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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
January 29, 2019
The countdown is now on, and the weekend where so many New Year’s Resolutions go out the window is nearly upon us. You got that right, with the advent of the Super Bowl nearly upon us, the recipes of poor nutritional value will soon be upon us. When ideas are suddenly turned into reality, someone asking “what would happen if we made sushi, but made it with only meat?!” I assumed this was thought up in a drunken stupor of course, but there is such a thing. https://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/wait-meat-sushi-is-just-mini-meatloafNow being vegan, this just looks utterly disgusting, but I am sure someone out there is slowly but surely writing down the recipe. This sort of thing has become a whole industry these days, especially when you look at how Youtube has come into the mix. I occasionally watch a Youtube channel called “Binging With Babish” and a lot of his creations are just silly ideas that are sometimes insinuated by TV shows and movies. One idea he created was an hors d’oeuvre sandwich that was created in the movie “Back to School” https://youtu.be/A7afwIxo5lEand another was The Luther Burger created in the show “The Boondocks.” https://youtu.be/VnXu22HZBNQRegardless of what you eat, a lot of this stuff is the roux of nightmares for your trainer and or nutritionist and is best looked and observed upon, not emulated.
The point being, odd things are all about in our society, and we often pass them off because they seem too stupid of contrived to be real. However, there are some oddities that raised a bit of an eyebrow for me (if I could raise an eyebrow) and might actually something to catch on to. Who knows, maybe they will be the top trends of 2019?
GYM AT THE AIRPORT?
A lot of people complain about the daily rigors of going to he airport. The cramped conditions, the long waits and such and such. Throw in the hassles that was the former (?) government shutdown and people are complaining quite a bit. No one would have been able to hear you complaining of course considering some TSA people were blaring really loud rap music at some of the terminals as opposed to the Adele and Nickelback laden tripe they normally pipe in. People put up with a lot to fly the friendly skies, and it can be a stressful frustration when you find yourself with three hour layovers in Des Moines because you wanted to save 100 bucks on a plane ticket. So what are you to do? Well, how about work out? https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/a26009125/roam-fitness-gym-airport-exercise/
Some intrepid entrepreneurs are trying to make it easier for people to utilize their downtime with working out. Now this sounds like a pretty tough sell, especially since this means a gym would have to occupy a huge space at the airport (which is more space than that state themed gift shop you always run into with the overpriced t-shirts). The other major challenge is this…who would want to sit next to a sweat drenched person on the plane? Anyway, we shall see how this works out. I have been wrong about many things before, but I think more people are going to be buying the overpriced Bud Light and questionable sushi than ride a treadmill.
SAY GOODBYE TO FITNESS WATCHES AND HELLO TO FITNESS RINGS
Now I try to always stay on top of technology, for this is part of my job and eve though I am immersed in this stuff daily, I still have no idea how to turn off certain notifications on certain devices. It seems odd that people are buying supplementary devices with their 900-dollar phones, but smart watches are getting pretty profitable and now the mini device revolution has reached a shark jumping point with a miniature smartphone to supplement your oversized smartphone https://youtu.be/VToUrMnqKV4. Anyway, I am sure there is a small group of people in this world that wished Fitbits and other assorted wrist wearing devices were not so bulky. Folks, I give you a smart ring! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076MJT99X/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=thedaical-20&linkId=c3c9ecf9e9eee619e17a79aa4c55b2ab&language=en_US
This is actually kind of a slick idea, but I don’t think this would be too good of an idea for people that do a lot of weight lifting. Runners, swimmers and cyclists might have a nice use for this little device, but I would think it would be a tough sell due to the bulkiness of the device on your finger. Who knows, maybe it will catch on but we shall see. It is nice that the company making these things does customize the size and sends it to you to fit around your finger. Eventually we shall see if the price tag dictates the actual popularity.
FITNESS SNACK TIME?
When you work a boring desk job like me, on that thoroughly discourages you from any kind of movement, staying healthy is a tough sell. The lack of movement keeps your body from burning calories, and you can fall into some real ruts with a snacking mentality. For years, companies have been trying to cater to the growing desk culture and provide ways for their employees to live better lives. However, the bottom line is always the kicker and companies tend to bypass any of the initial idea. There has been some research in the that indicates the healthiest way to maintain your body at work is sit for 20 minutes, stand for seven and move around for three in regards every half hour interval. Of course, most jobs will barely let you leave you chair to get coffee. So what is the other solution? Well, how about little breaks, or what some people are calling “fitness snacks.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/23/well/move/20-second-exercise-fitness-interval-training.html
The idea is simple enough. You take some time to do little things that cause a burst of energy expenditure in your body. Whether that be taking a lap around the office or using the stairs as opposed to the elevator, some researchers are asking people do do these little things throughout the day to help keep the body running at a smooth level. Think about the alternative. You sit all day and then try to move around, and suddenly you are winded. Doing these little micro-workouts might be a good way to not only drop some calories but keep your various body functions moving smoothly.
CELEBRITY FITNESS APPS
No matter where you turn, people are always trying to get the opinion of a celebrity on how to lose weight and stay fit. Of course, they always fill you with lies and false promises that it is easy, but let’s face it, it takes tons of fitness training, nutritionists slapping your hands with a ruler like a catholic school nun from the 50s, possible “science” and of course, the time to go all in on these kinds of training regimens when you are between jobs. Chris Evans may look ripped, but the guy has the time and the money to work out two hours a day and maintain a fitness regimen that allows him to keep those sweet, sweet arms all while having professionals hound him and put up workouts. Now, the new trend may be to just do your own damn app.
I find it crazy no one has done this before, but “Thor” “actor” Chris Hemsworth is starting his own app Centr. It’s not out yet but it has gained some buzz and I actually might get it and try it out. Considering he is living a plant based life, the nutrition side of the app might be intriguing. It’s a hefty risk because first of all, will people actually get the app and second, will they be able to replicate the results? Who knows, but perhaps in the future I will do a write-up on the app when it is available on February 4. Either way, this is what is going on in the fitness world right now. We shall see if any of these come to real results in the fitness world.
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