Motivate Monday: Ways to Stay Healthy in a Digital World
It’s no secret that now we live our lives in a digital world. We use our phones to pay for shopping, we talk to friends all around the world just by tapping our screens, and we can learn how to do pretty much anything just by watching a short YouTube video. The internet is a great thing that has allowed us to do so much in such a short space of time, but it can sometimes make us lazy. Sometimes, it is just easier to order a takeaway than cook a meal at home, or order an Uber because we don’t feel like walking. But it doesn’t have to make us lazy, there are so many ways to utilize the digital age into a way to make us healthier human beings, so here are our top three ways to use technology to keep us healthy.
1. Follow Inspirational People
A lot of us spend a lot of time cycling through social media apps catching up with friends, seeing what the celebs are doing, looking for funny tweets etc, but not a lot of this stuff is very productive and can sometimes have a negative impact as we compare ourselves to others. But by following inspirational people and accounts you can become inspired to lead a healthier lifestyle. For example, if you’re looking to start eating healthier and making nutritious food, then follow some healthy accounts like these ones featured on Deliveroo, or if you’re looking to get more exercise done then follow accounts which will be sure to get you pumped up for a workout.
2. Track Your Exercise
They say that the key to a healthy lifestyle is a balance between good clean eating and strenuous exercise. You don’t need to fork out a small fortune for a gym membership every month to get your workout in, it’s 2017, there’s an app for that. If you’re looking to get into cycling or running, using apps like Strava can help you to track your workouts as well as build an online community of like-minded people who can help keep you motivated and support each other on your fitness journey. Apps like this can help to track distance, time, calories burned and heart rate, so you can see just how hard you trained and set a goal you want to achieve.
Of course, it is important to take care of your physical well-being, but your mental wellbeing is equally as important to leading a happy and healthy lifestyle. Meditation is a great way to allow your mind to relax and let go of daily stresses, improve concentration, and even reduce blood pressure. Headspace is an app which guides you through daily meditation sessions which only take a few minutes to complete. We live in a fast-paced world which means we don’t all have the time to take an hour from our day to find a quiet and empty room to meditate in, so apps like this help bring meditation into your everyday life without disrupting it.