U.K. Gym Is Promoting Napping As A New Workout Regime

(PCM) Who ever said napping wasn’t a good form of exercise? This might just be one type of workout routine we can actually get behind! The U.K. based David Lloyd Gym is now offering “napercise” classes, which they are branding as a exercise class, however all it actually consists of is adult nap time in a room full of strangers!

The hour long classes include a 15 minute time frame for stretches and then 45 minutes of laying down to take a nap. Those that sign up for the class are given a small bed, comforter, and eye mask to help create the best sleep possible.

According to the David Lloyd Gym website:

“Napercise is scientifically designed to reinvigorate the mind, improve moods and even burn the odd calorie.The frantic nature of modern life means that few of us seem to get enough sleep, and if you’re a parent, [a good night’s rest] becomes even more of a luxury. The development of Napercise is inspired by past academic studies into the important health benefits that napping in the day can bring.”

While we are not sure that we would actually need a class in napping, it sure does give busy people an excuse to go to the gym, even if it is only to catch some much needed shut-eye!

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Could Edible Water Bubbles Be The Wave Of The Future?

(PCM) Despite the many recycling efforts across the nation, America still has a huge issue with plastics waste. We throw away nearly 35 billion plastic water bottles each year. While many people have made the switch to carrying reusable water containers, it is still not enough to completely solve the problem.

A London-based company named Ooho! now feels that they may have the answer. The company has created the first edible water bubble. The bubbles contain no plastic which equals no waste. You consume the entire bubble to get a cool and refreshing drink.

The outside of the bubble which holds the water is a membrane like substance made out of seaweed extract, however it is completely tasteless. You just pop the entire bubble in your mouth and go! We just have to wonder just how many of these water bubbles one would need to consume to fully quench real thirst. We could see ourselves popping like 25 of these bad boys on a hot day.

When the company gave out samples people were afraid to give them a try, but once they ate a few they were immediately hooked on the concept. While the Ooho! water bubbles are not yet available for mass consumption, the company did partner with Skipping Rocks Lab to create a crowdfunding campaign to make these water bubbles a reality sooner rather than later.

The company’s website states, “”Our packaging is cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits, and even cosmetics.”

They have already reached their goal and hopefully we will get a chance to try one of these unique water bubbles in the very near future.

Ooho! Experience from Skipping Rocks Lab on Vimeo.

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Cosmopolitan Magazine Accused Of Using A Woman’s Cancer Diagnosis As Clickbait

(PCM) Cosmopolitan magazine is facing a bit of criticism after they appeared to use the story of a woman’s weight gain/loss after a cancer diagnosis as clickbait on their Twitter feed. It was not that the magazine wrote a bad story, it was more of an example of poor phrasing used by Cosmos’ social media team when promoting the feature. The story overall was about how a woman named Simone Harbinson from Melbourne, Australia, was diagnosed with a rare and malignant form of cancer of the appendix and it caused her to both gain and then lose weight.

When Cosmo posted about the article on Twitter their tweet read, “How This Woman Lost 44 Pound Without *ANY* Exercise”, it then featured a link to the article and a picture of Harbinson. Everyone is up in arms because happily Harbinsons’ cancer surgery was a success, however she gained 35 pounds in the process. She then went on to lose the excess weight by simply going on a diet. You can see that Cosmos’ tweet was only worded that way to get attention and a horrific disease like cancer should never be looked as a successful weight loss or gain solution. It is a very disrespectful headline to Harbinson and all others who have battled cancer or are currently battling the disease.

The article does explain how Harbinson lost the excess weight without going to the gym, but there is definitely a bit more to the story. She goes into great detail about her cancer diagnosis, recovery and steps she needed to follow to lose weight. The headline makes the story appear that the cancer was the solution to Harbinson’s weight gain, but it was really the source. Cosmo received a ton of negative backlash online and have since removed the offensive tweet and replaced it with a better headline for the story. The new tweet reads, “A Serious Health Scare Helped Me Love My Body More Than Ever.”

