Firstly I believe the biggest impact on us has been physically. Convenience has eroded away our need to work hard in order to survive. We no longer have to hunt or gather. Hunting and gathering to us now means browsing online for the food we want, ordering and then hopping in the car for the 3 minute journey to pick up our takeaway food. Heck, we even get te food delivered as we don't want to spend 3 minutes going to get it. Once again, there are definitely positives to this buy what negative impact does it have?
Look no further than the biggest killers of our time. We no longer worry about bacteria and viruses as top killers but we have to worry about heart disease, obesity and diabetes. These three can be classed as metabolic problems that are likely caused by lack of movement and poor nutrition. Lack of movement is definitely attributed to the advance of convenience in our society and in my personal opinion the poor nutrition can be too!
It's too easy and cheap to get hold of poor quality, additive laden processed food that does nothing but harm our inner workings. Before we would've had to work hard for food and only been able to eat what nature provided but that time has passed.
So what can we do about it?
The answer is simple to say but harder to put into practice. Initially we need to get away from our reliance on convenience food. It convenient at that moment in time, bit when you're in hospital fighting heart disease it's not so convenient. Start preparing and cooking your own food. Source your ingredients from local, natural place such as farms and butchers. Prepare them in a way that preserve the goodness in them and doesn't create toxins.
Next is movement. Simply put we need to move more. Forget hitting the gym for hours on end, just move more day to day. Don't take the car, wall instead. Don't spend every evening indent of the TV, do something instead. Don't spend all day sat at a desk, get up and move around as often as you can.
Do these 2 things to start with and you'll see a difference in your health and fitness in a matter of weeks. Then you can take the next step, and the next.
Please don't get me wrong, I love the era we live in and the convenience it brings to our lives. My only issue is that when we abuse it and become lazy our health suffers.
We've only got one body - surely it's important enough to look after it, even if it takes a little effort?