Are you socially fulfilled, or lonely and addicted to your device?
It’s one of the biggest contradictions of our time. Through technology, we’ve never been more connected. But in reality, as many studies have shown, we’ve actually never been more disconnected.
Some have even said that we’re experiencing a loneliness epidemic. And the ramifications of that are no joke. Research has shown that loneliness can have more of a greater negative impact on one’s health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being obese.
It makes sense, though, if you think about how our modern society operates.
Compared to the “old days,” we often live far away from family members and friends. But an even bigger cause of loneliness stems from the very technology that promised to make us more connected. Instead of helping us connect, this ‘social’ technology has replaced face-to-face interaction and has led us to feel more isolated.
Clearly, the Internet doesn’t have all the answers – especially when it comes to human connectedness and forging healthy relationships that can improve our well-being.
We need social connection. We’re social creatures, after all, and we have an innate need and desire to feel connected to others.
If you know you could use more in-person socialising in your life, we can help. Not only will you get fitter training with us, but if you talk to our members, you’ll discover we’re not just a regular, typically antisocial gym.
With Forge Valley Fitness, you’ll actually get the chance to truly get to know the people you see everyday, and to forge long-lasting friendships in the process. We’re as much a social house as we are a place to workout. Joining our community will feel like being part of a school sports team or club again, minus the High School drama part of it.
We’re especially useful if you’re new to the city and looking to find a new circle of friends who enjoy the same type of things you do. As we've mentioned before, we train in the gym to elevate our fitness so we can use it outdoors in life! Mountain biking, hiking, swimming, volleyball, rock climbing, skiing, snow shoeing and many more are some of the favourite activities here in Vernon that our members regularly partake in and are always looking to introduce new people to have fun.
If you’re already part of our community, but feel like you’re still buried in your phone during most of your waking hours of the day, here are three more tips for ensuring you get your dose of social time each day:
Join a club or sports team: Be it a basketball, softball or beach volleyball league, or a book club or pottery class, committing to a team or club holds you accountable to follow through with your plan to engage in the real world a little more.
Volunteer: Find something you’re passionate about—dogs, social justice, mental health—and give back by volunteering.
Engage strangers: When was the last time you struck up a conversation with someone at the coffee shop you visit each morning? You might learn something new, you might gain an appreciation for simple gestures and body language, and corny as it sounds, who knows, you might even make a friend along the way. There is something to be gained from every IN-PERSON human interaction, and friendly social connections – even with strangers – are sure to boost your morale and outlook on life.
Ok, one final challenge to you: As impossible as it might sound, commit to leaving your phone at home once or twice a week…
(OK, maybe that’s TOO impossible)
Try once in a while to unplug from your device and engage in a meaningful conversation,