Smartphones bring the world to your fingertips. You can send and receive emails on the road, pay bills as you walk down the street, and play Angry Birds as you stand in line at the grocery store. But does being able to take these activities with you help your level of physical activity?
These types of activities — emailing, keeping up with friends on social media, and playing games — are typically thought of as sedentary behaviors. A recent Kent State University study of college students aimed to determine the relationship between mobile phone use and the level of activity and fitness of those with these devices.
Turns out that high-frequency cellphone users were more likely than other users to report forgoing opportunities for physical activity in order to use their cellphones for sedentary behaviors. It also appears that high levels of phone use indicated a broader pattern of sedentary behavior in addition to cellphone use, like watching TV. Researchers concluded that cellphones, despite being easy to use while on the move, may disrupt physical activities and reduce fitness.
Like many people, I’m guilty of zoning out and surfing the internet on my phone instead of, say, vacuuming. But the cell phone doesn’t have to be a fitness and activity killer. Indeed, you can use it to your advantage to be more fit! Here are a few ways to do just that!