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Can the iPad make you iBad?

January 27, 2010

After much buzz and “halabaloo,” Apple announced their much anticipated tablet computer called the iPad.  Being a huge Apple fan, I was once again amazed at the technological advances we continue to see due to companies like Apple.  I grew up watching Star Trek – the original series with William Shatner, mind you.  Do you realize the iPad is the very product you would often see Captain Kirk signing off on at the beginning of many shows?  Very cool news indeed when fiction becomes reality.

But wait, what’s the iPad got to do with health?  Honestly – nothing at all.  But the reason I reference the iPad is simply this.  When it comes to eating right and working out, there may be apps the iPad can play to assist you, but at the end of the day you really only need one tool.  The “iMind.”  The mind is the most powerful weapon you possess.  It provides you desire, willpower, accountability and tells your muscles when to contract.  It cools you off with “iSweat” when you get overheated.

The mind also helps you build” iMuscle.”  Your mind produces signals to fire off various parts of your body so you can lift, push, pull, etc.  Without muscle, we lack the ability to burn fat.  And without the ability of muscle, we’d all look like Jabba the Hut.  Or is it Hutt?

When the smoke clears, technology can provide us many luxuries and comforts.  But one thing we are seeing more and more in the health world these days is the buzzword, “bodyweight.”  As in bodyweight exercises.  More and more people are finding out that you don’t have to go to a gym to work out, build muscle or lean out.  Using push ups, pull-ups, squats, lunges and other moves, the body can drop to a more comfortable weight when combined with proper nutrition.  Kettlebells are gaining in popularity also due to their unorthodox uses and portability.  We’re seeing suspension training devices like the TRX.  And, of course, we’re seeing the continuing popularity of P90X, Insanity and other DVD home workout programs.

Technology is a wonderful thing.  But it will never replace good old “iEffort.”  When you combine your mind, your muscle and your effort to produce sweat, you’ll produce a better, “badder” you than you ever thought possible.


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