Technology is amazing, useful, growing and powerful.
Although most of us have made some sort of personal technological advancement at some point in our lives, there is always another upgrade or a new version.
These advancements provide new ways of enabling us to do pretty much anything on a laptop or smart phone. A lot of jobs involve being in front of a computer, and social media and email are available from smart phones and tablets ensuring that we are always connected.
But is this healthy? I spend a lot of hours at my desk on my computer. I interact with a lot of users on various social-media platforms and have heard a lot of health and fitness struggles, concerns and triumphs.
I also know that social media can be a huge instigator of drama, fights and passive aggressive posts all while staring at a screen.
My goal is to find a balance, using social media and staring at a screen doing work while still being as positive, productive, encouraging, motivating and nonsedentary as possible.
Since I communicate with people via social media, I know that is where a lot of us focus much of our time and energy. Even at work, many of us have a search engine up or are logged into social media.
My dad always told me that the five most important words are, "Surround yourself with good people." That used to mean friends at school, work, college and in life as a whole. It was a connection that was primarily physical, consisting of actual face-to-fact interaction.
Now, we are surrounded with people "friends" that show up on our Facebook newsfeeds, perhaps ones we rarely get to see physically. Are those people motivating you to be the best you can be and to reach your goals?
There are a plethora of motivational quotes, videos, pictures, blogs and such online designed to make you get up and get moving. But are we taking it beyond the status update or inspiring image and actually putting it into action?
Just staring at screens?
Are you stuck staring at the screen of a computer, smart phone or tablet always finding another excuse to put health and fitness on the back burner?
I don't think everyone needs to focus on health and fitness on social media or search for motivational quotes with inspiring images to get them through their day. But if we are moving toward a more sedentary work force, then we have to find a way to get motivated, get inspired and balance out work with physical activity and exercise. There's really no way around it.
Whether taking time to read an informative wellness article while on a break from work, emailing yourself new healthy recipes or finding motivation in a blog or YouTube video, I want you to find a way to connect more to health and fitness using all the technology that surrounds us.
Lunden SouzaLIFE LIKE LUNDEN
Lunden Souza, a Merced native, is a personal trainer, health and wellness coach, and writer in Southern California. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.