It seems that the goal of today’s society is to make everything convenient. From microwave meals to cars that stop automatically to doorbells that take pictures of robbers, we hardly have to lift a finger. I would like to look at all this convenience from the perspective of “Is convenience good for health?”
Have you ever stopped to consider why we want everything to be convenient? Take just a minute and think about that question. Modern people do not have a coherent answer for that question. The answer may be something like this.
Well, I have to work all day and then commute home. So I want to get things done so I can eat and get relaxed so I can get my rest and sleep so I can get up and commute to work so I can work so I can have the things I need to be able to go home from work so I can rest and get nourished so I can……..
We go in a vicious cycle with occasional vacations to escape the reality that we are going nowhere.
Is convenience good for your health
In modern society most people do not utilize their whole body in the work that they do. Some occupations do make use of all their body parts. I recall when I was working as a carpenter and building a house for a cardio-vascular surgeon, that he commented that carpentry work was one of the best occupations a person could do to bring health to every part of his or her body. So, there are a few occupations that do aid in good body health.
But, with so many jobs these days that require a person to sit at a desk or stand in a single location or do repetitive actions using only limited parts of their body we are not exercising all the parts of the body. Even in specialized industries and intellectual industries we see an almost lack of muscular exertion on behalf of the worker.
So, if we are not making use of our body and its parts, is this good for quality health. Can lack of use in one area produce an imbalance in the body and its functions in regard to overall health? If the body is considered a unit, can we totally neglect some areas and expect the rest of the body to function at its optimum capacity? The answer should be obvious.
There are some conveniences which are nice and in a modern society are necessary. For instance. Running water and waste disposal are necessary when a society develops to the point of an urban situation. This generation probably does not recognize these things as conveniences. But they are. There are still societies in this world which do not have these conveniences. We consider them as backward or third world, but they still carry on their society.
Electricity is a nice convenience and necessary in an urban or suburban society. Electricity makes it possible to carry on commerce not only during daylight hours but into the night as well. Many will say that it is necessary because of all the things that we have that require electricity. But that would not necessarily be true. A lot of the “things” that we need electricity for are not really necessary. But today, electricity is necessary to carry on our society.
Because of urban development the provision of food markets is a necessary convenience. With populations becoming more and more dense, there must be markets where foods can be acquired. It is a convenience, but it is necessary.
Housing is a very necessary convenience. You might argue that housing is not a convenience but a necessity. In this society, you would be correct. But realistically speaking, there are still millions in this world who do not live in what we call housing in modern society. But in our society housing is a necessary convenience.
Modern highways and systems are a necessary convenience, too. Once again you might argue that they are a necessity. But, once again, they become necessities because of other conveniences. Depending on one’s point of view, it might be argued that they are not convenient at all, considering rush our traffic.
We could go on and on about necessary conveniences, but all necessary conveniences are predicated on previous conveniences.
The original question
Let us return to the original question. Is convenience good for health? If we look at history, which so many people have no concept of what real history is, we can see that the advancement of civilizations are predicated on adding conveniences. Originally, people lived on the land. They worked the land and planted crops which gave them food by which they nourished themselves. They used the products of nature to construct dwellings in which to dwell which protected them from extremes of the weather. As populations grew they began to spread out and the need of communicating with one another brought about the need of connecting roadways.
As societies grew, the need for more food brought about the convenience of using animal power to aid in the planting and harvesting and transporting of more food. With the transportation of foods came the need or convenience of storing of foods. To provide this convenience it was necessary for buildings to be built for storage. Hence, jobs were created for people who could build storage facilities.
As these populations grew there was a need for places to market the goods that were grown, harvested, transported, and stored. So, all of these were conveniences that became necessary. The people who are still in many of these industries still exert much physical energy and stress on the muscles of their body. But even these stages have more and more opted for a convenient and mechanical approach to their solutions.
I would think that many of those involved in bringing about our convenience are doing things that keep them in good health. Of course, there are always exceptions. But those, such as carpentry, that still give good exercise to all parts of the body, or at least the majority of the body, are staying healthy. Unfortunately, more and more jobs are becoming more and more automated and causing those who do them to use less and less of the muscles of their body.
I surmise that the more conveniences that you take advantage of, the more you will lack in good health. So, for those who fall into that category it might be wise to consult your physician or a good exercise consultant and see what you might begin to insert into your daily routine that will utilize the muscles of your body the way that they are intended to be exercised.
By doing this you may reverse what convenience has been robbing from your health.