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The Digital Age is Impacting our Fitness Goals

The Digital Age is Impacting our Fitness Goals

At the start of every year, thousands of people attempt to trim the holiday fat from their waistline. Most of us will abandon this mission before the end of the first week as we slip back into our ordinary daily routines. There are a multitude of reasons why we cannot seem to keep our resolutions. Some are obvious, while others are totally oblivious to us.

Marketing plays a huge role, believe it or not.

Holiday treats that are sold at discount prices during boxing week are hard to resist. They are likely the first thing you will see as you enter into a department store for the first few weeks of the year. And yes, it is done on purpose to tempt you. Of course, we cannot blame boxing week sales for our own misgivings. However, it does not help when you see your favorite snacks everywhere you go.

It is hard for some people to resist discounted prices (also considered a marketing tactic).

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We live in a digital age that is ruled by instant gratification.

At the press of a button, we can order food, do our banking, shop online, and even engage in work activities. This is the reason that Amazon is the top digitally-powered company. In fact, their drones may be delivering pizza to your door someday soon. Humans no longer need to engage in face to face communications.

As a result, hiding behind a computer screen has had a significant impact on how we take care of ourselves. Why? We care less what people think of how we look or act when they can’t see us. And, if they don’t agree, or have any significance to what we need or want (at the time), we swipe over them or delete them. But taking care of ourselves takes effort – there is no app for that.

Social connections are at the mercy of our technology.

Just as I typed that I could hear my mother screaming in my head, “You shouldn’t care what anyone thinks.” There you have it: The biggest conundrum we are facing as a society right now.

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Just when most of us “baby boomers” have finally gotten to the point in our lives that we don’t care about what others think, I am starting to think that we should, and that we need to. It provides checks and balances for how we portray ourselves to the world.

These are some questions that will likely be at the forefront of discussions about this subject in the future:

  • If we don’t care, what happens next?
  • Will we end up not caring at all?
  • Will our DNA change as a result of our lifestyle choices?
  • Has it already?

It seems that fashion and style are the only things that motivate us these days.

“The choice to lose weight is often a result of vanity, not healthy choices. If you ask most women, they will say the best way to a nice body is through the butt,” claims Fitness Goals expert Katelyn Michaud. Yes, people, we are that vain. According to fashion gurus like Simon Perez, who underwent a major weight reduction himself, there is even bigger news. Style trends are leaning toward more simplistic, almost binary type fashions. If this happens, there will be no need to worry what you look like at all.

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Throw virtual reality technology and autonomous cars in the mix and you can see that the future is shaping up to be a less healthy place. At least there will be more time to spend working on getting in shape.

Thankfully, according to a recent report on CJAD radio, there is a new technology in development that may help people deal with these issues. According to its developers, it will provide instant health results – welcoming news for individuals who do not want to connect with anyone. It is proposed to take intermittent pain-free blood tests, monitor your blood pressure and oxygen levels, and test up to 50 key metrics to determine your current health status.

No, it is not a doctor; it is a new fit wristband that is about to knock Polar M600 off the top. In keeping with the fact that style is a motivating factor, a new stylish wristband can’t hurt.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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