My life has become app centered. In fact, I probably spend more time on my smartphone testing apps than most 20-somethings. I ask my friends, I ask the Internet, I ask my Twitter followers ... and I download, tap and swipe away. All in the service of this blog.
A common question for individuals starting out on their quest for fitness is whether to focus on eating or exercise. Would it be better to establish healthier eating habits and then add the habit of exercise? Or begin with exercise and work on nutrition later?
Let's start 2012 out on the right foot, the correct path, a good mindset, have the best intentions, etc etc, etc. No, I'm not going to talk to you about personal resolutions. I'm not going to give you five steps to healthier living or have you add blueberries to you daily food pyramid. Nor am I going to tell you to drink more water, eat less red meat, walk faster or sleep more. However, all those are excellent recommendations; I should try them myself.
If you've read any quotes by Sydney J. Harris, you know how accurately he describes and distills the essence of human behavior, particularly when it comes to making changes.
If your New Year's resolutions include weight loss, consider joining the AARP Fat 2 Fit online community. A research team, coordinated by Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, found that the "accountability that comes with group participation can be instrumental in successful weight loss." Their 2010 study, reported in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that the more often people used an interactive site supporting their fitness goals, the more successful they were in losing weight-and then maintaining their weight loss.
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