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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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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