Philips Bril­liance 4K mon­i­tor

Our man is test­ing out a lifestyle change on his way back to peak fit­ness and is try­ing out ev­ery gad­get and piece of gear that will help him get there quicker.

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - For The Love Of Gadgets - BY LIND­SEY SCHUT­TERS

Face it: you don’t need a TV. Well you do, but not one with a tuner. If you need a 4K dis­play to con­nect to your lap­top or just to run your PS4 Pro, then you may as well just get a screen. The down­side here is the sin­gle HDMI port, but there are two USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, a VGA, DVI and Dis­play Port 1.2 in­puts, as well as au­dio out.


THEY NEVER TELL YOU how hard it is. They don’t be­cause you al­ready know. You know that it’s eas­ier to lie in slum­ber’s sul­try em­brace rather than reach for the door and head out for a run. It’s eas­ier to tuck into a tasty toasted treat than pre­cis­ley por­tion and pre-pack your daily pro­tein. But if it was easy, you wouldn’t need to find mo­ti­va­tion. And that’s the key.

The te­dious daily rou­tine of go­ing back and forth from home to work and only mak­ing time for your­self on some week­ends is ter­ri­ble for your health. Dr K Sreeku­maran Nair of Mayo Clinic’s Rochester, Min­nesota cam­pus puts it best: “Max­i­mal ex­er­cise ca­pac­ity is a more pow­er­ful pre­dic­tor of mor­tal­ity than other es­tab­lished risk fac­tors for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease. Stud­ies have shown that mor­tal­ity in chronic dis­eases, such as di­a­betes, hy­per­ten­sion, obe­sity and hy­per­lipi­demia, sub­stan­tially in­creases in peo­ple with a lower max­i­mal ex­er­cise ca­pac­ity.”

Nair and his team’s work has be­come a corner­stone of the move­ment against the seden­tary lifestyle by giv­ing fresh in­sight into the phys­i­o­log­i­cal ef­fects of not ex­er­cis­ing. The re­search shows how reg­u­lar aer­o­bic ex­er­cise as well as com­bined aer­o­bic and re­sis­tant ex­er­cise train­ing pro­grammes not only im­prove in­sulin sen­si­tiv­ity but, also pre­vent age-re­lated de­creases in mus­cle mi­to­chon­drial ATP (adeno­sine triphos­phate: the chem­i­cal form of en­ergy that cells use) pro­duc­tion.

It’s hard to con­vert to the kind of lifestyle that en­cour­ages op­ti­mum phys­i­o­log­i­cal func­tion be­cause the hu­man brain re­wards lazi­ness and overindul­gence. Our bod­ies will favour any ac­tion that equips it for fu­ture ex­er­tion, so rest­ing and stock­pil­ing eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble en­ergy (sug­ars) are deemed as ben­e­fi­cial. You need to find a spark to ig­nite a change in­ferno. Why not start with a fit­ness tracker?


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