Finding Time at your Fingertips*

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“I don’t have time for that!”

How many times have you thought this? You know that cooking healthy meals for your family every night can improve your health and the health of your family, but knowing this doesn’t make time appear in the evening. The same goes for fitting a daily workout into your routine. The desire to go for a jog or to attend that fitness class doesn’t make traffic any less hectic, or your to-do list at work any shorter. So where can you find time to make the healthy changes that you want for yourself? The answer may not be too difficult!

Television, the internet, and social media make up a huge part of the average person’s lifestyle. Every single age-group has tendencies to use these popular distractions every single day, and now that smartphones are as widespread as they have become, it’s possible to do any of these three things wherever you are. While teenagers may prefer snap chat, Facebook is still incredibly popular among the middle-aged crowd. Seniors can’t be left out of the conversation either, as this is the population most likely to watch the most television during the day. This may not seem like a bad habit at first—after all, it doesn’t cost too much, and it isn’t causing you to snack or be otherwise irresponsible. However, if you are having trouble finding time to keep up with healthy habits, then it may be worth your while to evaluate how much time you are spending on your different devices.

According to Pew research data, the average US adult over the age of 50 watches an average of 5 hours of television per day. This may seem startling, but the average for adults under 50 isn’t too much less. When it comes to social media use, the average adult spends about 2 hours every single day checking in on their news feed.

Imagine what you could do with those extra hours in your day! Instead of sitting on the couch and idly looking at what your neighbors and old classmates are up to, you can get up and get that workout done. You can plan your meals, make healthier choices at the store by being organized and prepared, and actually cook a healthy meal for you and your family. It is often said that weight loss surgery is a lifestyle change, and it is true. That lifestyle change can’t be left to just your diet and exercise choices—it needs to extend to your entire life. So the next time you think you don’t have time to do something you know you need to do, consider where you can pull that time from. You may be surprised to find all the time you need already sitting at your fingertips.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.