Technology was supposed to make life easier. In many ways it has however much more is expected out of us. For many people, you end up having to use technology within the confines of an office or cubicle. Others have the opportunity to work from home along with all of its distractions. Unfortunately the end result for many of us is a sedentary lifestyle with little or no physical activity. To top it off, we feel tired at the end of our days and many become couch potatoes. As a result of this excessive screen time during the day and evening, it is linked to negative health consequences and putting on a few extra pounds.
One idea you may not have considered is turning your work environment into part of your wellness program using a treadmill desk. It takes a couple weeks to get used to it and your feet will hurt like crazy for the first few weeks. But then after about a month you start getting into the habit and can end up walking about 10,000 steps a day burning over 2,000 additional calories. Certainly this solution is not conducive to many work environments. Some would argue that you need to make active changes in your lifestyle and should value your wellness much more. I have walked into some environments where the “corporate culture” was amazingly different than the norm and you can see how it can work to everyone’s benefit.
There are many factors which can each help overall to your wellbeing. Consider minimizing your screen time, walking/riding a bike to work or during your lunch hour, eat in moderation, watch TV/movies while riding a stationary bike. Don’t overdo it when you first start to not get discouraged. Make it fun by incorporating technology. Maybe you catch-up on your Facebook updates while walking or riding the stationary bike. There are all sorts of attachments you can get for smartphones and tablets.