It’s important to recognise that tech isn’t an inherently bad thing. The democratisation of information is a gift – it’s there for everyone now, meaning that knowledge isn’t something only available to the rich. Our relationship with technology is only going to become problematic if we let it. It’s up to each one of us to set boundaries and decide how we’re going interact with it. That’s what will determine whether those relationships are positive or negative.
Nowadays, like most people, I spend a lot of time sitting down and consuming information. In order to make sure that I’m still getting movement in, I’ve got five exercises that I do throughout the day. I do planks, push-ups, sit-ups, single-leg raises, and a hip flexor stretch – the routine is simple enough, but it makes sure that I’m moving. When you’re sitting down too much it’s your hips that really tighten up – so it’s important to make sure that you’re focusing on them. You’re going to get pretty jammed up if you’re sitting in the same position in front of a screen for hours on end.
I’ve also noticed that a lot of the content that used to be written down in the world of finance and economics, is now done via video. Most of the time it’s just people talking, and you don’t actually need the visual component. So, when I need to engage with that kind of content I’ll put my earphones in and go for a walk. That’s just one example of working technology into your day in a way that’s going to make sure you’re still moving. Podcasts are great for this as well. You can do something else while you’re listening to them, whether that’s driving a forklift or doing some exercise like going for a run.