Many people blame technology – from TV to video games – for making our kids fat and out of shape. But I couldn’t live a healthy lifestyle without a boost from technology. After all, can you imagine going for a jog or speed walk around the neighborhood without music from your iPod (or before that from your Discman or Walkman). I’m old enough to remember holding on to a small radio (and dropping it quite a lot) as I roller skated around the neighborhood as a teenager.
Then there’s the whole work out at home revolution started by Jane Fonda and her workout videos. Many of us quickly graduated to workouts on DVD and then moved on to Wii Fitness and other workout games. You can also exercise at home with the help of websites like GaiamTV on your smart phone, iPad, smart TV or laptop. My new Samsung SmartTV has a fitness channel with exercise and yoga content, too.
Smartphone apps have been a great exercise and healthy living motivator. You can find best health and fitness app lists at About.com and Men’s Fitness. However, I’m still a big website user and use CalorieCount.com for nutritional information, along with WeightWatchers.com and healthy living magazines’ websites for healthy recipe inspiration.
High tech kitchen tools
I go high tech with the latest kitchen tools. What I’d love to have, but don’t at the moment, is an iPad. Many of my favorite healthy cooking magazines now have digital versions. Imagine going to a recipe and finding not only an ingredient list but a how to video. Cookbooks are starting to come out in ebook format with cooking videos as well.
Other more traditional high tech kitchen gadgets I own include a juicer, a digital weight scale, immersion blenders, good knives, and a food processor. I’d love to have an induction stove top, too. Maybe when we remodel – if we can afford it that is!
Then there are high tech refrigerators like the ones from GE. With ultra-filtered water from the first ever hands-free dispenser, and micro-climate controls powered by TwinChill technology, the new GE French Door Refrigerator is engineered to push the limits of fresh.
How are you using technology to live a healthy lifestyle?
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by GE via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of GE.