You’ve got to move it

Do you need technology to keep you healthy? Probably not, but tech gadgets are cool!  You can download an app for your phone to scan bar codes on food and input your calories burned during exercise. Alternately, you can buy a separate device that clips to your pillow to track your sleeping hours, but wait there is more. This same device can tell you if the temperature of your room is ideal for sleep. You could also choose to wear a bracelet that will alert you to the fact that you have been sedentary for too long and it will also display incoming phone calls. You can count your 10,000 steps in nearly 10,000 ways and still we are a nation of the obese.

I don’t know about you, but I know when I’ve been a slug.  I don’t need the help of tech. It’s when I skip the gym and watch Netflix instead.  I lived and breathed football during my binge watching of “Friday Night Lights” but, sadly, that doesn’t count as exercise.  That day I planned on running errands, but took a nap instead doesn’t do much for my fitness either.  I know that I shouldn’t have eaten that whole sleeve of thin mints! I don’t need an app for that. And there is lots of shame as I enter a sleeve of thin mints into my phone app and watch the daily calorie count soar into the red.  Bad!

All this wearable technology does have the ability to help you achieve your goals, but only if you let it. I was polling my friends about wearable tech recently.  One reported an anecdotal story about her friend who noticed that her fitness arm band indicated that she is only half way to her goal of 10,000 steps in the evening so she went on a walk to finish up her day.   Another reported that she just swings her arm around a bunch.  Apparently a figure 8 motion gives you the fastest results (more steps for less work).  You don’t need any more information to guess who has the more desirable physique. In short, if you’re using tech, when you cheat it you are cheating yourself. Don’t cheat yourself. It’s not worth it.

There is current research suggesting that sedentary activity is more dangerous than we think.  Here’s a 3 minute video that tells you why https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiKg6JfS658 or if you’d prefer to read http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-kresser/sitting-health_b_2897289.html.  And you thought firefighting is dangerous? The same researchers also provide 9 solutions to the problem identified in their videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K_ENbRgywY&feature=youtu.be.

In short, you’ve got to move it.  Go on a walk. Trot up and down the stairs during commercial breaks during a football game. Join a gym and go regularly.  Try that workout you read about online. Flip a tire. Paddle a boat.  Dust off those Rollerblades. Bike to work. Bounce on the trampoline in the back yard with the kids.

It’s hard to be active when you have the whole world in your pocket or purse.  But just in case you need an excuse to move…take a dance break…you’ve probably been sitting too long anyway.

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