These days barely an hour, let alone a day, goes by without a new headline appearing warning us of the perils of some aspect of our modern lives. You could be forgiven for thinking that we will all shortly expire and the very future of humankind is on the brink of extinction. Whilst I don’t believe that the health implications of wearing body shaping underwear or the toxins in children’s clothing are going to lead to the apocalypse in the next few days, there are some important messages here that cannot be overlooked.
It would certainly seem that the introduction of any modern innovation to make our lives easier or more appealing will be inevitably followed by a health scare. New materials are branded carcinogenic, synthetic textiles are toxic and our lingerie can give us a deep vein thrombosis. Throw in processed food and sedentary lifestyles and it is a miracle that there are any of us left. Life expectancy should have fallen through the floor but of course it hasn’t and we are all living longer. As we constantly invent new ways to kill ourselves the medical profession are finding better methods to save us.
Diet and Exercise
I am not overly anxious about my lingerie constricting my blood flow or my t shirt leaching toxins into my body but I am concerned about the bigger picture here. Nature doesn’t cope well with being tampered with and it might be time to consider going back to basics. There is little doubt that an unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise is affecting our well-being and so we are going to need to spend more time in the kitchen creating food from scratch and also a few hours exercising our bodies.
Interestingly taking these simple steps towards a healthier life will ultimately lead to ridding ourselves of the necessity and the desire for the other things that are killing us. If you exercise and get in shape you won’t need those body shaping pants and if we all take to our road bikes for exercise, there won’t be so many cars on the streets polluting the atmosphere. Exercise gives us a natural high which should keep us away from the need to do drink and drugs to feel better. We will all be so busy that we won’t get addicted to mobile phones, Facebook and our gadgets because we will be far too busy to look at them.
Giving Ourselves Time
The modern world has brought with it every innovation that we need to do our work for us saving us an incredible amount of time and effort but sadly the lack of effort and the use of that new found time to sit in front of a screen is doing us no good at all. The valuable time that we have created for ourselves with the invention of washing machines, vacuum cleaners, motor vehicles and computers needs to be spent preparing food and getting active because otherwise our time will literally run out.
Sally Stacey is a keen writer and business owner who divides her time between writing and running her shop.