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How to Stay Healthy with the iPad

These days, the population is more health-conscious than ever before. Not only do we take care of ourselves better, we also take control of our healthcare. We question our providers. We research our fingers to the bone so that we understand what they’re telling us. We research to help find possible answers and treatments to suggest to our doctors.

Being able to have a wealth of health and medical knowledge at our fingertips is almost essential. That’s why the Carter’s Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine app for the iPad is sure to be a huge hit with many adults.

The encyclopaedia was designed specifically for the iPad. It features 1,800 pages and more than 12,000 entries. The app moves beyond the limits of a physical book with a full text search, an interactive body diagram, browsing history and adjustable font size (like adjustable bed bases).

This app will cover definitions and explanations of most of the medical terms and health conditions you will likely ever need to know about. It is even detailed enough to contain most of the information a nurse or paramedical will need in their daily work life. It’s written in an easy-to-understand format so that it can be used by anyone with a basic high school education. You don’t need medical experience or training to make use of this app.

Carter’s Encyclopaedia of Health and Medicine will be available in the app store as soon as the iPad is officially released for an introductory price of $9.99. Credit to TUAW for surfacing this app.

Wii Fit Plus Review

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This is a great time of year to have this particular screencast submitted for our channel! Many people are still looking for that perfect last-minute gift idea… and others are already thinking of how to lose those extra holiday pounds! This is the first time Joe has done a screencast such as this, and I think he did a great job! He took a different approach than many have done, and it worked out well. He’s taking a look at the Wii Fit Plus.

Wii Fit is not an exercise program. It is, however, an introduction to physical activity. It was very significant for Joe in that it helped him lose 20 pounds, and made him more aware of the level of inactivity that had been in his life.

Wii Fit Plus boasts three new features: new activities, a way to track the health of your pet, and the ability to customize your workout. Yes, that’s right… you can track the health and weight of your pet in your home! Think your cat is too fat? Keep track of it on the Wii!

The Wii Balance Board can read your real-life movements and bring them to life on screen, just like the Wii Remote controller. New features include a calorie burning counter, the ability for users to create custom fitness regimens or choose from a number of specialized routines based on specific objectives and available time, as well as having the option to create profiles for pets and babies. Users will also be able to navigate more quickly between exercises.

Joe did a great job reviewing the Wii Fit Plus, and giving us an insider’s look at how it works. Don’t forget that it’s not too late for you to submit a screencast for possible use in our channels.

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Diet eBook

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve struggled with your weight at some point in your life. I’m intent on being on the slimmer side of life. A few years ago when I lost about 40 pounds, I posted my weight loss tips on my blog. I keep an eye on my calorie counts, and do my best to maintain a healthy weight for my age and height. Maybe you, too, are struggling with losing weight. A friend of mine and I just released a diet eBook to share our tips and tricks with you!

Are you taking advantage of your metabolism to lose weight? With all of the hype and often dangerous advice out there we’re committed to giving you the straight truth, the hidden tricks, and the most effective fat burning methods to trim your waistline and tighten your abs.

Right now, we’re throwing in a few free gifts, including two more excellent books: The Mental Truth Behind Dieting and Metabolism Boosting Workouts. You’ll also have a chance to win $1000.00 to the best weight-loss story that comes in! The price for all of this is only $39.00.

I’m not just endorsing this, guys – I’m living it every day.

You know my email address. Drop me a line if you are afraid to start, or unsure. I’d be happy to talk with you about it. I’ve had the struggle all my life, and I’m happy to say I’ve found the ways to overcome it.

Download the video to stay inspired as you read through the advice in this diet ebook. And if you want additional weight loss advice, be sure to download my top 50 weight loss tips.

How Do You Stay Motivated to Lose Weight?

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If you Google weight loss tips, my blog post full of tips will be one of the first results. When I exercise on my Gazelle in the mornings, I tend to zone out by playing my Xbox. I also, of course, count calories. But how do you stay motivated when you’re trying to lose weight? I’ve found one resource that may help you, over at Gyminee.

