Swedish fitness trend of ‘plogging’ is amazingly awesome

Leave it to the Swedes to combine physical fitness with PICKING UP LITTER!

If Christopher Guest and crew were to make a mockumentary, a la Spinal Tap, about the warm-and-fuzzy cultural traditions of Scandinavia, they might have very well come up with “plogging.” They would portray wholesome Swedes running like gazelles through pretty Swedish landscapes, bounding with Swedish altruism as they stop, stoop, and pick up a pieces of Swedish litter to carry along with them for proper disposal. And it would be hilarious. But what’s even better than this imagined satire is that it is real! And it is awesome.

Apparently, the term is a portmanteau word combining “picking up” and “running” and given the examples collected under the Instagram hashtag #plogging, it’s become a popular pastime.

While I was surprised that there is litter in Sweden in the first place (must be from tourists), what’s not to love about combining physical fitness with some good eco deeds? You boost your health while getting some litter in the garbage or recycling, where it can’t degrade in nature and/or harm wildlife. How feel-good is that?

And not only that, but as Metro.co.uk’s resident fitness expert Miranda Larbi points out, it’s a good workout no less! “Plogging shares some characteristics with interval training, which uses recovery to improve fitness and fat burning. It’s also got elements of mobility training,” she says, “reaching down to pick up rubbish will extend the range of motion that you’re using.”

So there you have it. Start your day with some plogging, then do your fika before dostadning your hygge home, then try relaxing with some niksen and getting a good night’s sleep with your lagom!

No, we don’t have Scandinavia-envy at all. Nope, not at all… (BRB, lacing up the plogging shoes.)

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Instagram fitness model removed from American Airlines flight after 'humiliating' row 

An Instagram fitness model was “humiliated” after being removed from an American Airlines flight following a row with staff.

Jen Selter, who has 11 million followers on Instagram, posted footage of her arguing with a pilot and a flight attendant on the delayed flight from Miami to New York on 27 January.

“I did nothing wrong but got kicked off the plane,” she wrote, adding she had the “worst experience” following a delay which left the aircraft stuck on the runway for two hours.

The 24-year-old claims she and her sister were told to leave the aircraft following a disagreement with a male attendant when she got up to put her coat away and stretch her legs.

She argues that two other passengers had been allowed to go to the bathroom when she stood up, adding she was being sarcastic after responding “yeah” when asked by the attendant,  “Do you want to get kicked off the plane?”

Ms Selter says the attendant told her to sit down and they began arguing resulting in the pilot calling the police who then arrived on board.

“The crew is asking for you guys to be removed off the plane,” the pilot tells them in one clip.

In another video, a police officer tells the sisters: “American Airlines calls the shots. They don’t want you to fly on their plane today.”

Ms Selter told the New York Post: “It was humiliating. They made me feel like a terrible person, and I did nothing wrong.”

A spokesperson for American Airlines said in a statement: “Ms. Selter was asked to leave the aircraft after a disagreement occurred Saturday night at Miami International Airport (MIA).

“American offered her hotel accommodations and transportation, which she declined. She flew on American Sunday morning back to New York (LGA) – arriving around 8:30 a.m. ET yesterday morning.”

Ms Selter has vowed “to never fly American Airlines again”. 

Source Article from https://www.yahoo.com/news/instagram-fitness-model-removed-american-143731148.html

3 tips for avoiding fad diets and fitness regimes

Did you know people are more susceptible to weight-loss scams than any other kind?

It’s that time of year when many people vow to lose weight and get in shape. It’s a noble goal, but a tough one to accomplish, which is why the snake oil peddlers start hawking their wares more aggressively than ever around New Year’s. They present rapid weight-loss solutions and quick-fix fad diets as if they were miracles, promising to speed you along your journey toward model-like skinniness and ripped abs. Year after year, people fall for these hollow promises.

