FIT TIP: Unplug and Get Active
July 29, 2014 // Category: Fitness Community
When’s the last time you’ve completely unplugged? Yep, that means saying no to your phone, computer and television. Hard to remember, right?
We feel a hole in our lives when our smartphone dies, we get ticked when our Wi-Fi goes down, and our plans are shattered when the DVR backfires. There’s simply no denying it: we are creatures of technology. The good news? There’s still time to do something about it.
A recent study from Nielsen reports that adults spend a whopping 11 hours per day with digital media. Which means, on average, that we interface with a screen more often than we sleep or interact with other people. Aside from costing us valuable real-world experiences, excessive screen time can cause major stress and fatigue. Here’s a challenge – for one week, completely unplug for at least one hour a day and substitute that time with a full hour of real-world activity. That means your phone is off, the TV goes dark, and the laptop returns to its case. Read below to strategize your escape from Angry Birds and Netflix!
Are you an extrovert?
Extroverts gain energy from being around other people in social settings. Group fitness classes like cycling and small group training through SYNRGY360 would be the perfect activities for your style. What about joining a summer volleyball or softball league? You’ll get in an hour of fun exercise followed by a team bonding session of dinner or drinks. The net result? Suddenly that one hour unplugged becomes three or four.
Are you an introvert?
Introverts tend to recharge by spending time alone. Running, walking, hiking, biking and yoga are great options to zone out, explore natural surroundings, and clear the mind. And once you’re out there, that three dimensional spread of crystalline lake, creaking willows and tangerine sky becomes much better – and clearer – than anything on your screen at home.
Do you need accountability?
If you struggle with motivation and need a little help staying on the wagon, a workout buddy or a personal trainer would be a great option. When you schedule a workout, you can’t bail. Well … you can, but you’d be losing money or leaving a friend hanging. Physical activity with an accountability system will keep you consistent.
No technology? No problem. Leave your phone in your gym bag and get out there. The results will speak for themselves.