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Technology is Making Us Lazy and Obese

technology is making us lazyThe technological advances in this world are absolutely amazing: drones, smartphones, 3-D printing, solar panels, and wind turbines. The list could go on and on! But, have you ever stopped to think about how all of this technology is increasing our waistbands?

As Jessica pointed out last week, the rate of obesity has increased from 1 in 10 people in 1990 to 1 in 3 people today! That’s absolutely terrible! This is leading to a growing number of diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and strokes. So what is to blame for this increase in weight? Basically, people are way more busy today than what they were 20 years ago.

This Go Go Lifestyle

With an overall decrease in wages from decades ago, people have chosen to work extra jobs and longer hours, which is forcing them to drive up to those fast food windows and to use their technology to the fullest, all with hopes of sparing themselves a few minutes of the day. It is sad really, and it is causing many to forgo exercise entirely, which easily explains the bulging midsections across America.

While there are some that are quite busy and truly cannot fit exercise into their daily schedule, I think most of us are just becoming lazy as our technology allows us to spend more and more time on our butts.

The Crazy Life That Keeps Us On Our Tush

20141109 - technology is making us lazyAs technology continues to advance, it seemingly gives us more time to sit and be completely inactive. I mean think about it. My job as a financial analyst sits me on my butt for at least 8 hours a day for 5 days out of the week. A few generations ago, I might have been throwing bails of hay or lifting heavy machinery. Then, instead of coming home and sitting on a riding lawn mower or hauling out the leaf blower, generations past would be chopping at their lawn with a scythe and raking up those pesky leaves.

Today, we spend far too much time sitting on our butts, all to save a few more minutes out of the day. With those few extra minutes, you might decide to exercise, but chances are you’ll just end up sitting in front of your 55″ TV and watching a pointless reality show.

So, instead of sitting on a riding lawn mower or pushing leaves around with a leaf blower, why not go back to what’s simple and effective for our waistbands? Personally, I love mowing my lawn with my manual reel mower and getting the leaves out of my yard with a simple rake. These simple tools get my heart pumping and my body moving, which is exactly what it was designed to do! And, best of all, these actions can easily be counted as my exercise for the day. No need to hop on the treadmill (which I HATE) when I’m hustling around my yard burning calories.

What do you think? Would you rather forgo technology and get more exercise with the old-school methods? Personally, I think your body would thank you.



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Some actual study of hunter-gatherer lifestyles found that hunter-gatherer societies “worked” an average of about 8 hours — a WEEK. That was sufficient for all of their needs for food, clothing, and shelter. Granted, that work was generally active, physical work, and it tended to come in spurts that were sometimes a lot more than 8 hours, but most of the time our hunter-gatherer ancestors sat around entertaining each other.

    The problem is not technology. The problem is the amount of stuff we eat that is not fit for human consumption. Like sugar (and artificial sweeteners), gluten (frankenwheat also contains gliadin & amylopectin-A), and trans-fats.

    • The problem is due to many things, but facts are facts – technology is enabling us to do less, and unless we make a point to exercise our bodies will continue to grow larger and larger. Sure, we could all eat healthier, but without activity we would still all have excess flab.

  2. If you hate the threadmill you should look at other exercise, or see if there is a way around why you hate it. I found running exceedingly boring until I found the Zombies Run app. You can use that on a threadmill too. That’s probably a nice counter-example of how technology can make us move more again.

    I agree though, I see chores as ‘free exercise’. I try and walk everywhere if possible, it is exercise and gas money saved. I put my back into it when I clean the house. As long as the non-tech alternative wouldn’t take up way more time, I’d be for it. Raking leaves and a reel mower don’t sound like they would take much longer, and besides their tech alternatives are noisy which I would consider a disadvantage.

    • I love your comment Nina. I’m not big on zombies, but you’re right, I do use an app for my runs. With this app I have added friends so that we can compete in overall distance and times each month, which definitely gets my butt out there more often. In this way, technology is a help. But, if my job weren’t at a desk where I just sit around all day, I probably wouldn’t need to go out and run!

  3. Exactly! I am a computer programmer come manager and I sit at my desk for 9 hours every week day. You bet I have become damn lazy! Good that there’s always some yard work at our new home that requires some physical activity over the weekends.

    • Sounds like we’re basically in the same boat SB! Luckily, I do enjoy exercise so I often get out and enjoy physical activity with friends and family. What is your favorite outdoor activity? Besides yard work of course. 😉

  4. I absolutely love walking to places instead of taking the car. I don’t care for yard work though. 🙂

    • Me too Jenna! If I can get to my destination without a car, I will absolutely do it!

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