Gyminee is a free website full of different ways to help you maximize your weight loss and fitness goals, and keep you on track. Once you sign up for your free account, you’ll have access to all of the benefits the site has to offer:

  • Workout Programs
  • Food Search
  • Fitness Challenges
  • Exercise Library
  • Fitness Group
  • Forums

Gyminee has taken losing weight and getting into shape to a whole new community level. There are thousands of members just like you who are looking to improve their health. Make new friends, motivate yourself, and reach your goals… all for free.


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Isn't the Wii Fit more Fun than Real Exercise?

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Ponzi decided to record my first attempt at exercising with our new Wii Fit. The crowd roaring at my attempts was an added bonus. Someone isn’t thinking properly, though. Who says I’m “unbalanced”?! That’s not true! I’m perfectly balanced… or am I?

Wii Fit is a video game developed by Nintendo for the Wii console. An exercise game, Wii Fit consists primarily of exercise activities utilizing the Wii Balance Board peripheral.

The balance board measures a user’s weight and center of gravity. The software can then calculate their body mass index when told the user’s height. The game has roughly 40 different activities, including yoga poses, push ups, and other exercises. Furthermore, Wii Fit allows its players to compare their fitness by using Wii Fit’s own channel on the Wii Menu.

Wii Fit tracks a user’s “Wii Fitness Age” through a body test basing the result on the user’s current age, weight, and balance.

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I am going to keep using Wii Fit, as it definitely does what it claims to. After an hour, I’m sweating, my muscles are sore — I’ve exercised. And I’ve set some personal-best records, and maybe unlocked some new games. It’s fun. The hardware is a great idea — I just think the software could be worlds better. Luckily, since Nintendo seems to be trying to get third parties on board (cough), I bet we’ll see a better virtual-exercise-regimen game before too long.

How much easier can getting into better shape be? This is a fun way to get healthier, so why not give it a try?

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Am I Sexier than the Wii Fit Hula Hoop Girl?

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Ponzi recently went out and bought Wii Fit. She decided I needed to set up my own profile, so I decided to let all of you watch. Apparently, I have an excellent center of balance! So what do you think? Am I sexier than the Wii Fit Hula Hoop Girl?

Wii Fit combines fun and fitness into one product. It can change how you exercise, how you balance, and even how you move. Wii Fit is a combination of fitness and fun, designed for everyone, young and old. By playing Wii Fit a little every day, you, your friends, and your family can work towards personal goals of better health and fitness.

Wii Fit includes four training modes and more than 40 exercises and activities designed to help improve body balance and fitness.

  1. Yoga Learn Yoga poses that tone muscles and improve posture.
  2. Strength Training These workouts are designed to build and tone your muscles.
  3. Balance Games These games will help develop your sense of balance.
  4. Aerobics Aerobics are exercises that help your body burn fat.

Wii Fit is not only good for your health, it’s also a lot of fun.

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Computer Health

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With so many of us spending hours on end at our computers these days, it’s no wonder we have body pains and health issues. Here are some excellent tips to help you stay in better “computer health”.

