When it comes to must have apps, there’s one for just about every conceivable situation nowadays.
You can pay your bills, call a cab, sell old stuff, buy new stuff, order food, get directions, map your runs, log your workouts, track your calorie intake, find a partner…the list goes on. And on.
If you’ve ever stood in line at the bank or tried to make sense of a paper map, you’ll agree that apps play a useful role in our lives. But being too reliant on them doesn’t serve us, either.
Take the new spinning bikes they’ve installed at our local gym, for example. They tell you how fast you’re going, how hard you’re training, how steep you’re climbing, etc. My workouts have improved dramatically since I started using them.
The downside to this technology is that it’s also super sensitive. The computers will sometimes report wildly inaccurate data, or they’ll just stop working altogether. The bike itself still works. You can peddle and adjust the resistance, no problem.
But because we’ve become accustomed to the technology, a lot of people find it impossible to just ride. I get it, I’m also pretty attached the stats my bike throws at me. I just think cycling old school is better than no workout at all.
Technology is so much a part of our everyday lives that doing anything without it can seem like a completely foreign concept. Being so reliant on it is understandable, but it’s also to our detriment.
These Must Have Apps Will Never Date
We humans come with an array of super smart, pre-installed apps that we’ve either forgotten how to use or don’t even realize we have. Fortunately, getting back in touch with this inner wisdom isn’t hard. All you have to do is turn off your smartphone for a while.
1. Gut Feeling
Our gut can tell us a lot about ourselves and the world around us. Reviews on Yelp, comments on Facebook, workout data from your Apple watch…it’s all useful information up to a point. But what does your gut tell you? If you’re not used to giving it the time of day, it’s time to tune back into your gut instinct.
2. Bliss out in the Moment
Practice just being in the moment. You don’t need technology to be able to do that. Go for a run, take a hike or simply sit at your desk. It doesn’t matter what activity you choose, so long as the experience is a device-free one. Learn to embrace solitude and you’ll be more adept at leading yourself (and others).
3. Listen to Your Body
Forget about the latest diet fad. Don’t worry about counting calories or avoiding carbs and sugar. Just listen to your body. It will let you know quite clearly what you should and shouldn’t be eating. It’ll also tell you other things, like when you need to rest or get some exercise.
4. Perceived Exertion
Heart rate monitors provide valuable feedback when exercising, especially if you’re training for a specific event. But it’s just as important to be able to tell how hard you’re working out without one. Training without a device allows you to figure out your perceived exertion on your own. It’s an incredibly useful tool and doesn’t cost a cent.
5. Socialise IRL
Making friends online is easy. There’s plenty of room to showcase your best self while leaving the not-so-great bits on the cutting room floor. Socializing from behind a screen reduces your ability to interact well in real life. Face to face contact is vastly more rewarding, but remember, you need to put your phone down and interact.
I’m not advocating for a tech-free world (the horror!). However, I do believe it’s a good idea to get back in touch with ourselves. Technology has distanced us from what it means to be human. We need to close the gap again.