I was lucky enough to be among the last generation born in an era before we were raised on cellphones, internet, and instant news.
We rode bikes until dark, we played in the street, we climbed trees, the local parks were crowded on a summer day, and many of us scraped our knees falling off the monkey bars.
We called our friends from a house line and hoped they were home to get it. We couldn’t text and meet up, it was all or nothing. We didn’t follow our friends on social media and be privy to every step they posted. We shared those moments together or we were told about them over the phone or face to face.
There’s a lot to be said for the intimacy and primalism of an era like that, just like there are numerous advantages to living in a hyper connected world. Both are important to discuss as we seek personal excellence and both are important to remember as we live.
Modernism has given us conveniences but has a price to it.
Psychology today wrote an article called “Expanding Waistline, Shrinking Brain?” which says:
In the last few decades, rates of obesity and related conditions such as type 2 diabetes have skyrocketed in the United States and other developed countries. Childhood obesity rates have risen at a particularly alarming clip: Today, about one in five school-age children is obese, and 31% of children are overweight or obese. This is a problem, because obesity is linked with a host of negative health outcomes. It is well known that obesity and diabetes are related to vascular issues such as hypertension, heart disease, and stroke. However, it is less known that obesity is related to our thinking skills (cognition), and even future risk for dementia.Psychology Today 13 Feb 2018 -guest post by Elissa McIntosh as told to Darby Saxbe Ph.D
While there are numerous theories as to the cause of this, undoubtedly two of them relates to the growing inactivity of young children and the Standard Western Diet.
Poverty, education, food access in “food deserts“, and more are all valid causes of the growing issues where our population is increasing waist size collectively.
This demands action, personal action. In coming blog posts I will detail, in depth, how to take action one step at a time for you, your family, and your health.
This subject is also part of the upcoming Men’s Group Chris Bartl and I will be launching soon. We aim to create a small brotherhood of men who are committed to helping each other, setting goals and smashing them, living a purposeful life, and being advocates for their community.
Modernism does not need to be a complacent and lazy life. We have the tools to rise above.
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