Technology and Fitness – A Blessing and a Curse

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Technology has been responsible for a lot of amazing things. It has brought us advancements in medicine, communication, entertainment, travel, and more. Unfortunately, there are a lot of negatives that come along with it. In addition to the hot topic of pollution that is caused in the creation of technology, it has also led to people living much more sedentary lifestyles. Well, in some cases that is true.

How is Technology is Hurting Our Health

The answer to this is pretty obvious. Just look at what the average person spends their time doing outside of work. They are not out playing a sport, going for walks, riding a bike, or other activities. They are sitting on the couch watching TV, playing on their computer, tablet, smart phone, or playing video games. Forget about outside or work and take a look at while we are at work. We have been moving further and further from the days of manual labor and more towards desk jobs while we let machines do the hard work.

Combine the more sedentary lifestyle with the unhealthy food that we are eating, and it is no wonder obesity is out of control. I could spend the next hour talking about how the unhealthy food that technology is creating (additives, preservatives, pesticides and more), the pollution caused in the creation of the technology, and the sedentary lifestyle that it has led to are coming together to destroy the health of multiple generations, but I am not going to go down that road. Instead, I am going to look at the opposite end of the spectrum.

How Technology Helps Promote Fitness

As an individual, there is very little that you can do to reduce the amount of chemicals we add to food, or the amount of pollution that the companies are creating. While you can decide to buy organic and support companies that produce less, the other companies are still out there. However, when it comes to how active you are, the sky is the limit, and technology is a powerful tool to help you get into the best shape of your life.

There are a variety of ways that technology assists people in living healthier lifestyles. For starters, you have access to the internet. While there is a ton of useless and misleading information out there, there is also a lot of valuable information at your fingertips. We also have amazing tools for tracking and planning our workouts, measuring it’s effects on our health, and learning what the best way is for us to get healthy. Heart rate monitors, watches that are basically computers and safety gear are just a small sample of the ways technology are helping people be more active.

Source by Joe Malone

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