Your family’s wellbeing is made up of many different facets, from physical health and nutrition to financial literacy and emotional intelligence.

But, have you considered including technology in your healthy living toolkit?

Technology has become an integral part of our lives, but it is even more prominent in the lives of our children and youth.

I recently read a statistic that estimated the average kid sends and receives 5,000 text messages per day. No, I didn’t accidentally add an extra zero to that figure!

Technology is everywhere and isn’t going away anytime soon. The good news is that we can use technology to create happier, healthier families through responsible, balanced use and by creating a direct connection between technology and wellness.

Wearable fitness technology is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Thanks to devices like Fitbit and online programs like Under Armour’s UA Network, more and more people are using technology to help them achieve their fitness goals.

The popularity of wearable fitness technology has huge implications for the future of healthy families.

Instead of using technology for entertainment, information, and social networking alone, families can now use fitness apps and devices to create 360 degrees of wellness in every area of their lives.

Wearable fitness technology will help you….

• Bond as a family by setting and achieving wellness goals together

• Track your progress, overcome obstacles, and celebrate your wins

• Use technology responsibly and set an example for your kids

• Make fitness a fun and exciting game for the whole family

As fitness technology advances, it will become more and more integral to the creation of family and workplace wellness.

Across the country, companies and community organizations have begun to incorporate wearable fitness technology and online programs into their traditional wellness offerings.

In addition to gardening, wellness summits, personal training sessions, and field trips to health food stores, more and more families and communities are introducing responsible-use wearable fitness technology to help kids turn fitness and wellness into a lifestyle.

Are you currently using wearable fitness technology to track your fitness?

How does your family use technology to stay happy and healthy?

Author's Bio: 

Fran Dean Bishop is an award winning business coach and CEO with 20 years in the health management industry. She founded Aerobodies Fitness Company, (now AFC Management Services), in 1994 as a corporate service provider of health promotion, fitness management and behavior change programs for the private sector and federal agencies. Fran also designed and launched two successful health technology innovations, MyEquilibriumCoach and To request Fran for a speaking engagement or workshop, contact her at – 703-402-8477.