In a period when many of us have been self-isolating or locked down at home, it will come as no surprise that we have all spent more time doing things virtually. Virtual meetings, virtual socialising, online shopping and even virtual wellness.
Maybe the surprising part is that it's forecasted that the virtual wellness industry is predicted to expand even after we don’t have to stay at home as much, let’s look at some of the areas:
With gyms and wellness centres being forced to close people have had to start exercising at home. Fitness equipment sales have gone up 170% in the past year. And it's anticipated that this will continue with Artificial Intelligence (AI), changing the way we see home exercise.
It's thought that AI will evolve to create personalised fitness routines, with tailored instructors based on individuals' body type and needs. Drawing on genetic, geographical, psychometric and personal data to create personalised work out experiences.
With the use of headsets and body monitoring tools, we could be exercising in our front room while imagining we're running through Central Park, being told by our instructor when to speed up and slow down based on heart rate readings and other indicators.
There are many advantages to this, including flexibility, customisation and the maximisation of time and energy. But will it really replace going to the gym? Time will tell.
Virtual health care
Technology has been making a big impact on the health care industry for some time. But due to recent restrictions, it has accelerated to a rate no one could have expected.
The concept of virtual care is to deliver patients a quality health care service that makes their experience more convenient, more streamlined and more closely attuned to their needs. This can include online consultations, improved access to care teams and even access to electronic health records and medical information.
During the pandemic, many people have experienced online GP consultations, with video calls and diagnostics taking place whilst still in their own home.
While this approach could never replace all medical care, it’s a great way to save time and travel for busy patients or for those who find it difficult to leave their home.
With a number of face to face activities not permitted during the pandemic many meetings have had to move online, including counselling sessions. There's a huge demand for mental health care but it can be hard to gain access and is also expensive.
Moving therapy sessions online has given therapists the ability to meet clients wherever they are and in many cases, at the fraction of the cost. This makes more appointments available for those who need them.
Many feel this is a great solution to helping solve the problem of high demand and lack of supply. However, this digital form of treatment isn’t suitable for all types of illnesses.
The rise of the wellness app has been a huge phenomenon. Everything from step count, to yoga classes and guided meditation can be done through your smartphone. 1 in 8 people already use a wellness app on a regular basis and this is only predicted to grow.
There's no doubt that we're in the midst of a revolution. Data and technology are completely changing the nature of wellness and healthcare, allowing people new ways to better measure, understand and improve their mental health and physical fitness.
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