Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Daily Fit Tip: Unplug and reconnect

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It's time to unplug. Not all the time. Just during times that should be devoted to peace, relaxation, and good old fashioned conversation. So unplug your computers and TVs in the bedroom. Turn off your phones during meals and social engagements. Use your "out-of-office" e-mail feature when you go out of town. And ditch your cell phone and your Blackberry while working out. Anyone who needs to reach you can surely wait the hour or so it takes you to concentrate on your physical fitness.

Multi-tasking may be good in some situations but it can also be harmful. In fact, brain imaging proves it results in overall poorer performance. Talking on your cell phone while logging miles on the treadmill, for example, means you are not fully tending to either task. Both your workout and your chit-chat are compromised because neither one has your complete attention. Remember this for yourself -- and your kids too. Plugging in is just not good for them. It can deprive them of being present for what's going around them and can splinter them from family, nature, and their own creativity.

You owe it to yourself and your kids to disconnect once in a while. In the end, it will help you reconnect with what's really important.

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