  • Beware the strain of working 8-hour days. Eye strain, soreness, visual fatigue and headaches can all result from a computer screen set at an uncomfortable height or angle. You can avoid these 21st century work-related hazards simply by adjusting the position of your screen. When sitting comfortably and looking at the screen, your eyes should ‘land’ at the top of it. If they don’t, you’re likely to experience eye related difficulties later on. You may find it easier to re-position your chair, rather than the computer. Arrange the screen at 90 degrees to your desk, to minimize reflections from ceiling lights and/or high windows. Take regular breaks. Fatigue and stress aren’t helped by the bright light given off by computer screens. Spend at least 5 minutes every hour doing non-computer work. This will rest your eyes.
  • Stretching your ankles could ease chronic back pain. Shortened Achilles tendons can cause chronic back pain. They prevent you from walking well, putting stress on your spine. Here’s how to relax and strengthen your tendons, reducing the risk to your back. Stand 60-90cm away from a wall, facing it. Lean towards the wall, putting palms flat against it with both feet on the ground. Move one foot half the distance to the wall. Keep your other leg straight at the knee, with your heel flat on the floor. Now, bend the forward knee and both arms slowly and rhythmically. The back heel must be kept on the floor and the tail tucked in at all times. Continue for 20 seconds. Relax. Change legs and repeat ten times.
  • Avoid backache by sitting properly at your desk. Keep your feet firmly on the floor when working. Dangling legs affect your circulation, create bad posture and lead to backache.
  • Avoid computer-related hand and wrist injuries. Do this simple exercise every morning before work. Hold your arms out straight in front of you. Lift up your hands at 90 degrees, and spread your fingers. Hold for five seconds, lower, and relax. Then clench your fists, and lower your wrists at 90 degrees. Hold for five seconds, straighten, and relax. Repeat ten times, and repeat at lunchtime, just before starting work for the afternoon.
  • How leaning on a wall beats back strain and injury. This great daily exercise only takes a few minutes. It helps re-align the muscles in your back, to help undo the strains of everyday life. Stand with your back against a wall, with your feet 14-20cm (5-8 inches) away from the skirting board. Now try to flatten the small of your back against the wall, by pulling in your stomach muscles. Do not bend your knees. Hold this position for five seconds, then relax and repeat five times. Keep breathing regularly and evenly throughout.


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Tips for Keeping the Weight Off

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Anyone who has ever lost any weight will tell you that keeping it off is often harder than losing it to begin with. I am no exception. Here are some tips to help you stay fit and maintain your weight.

I know I said I was going to get back on my Gazelle at the beginning of the year. I keep getting distracted by life… and putting off the exercise. It’s something I really need to do. My weight is ok, and I’m still within my range. It doesn’t take me much time to lose five to ten pounds, thankfully. I don’t need help with motivation, I just need to set myself a schedule or goal. Wouldn’t it be easier if we made this a group effort, and make each other accountable? Hmmm. Maybe we should do this!

Here are some tips for maintaining a lean body.

  • Avoid foods with refined sugars in them, such as candy, sugared sodas, etc. These are horrible for your body.
  • Track your calories by measuring your portions, and weighing your food. You’ll know how much fuel you’re putting into your body.
  • Reduce fatty foods, such as red meat. Try to stick with chicken or fish.
  • Don’t cut fat out of your diet entirely. Your body needs fat, and especially essential fatty acids. Oil is important.
  • Eat more often throughout the day. Six smaller meals instead of three large ones tend to speed up your metabolism and satisfy you easier.
  • Increase your daily exercise. Thirty minutes per day will help, even if you’re only walking. Try to add in some type of cardio and resistance training.


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Losing Weight and Getting in Shape for New Year's

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It seems as though everyone is always determined to lose weight and get in shape with each New Year. Here are some tips to get you started on that track, and keep you there.

  • Frequency You have to work out regularly in order to see positive changes in your body. If you want to lose weight for example you will need to increase your aerobic activity level. You will need to regularly work our 3-5 times per week (min 3).
  • Intensity Work hard and good things will happen. You have to strive to work just a bit harder than your last workout or you will not make improvements. If you are doing push-ups and the most you can do is 25 the next time try to do 26 or so. To incorporate technology into your workout buy a heart rate monitor and spend more time in your target heart rate in each consecutive workout.
  • Type Do both resistance (push-ups, sit-ups, free weights, ect.) and aerobic (running, swimming, biking, ect) exercises at every workout.
  • Time Time is the simplest to manage. Divide your resistance workouts into at least 3 sets of 10-15 reps. Your aerobic workouts should last at least 20 minutes, but could be longer.
  • Fun For heavens sake, do something that you enjoy. If you like to swim…..swim. If you like to run. Run. If you’re doing something you like chances are you will stick with it and it will become a habit.

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