Big Five for Healthy Life
Health is a matter of balance. Order, rhythm and harmony. Just how do you find that kind of balance? Getting feedback on your behavior helps to become conscious of your behaviour. By creating healthy feedback loops, you can better substantiate the choices you make regarding your health. But, for what areas is biofeedback useful? When browsing through literature regarding lifestyle, wellness and health, you will continuously encounter the same (five) aspects. Let’s call that ‘the big for healthy life’. By taking proper care of yourself in these areas, you’ll probably live longer in a healthy way and meet up to the expectations of your genetic potential. Activity, sleep and stress can be measured relatively well with wearable technology.
Food & physical activity
A well-balanced diet, moderate alcohol consumption and enough water. This has basically become common knowledge. You could use, for instance, a smartphone app to gain more insight in your nutritional behavior.
For daily physical activity there are several guidelines with advice, e.g. 10.000 steps a day or 30 minutes a day moderate-intense physical activity or sport. Besides this, it is even more important to curb the time you spend seated. You could spend your whole day seated, and workout for an hour in the evening. It would be better and more effective to spread your activities during your day.
Stress & sleep
A bit of stress (eustress) is okay, it’s even healthy. Larger amounts of stress (distress) and especially larger amounts of stress during a prolonged time is very bad for your health. Using an app to check your heart rate variability could be one way of monitoring this.
Also, in recent years there has been increasing attention to the role of sleep. Sleep deprivation is very draining to your system. Researchers in Groningen showed with animal testing that sleep deprivation is directly linked to brain damage. By sleeping with a sleep tracker you can measure how much and how well you sleep.
Humans are very social and that shows in everything we do. When we eat and drink by ourselves, we consume differently from when we are in company. Working out by ourselves is different from working out together. For some, social interaction is the greatest form of stress there is. For most, social interaction is an effective way of relaxing or to relieve stress. In short, other people influence practically everything you do, including your health.