The secret to health and fitness isn’t purely based on lean physiques, ripped muscles, tight booties and low skinfolds. It is a lot more complicated than that…
In previous blogs I have often discussed how the world is changing and I believe a big part of this is due to the connectivity. It has been two decades since the Internet came into our lives, 12 years after Facebook began and the stats show that obesity, suicide rates, type II diabetes and other lifestyle diseases are at a record high. Why is this so?
Personally I think there are a number of factors that are having a direct impact on the state of our wellbeing, particularly when you refer to emotional wellness, stress, depression and general happiness. Which brings me back to the digital age as Internet addition is now a global phenomenon with Internet rehab centres opening up in Algeria, China, Australia, Europe and the United States. You only need to step outside your house to see the effect it is having on our society. Everywhere people are hunched over their phones, scrolling through Instragram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Tinder and updating news feeds. Whether they’re standing in a coffee queue, waiting for a lift, catching public transport, at dinner with friends or even worse supposedly watching their children play sport, the digital generation is having a huge impact on our health as it is becoming an alarming addiction.
As a Health Coach I generally encourage clients to focus on food and fitness first and foremost, but I am now witnessing an alarming trend (weight gain, substance abuse, stress, inactivity, broken relationships) from blue and white-collar workers that are failing to disconnect. We no longer work Monday to Friday and then reconnect after the weekend at 9am on a Monday morning. A large percentage of the Australian population actually never disconnect from work. For me this ‘Digital Drug’ is a bigger concern than the High Fat, No Fat, Low Fat nutritional fads that hit the market place year after year.
Perhaps we should revisit the French and take a leaf out of their book where employees have the right to avoid the Boss on the weekend. On January 1st 2017 they introduced a new law dubbed “the right to disconnect” which complements an already standised 35 hours working week.
So what can you do to improve your Digital Addiction, because if you don’t do something you could be vulnerable?
- Implement automatic responses
- Limit your Alerts
- Only check your smart phone at certain times
- Delete certain APPS
- Put your phone on flight mode between 10am – 3pm
- Employ a VA to screen your e-mails
In a recent study at the Australian National University it was found that anything longer than a 39-hour working week was detrimental to our health. It also found that 2 out of 3 Australians in full time employment worked more than 40 hours per week.
Therefore, it is no surprise that the state of our health is at an alarming level. So if you are wondering why your belt buckle is getting tighter, your bootie is getting wider then start with a “Digital Detox” and spend some quality time on yourself, with yourself, for yourself.
Find a hobby, improve a habit, and ‘engage’ in a conversation and I guarantee both your physical and mental health will improve. Say NO to the Digital Dopamine Drug, “connectivity”!