How is this possible? Fitness guru James Fell addresses this in an article called “How not to fall for the next diet or fitness fad.” He says that people are more likely to fall for weight loss scams than any other kind of fraud and that often it’s “smart people” who fall for them, “because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons.” And because weight loss is so daunting and difficult, people are willing to try anything to make it easier.

The reality, however, is that there’s little you can do except commit to a whole lot of hard work and self control. Add time to the equation, and you’re guaranteed to see improvements. Fell offers the following tips for avoiding fad-like traps in the new year. They could also be called common sense, but sometimes it helps to see them spelled out clearly:

1. Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke.

If you’re already doing something and it’s working well for you, stay with it. Don’t let someone else convince you that you have to try a new fitness ‘trend’ (think keto diet, intermittent fasting, CrossFit, high intensity interval training, detox, etc.) if what you’re doing is giving you good results and making you happy. The same thing does not work for everyone.

2. Develop a Zen-like mindset about food and exercise.

Accept that real progress takes time, and that nothing’s perfect. Your physical self-improvement journey will take time. Just don’t get obsessive about it; remember how to enjoy yourself. Whatever you choose to do needs to fit well into your personal life, adding value, rather than becoming a source of anxiety.

3. Be a critical thinker.

Fell writes, “Spectacular claims require spectacular evidence. If someone is telling you something that sounds amazing, then they need to have some amazing evidence to back it up.” Learn to ask “why” if you hear about something being miraculously effective. Go digging for evidence. Always seek those alternative points of view.

See more at Fell’s website Body For Wife.

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There’s more to childhood exercise than physical fitness

It has a lasting effect on adult psychology, too.

Children who exercise become healthier adults, according to research cited in The Guardian. While many parents think of exercise as a purely physical endeavor, good for staving off obesity and dissipating kids’ excessive amounts of energy, scientists have pointed out recently that there’s a powerful psychological component, too.

Exercise in childhood is linked to success later in life. In Denmark and Sweden, where the link between physical activity and achievements has been analyzed in great detail, researchers have found “cardiovascular fitness appeared to be predictive of cognition in middle age. In other words, the more exercise they had done during adolescence, the more likely they were to be successful professionally.”

When children exercise regularly, especially prior to puberty, it has a direct effect on the developing brain, primarily the hippocampus, which makes decisions based on thought, rather than impulse, and does not fully develop until the early 20s. It is a crucial part of making ‘successful’ life decisions. Says Charles Hillman, a professor at Northeastern University:

“Exercise increases metabolic demand and, in response, the brain increases angiogenesis – building more capillary beds to transport blood and oxygen to different regions. It also increases the formation of synapses between neurons, increasing the ability of different parts of the brain to talk to each other.”

This leads to another benefit – reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life among adults who exercised as children. This plays out in a few different ways. People in their 60s and 70s with a history of physical activity have greater blood flow to the brain and stronger, healthier neurons, which staves off mental decline. Also, those older adults who retain a positive memory of physical activity as kids, thanks to neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, are more likely to continue exercising because it makes them feel good.

Finally, researchers have found that childhood exercise creates a fascinating ‘memory’ within the body that lasts for years. If a child is physically active, it “induces a pattern of changes in the ways genes express themselves which stays with them for many years.” According to Elwyn Firth, a professor at Auckland University:

“There are big differences in their bone mass, density and mineral content compared to those who haven’t done that exercise. Even if the exercise ceases in adulthood, these differences persist for 10 years or more, especially if the exercise began before puberty.”

So even if an adult becomes sedentary later in life, he or she will continue to reap the benefits of having been physically active at a younger age.

Knowing these benefits is especially relevant these days as physical activity slowly disappears from modern childhood. There are fewer opportunities for kids to be active, outside of organized sports, and the consequences are showing themselves in rising obesity rates and the development of metabolic-related conditions. Kids must be encouraged to get active and stay active, whether it’s playing on a team or simply riding a bike to school, jumping on a pogo stick, or playing tag in the yard with friends.

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