10 Effective Ways to Improve your Health in 2017

A new year is on the horizon and many of us use this marker as a sign we need to step things up and get healthy. There are many areas to focus on to overcome your areas of weakness for the year ahead.

You can achieve anything once you set your mind to it. Here  are 10 great ways on how you can improve your health in 2017. Make this year, a year to remember.

1. Get More Exercise

There’s no escaping the research, we would all do better to take more exercise. However, that doesn’t mean you should lace up your trainers unless running is something you love.

Exercise does us far more good if we stick at it for the long haul, therefore choose an exercise you enjoy: whether that’s a team sport; swimming; dance class; yoga; or even walking. If you haven’t exercised for a while it’s wise to start gradually and that’s why walking is a great choice, as it can be built naturally into your day.

Dr. Cesar Lara, MD. of the leading weight loss clinic in Tampa, Florida strongly suggest that nothing can beat constant exercise in helping your body stay in shape and strong.

2. Reduce Stress

Stress is a killer and one way you can make your 2017 healthier, as well as happier, is to find strategies to alleviate the negative impact of stress on your life. Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to combat your individual stress triggers.

3. Connect More

While you unplug, take the time to build connections in the real world. Meet with friends and family face to face and work on becoming part of a strong community as this can have a positive impact on wellbeing.

4. Quit Smoking

With over 5 million deaths globally per year from smoking and a further 600,000 from passive smoking it’s clear tobacco has to go. If you can’t quite bear to part with the psychological element of smoking and you have no wish to go cold turkey on nicotine, with the subsequent withdrawal symptoms that entails, then vaping might be the right choice for you.

There a wide range of e-liquid flavours to accommodate to your taste as well. Furthermore, there are informative beginners’ guides to eliquids available which are extremely useful in your battle to quitting smoking.

5. Eat Better

Rather than starting a drastic diet that will have you reaching for the biscuits half way through the second day why not crowd out the bad with the good? Adding more lean protein, good fats, vegetables, fruits and the occasional treat to the menu can help make great nutrition a new habit.

6. Look After Your Brain

The leading cause of death in the UK is now dementia, so the more active you can keep your brain the better. Learning a second language has been shown to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

7. Drink Less

Moderate drinking has health benefits but keep it within the weekly unit guidelines if you want to avoid many of the diseases linked with alcohol consumption. Ensuring you have several alcohol free days per week is also helpful.

8. Take Technology Breaks

Social media and the online world bring with them many advantages but it’s also a good idea to unplug and unwind from time to time. If you want to sleep better then keep technology out of the

9. Stay Positive

Optimists have a longer lifespan than pessimists and they also usually have a better quality of life. Therefore, take time out from the doom and gloom of the media and try to look on the brighter side of life.

10. Don’t Set Unrealistic Resolutions

As the New Year rolls around, it’s always exciting to make new resolutions but slow and steady wins the race. Pick carefully what you will work on this year but always make health a priority.

Apple is said to be preparing its Amazon Echo killer — and it sounds like it could be expensive

Apple is preparing its first “home AI product” for a marketing launch as soon as this summer at its annual conference, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a note sent to clients on Monday.

Kuo has a strong record of predicting Apple products as well as identifying trends in the Asian manufacturing industry.

The product is said to be a speaker that can connect to the internet. Users can talk to it using Siri, which means it will compete directly with Amazon’s Echo home speaker. Kuo wrote that the speaker will have one woofer, seven tweeters, and computing power similar to the iPhone 6 or 6S. All these premium parts makes Kuo believe the device will be priced higher than the Amazon Echo’s $179 price.

Kuo believes that Inventec, which also assembles AirPods for Apple, will be the contract manufacturer and has been “co-developing home AI products with Apple for over two years.”

From the note:

Shipments forecast. We predict Apple’s first home AI product will see cyclical shipments (around 12-18 months) of over 10-12mn units. Like Amazon Echo, more extended models could be launched going forward (e.g. we think W1 chip is very suitable for products similar to Amazon Echo Dot), so there may be further shipments growth potential.

amazon-echo-fullAmazon’s affordable Echo speaker.YouTube

Apple is better prepared than Amazon to launch a voice-activated speaker. Kuo points out that Siri supports 18 languages, whereas Amazon Echo can only be used in English. Apple also has a huge installed base of iPhones and Macs, which means it can collect data and continue to improve its user experience.

Ultimately, “the market for home AI products (supporting voice assistance and IoT functions) is growing too rapidly for Apple to ignore,” Kuo writes.

The Information first reported on Apple’s smart home speaker. Bloomberg reported in September that advanced microphone and speaker technology would be a key differentiator from Amazon and Google’s competing products. Kuo wrote that Goertek is likely providing an array microphone for the device.

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