Wearable tech. Apps. Trackers. They are immensely popular in the health and fitness industry. They can help us stay on track with our goals, measure progress and monitor intensity. There are even apps to help us maintain a meditation practice. We have grown keen to earn our steps for the day, burn our daily output of calories, and earn the various points we are seeking. This has changed the world of health and fitness. It has been a catalyst of positive change for many.
In the meantime, as the use of wearable tech and apps has been expanding, a mindfulness movement has also been building. The focus of mindfulness is evident in scientific research studies, growing awareness and sensitivity to mental health issues, as well as in practical use by individuals, groups and corporations.
Naturally, many people are combining their love of tech and mind-body practices. Why not check off multiple boxes by measuring calorie burn in Yoga…while exhaling the stress away? Or track your movement in Pilates…while finding your center? Seems productive, right?!
Sometimes less is more. If your tech is pulling you out of the present moment, causing an obsession, or keeping you from being mindful, you could be sabotaging some of the benefits you deserve. Consider your tech beeping at you in class to work harder, or move faster. Or contemplate the nagging habit of frequently checking your device during class. This could be distracting- not only to you, but to others in the class.
Mindfulness asks us to focus on one task at a time, so we may become more aware moment by moment. With practice, this brings more clarity and richness to our experiences.
It may be time for us to evaluate whether we have an attachment to our gadgets, and ask ourselves if that may be causing a glitch in our mindfulness practice.
Perhaps reserving our tech for certain times, and having other times where we are tech and screen free, can serve us more in our pursuit of balance as healthy, fit and mindful individuals.
Yoga Teacher, Mindfulness Mentor
BCRPA SFL- Yoga/Group Fitness, Personal Trainer
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