A new year invites endless possibilities and aspirations to do more or better than we did last year. I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to resist the list of things I (or others!) should do, inspired by my holiday readings. I’ve also noticed the lively twittering and buzzing on social media on this year’s trends and the latest reported findings about losing weight, drinking less, exercising more and the secrets to that ever elusive fountain of everlasting youth, happiness and all things good in life!
In fact, if I followed the advice in news articles over the past week, I’d be on my bike in lycra to slow ageing, switching off the snooze button on my alarm to get my natural sleeping rhythm happening, eating wholemeal porridge every morning to extend my life, among other sensible and not so sensible ideas. The top five fitness trends would have me shaking like Beyoncé, doing ballet barre exercises, using telemetry to track my fitness (hold the phone… just checking my FitBit for how many calories I’ve spent typing this blog), yoga and high intensity training using my own body weight.
Technology trends on show in Las Vegas (Consumer Electronics Show 2015) would see smart plant pots that water plants themselves, electronic roller devices that help you walk faster (as opposed to just…. walking faster?), more gadgets to monitor your sleep, ultra-high definition television (yeah!), and all the gadgets in your household connected i.e. television, car, watch, fridge, phone, iPad/laptop. The apps for this year will help us tell our stories with Storehouse using one-off photos combined with videos and words (watch out Instagram). If you don’t have any friends to message, message Ethan an app designed to ….. be messaged to. And if you’re sick of your kids or friends being rude and talking to their phone and not your face, there’s an app for that too…. Moment which tracks how much you use your phone and can help you set daily limits on-screen time.
I think, however, Gwyneth Paltrow can keep her detox diet of pureed garden weeds, “infrared sauna” and colonic irrigation. Despite Greg Simpson’s (GM, Facilities) encouragement lycra is not my fashion of choice. Secretly, I’m holding out for the ‘imaginary pill’ that fools your body into thinking you’ve had a substantial meal and the gadget that makes your kids clean their rooms without being asked and actually put away the dishes – now that’s true innovation! Also, I find the power off button works just as well when I want to speak to my family and friends face to face.
There are few essential ingredients to having a great year this year that don’t require an app, a gadget or futurists to tell us. They are also pretty consistent over time. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly. Spend real-time with family and friends – the people you care about and who care about you. Get rid of what causes stress in life. Sleep well. And, as aptly put by philosopher (of sorts!) Bobby McFerrin – don’t worry, be happy. Enjoy the rest of summer.
Happy New Year!
P.S. I must make a special ‘shout out’ to my family and friends in Wales facing gale force winds (70mph) and torrential rain at this time … we’re thinking of you and we wish you were here!
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