can sing “Happy Birthday” in your head to make sure you’re scrubbing long enough, or you can use the Apple Watch’s hand wash timer, which also lets you set reminders to clean your little fingers throughout the day.
You can also turn to Amazon’s smart soap dispenser, which has 10 LED lights that act as a countdown timer when you wash your hands. Like the Apple Watch’s hand wash feature, the timer will tell you when you’ve washed your hands for at least 20 seconds.
In addition to your hands, you should always keep things like your smartphone, keys, and anything you touch or put near your face as clean as possible. Ultraviolet (UV) light units are a great way to disinfect these types of items. For example, Marquee Innovations UV Sterilizer is a smartphone-sized sterilizer equipped with a wireless charging system. Boo-yeah!
Train with smart gym
Probably the best way to protect your body from microscopic invaders is to strengthen your physical defense system. By boosting your immune system, you make it harder for viruses to turn you into a sniffling, sneezing wreck.
Apps can help you get in shape by providing you with various tools and resources, such as exercise plans, progress tracking and monitoring tools, and even virtual personal trainers.
Several apps gamify fitness, making working up a sweat fun. For example, Zombies, Run! make you a character in a zombie apocalypse and the only way to survive is to run in the real world. Another app turns your workout into a quest through magical lands. Now you can train, get in shape and boost your immune system at the same time!
Another option you might consider is a smart fitness mirror. This type of product is a good choice because it provides convenience, privacy and a comfortable training environment. Not only can you work out in your pajamas, but you’ll never have to worry about someone stealing your weights or leaving the machines sweaty.
Eat well for better immunity
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help boost your immune system, which can help ward off all kinds of bad bacteria. If you struggle to eat enough nutritious foods, here are some tips to try.
First, if you have a blender and the will to pulverize food, check out one of these smoothie apps. The 101 Smoothie Recipes app is a simple but effective example, with enough recipes to keep things interesting for months.
Smoothies are the easiest and fastest way to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. There are also websites dedicated to helping you find juice recipes based on what you have in the fridge. Finally, if you’d rather chew your veggies (because you’re old school), there are apps dedicated to making plant-based meals, including salads and even desserts.
Sleep better with sleep trackers and smart alarms
If you take a nap, you win! A good night’s sleep can help you fight germs and come out on top. When you are well-rested, you are actually better equipped to handle everyday stress. And when your body is less stressed, your immune system is stronger.
If you have no idea how good your sleep is, or if you’re already sleep deprived, you’re in luck. There are several ways to make up for lost hours of sleep, whether it’s using a wearable sleep tracker, setting strict sleep schedules, or using a sleep mask. By making sleep a priority, you will be much less likely to call in sick at work.
There are even contactless sleep trackers, like the Amazon Halo Rise. Not only can this device track your sleep wirelessly from your nightstand using radar and AI, but it can also wake you up during your lightest sleep phase with light that mimics the rising sun.
Choose non-alcoholic beverages
When you drink alcohol, it can suppress the function of certain immune cells, making it harder for your body to fight infections. In addition, alcohol can lead to inflammation, which further weakens the immune system. As if that wasn’t enough, alcohol abuse can also lead to poor sleep.
To avoid the side effects of any bad habit, try some of the many apps that can help you quit your bad habits. If you find yourself in social situations where you’re expected to drink, you can always raise your glass by whipping up one of the amazing mocktail recipes on YouTube.
Alternatively, you may be interested in meeting new friends with the same healthy priorities as you. Check out local events on Meet Up and start spending time hiking, biking, or hanging out with others without negative temptations.
Use these technical tips to improve your body’s ability to fight disease.
Most of the steps you can take to avoid getting sick involve taking personal responsibility for how you treat your body, including eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep.
Using the above apps, websites and devices can help you follow enough of these tips on a regular basis to improve your resistance to disease in the short term and your overall health in the long term.