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The Digital Era and Physical Health

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By Noor ul Huda

The digital era has had a profound impact on our physical health. On the one hand, technology can be used to promote physical activity and fitness. There are now a plethora of fitness apps, wearable devices, and online workout programs that can help people get moving. Additionally, technology can be used to provide health information and support, which can help people make healthier choices.

On the other hand, technology can also lead to physical inactivity and poor posture. People who spend a lot of time sitting in front of screens are more likely to be overweight or obese, and they may also be at increased risk for chronic health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Additionally, poor posture can lead to neck pain, back pain, and other musculoskeletal problems.

Set limits on screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children and adolescents under the age of 18 limit screen time to two hours per day. Adults should aim for no more than four hours per day.

Get up and move around every 20-30 minutes. Even if you’re sitting at a desk, you can still get some physical activity by standing up, walking around, or doing some simple stretches

Use technology to promote physical activity. There are many fitness apps and wearable devices that can help you track your activity and stay motivated.

Make healthy choices. Technology can also be used to provide health information and support. Use this information to make healthier choices about your diet, exercise, and overall lifestyle. By following these tips, you can use technology to improve your physical health and reduce your risk of chronic health conditions.

Here are some additional ways that technology can impact physical health:

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can be used to create immersive experiences that can help people learn about health and fitness, or to provide therapy for chronic conditions.

Telehealth can allow people to connect with healthcare providers remotely, which can make it easier for people to get the care they need.

Wearable devices can track physical activity, sleep, and other health metrics, which can help people make informed decisions about their health.

As technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more ways that it can be used to improve physical health. However, it’s important to remember that technology is not a magic bullet. It’s still important to make healthy choices and to get regular physical activity.

This writer is a student of BS journalism studies at Punjab University and she can be reached at:[email protected]

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