Month: December 2020

How I Plan to Get Back in Shape for the New Year

In need of a New Year’s resolution? Look no further! Mark Wahlberg has all the best tips and tricks to starting off 2021 on the right foot.

The 49-year-old Instant Family star has made fitness a major priority over the years and hopes to inspire others to do the same after the ups and downs of 2020. While Wahlberg admits that “some days are easier than others” when it comes to self-motivating, he thinks “making fitness a habit” is one of the best things a person can do for both their mental and physical health.

Mark Wahlberg Reveals His Best Fitness Tips for 2021
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“Every journey starts with that first step and if you have been slacking off or have never focused on your health or working out, you just have to throw yourself into it and get started!” he tells Us Weekly. “Starting small is key so you wake up the next day

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Smartphone fitness apps and wearable activity trackers boost physical activity levels

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Smartphone fitness apps and wearable activity trackers do help boost physical activity levels, finds a review and pooled data analysis of the available evidence, published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

The size of the effect is small to moderate, but it may be worth offering them on prescription to motivated patients, given the importance for health of increasing daily physical activity by any amount, say the researchers.

Globally, more than a quarter of adults don’t meet recommended physical activity levels. Physical inactivity represents a leading cause of death worldwide and is thought to cost billions of dollars every year.

Some of the most effective strategies to increase physical activity include behaviour change techniques, such as self-monitoring and feedback, which smartphone apps and wearable activity trackers can provide.

Smartphone ownership is widespread, with activity trackers and fitness apps used by around a third

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20 fitness trackers and smart watches that are on sale now

With so many fitness trackers and smartwatches on the market, it can be difficult to choose the one that is right for you. To help you out, we rounded up 20 of the best-selling fitness watches and health monitors that won’t break the bank. Not only are they on sale for up to 80% off, but when you use coupon code MERRY15 at checkout, you will score an additional 15% off your purchase thanks to our 2-day Christmas sale.

PureZen Fitness Tracker, on sale for $25.49 when you use coupon code MERRY15 at checkout

This sleek, fitness tracker not only monitors your heart rate, sleep, calories burned, and steps taken but also keeps you updated with notifications for calls, text messages and your favorite social media accounts.

GoBe2 Complete Smart-Life Health Tracker Band, on sale for $127.49 when you use coupon code MERRY15 at checkout

This health tracker, which offers

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Roy Wallack, a Cyclist and Longtime Health and Fitness Writer, Dies at 64

Photo credit: Roy Wallack (right) with Gordon Wright during the 2008 TransRockies Run. Courtesy Gordon Wright
Photo credit: Roy Wallack (right) with Gordon Wright during the 2008 TransRockies Run. Courtesy Gordon Wright

From Bicycling

Roy Wallack didn’t have the archetypal cyclist body type, but that perfectly suited the prolific health and fitness writer’s outlook on riding. To Roy, it didn’t matter what you looked like or what your background was; he’d tell you that bikes were the avenue to a healthy, adventurous life, and that was how he lived literally until the end.

Wallack died on Saturday, December 19, after a crash while mountain biking near Malibu, California. He was 64.

Wallack was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of the 2005 book Bike for Life. As a longtime Bicycling contributor, he co-authored with Jacques DeVore one of its best-selling fitness titles, Maximum Overload for Cyclists.

Wallack had a lifelong love affair with bikes, fitness, and outdoor adventures of any

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