Today was a perfect autumn day for running in the South; nice and cool with plenty of sunshine. Because I have been running so much lately, I was not slated to run today, but with the weather so incredible, I just couldn’t resist. I chose one of my favorite trails and began what turned out to be a challenging yet refreshing long run; so good in fact that I felt compelled to post the following since so many of you have asked questions or made comments about the place technology has in regard to exercise.
Rather than beat around the bush, I’ll just be blunt: I am not a fan of the importance people place on technology in their lives. Let me be clear, I’m not a fan of the “importance” people place on technology. Kept in its proper perspective, I regard it as more of a positive than a negative. After all, I do have a website (even though it takes me several months to add a new post, proving my lack of time spent on the computer :-)) In fact, anything can be detrimental if it is misused or becomes excessive, and technology certainly has the appeal to cause many to go down the path of over-consumption, even at the risk of damaging their health. Truthfully, it is very difficult to seriously exercise when you can’t be separated from your cell phone, computer, ipad, etc. You might think you are getting in a good workout, but chances are that workout is marginal at best. Exercise should be specific and a time in your day to forget about everything else. It is a wonderful way to put whatever issues and difficulties aside and focus on building a stronger mind and body. And when you get to have a day full of beautiful sunshine and moderate temperatures like today, you will find yourself with more energy than you could have imagined.
Does technology have its place? Yes it does, but that place should never be at the expense of your health. So cut off those cell phones, pull yourself away from the computer and use that designated time of exercise to not only give your body that workout that it needs, but to give yourself time to thank the good Lord for your blessings and to absorb His beauty, which I promise cannot be found in technological gadgets. In other words, stop and smell the roses.
Last week, I gave my mother some beautiful roses that currently adorn her mantle. While they still smell very good, their aroma doesn’t hold a candle to that found in a healthy and clean body.
Many thanks to you all for the continued well wishes.