The Plugged In Show, Episode 61: Tech to Get You and Your Family Moving


We all know that technology makes us lazier, right? Thanks to the remote control, we don’t need to get off the couch to turn down the volume. Thanks to computers, we don’t need to sprain our wrists working with abacuses (abacusi?). And what mother has ever told her kids, “Bobby, Susie, all that sunshine will rot your brains! Come in here and watch some TV!” Give a child a screen, and you might need to hold a mirror underneath his nose sometimes to see if he’s still breathing.

But that’s not the way it has to be.

As we flip the calendar to a new and hopefully better year, the Plugged In team takes a look at some bits of technology that just might make you, your spouse and your children healthier—apps that encourage exercise and video games that force you to flex those literal muscles a bit, not just the digitized ones we see on screen.

So stretch your legs, take a few cleansing breaths and get ready to listen. We can’t promise that you’ll get healthier in the next half-hour. But you just might discover how you can get there. (And, as always, be sure to check all the links below to see what the team talked about this episode.)

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.