You’ve probably been thinking about your health lately – especially now that January is almost over and you’re wondering where that resolution went. But apart from hoping to get more active and eat more vegetables, consider another big part of your life that you probably don’t even realize is monopolizing your time…
…your phone! Think about how many times you’ve looked at your phone since you got up this morning. If you’re anything like me, it’s at least a dozen.
Don’t get me wrong – I am a big fan of technology. As it relates to health and fitness technological advances have enhanced attention to and increased accountability. I blog, have downloaded fitness apps, use Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to track and document my workouts, schedule my ClassPass classes and share my love for all things health and fitness. I have also fallen victim to my Garmin failing to pick up a satellite at the worst time or forgetting to snap that just right photo of my yoga mat set up.
In those moments I ask myself, if it isn’t documented did it really happen?
For all the good that technology brings, an over reliance on it can cause you to miss important moments, experiences and life lessons. Here are just a few ways you can be more present in 2015:
Commit to one technology free weekend a month
Let’s face it: the world has changed dramatically and technology is at the root of a lot of our day to day. It may not be realistic to shut off entirely but by committing to one full weekend a month, use that time to take a long walk or hike, further enjoy the company of family and friends and have real conversations that don’t result in a status update or Instagram photo.
Run or Workout Device-Free
Sometimes it feels so good to just run around the neighborhood and be one with my thoughts without the voice of an app telling me how fast or how far I’ve gone. If your exercise of choice is not running leave your fitness tracker and smart phone at home. Hear yourself breathe and take in the sights and sounds around you.
Incorporate relaxation into your day
Everyone has a different view of what relaxing means to them but a few examples include: listening to soft music at your desk, periodically practicing 30-seconds of deep breathing throughout the day, meditating (say a prayer, repeat a mantra or affirmation), or enjoying a nice warm bath with salts or bubbles. For me, personally I am including more yoga into my weekly routine.
Technology can be a great tool in helping you reach your health and fitness goals. But, sometimes it is important to put the gadgets away in order to be more mindful.