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Fitness

It’s never too late to get fit

Exercise is key to happy and healthy old age according to the latest research. So what are you waiting for?

Those who are active as pensioners can stave off major illnesses such as heart disease and dementia.

An eight-year British study found that those who exercised at least once a week were between three and seven times more likely to be classed as “healthy agers”.

Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. It’s a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

Update – Oct 2017. I have been reading about Buddhism recently and this concept also appears in the writings. The idea of a secondary entity from which intuition and guidance comes appears to have been around for a very long time.

 

On Being Just Crazy Enough

At TED’s Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, who’s bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental “skillness.” In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What’s the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

App Review: Polar Beat (iOS)

As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer. I have always been conscious of health and tried to balance out my diet and avoid the nasty things that often find their way into the foods we eat. Working out once a week helps keep me on track but you need some help along the way.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 4

Apps Reviewed: PR Fitness, Sleep Talk, Pocket CPR, Pedometer GPS+

I missed the last scheduled post – been so busy at the restaurant that I haven’t had time to write this instalment, but here it is.

This is part 4 of a summary of the apps I use to help me workout and add fresh ideas to my workouts to keep it interesting. The order I am working through is based on the frequency I use the apps or the importance I attribute them. Each post covers 4 apps, so there will be 5 posts in total.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 3

App reviews of Footsteps, TabataTrainer, Workout Hero, NHS Blood

Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 2

We review: Blood Type Diet, Heart Rate, Full Fitness, Sleep Cycle

Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 1

Reviewing: 100 Pushups, Stronglifts 5×5, MyFitnessPal, YAYOG, Fitocracy

Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony.

A Nike+ Kinect Training (Demo) Review

I read a few reviews on this title over on LiveStrong by Beth Risdon, Susy Sedano, Marc Montemerlo – all personal trainers and so their feedback carries a lot of professional merit. I downloaded the demo onto my Xbox and finally managed to give it a try this week. As it was only the demo I could only do a sample workout, but it did also allow me to go through the fitness assessment which – for me – is a litmus test of how effective the system could be. Oh, and I’m a bit of a geek so an effective marriage of technology with real-world fitness training is something that I was looking forward to.