Google has been my
gateway to the knowledge I crave when it comes to health. Most of the things I
know, I learnt by relying on Google. We rely on Google quite often. A simple
Google search can help you learn something that can change the course of your
wellness journey and by utilising some of the great products that Google has
provided, you can make being healthy even easier.
I have always loved
Google, but I never realised just how much easier using the products would make
certain things that I have been struggling with for years. Here is how you can
use Google to help you improve your health and fitness:
Start with Google
Use Google Tasks to
make a list of the things you want to do that will help you get closer to your
healthiest self. When setting out a plan, you can make a list on Google Tasks
and then feel the satisfaction of ticking them off one at a time.
You can make a list
of workouts and workout classes that you want to take. Then, as you do them,
you can tick them off one at a time.
You can even list
experiences that you want to have along your fitness journey, like finally
trying an aerial yoga class or going rock climbing. Having them listed in your
Google Tasks can help you stay motivated, as you will be reminded of the things
you would like to be able to do.
Use Google Calendar
to Track Your Habits and Goals
In James Clear’s book
called “Atomic Habits”, he explains that feeling rewarded can almost instantly
help you stick to a goal, and he suggests that using a habit tracker and ticking
off your goals every day can help you feel that instant gratification that we
I tried to use a
habit tracker that I put in my diary, but forgot to use it on most days. It is
incredibly difficult for me to stay organised, so having everything in one
place makes it a lot easier.
The cool thing about
Google Calendar is that I can tick things off on my phone or on my
computer without having to transfer files.
I did not realise how
cool Google Calendar actually is until recently. It gives you a variety of
options to track goals that you want to achieve. You can choose the goal, you
can choose how many days a week you want do it, and for how long you want to do
it. Google will determine which times work for you, and it will remind you to
do the things you want to do.
If you achieve your
health and fitness goal of the day, you can tick it off, and Google will tell
you how many days in a week you actually did it, thereby helping to keep you
Search for the
Answers About Health and Fitness
If you are wondering
what the nutritional value of a certain food is, you can just type the name,
followed by the words “calories” or “nutrition”, and you
will be able to see how many calories it contains, and the amount of protein, carbohydrates,
and fat it has, as well as some information about the vitamin and mineral
Use Search to help
educate yourself about health. If you have any questions, you can use Google to
help you do research and find what you are looking for. Search gives you access
to all of the information you need.
Use Maps Along Your
Use maps to find the
closest gym, yoga studio, dance studio, soccer club, hiking trail, etc.
Whatever exercise or physical activity you want to try or start doing regularly,
Google can help you find a place where you can do so.
You can also use maps
to find places where you can buy healthy food.
Bring Fitness to You
Use YouTube to find
educational videos about health and fitness, and also to find instructional
workouts. You no longer have to buy a workout DVD or go to the gym to do a
workout class. YouTube has thousands of instructional videos, so you can find a
type of workout that you actually enjoy. YouTube makes it easy to do a fitness
class in your living room, which means that you do not really have an excuse to
Have Hangouts with
Get a fitness buddy
to keep you accountable and when in need, just before you reach for the ice
cream in the freezer, you can opt for emotional support instead and contact a
friend through Hangouts. You can sip on a cup of coffee or tea instead, while
talking to a friend face to face, even when they are on the other side of the
And, if the cravings
at work are getting too much for you, you can complain to a friend or colleague
who understands what you are going through on Hangouts by typing them a quick
Let Google Play Be a
Use Google Play to
download a meditation app, a food tracking app, or an app that connects to your
fitness tracker. Google Play makes it easier to improve your health by giving
you access to apps that can help you with your mental and physical wellness if
You can use Google
Podcasts to find motivational and informational podcasts about health. You can
listen to them while you drive, at the gym, or even while out for a walk. If
you do not like reading, listening to podcasts is a great way to educate yourself
and stay inspired.
Google Play Books
With Google Play
Books, you can listen to audiobooks that teach you about health and fitness.
There are also a lot of motivational audiobooks available, because having a
good mindset when it comes to wellness and fitness is also essential.
Google Fit is the
company’s own gift to the world to encourage a better lifestyle. You can track
how much you move throughout the day through Move Minutes, track your workouts,
monitor goals, and get custom tips. You can also connect it with other apps.
Fill in This Google
One thing you can do
today that will benefit your future self is to fill in this survey: