Let’s face it — technology has made Americans lazy. In fact, there is even a National Lazy Day – August 10. A day designated for us to be lazy? Really? Do we need an observance day for this?

Think about it.

The TV remote really made us lazy.

Zenith “Space Command” TV Remote Control. Photo Courtesy of Wired Magazine, Tim Carmody

I remember when we had to get up off the couch to change the TV station. Then Zenith came out with the remote control. Wow! That was the birth of the couch potato! It was called “Space Command” and so funny, if you jiggled keys anywhere in the room, it would shut the TV off!

Before cars we walked, biked, road horses…

We labored in farms. Now most of us labor sitting down at a desk…

Stuff that was done by hand is now done by machine…

Many folks don’t make their own coffee anymore.

In our house in update NY, we had to manually open and close the garage door. Now, most people have remotes.

Heck, we can’t even do math any more without a calculator!

You can’t be lazy when you’re trying to lose weight!

It’s been well documented that sitting for too long can cause health problems. Even if you do exercise regularly! 

So we have to make conscious effort to not be lazy!

Here are some good habits to adopt as you let go of bad habits. Start doing these regularly and they’ll become second nature. Oh, and you’ll feel better, too!

  • Make your bed in the morning. This one took me a while to get used to since, I’m single and live alone. Who’s going to see it? Well, think of it as your first sense of accomplishment of the day.
  • Take the shopping cart back to the store or at least to the “cart corral”. This was another tough habit to break. It’s just a few steps! Come on people!
  • For Weight Loss Success Learn How to CookCook real food instead of microwaving processed stuff. I remember when the microwave first came out. I was in college and I worked part time at a JC Penney’s in the summer. There was one in the lunch room. I had brought a turkey sandwich for lunch that was cold from being in the fridge. I put it in the microwave and presto! A hot turkey sandwich – albeit, the bread was a little mushy, but it was cool nonetheless. Related: (If you want to lose weight, learn how to cook.)
  • Wash your dirty dishes, pots and cooking utensils before you go to bed. OK, most of you have dishwashers. No more standing doing dishes! However, I live in an old house. I have to wash dishes by hand. I’m still struggling with doing them before bed. But think of it this way, it will save time the next day when you have to cook. Plus, you’ll sleep betting knowing your dishes are clean!
  • Sit on a stability ball when watching TV or workingSit on a yoga ball while watching TV or working. Just sitting on the ball helps strengthen your core muscles around the belly.

When I finish doing some mundane, must-do task like making the bed, washing dishes, etc. I exclaim, “Done!” You do get that sense of accomplishment. 

You’ll find as you are consciously trying NOT to be lazy, you’ll want to get out and exercise. 

I love to hike. However, in the summer in Phoenix, you want to stay indoors. Funny how it’s the exact opposite of living up north. There you stay indoors in the winter. But when you think of it, up north, we went sledding, built snowmen, shoveled driveways, ice skated, scraped windshields.

You can’t stay outdoors for very long in the oppressive 100° heat in Phoenix. So what do I do to get aerobic exercise? I walk the mall. (I don’t like gyms and where I live now I don’t have a pool.) Being in an air conditioned building and walking on an even, flat surface, I’m way faster than even walking my neighborhood. I can do 2 miles in 30 minutes and burn about 300 calories!

So, if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, isn’t it about time you did something about it!

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