When it comes to forming an exercise habit, you have to walk before you can run. Which means setting yourself up for success with small but impactful strategies to get moving.
It has been 12 months since you last vowed to get in the best shape of your life.
If you’re one of the few who ran their first marathon, completed that first set of unassisted pull-ups, put together 20 consecutive pushups or travelled to and from the office all summer by bike, then congrats, you’ve done what very few Canadians end up doing — making good on their annual New Year’s pledge to exercise regularly.
If you’re part of that other group of Canadians who were unsuccessful in realizing their promise to up their exercise game, maybe the fault wasn’t in your lack of execution but in the type of resolutions made.
When it comes to forming an exercise habit, you have to walk before you can run. Which means setting yourself up for success with small but impactful strategies to get moving. To get you started, here are five doable resolutions that are stepping stones to bigger, sweatier accomplishments.
Resolve to be consistent
Doing a little bit everyday is a better strategy than trying to play catchup for ambitious workouts that never happen. Ten, 20, 30 or 40 minutes of exercise have incredible value, so don’t downplay the effectiveness of short workouts that elevate your heart rate and put a little sweat on your brow.
Being flexible in how and where you exercise is another tip toward greater consistency — especially if your daily schedule is subject to change or can get packed with commitments quicker than it takes to pull on your exercise gear. On days when exercise seems out of reach, lace up a pair of running shoes and jog up and down the stairs for a few minutes. Or head outside for a 15- to 20-minute speed walk. The idea is to make exercise as much a part of your daily routine as your commute.
Resolve to get up and out of that chair
In most workplaces, sitting in front of a screen is the norm. But it’s exactly that type of sedentary culture that has systematically increased waistlines around the world.
Use a timer as a reminder to get up and move every hour. Walk down the hall to speak to a colleague, refill your water bottle or stroll around the office and stretch your legs. The body is meant to move, which is why it starts to protest if the number of hours spent sedentary per day extends into the double digits — which isn’t hard to do considering the amount of time spent sitting during the daily commute, at the office and in front of the television. Movement of any type puts to good use all the body’s biggest muscles, which are far too powerful and important to be left idle.
Resolve to always have a workout at the ready
If time is short, don’t waste a minute figuring out how you’re going to work up a sweat. Have a few workout routines ready to go at all times so you can get right to it when the opportunity presents itself. Or download an app like the 7 Minute Workout or Nike Training Club and choose the workout that best suits your schedule. And remember, not all workouts have to look and feel the same, so if it’s more of a yoga day than a HIIT day, so be it.
The same ‘always be at the ready’ principle also applies to your workout gear. Have a full kit tucked away somewhere in your office so you don’t need to fuss when you’ve got a few minutes to steal away. While you’re at it, find a spot for a yoga mat so if all else fails, a few sun salutations will get the blood flowing and the heart pumping.
Resolve to find a workout buddy
If you’re finding it tough to follow through on your workout goals, guaranteed there’s a friend or co-worker who shares the same difficulty in execution. Ask around and see if anyone is looking for an exercise buddy and make a pact to cajole, push and encourage each other to get a workout in, even when the other doesn’t feel like it. It won’t be long before you come to appreciate having someone who challenges you when you’re low on energy, listens when you need to blow off steam and shares a chuckle when it has been a while between belly laughs — all wonderful motivators to pulling on your exercise clothes and working out together.
Resolve to challenge yourself
Sure, a moderate intensity workout delivers the type of health benefits for which exercise is lauded, but researchers are discovering that repeated bouts of high-intensity exercise as short as 10-15 seconds can further boost health and fitness benefits. But beyond the physiological, there are also psychological advantages to venturing — even briefly — into that uncomfortable zone. Studies on adherence note that exercisers feel a greater sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when they feel challenged. Too easy a workout quickly becomes boring. Whereas a tough workout demands concentration and determination, which when finished results in a sense of accomplishment strong enough to make you want to do it all again the next day.
The Witcher’s Netflix Success Proves CD Projekt Red Made a Big Mistake – CCN Markets
- The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red may have made a huge mistake by not capitalizing on the Netflix series.
- Sales of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt soared after the TV show debuted.
- CD Projekt Red should have timed The Witcher 4 or new Wild Hunt DLC to coincide with the launch of the series.
Netflix isn’t the only one reaping the rewards from the success of its new fantasy series, The Witcher. Game developer CD Projekt Red has been cashing in too.
The Witcher 4 Was a Pipe-Dream – But What About DLC?
A recent NPD report revealed that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sales exploded by 554% in December 2019 – the month the Netflix show debuted – compared to the previous December.
