Need To Escape Technology? Get Outside – Here’s How!
While technology offers a lot of awesome and practical uses in the day-to-day mundanity of modern life, there comes a time when it is just too much. Think about it for moment. Think about how much of your day does not involve technology. Almost none, right? You wake up with the alarm on your phone, you check your email while heating up your breakfast in the microwave, you shower and get dressed, you drive to work using your GPS or backup camera, you work on a computer all day, drive back home, eat dinner and stream a movie before telling Alexa to power off all the lights so you can go to sleep, where you wear a sleep tracker through the night. So, that leaves showering and going to the bathroom as your only technology free moments of the day – unless you take your phone into the bathroom with you, like most people do.
Did you ever realize just how much of your day involves technology? It’s pretty crazy, right?
Fortunately, you can consciously take steps to have at least one day per week when you escape technology almost completely. It might sound difficult, but it’s really not. In fact, we’ll give you some tips to get you started this weekend.
- Don’t set an alarm to wake up. Yup, just get up whenever you wake up and start your day like that.
- Go to a quiet, technology-free area of your home and do some meditating. We’ve got some meditation tips to get you started.
- Make your breakfast – but don’t worry if you need to use technology to help here. We want you to get a good meal to start your day, even if you have to toss it in one of those Instant Pots!
- Get out of the house and do something in nature – just remember to pack yourself a lunch and some drinks so that you don’t get hungry or dehydrated. (We’ll give you some nature tips below!)
- When you get back home for the day, read a book for entertainment. A real book, in your hands, and not on a Kindle or other e-reader.
- Congrats, you’ve just had a mostly technology-free day! Didn’t that feel good?
Okay, sure the six steps above make it seem super simple, right? Well guess what? It really is that simple!
Some Outdoor Activities That Help You Break Free Of Technology
If you’re not really an outdoorsy person, then you might be having some difficulty coming up with things that you can do out in nature that don’t require any tech gadgets. Let us help you with that.
Do you live near any bodies of water? It can be the ocean, a lake or even a river. If so, there are several fun water sport activities that even a beginner can do. You can go paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, snorkeling, or even just lounge by the water. Of course, if you’re not already a participant in one of these water sports, then you’re going to need some equipment to get started. Here is where you will need to use some technology so that you can do an internet search for what you need. Fortunately, there are plenty of sites out there that can help you out. For example, find a website (like ours) where they have a list of good beginner stand up paddle boards to get you started. Of if that’s not really your speed, then maybe a list of snorkel masks for beginners is a better choice. As you can see, there is no shortage of good information out there on the types of equipment required for these water sports.
Maybe you prefer to stay on the ground instead of in the water. No problem! One fun thing that you can do is ride a bike. And, with so many different types of bikes available you can do everything from take a casual ride on a road bike to taking it to the extreme on a mountain bike. Now, if you don’t already own a bike, then this can be an expensive new hobby to take up. Especially when you consider that you need a helmet, and possibly protective gear if you take up BMX riding or something similar. Of course, you can find bikes to fit almost any budget, especially when you’re looking at something like beginner mountain bikes. So, don’t worry about it being too expensive if this is what interests you. If you’re not sure about the differences between all the types of bikes, then we suggest you check out REI’s article.
Another fun activity that keeps you on the ground is hiking. And one of the best things about this activity is that you need next to zero equipment for it! In fact, depending on how steep your local hiking trails are, you might not even need special shoes for this activity. However, we do strongly recommend getting yourself a good pair of men’s or women’s hiking boots (depending on your gender) because they are designed to give you stability on any type of trail. And, they often give you a lot of ankle protection to prevent injury. For steep or treacherous terrain, you’ll also likely want a pair of trekking poles for even more stability. Plus, you’ll want a small daypack for your snacks, water, compass, and map. That’s right – you can’t use your phone for GPS directions – gotta go old school with the compass and map! Oh, and if it is sunny, remember your sunscreen!
As you see, there are lot of fun outdoor activities that you can do for a day away from technology. So get out there and have some tech-free fun!