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SHAMED INTO FITNESS BY FACEBOOK PICS


Uncomplimentary images of overhanging bellies, saggy under-arms and double chins on social network sites are making UK people more concerned about their bodies. In a survey of 2,000 Britons – commissioned by


activity tracker company Fitbit – 17 per cent said the shame of seeing such pictures on Facebook was just what they needed to get them to the gym. And a 33 per cent admitted to de-tagging themselves from photos which made them look fat. Meanwhile, 40 per cent said they were more likely to post photos if they felt they looked good. Facebook pictures even came (just) in front of


the traditional weight-loss trigger of not being able to fi t into summer clothes, which 16 per cent of people said spurred them on to lose weight. Other weight-loss triggers included partners (14 per cent) and healthcare professionals (11 per cent). Details: www.fi tbit.com


COUNTING CALORIES VIA PHONE APP


Using your mobile phone to take pictures of food could be a handy (and different) way of keeping track of calorie and food intake – and hopefully lead to weight loss. With the Meal Snap app, currently


available in the US for US$2.99, people can take pictures of what they’re eating. The app then uses photo recognition technology to compare the meal with images on a database and calculates the approximate calories. Meal Snap isn’t entirely accurate,


but it does provide a more visual, digital and interesting kind of food diary. Details: http://mealsnap.com


fi tness pensioner in pop video


Dr Charles Eugster, a pensioner originally from the UK, has been picked to star in a German pop video because of his outstanding levels of fi tness. The 92-year-old is featured rowing in


a video for the latest hit by Silbermond. The song is called Fur Dich schlägt mein Herz (My Heart Beats for You) and the premise behind the video is to demonstrate a passion for something that makes your heart beat faster.


Dr Eugster has won 36 gold medals at


Poland’s World Masters Rowing Regatta over the last 15 years, as well as many other fi tness titles. In his late 80s, he began a career as


a motivational speaker, but he’s also been a dentist and a publisher. Aged 90, he signed a contract with Germany fi tness chain INJOY to help promote the benefi ts of fi tness training for older people. Details: www.charleseugster.net


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SHARPEN UP EXERCISE WITH SWORD WORKOUTS


For those bored of core workouts like yoga and pilates, a Japanese swordsman’s training camp last month showcased a great alternative to Londoners. Delivered by the Battodo Fudokan training


school, there were two classes a day for six days in September. Participants were able to try out stances and swinging movements with a wooden sword to help increase their strength and fl exibility. The practice of the sword has been used for


centuries in Japan, for health, co-ordination and concentration purposes. ‘Batto’ refers to the quick drawing of the blade, while ‘do’ relates to the path of development. Details: www.battodo-fudokan.co.uk


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