That’s definitely more appropriate and far less offensive than the original!

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Research Reveals Taking A Hot Bath Can Be As Beneficial As Exercise!

(PCM) A new study has revealed that the benefits of taking a hot bath each day can equal out to the same benefit as taking a long walk as a form of exercise. Heck, yes! This is the news we’ve been waiting for!

The study which was conducted by the U.K.’s Loughborough University shows that both hot baths and exercise can provide someone with quite similar health benefits. The researchers conducted an experiment where they were able to show that the effects of taking a hot bath (aka. passive heating to get scientific) burned as many calories as taking a 30-minute walk. Although, of course, not as many calories were burned in the bath, as there were to riding a bicycle. Go figure!

We are still amazed to hear that the results of just relaxing in warm water could have the same effect at all as any type of vigorous activity. The researchers still want people to keep in mind that exercise “still offers the greatest overall benefit to weight control and metabolic health” , however the effects of a hot bath will aid in combating chronic inflammation and help slow blood sugar spikes after eating.

That’s enough for us! Bring on the bath bombs … we are ready to get our exercise on for the day!

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Baby Spas Are All The Rage! At Least In Australia

(PCM) We are curious to see whether or not the latest Australian spa trend will pick up over here in the U.S., as it is definitely a bit unique. The life of a newborn baby can be a fairly relaxing one already, but the new Baby Spa Perth wants to make it even more relaxing for newborns.

They are offering a variety of spa service for newborn babies ages six days to six months old. The services include infant massages and various hydrotherapy treatments. The hydrotherapy consists of placing the baby in a warm bath for up to 30 minutes using a neck flotation device adorably referred to as a “Bubby”.

We are sure that the spa has met all the safety protocols to stay operational, however something about the “Bubby” attached to the baby’s necks doesn’t appear all that safe to us! However, new parents are loving the spa idea and the babies themselves for the most part appear to be having a great time.

According to the Baby Spa Perth website, “One of the initial benefits you will observe is that your baby will be able to move around freely in warm water, which is impossible to do on land at a very young age due to gravity and constant constraints from bassinets, swaddles, clothing and pushchairs. Secondly, as your baby moves against the resistance of the water, their musculature and skeletal strengthens as the spine unfolds. Hydrostatic pressure of water on your baby’s body will result in the deepening of his/her breathing. This pressure also stimulates their circulatory system.”

Well, if they say so! A spa package at Baby Spa Perth will set you back about $85 and lasts for about 45 minutes.

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The World’s First ‘Smart Condom’ Has Arrived!

(PCM) We find ourselves forever writing about the ways in which technology continues to advance in leaps and bounds each and every year and it leaves us to ponder just what in the world will they come up with next. Well, friends, we have now seen it all! A British company called i.Con has invented the world’s first smart condom that works much the same as a fitness tracking app except for your penis.

A man places on the i.Con ring on the base of his penis which then measures various attributes such as speed, duration of sessions, penis girth, and more. It even has the ability to compare your sexual ability with other men all over the world. While the i.Con smart condom is still currently in beta-testing at this time, we have learned that there will be an associated app for the product where all of your data will be stored and the unit can be recharged for additional use.

It should be noted that the i.Con condom ring is not an actual condom. It is a smart ring that can be used in conjunction with any condom brand of your choosing. The device itself is reusable. It should also be noted that according to the i.Con FAQ section of their website that all user data is kept anonymous. They go on to say, “users will have the option to share their recent data with friends, or, indeed the world. You will be able to anonymously access stats that you can compare with i.Con users worldwide.”

The i.Con condom ring is currently only available in the UK, however the company does plan for a worldwide release sometime in the coming year. Do you think that technology has gone to far? Does this product further promote unrealistic comparisons between ourselves and others? We could definitely see it having the potential to do so!

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