But the company may have missed out on an even bigger windfall by failing to capitalize on the Netflix-fueled Witcher hype.
Maybe timing The Witcher 4 for a December 2019 or early 2020 release would have been way too ambitious. But they could have at least unveiled some new Wild Hunt DLC.
And it may already be too late for CD Projekt Red to correct its blunder.
Why CD Projekt Red Has Already Missed Its Chance to Leverage the Netflix Hype
Season two of the Netflix series is expected to air in 2021, so it’s virtually impossible that The Witcher 4 would be ready by then.
Before CD Projekt Red begins developing the sequel to Wild Hunt, it has to complete development on Cyberpunk 2077 – which has just been delayed to September 17. Then it will develop Cyberpunk 2077’s multiplayer gameplay, which it plans to launch after 2021.
It took three and a half years to develop The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – and that game was delayed several times. That means we may not see The Witcher 4 until at least 2024.
By 2024, the series may have ended. Netflix is notorious for canceling shows after a few seasons. Or maybe the quality drops off dramatically, and viewers lose interest.
The Witcher, which has a lengthy production cycle and pays lead actor Henry Cavill $400,000 an episode, isn’t cheap. Netflix can’t afford it to be a niche product.
No matter what happens, it looks like CD Projekt Red has already missed its best chance to leverage the series into a fat payday.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of CCN.com.
This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.
Last modified: February 20, 2020 9:00 PM UTC
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Save Recovery Limit Might Get Changed – GameSpot
During its Animal Crossing-focused Direct, Nintendo once again confirmed that the upcoming New Horizons will not make use of Nintendo Switch Online’s cloud save backup function, but NSO subscribers will have a way to recover their save data should something unfortunate happen to their system. However, this feature comes with one notable caveat.
[Update] The caveat that previously stated that players would only be able to recover data once in the event a Switch console was damaged or lost resulted in some criticism from the community and became a key subject of discussion around the game. In the time since, Nintendo has re-uploaded the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct video–sacrificing a considerable number of views in the process–and changed the language used in the data recovery section to indicate it may be reconsidering the limitation.
Where it previously stated, “Nintendo Switch Online members can only have save data recovered one time due to loss or damage of system” it now says, “More details on save data recovery functionality will be shared at a future date.” Of course, there is no guarantee that the limitation will be removed; Nintendo may simply want to justify the restriction better at a later date.
[Original story continues] In fine print during the presentation, Nintendo specifies that you will only be able to recover your Animal Crossing: New Horizons save data one time should your Switch get lost or damaged. As previously mentioned, this service will only be offered to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, and it won’t be available until sometime after the game launches.
This isn’t the only unusual save data restriction New Horizons imposes on players. Nintendo recently confirmed that only one island can exist per Nintendo Switch console–so if another player who shares your system would like to start their own island, they’ll need their own Switch and game. Additionally, you will not be able to transfer your New Horizons save data from one Switch system to another, at least from launch. Nintendo UK’s website says that a function to move your save to another console is “planned for later this year.”
We learned a lot of other details about New Horizons during the Animal Crossing Direct. Nintendo showcased a variety of quality-of-life improvements, as well as some new and returning characters you’ll meet in the game. New Horizons also lets you change your island’s terrain for the first time in the series, and it’ll make use of both the Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app and the Animal Crossing Amiibo figures and cards.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases worldwide on March 20. You can see what pre-order bonuses are available for the title in our Animal Crossing: New Horizons pre-order guide. For more on the game, be sure to check out our roundup of everything we know about New Horizons.
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Samsung temporarily shuts down a factory in South Korea due to Coronavirus – The Next Web
Coronavirus has caused plenty of manufacturing units in China to stop production. Now, the deadly virus is affecting manufacturing in other countries too. Samsung has temporarily shut down its factory in Gumi, South Korea.
According to a report by Reuters, the company found a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the factory last week. Due to the fast-spreading nature of the virus, the Korean giant decided to close the factory till February 24; the floor where the affected person worked, will be closed till February 25.
Samsung said it’s testing people who came in contact with the infected employee for possible infection:
The company has placed colleagues who came in contact with the infected employee in self-quarantine and taken steps to have them tested for possible infection.
The company produces high-end phones, such as the Galaxy Z Flip, in this factory for the domestic market. With the current shut down being temporary, it’s unlikely that production will take a major hit.
However, with the rising number of Covid-19 cases in South Korea, the firm might need to prepare for more possible shutdowns.
Over the past couple of years, Samsung has shifted the bulk of its device production to India and Vietnam. Last year, it inaugurated the world’s largest smartphone factory in Noida, India. There are no reports of these units being affected till now.
Published February 24, 2020 — 03:45 UTC
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