Firstly, what does a healthy life or lifestyle look like? Despite cultural, western / eastern medicine face-offs, historical, religious or other views that affect “what healthy life” should look like, certain common nominators can be deducted and are universally agreed.

1. Diet
2. Physical activity level
3. Body weight
4. Intake of smoke / alcohol

Now living in the age of constant metrics, input and signals we can actually follow these and set standard individually. Devices to track these have become cheap and inexpensive for the greater population.

Tracking your diet

I personally work around this as follows. I’m 6ft2”, male and weigh around 183 pounds any given month (we’ll get to weight tracking later on this post). I exercise very lightly, around 2-3 times a week.

When putting these in to a calculator (just search for calorie daily intake or so on the internet) you get these facts:
- To maintain weight: 2 550
- Mild weight loss (0.5 lb a week): 2 300
- Weight loss (1.0 lb a week): 2 050

Next thing I do is download one of many apps that actually record everything you eat and the nutritional values of the food items. With these types of apps you just scan the barcode and get on with it. They have huge databases of different food items.

For me, maintaining my weight means with this data around one toast in the morning, salad with protein for lunch. A snack and then a dinner with carbs, protein and everything from a healthy diet.

Tracking physical activity level

Is so super easy nowadays! And I don’t mean hyper athlete technical tracking where everything is accounted for.
You can get a great activity tracker from an online store with little as 50 usd and it will last with you for ages, report data to your phone automatically for you to see.
These devices also enable you to track progress.

Progress = Your physical activity level on day to day basis. For example my goal is to take 20 000 steps every day.

This on a normal day driving to the office and walking up two flights of stairs won’t be achieved.

But mid-day my activity bracelet / tracker will let me know. And it is pretty easy to adjust and do a bit more. Pick up the running shoes and go for a walk. On a day with harder physical activity (like golf or tennis for me) this goal is easily achieved.

Body weight – put yourself to scale

I just love the new devices to track your weight. And I don’t mean apps on your phone that sell you body weight tracking either. Only way you can measure your weight is a body scale or counting how much water spills over from the bathtub – haha!

You can now find scales from the internet that sync to your phone automatically, take your weight in seconds when you step on them. Not only this – but it will send that real weight to your phone where you can keep track! You can “take care” of your loved ones like this as well – ask permission for their weight to be sent to your phone.

This is just amazing compared to how things used to be only a few years ago!

Other manners of data present in our everyday life
How I use automation or data in my everyday life (I literally mean every day, on top of above mentions)? These are top picks from me personally:

1. Weather reports automated to my phone as notification (morning and at night for the next day)
2. Odds checker – to help me save time and money
3. Honey extension to help me shop online
4. Google news report, algorithm picks the top news for me (How scary is that! But I love it)

How do you use these type of services that individual data and signal enable you to use? Let’s discuss.

By now you might have notices that I skipped one sub topic of smoke and alcohol. I’ll leave this to general knowledge – despite denial everyone knows that these are not the cornerstones of a healthy diet / lifestyle – but they can for sure be a part of it in small quantities.

Author's Bio: 

Yarit Cook
Main areas of expertize: Coaching, Mental health.
Hobbies: Golf, Tennis, Media.