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Believe it or not, a new survey finds that 76% of fitness-conscious Americans say that even if they could be fit without working out they’d still want to exercise. Six of the top eleven reasons people work out are not physical, including stress relief, relaxation, better quality of life in the future, improved mental state, desire to live longer, and feeling healthier. The main reason all age groups workout is a desire to stay active as they age.

Other survey findings include:

  • On average, those polled participate in four different types of workouts weekly.
  • 56% of people made health or fitness-related resolutions this year, including getting more sleep, moving more during the work day, trying a new type of exercise and starting to meditate.
  • More men than women say it's important to look good while working out and that they try to look as fashionable as possible when exercising.
  • 91% say they feel energized/happy during or after a workout. Only 5% said they feel that way before a workout.

Source: The Business Journal

Technology has changed the way we do almost everything, and there are a lot of things that used to be commonplace that most people just don’t do anymore.  For example, most people don’t remember phone numbers anymore or use a phone book and using a phone booth is pretty much obsolete.  We rarely do math in their heads anymore thanks to phone calculators, plus they don’t tell time using the hands on a clock or call a movie theater to get movie times

Some of the others include:

  • Use a phonebook to find a company to do things around the house – Remember the yellow pages? Well, folks under twenty probably don’t, but before technology that’s how you found a good plumber or painter.
  • Figure out math in your head – Since pretty much everyone has a phone with a calculator who needs to learn math anymore?
  • Tell time by hands on a clock – A lot of people these days have stopped wearing watches, let along know how to read them, thanks to their phones, which easily tells them the time.
  • Make a photo album – Remember when you couldn’t wait to get your roll of film back from being developed so you could look them over and put them in a beautiful book? Well, thanks to photo sharing services who needs it.
  • Call a theater to get movie times – Before Google and movie apps, folks who wanted to make sure they caught a movie on a Saturday night actually made a phone call to find out what time their movie started.
  • Record your favorite movie on tape – If you wanted to catch a show when you weren’t home you had to make sure your VCR was set at exactly the right time with enough room on your tape. What a hassle. These days it’s much simpler to watch shows you missed thanks to not only DVRs, but streaming services.
  • Look up the spelling of a word in the dictionary – That’s right, before autocorrect and spell check, you actually had to make an effort to make sure everything you wrote was spelled correctly.
  • Use a phone booth – Before everyone had a phone in their pocket, phone booths were good for more than just Superman changing into his superhero costume. Along the same lines, who carries change just to make phone calls anymore?
  • Use a travel agent – While they haven’t gone away completely, these days thanks to airline and hotel websites, not to mention discount travel sites, most people can simply handle their own bookings in a matter of minutes, rather than pay someone to do it for them.

Source: USA Today


A new study asked participants how many times a week they ate at chains like McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut or Taco Bell.  Surprisingly, middle-class folks ate the fast food the most, with 85% saying they ate it once a week, as compared to 80% of the poorest volunteers and 75% of the richest. The biggest reason folks went for the fattening grub was lack of time, since they were so busy working these chains became their most convenient food options.

Source: New York Daily News


When one Redditor asked, “Ladies of Reddit, what’s your lady lifehack?” users didn’t disappoint with their answers. Here are their solutions to problems you didn’t even know you had.

  • When you’re washing your face over the sink, one Reddit user suggests using sweatbands on your wrists to keep the water from dripping down your arms, onto the counter and floor.
  • For shaving your legs when you don’t have time to shower, one woman suggests baby wipes. She says you just swipe, shave, and repeat. Easy enough.
  • Another Redditor advises skipping shaving cream and shaving your legs with baby oil for silky, smooth skin.
  • And when it comes to washing hair that’s both dry and oily, one woman suggests shampooing only your scalp and conditioning only the ends of your hair. She says, “It prevents scalp build up, keeps your hair cleaner for days, and still keeps your ends healthy.”
  • When it comes to curling lashes, one user advises blow drying your lash curler first to get it warm, so it’ll make your lashes stay curled all day.
  • And when buying shoes, a Redditor says buying a half size larger is the way to go. Not to big that you’re walking out of them, but the extra room can keep them comfy when your feet swell later on.
  • Need to turn a normal bra into a racerback? One user says all you need is a paperclip.
  • Another suggests keeping a pair of tweezers in the car because you can spot those random stray chin hairs better in natural light.
  • And the ultimate hiding place for anything you don’t want your husband or kids to find, according to one Redditor is an empty tampon box. She says they’ll never look in there.

Source: Mamamia

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