Do You Use Tech for Good Health or Bad Habits?
If you think modern society is generally unhealthy, then you’re probably correct. Studies show that we’re much less healthy today than we were in times past. Our ancestors used their bodies much more than we do — they’d run, hunt, and essentially use all muscles in their body. Although we are living longer by comparison, technological advances make us much more sedentary and this is a major factor for poorer health and weight gain.
We often spend the bulk of our day sitting down in front of a computer or television. And if we want to blame technology for making us unhealthy, it wouldn’t be totally unreasonable. However, while there is this negative side of technology, the upside is that we can use tech for good health and weight loss if we are smart about it.
How to Use Tech for Good Health
Modern tech can help us to be our healthiest best. Limiting screen time in favor of being active is a given. With that said, let’s take a look at how we can use tech for good health and weight loss by achieving our fitness goals.
One problem we have is that we think we’re more active than we really are. Oops! We may believe we have generally active lifestyles, but in reality, we’re just as sedentary as everyone else.
One way to get around this false reality is by using a device that counts our steps, such as a FitBit. Then set ourselves a target goal of how many steps to take in a day. People, of course, walk during the day, but we rarely push ourselves. If we’re aiming for 10,000 steps but only averaging 7500, then we might just make an extra effort to get up and head for a walk.
Similarly to how we overestimate how much exercise we get, we underestimate how much we eat. It’s easy to overlook a couple of donut holes we eat in the office break room, the glass of champagne we drink at brunch, or the ice cream cone we share with our granddaughter on the boardwalk.
But these all count towards our total caloric intake. So to get a true impression of how much we’re eating, keep a record of every bite of food and drink for a week. A fancy complicated app isn’t necessary. Simply use an Excel spreadsheet — get Microsoft suite for Mac if you’re like me and don’t have a PC — to log everything you consume.
And when it comes to the end of the week, we might just be surprised by how much we’ve eaten.
If we’re going to be our healthiest, fittest best, then we need to hit the gym. But there’s an issue: Gyms can be pretty boring. Because of this, we tend to pack up and head home before we’ve pushed ourselves enough to get a full workout.
Thankfully, tech can come to the rescue. We’ll be much more likely to stay on the stationary cycle for a little longer if we’re watching an episode of our favorite show on our smartphones or tablets.
This is a life hack that I discovered long ago. I prop my iPad on the handles of my bike and allow Facebook to distract me long enough so that I barely even notice that I’ve been cycling for an hour.
Connecting with Online Groups
On that note, let’s remember the good points about the Internet: It connects people. So if we’re struggling to reach our fitness goals, then we can call upon the help of millions of health-minded people for ideas and inspiration. There are message boards, Facebook groups, Instagram channels, and more. And these can be just the little pick me up we need when the going gets tough.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life