Technology is now part of our daily lives. It's central to how we communicate and stay connected to each other socially and as a community.
I wonder however, if even Sir Timothy Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web in 1989 imagined the possibilities his invention would have in the years ahead. Or the reach it would have into our lives.
Last week ago I visited Avondale Heights Stadium and library as part of my support of Active April. Active April supports people to try and do thirty minutes of exercise a day through the month.
Imagine my pleasure in seeing that this library now has an exercise facility in it! Notwithstanding the fact that neighbourhood fitness hubs are a great way to open up structured exercise to people who might feel intimidated by gyms and leisure centres, it got me thinking.
One way technology is now being used in our everyday lives is for fitness.
Avondale Heights Stadium and library boasts books, wi-fi, weight machines and yoga mats. You can become a member by signing up online in the comfort your home. There are treadmills and stationary bikes that use technology to track your calories, play music you like and more.
Outside of the gym we have smartwatches, trackers that we can wear on our wrists, and apps on our mobile phone that we can use to track our daily activity. All using digital technology. This is what I've done throughout April to track my exercise on my mobile phone, using my Active April app as an example. Every walk along the Maribyrnong? Logged.
Who would ever have foreseen that one day we could track our fitness using digital technology? Not I! But since one of the most important things we can do as we age is be as healthy as possible, anything we can do to make this fun and easy is great in my book. So I'm grateful for the value technology has given me.
What do you think about technology and how it impacts our lives? Our health? Our fitness?'
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
I'm always posting on my Facebook page on @SeniorVicCommissioner (more technology!) and you're welcome to join me. I encourage you to 'Like' my page and share your thoughts and experiences with me.
Three cheers for technology that supports our health and wellbeing!
Commissioner for Senior Victorians
Gerard Mansour is a passionate advocate for the rights and needs of older Victorians, with more than 25 years’ experience working in the aged and wider community service sectors. He has contributed significantly to policy development and implementation of services assisting senior Victorians.