Doctor Oz knows that many of us are addicted to technology, the Internet and the Digital Age. Do you feel overly attached to your computer, cell phone, iPhone, mp3 player or Internet connection? Follow Dr Oz’s 28 day Digital Detox Plan and refocus on your health instead of on technology. Why is this important? Since we have become more attached to technology, we have also begun to live a more sedentary life which is bad for our bodies. Do you ever feel eye strain, back pain, wrist pain, tension in your upper body or like you lack a social connection to your friends and family? All of this could be due to the overuse of technology.
Dr Oz’s 28 Day Digital Detox Plan
Week 1. LOL – Lighten the Overload
Keep your cell phone use to the absolute minimum, and only call people in the case of serious emergencies. Make sure to leave a new voicemail message that says that you are fine, but just taking a break from you cell phone (otherwise people might get worried!).
Check your e-mail once a day- not once an hour! You can create an out-of-office reply that gets sent out automatically when you receive an e-mail, and then you can reply to only the most important e-mails one time each day.
No social networking online – only social networking in real life with real physical human beings.
Absolutely no text messaging allowed!
Week 2: Technical Support
As in all of the diet plans Dr Oz suggests, you must have a support system by a group of people around you.
Re-connect with people in person, not via the computer.
Do not allow texting in your house to other people who are also currently in your house. It is much better to get up, go to the room that person is in, and talk to them face to face.
Get out a paper calendar and jot down activities and plans on it – Go Analog!
Week 3: OMG – Open Up, Move and Go
Now that you are not using the Internet as much, you will have time to get in your 30 minutes of cardio workout each day.
Also, you can make sure you are getting your 10,000 steps a day. Dr Oz still encourages us to use a Pedometer.
When you are at work, you need to make sure to stretch out and give yourself some breaks. Keep a tennis ball in your desk so that you can hold it in your hand, with your arm stretched out and palm facing down, and squeeze the tennis ball.
Week 4: TTYL – Trim the Tech You Love
Now that you have detoxed your body of its love for technology, slowly adopt it back into your environment so that you get a good balance between technology and real life.
Reward yourself. If you workout for 30 minutes, time yourself and give yourself 30 minutes extra time on the Internet.
Limit your text messages to a certain number each day. For example, you can send 10 text messages per day.
Keep your phone conversation to 5 minutes or less.