I like many others enjoy the convenience of modern technology. I can’t imagine going to work on foot or travelling on a carriage. Technology saves us so much time so we can do something meaningful with our lives.
Unfortunately, humans tend to have a bad habit of turning great inventions into instrument of harm. We get comfortable using technology, then get lazy and it very easy to find each other we don’t want to move our bodies.
Here are some silly things we do with our technology:
1) Drive around a grocery store parking lot for 5 minutes just to find a spot closer to the door.
2) Online grocery shopping so we don’t have to get out of the house.
3) Who needs to cook when you can drive thru a fast food restaurant! Even better we can eat the food in the car so we don’t have to step out.
4) Vacuuming is a hard and a boring job; let’s buy a vacuum robot to do the dirty job for us!
5) People drive to their gym so they can run on a track mill for an hour.
6) How about texting your family from inside the house so you don’t have to walk over to where they are and tell them.
Why is it killing us?
According to runnersworld.com, we burn approximately 5 calories walking for 1 minute. I know 5 calories doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up to 110 calories per mile. To put it in perspective, a regular fast food lunch includes a cheeseburger, fries and coke contains approximately 1,400 calories. It takes around 1800 calories a day for a 200lbs middle age man with normal height to function metabolically (basic body function without any physical activities). This wouldn’t be a problem if you only have 1 meal a day! (I do not recommend that!). It is very tempting not to do any physical activities daily, but you may become the next victim of obesity. In fact, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that more than one-third of the US adults are obese.
So, what should I do?
You need to burn off those extra calories if you desire a better health. Remember that every single calorie counts. Let’s start with walking:
1) Walk or park your car further away from a grocery store.
2) Don’t rely on people or a machine cleaning your house, do it yourself. Those little tasks could add up big at the end of the day.
3) Walk your dog a few minutes longer every day.
If you don’t really don’t have time to “walk an extra mile”, here are some advices:
1) Monitor your food intake. It is simple physics, less food means less calories intake. But do not starve yourself because it could have opposite effect on weight loss.
2) Ask yourself what kind of food you are eating. Sugar for instance, Apple contains natural fructose, which your body could process easily. On the other hand, soda contains man made high fructose corn syrup. Your body would have difficulties to digest it, which causes metabolic dysfunction.
3) Lastly, work out at home if you don’t have time to work out at a gym. Look at my blog about "Cindy" and circuit training. It can save you a fortune you would spend on a gym membership.
I understand it is extremely hard to change your habits and steer your health back to a right direction. We can help you at Sagemed. Contact us if you have more questions.