Glossary Of Fancy Fitness Terms

If you’re new to exercise, congratulations on taking a major step towards a healthier you! There’s a wealth of knowledge out there about the tons of workout routines, so explore away! To help you on your journey, we’ve broken down some common  but confusing fitness terms, and what the heck they actually mean!

Aerobic – exercise that improves or is intended to improve the efficiency of the body’s cardiovascular system in absorbing and transporting oxygen. Basically, anything that increases your heart rate and makes you sweat.

Baseline Activity – The light-intensity activities of daily life, like walking around or standing up. People who do only baseline activity are considered to be inactive.

Body Composition – the percentages of fat, bone, water and muscle in a body. In other words, what your body is made up of, proportionally.

Intensity – the amount of physical power that the body uses when performing an activity. I.e. how hard an activity is.

Interval Training – exercise where you alternate between two activities, typically requiring different rates of speed or degrees of effort.

Physical Fitness – The ability to carry out tasks without excessive fatigue.

Repetitions – The number of times a weight is lifted, or an exercise repeated.

Resistance Training – Exercise applying resistance to motion, usually using stretch bands or weights.

 

The Worst States To Be Poor In

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy just released a report on the correlation between income and the economic burden of state taxes, and the results may surprise you. States like Texas, Washington, and South Dakota, which do not have income tax, put a heavier burden on their poorer residents. This is because their state and local taxes are higher for everyone.

In Washington, the poor pay a whopping 17% of their income in taxes, while the wealthiest 1% of residents pay only 2.4% of their income. Washington, like the other states mentioned, rely a great deal on sales tax for revenue, and poorer people tend to spend about 75% of their income on taxable items, while wealthy people only spend about 17%.

This isn’t to say that these takes have outrageous taxes overall. In fact, they’re mostly low-to-moderate tax states, but the taxes they do have burden their least wealthy citizens excessively. However, every single state in the U.S. has taxes that are skewed towards the poor. The ones where the gap is smallest are Oregon, California, Delaware, Montana, and the District of Columbia.

To an extent, federal taxes in their present state offset this burden by being extremely progressive. They tend to narrow the income inequality gap with tax breaks, like the Earned Income Tax Credit. However, with tax reform on Congress’ agenda this year, that may change.

Is Climate Change Making You Sick

 

During this year’s United Nations General Assembly, climate change was a central issue. Hurricanes Irma, Maria, and Harvey have caused damages in the tens, and possibly hundreds of millions.

“Climate change casts a long shadow over the development efforts of our country,” said Darren Henfield, the minister of foreign affairs of the Bahamas. “The implications of rising sea levels and atmospheric temperatures signal dire consequences.”

The impact of climate change on global health is also becoming increasingly clear. Hunger is on the rise. Climate change is also linked to increased respiratory problems, poor nutrition, and the spread of infectious diseases.

“These events have huge implications for water quality,” says Nuttall, citing the risk for things like sewage and other chemicals to get into floodwater and spread. The risk for mosquito-borne diseases can increase as floods recede, leaving breeding grounds for insects.pixabay.com

Preventing deforestation limits flooding, which cuts back on the number of pests that can accumulate and spread diseases.

The issue also affects oceans. “If we lose our coral reefs, we lose revenue for countries, but also fish, which is an important source of protein,” says Nuttall.

Many leaders have publicly reaffirmed their commitment to tackling the problem. But the U.S.’s position on the issue has changed. In June, President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Other U.S. leaders like California governor Jerry Brown and former VP Al Gore, took part in UNGA meetings and assured attendees that others are still addressing the issue.

“We are a country of diverse power centers, and mobilizing those power centers that are not controlled by the President is still a very worthwhile goal,” said Brown during a high-level stakeholder meeting on climate change on Monday. “Mayors, governors, presidents and CEOs of companies have real power.”

“It would be great if the President would join in the movement,” Brown said, but “he’s not there yet. He believes this whole thing we’re talking about, all the scientists publishing thousands of papers, is all a hoax.”

Horrible Layover? No Promlemo!

Have you ever had an overnight layover that’s just a little too long for comfort, and you wish you could get a hotel room but don’t want to pay for a matter of five hours? Well the future is here to rescue you once again, this time with a killer app that allows you to pay for only the time you use at hotels.

Recharge isn’t the type of app that lets you book time at seedy motels, it’s for luxury hotels only, but when you only pay for the time you use, you don’t rack up the bill that staying at these hotels usually requires. It’s an alternative to creepy motels for when you’re in a jam and need a nice play to recharge for a short amount of time.

There’s no minimum time requirement, and the price is between $.83-$2 / minute for NYC, where they just expanded. You don’t get billed until you check in, or until 30 minutes after you book, making this perfect for the fast-paced, tech savvy world we live in. And with hotels like the W in New York, or ALOFT in San Francisco, you can have great options at your fingertips without breaking the bank.

Recharge isn’t the only app in this game, however. Many others are catching on to this market, including HotelQuando, which allows you to book hotels for 3, 6, 9, or 12 hours at a time. They started in Brazil working with over 600 hotels and have just expanded to the U.S. this year. There is no longer any excuse for spending the night sleeping on an uncomfortable airport chair!

Cultivate Your Online Presence

A positive online presence is vital to the success of your business. We all know it, but what’s the best way to cultivate good standing and ranking online? About 80% of shoppers conduct online research before they buy something, so how can you put your company’s best foot forward for those potential customers?

First, you need to focus on getting to the top Google ranking page for your industry. It’s vital for visibility and drawing in new customers. You can do this by making sure you have a positive presence on sites like Facebook, Yelp, and even the Better Business Bureau. The more visible your business is and the more customers praise their experience with you, the better.

Also, make sure your company website is up to date, and that you consistently post to it. Create content, add photos, and make sure that Google is aware that it’s constantly changing and being changed. When you post new and noticeable content, the search engine makes a note of it and adds points towards your ranking.

Finally, and this should come as no surprise, make sure you earn good reviews. Have excellent customer service, and encourage people who had a good experience with you to rate you online. This is good for Google, but it’s also good for that 80% of shoppers who are looking for a highly rated company to give their business to. One good online review is worth twenty word-of-mouth referrals, so seek them out!