We are on the brink of an interesting age where advances in healthcare and technology do not necessarily mean advances in the human life expectancy. New technologies are streamlining healthcare, new pharmaceuticals are combatting illness, and—given the 20th Century trend of rising life expectancies—individuals are equipped with more means to wellbeing than ever before. With all these inspiring advances in healthcare then, one might expect a substantial increase in life expectancy. And yet, the hard fact remains that millennials are the first generation with life expectancies lower than their baby-boomer parents. In fact, a study by The National Institute of Health projected that the life expectancy of baby boomers exceeds the life expectancy of the next generation by a whole 5 years. What is the cause of this generational health change? More individuals are living with obesity-related conditions than in any previous generation and while these health-related conditions are manageable in the short term, the root of the issue must be addressed to extend the longevity of the current generations.
The good news is that with proper diet and exercise, many obesity-related health conditions can be halted, or even reversed. While it may seem daunting to try to find the right balance of exercise and nutrition that works for your life, it no longer needs to be. With the advent of the Quantified Self movement and Health Gauge, individuals are empowered to take their health into their own hands, quite literally, in the form of a health and fitness wearable. Health Gauge acts like a personal health trainer to help you achieve your health goals. Want to learn more about how Health Gauge can help you on your health and fitness journey? Stay tuned for our upcoming articles on Health Gauge.