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How Can a GPS Be Good for You?

written by: •edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 11/30/2009

Trying to convince your parents or significant other to buy you a GPS unit as a holiday, birthday, or just-because gift? Let them know that having one may actually be good for you.

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    Overview

    Having your own GPS unit can be interesting, exciting and may even be good for you. Read on to learn some of the many ways a GPS might benefit your physical and emotional health.

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    Save Time

    GPS Good For You: Save Time 

    Is your boss, spouse or significant other tired of your excuses for running late? Does sitting in backed-up traffic send your blood pressure through the roof? Having GPS in your vehicle could be good for your career, as it can help you find the quickest way to your new client's office or inform you of traffic delays and provide a different route during rush hour. Having a GPS unit could be good for your relationship, since you will no longer be late for a date, dinner or other appointment. In addition, you can use it to find the nearest flower shops, jeweler or romantic restaurant and appear as though you spent hours of thoughtful planning.

    Let's not forget that this all adds up to far less stress in your life. Stress can cause increased blood pressure; headaches; neck, back and shoulder pain; stomach problems; and even heart failure.

    Photo Credit: flickr.com/joc67

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    Get Outdoors and Exercise

    GPS Good For You: Exercise 

    Everyone knows that regular exercise provides a bounty of health benefits. Exercise improves your mood, helps manage your weight and can even fight off disease. That being said, having a handheld GPS can be very good for you.

    You can use a handheld GPS for hiking, camping, hunting, golfing, fishing, boating and horseback riding. Another wildly popular use for a handheld GPS is geocaching, which is a sport that requires you to use a GPS to go on a high-tech treasure hunt. Learn more about these good for you activities using a GPS in the Bright Hub articles Uses for Handheld GPS Devices and Handheld GPS for Horse Riding.

    There are also GPS units that act as tiny, mechanical personal trainers and can track your heart rate, pace and time while keeping you on track.

    Photo Credit: flickr.com/geocacherdk

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    Stay Safe

    Another reason a GPS can be good for you is that it can keep you safe from harm. Using a GPS can steer you away from harmful traffic conditions, dangerous neighborhoods or simply becoming lost. If you have a certain type of software, your GPS can be used by family members and friends to track your location. This might be an ideal feature to help you keep track of your children or elderly parents. It is also good if, for example, you are traveling in an unfamiliar locale or hiking and camping.

    You can stay safer on the road with a GPS, as well, as you will not have to fool with a paper map or interior lights when you should be watching the road. You will have a good idea of the best lane to be in to avoid an accident or other problems, and you may even be able to make phone calls hands-free, depending on the type of GPS you use.

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    Want More?

    Now that you know so many reasons why a GPS is good for you, be sure to check out the Bright Hub collection of GPS Navigation System Reviews & Buying Guides so that you can know which one to ask for!