Richie: I’m one of those people that shouts Siri or Alexa for practically everything in my house. I’m trying to be more active, so this probably isn’t good. Just a thought: how much activity do you think is lost from all this new technology?
Megan: Everything from turning on the lights to starting the car is now a service we can just shout for. The art of getting up and walking over to flip the switch or turn the key is becoming an inconvenience. An active person is considered to walk 10,000 steps per day, whereas the average is about 7,500 steps and 5,000 is considered inactive. All those walks to flip and turn items on and off do add up to probably close to 1,000 to 2,000 steps but that can greatly vary especially if you’re skipping out on walking up a flight of stairs a few times. There wouldn’t be an exact number for your question, but certainly we need to step in as much as we can while we still can save the leisures of technology for those who really need it with disabilities and aging. Do a self test comparing one day to the next whether you use the commands or walk. Hopefully you are shocked and motivated to start stepping instead.