“Alexa, turn off the lights.” “Alexa, let’s have some music.” “Alexa, adjust the temperature.”
Alexa is awesome. There is seemingly no limit to the household tasks that she and her home assistant competitors can do.
But I think Alexa is making us fat.
Yeah, I know, you think I’m nuts or a technophobe or probably both, but hear me out for a second.
You see, I recently learned a new word…”Obesigenic.” What does it mean? It means, “likely to cause someone to become excessively fat.”
And guess what our society is? You guessed it! Obesigenic.
And now, Alexa. Do you remember what you used to do before you had a home assistant? You actually used to get up to do things! Turning out lights, turning on music, changing the temperature and running your dishwasher, just to name a few, all involved standing up, walking and taking action. In other words, not sedentary.
Amazingly, you burned calories doing all of those things, and you engaged in exactly the kind of physical activity that is good for promoting fat burning.
And now…you just sit, and sit, and sit some more, unless of course you are lying on the couch or in bed. Sitting and lying – oops! Hello Alexa. Buh bye fat burn.
So yeah…Alexa is awesome, but maybe you don’t need her every second of every minute.
The next time you’re running your house from your big comfy couch, think about getting up and turning out those lights or turning on that music all by your lonesome. Alexa won’t be mad. I promise.
Randi Salko, a certified health coach, is the founder of She’s Fit To Lead and a Marketing and Program Management consultant.