Exercise and Weight Loss

For weight loss, it really matters that you cut back on the calories that you eat and drink. That matters most for taking the pounds off, according to the CDC.

Exercise pays off in the long run by keeping those pounds off. Research shows that regular physical activity will increase your chances of maintaining weight loss.

How Much Exercise Should I Do?

Start with just a few minutes of exercise at a time. Any exercise is better than none, and that helps your body slowly get used to being active.

Your goal is to work up to at least a half an hour most days of the week to get the full benefits from exercise.

If it’s more convenient, you can do short spurts — 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there. Each action by itself may not seem like much, but they add up.

How to Start Strength Training?

Strength training is an excellent way to build your muscles and burn calories. See our gallery of dos and don’ts of how to start a strength training program.
Once you’re in better shape, you can gradually exercise for longer periods of time and do more strenuous activities.

When you’re up for it, you can ramp up the intensity and get the same benefits in half the time. For example, jogging for 30 minutes provides health benefits similar to walking for 60 minutes.

What Kind of Exercise Should I Do?

You can do anything that makes your heart and lungs work harder, such as walking, biking, jogging, swimming, fitness classes, or cross-country skiing. Mowing your lawn, going out dancing, playing with your kids — it all counts, if it revs your heart.

If you don’t exercise and you’re a man over 45, a woman over 55, or have a medical condition, ask your doctor if you should avoid any types of activities.
Start with something like walking or swimming that’s easy on your body. Work at a slow, comfortable pace so you start to get fit without straining your body.

At least two or three times a week, do strength training. You can use resistance bands, weights, or your own body weight.

Stretch all your muscles at least twice a week after you exercise. That helps keep you flexible and prevent injury.

 

How to enable Android Pie’s latest dark mode and save your battery’s life

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Screen looks more beautiful in normal mode so why would you want to use a dark mode on your Android device? According to Google, it saves battery life. It turns out, all of that empty white space that Google has been using over the past few years uses more power, which in turn drains your battery. A darker interface requires less power and is less taxing on your battery.

Android users have been begging Google to add a dark theme, or mode, to the mobile platform for years. With Android Oreo, Google added a dark mode that activated based on the wallpaper you were using. Google then removed the feature, saying it was accidentally released. Starting with Android Pie not only is dark mode back but now there’s a manual way to switch to it on demand.

Now to switch in dark mode on Android Pie please open the Settings app and select Display. Next, tap Advanced and scroll down until you find Device theme; tap it, followed by Dark.

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