Friday, April 10, 2009

Lost in Technology ? Take It Outdoors!


Last week, I observed that whenever my family stays home we spend most of our time on the computer for entertainment. It seems my hubby and my two boys fill up their time playing computer games, Wii or Nintendo. I go on Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. This had me very concerned. Whatever happened to playing outside? Playing sports? Being imaginative and creative without the use of technology? Are we just becoming lazy? What kind of message are we sending to our kids? That sitting behind a desk, staring at a monitor is the only form of amusement? How will my children learn social skills if they are always playing computer games? I feel guilty writing this blog because here I am on the computer doing just that! Times have changed, and it's certainly not the carefree world we once lived in. I remember spending my childhood days outside with friends, playing games and sports without parental supervision. Nowadays, you cannot leave your children unattended - even outside your own home, without worrying some stranger might snatch them away! It's also very difficult to be physically active when there are gadgets, and interactive toys to distract you. However, it is possible to change your family's lifestyle. It requires some planning, creative thinking and spontaneity. There are many things you can do with your family. When the weather is nice, we take the boys to the playground in our neighbourhood, or we go to the beach. I enjoy gardening, or going for walk. I always ask the boys to join me. I do miss playing volleyball, perhaps, I should take it up again, and teach the kids the basics. This summer I hope I can change these habits, and be physically active with my kids. We've planned a camping trip in August, and I know we'll be looking forward for some fun and adventures in the sun. So, if you're feeling a little sluggish, and restless, why not go for a walk and be active? It wouldn't hurt to stay away from the computer for a couple of hours, or even for a day. Let's start fresh, and make a change for the better!

~ I started power walking every morning. Just trying to stay fit and healthy.~

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