Today most youngsters lead a very sedate life and as a result lifestyle complications such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes make an appearance even in teenagers. You are actually doing yourselves a disservice by spending the majority of your walking hours cooped up in front of your computer and checking out status updates in social networking sites such as Facebook.
To maintain at least a fairly active life, you need to take at least ten thousand steps in a day. Buy yourselves a pedometer and measure the number of steps that you take on a daily basis. If you are addicted to Facebook, I can bet that you would be taking far less number of steps than the recommended number on a daily basis. This can lead to obesity and related illnesses as well. Do not be upset though as now is the best time to make a change – avoid Facebook. Do not check your status updates for at least a week. By then you would realize that the friends who matter to you would get in touch with you outside of Facebook and the others do not actually matter enough to waste your precious time on.
The next logical question is how you would keep in touch with distant friends and family. You always have the telephone to keep in touch with them. If there is the question of being able to keep in touch for free, then you can set aside a fixed time every week when you would check status updates of friends as well as give your updates as well. The rest of the time you can utilize for activities that are physically challenging.
Start the change today and focus your energies on a hobby that requires you to spend time outdoors. There are several hobbies that fit the bill. These include trekking, gardening and even photography of nature. The other set of outdoor hobbies include outdoor games such as tennis, football and basketball. Try to join a hobby club so that you get to meet like minded people and develop a good friendship with them. You do not have to restrict your friends’ circle to just the virtual world. In fact, it has been proven that the more time you spend on Facebook and related sites the lesser will be your social skills. By social skills, I mean the ability to make friends in the real world and maintaining meaningful relationships. This is essential for success in all aspects of your life – be it your job or your personal life.
After all, no one will pay you for the maximum number of Facebook likes or the number of status updates. You will be paid for your skills and how well you perform in your job. Similarly, unless you stay fit, you will lose out on the happiness of a healthy life. If you are sick all the time, your quality of life declines and you will soon notice that none of your online friends would be there to support you in your time of need. Therefore, always keep in mind that when it comes to friendships, it is not quantity but quality that matters. You must therefore try to bond with people in the real world and outdoor activities such as hobbies and sports are a great way to do it. Avoid Facebook and start networking in the real world. You will become a better person as a result.