Picking on Facebook

by Annie on August 5, 2010 · 5 comments

in Healthy Living

I am a total dunce when it comes to pop culture.  I rarely contribute to any discussion about the latest episode of America Got Talent or American Idol.  Sometimes my friends wonder out loud whether I live in a cave.  To some extent, I do. 

I try to insulate myself from activities that do not improve my life on some level.  That is not to say that I do not have down time like other people, but I just channel it to something slightly more productive like exercising or talking to my husband in the evening.  I make it my motto to never be too busy for health.

Every one of us leads a fairly busy life.  The biggest excuse I seen from friends who resist making a change in their lifestyle is the lack of time.  I have no children yet, so I have no idea how they can monopolize an entire evening.  Yet the same friends with children that are too busy for health often have enough time to spend every evening on Facebook (catching up) and watching the latest episode of whatever show they are following. 

One of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle that I believe in is maintaining the relationships in your life.  On some level, Facebook makes it really easy to keep tabs on friends and family.  But do you know that most people spend 40% of their Facebook time playing games?  So if you are like most people, then you spend 24 minutes of each hour on Facebook playing games.

In 24 minutes you can get a really good workout using circuit training if you plan your exercise routine correctly.  In 24 minutes you can learn some tricks to prepare a healthy meal quickly so you do not have to rely on take-out or a microwave dinner for your next family meal.  In 24 minutes you can have a conversation with your spouse to re-connect and make sure that your lives are heading down a path that makes both of you happy. 

I am not picking on Facebook users.  Just that if you can harness some of the time you spent idling away the evening, you will find that you have plenty of time for making a lifestyle change.  All you need is one evening a week to make an impact on your own health and the health of your family.  If you are unwilling to do it for yourself, think about the people you love.  Do it for them.  Something as simple as getting an extra 24 minutes of sleep goes a long way to making you a healthier person than playing that Facebook game.

Until next time and thanks for stopping by Small Steps to Health.

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Diane Fit to the Finish August 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Such great points! I know you are not picking on Facebook users! I am on Facebook in very limited times – and I don’t play games! I used to use my children as an excuse not to exercise when I was obese. But once I started to change, I just brought my children along with me. And we all benefited. I just had three children then. Now with seven kids, I still don”t let them be an excuse for not working out!


asithi August 6, 2010 at 9:55 am

Diane – You are the perfect example that having children does not mean it is an excuse to not take care of yourself. By involving your children, you are helping them establish a lifetime of healthy habits early. Thanks for the comment.


Darren November 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm

So true. I think I go on facebook for about 5 minutes. Read a couple things people are up to and see if I have any requests or messages. No time for games. I have too many other things to do. There does seem to be a lot of people playing the games though. You can get a great workout in 24 minutes.


asithi November 8, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Darren – 24 minutes only if they are on Facebook for an hour. And some people I know spend more time than that on Facebook. Have you heard about the Jacksonville mom who killed her own baby for interrupting her playing Farmville? Oh, I don’t know what this world is turning into.


Darren November 12, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Wow that’s shocking. I guess it’s just like any other addiction.


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