Technology has completely changed the way we live today. It has simplified our life, no doubt, but it has also complicated life no end! The various applications we have for every little thing makes me wonder what sort of a life people lived before the arrival of the tech-age! Did we even live, or did we simply exist! The fitness apps, for example, do take the fun out of the fundamentals of fitness!
From informing us about places where we can work out, to how many calories we burnt/steps we walked or how strong our heart is — fitness apps supply us with every such information about which our forefathers didn’t even bother! And yet, they were a lot healthier than we are, today.
Environmental changes affect our quality of life, but still, life back then wasn’t controlled by technology and, yet, they had more stamina than we do today!
Fitness Apps: Do we really need them all?
Walking In Apps
When we strap on the Fitbit to our wrist, or enter the start-time in our smartphone to begin counting our steps, we are only interested in the end result.
We often fail to take in the beautiful sights and sounds around us, or soak in the cool breeze.
Most importantly, we fail to connect with ourselves while on a walk, or with the person who accompanies us. Exchanging our thoughts with them, or indulging in some light-hearted chitchat – all of it takes a back seat as we are either worrying about how much we have walked, or voice our concerns about the same to our companions.
After spending a busy day at work or at home, when we step outdoors, we look forward to recharging our batteries, disconnecting with our professional world and connecting with ourselves.
But, just when we begin to relax, we are distracted by the apps and their notifications they might send, informing us about something or the other.
(Forgive me, if I come across as grossly uninformed, but I don’t use a single fitness app. So, I really have no idea if the apps do send any notifications or any such information.)
How, then, are we connecting with ourselves, or giving our mind the rest it deserves after working tirelessly all day?
Being healthy does not mean just being physically fit, or being able to walk 5000 or 10,000 steps a day, or jogging/skipping for a particular amount of time. For what’s the use of being able to do so if you aren’t giving your mind a break from all the anxiety and stress?
What can you do instead?
Ascertain your fitness levels and chalk out a fitness program that suits you, your energy and your time, taking your happiness quotient into account.
If you enjoy walking, wear the best fitness apps – your walking shoes—and step out. Begin with a warm-up by walking at a slow pace for 10 minutes and then increase your speed. Walk for 20 minutes if you feel comfortable and then slow down before you come to a stop.
And, all the while, when you walk, look around you; take in the sights and the sounds around you, or review your day, or think of the happy things that took place from the time your day began.
The best thing to do, would be to bask in the moment, give your mind a break and do it a huge favor by not making it work over time.
If you prefer Yoga, then practice the asanas for 20 to 30 minutes, all the while focusing on your breath and your poses.
Or, if it’s some other fitness activity you enjoy, then indulge in it without bothering about the “numbers”. Don’t even carry your phone with you if you plan on checking it every now and then for the progress you made.
Your body is the best fitness app/tracker that will send you the correct notifications/information from time to time, enlightening you where you need to take things easy, and where you need to work hard; where you need help and where you are going overboard.
Pay attention to this app and you will be fit as a fiddle!