Fitness tracking technology is a great way to both stay motivated to get enough exercise, and track how well you’re doing. However, I think we all know a few people who take their fitness tracking to an extreme; doing anything in the name of adding extra steps to their daily count. Maybe they walk to the restroom more times than absolutely necessary or pace while brushing their teeth. Perhaps they always take the long way on a walk – no matter how much extra time it adds (or how late it makes their kids for school).
Using a fitness tracker, like a Fitbit, can drive people a little crazy about tracking their activity. Writer David Sedaris takes an entertaining look at the obsession created by Fitbits in this article for The New Yorker.
“‘Every little bit helps,’ my old friend Dawn, who frequently eats lunch while hula-hooping and has been known to visit her local Y three times a day, said. She had a Fitbit as well, and swore by it. Others I met weren’t quite so taken…To people like Dawn and me, people who are obsessive to begin with, the Fitbit is a digital trainer, perpetually egging us on. During the first few weeks that I had it, I’d return to my hotel at the end of the day, and when I discovered that I’d taken a total of, say, twelve thousand steps, I’d go out for another three thousand.”
In the popular Dr. Seuss book Oh the Places You Will Go, he cautiously warns readers about the road ahead.
“I’m sorry to say so / but, sadly, it’s true / that Bang-ups / and Hang-ups / can happen to you… Be sure when you step. / Step with care and great tact / and remember that Life’s / a Great Balancing Act.”
You can apply his thoughts to your life in general, or break it down to summarize one particular area, like relationships, weight loss, work, or politics. “All things in moderation” is a common cliche, but one that rings true, especially when it comes to how we care for ourselves.
In light of the highly anticipated release of The Lorax on the big screen today, we thought we’d look at the lessons Dr. Seuss taught us about diet, fitness, and moderation. The messages weren’t always obvious, but we like to think they were subtly worked in to the whimsical stories.
Originating with a Twitter account owned by Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey, popularized through YouTube video and quickly generating a whole universe of spin-offs, the “Sh*t People Say” meme has proved to be a thoroughly entertaining phenomenon. Some may take offense, some may already think it’s played out, but we couldn’t resist sharing a few of the gems that apply to our work here at DietsInReview.
Our love of real, unprocessed, organic foods here at DietsInReview is sure to cause a lot of people to stick most of us in the “foodie” category. Shopping at the farmers market or Whole Foods, participating in a CSA and obsessive back-of-package label reading are some of the key characteristics of the foodie. They typically love greens, local food and sustainable farming, and may also adopt more rigorous eating regimes, such as going vegetarian, raw, local, vegan, paleo or gluten-free.
Jeremy Britt admits he’s been heavy most of his life but he has always maintained an active lifestyle to offset his genetic predisposition. In the past he’s been involved in many sports claiming “I’m not the best at anything but I’m pretty good at just about everything that I try. . . well, besides working out.” Always known as the class clown and social comedian, Jeremy uses humor to deflect any comments about his weight, often bringing up the subject first before someone has the chance to cut him down. Jeremy landed a spot on Biggest Loser 13 with a walk-in casting call and quickly recruited his older sister Conda Britt to join him on the ranch.
Even though Jeremy, 22, had grown accustomed to being the “heavy kid” he was starting to see serious health-related issues in his family, including the death of his grandmother. He knew he needed to make a drastic change in his life. He describes his “a-ha moment” as the day he declined an invitation from a friend to go to the beach. He just couldn’t bear to take his shirt off in public. At 389 pounds, even hobbies he previously enjoyed, like golf, were becoming cumbersome. He still liked to play but only if it was a course that allowed carts. Read Full Post >
New research is suggesting that our characterization of St. Nicholas as a jolly elf with a belly that bounces like a bowl full of jelly when he laughs may be very accurate. That is not to say that ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause;’ but rather the research is suggesting that those who have extra fat around their midsection get more pleasure out of deep belly laughs.
Laughing is good for you mentally and physically. Research has shown that laughing reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, elevates mood, increases immune system functioning, improves brain functioning, protects the heart, is relaxes your body and mind, increases energy, and helps you connect to others. Laughing can stimulate your brain, abdominal muscles, and dopamine receptors. The simple act of contorting facial muscles into the shape of a smile, stimulates your brain to release chemicals that make you feel happy; imagine the power of laughing.
There are many types of laughter: snickers, giggling, snorts, chuckles, guffaws, taunting, near hyperventilation, and belly laughs. Apparently not all laughs are created equal. What the research is suggesting is that to get the longest lasting effects and feelings of jolliness, one must laugh with an intensity that vibrates the fat pad that lies over the abdominal muscle wall. When your belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly, the vibrations extend and intensify the chemical effect of laughter.
If you would like to be as jolly as St. Nick, especially if you have a rounder belly, don’t hold back with your laughter. Allow your joy to be a full body experience and it will last long past the joke that you originally found entertaining. Learn more about this research at Happy April Fool’s Day from DietsInReview.com!