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WhatsApp almost ready to launch a must-have feature it’s been working on ‘for years’

It’s taken the Facebook-owned firm years to launch, but users of WhatsApp Web and Desktop are finally about to get one of the messaging app’s most-wanted features.  Until now, using WhatsApp on your laptop, computer or tablet meant keeping a secure connection to your smartphone. This has been a huge annoyance if your phone is out of battery, lost or broken. There’s no way to check your messages without an active phone and downloading chats and photos on a second device can be slow.

So users rejoiced this week when the company announced it will be adding multi-device support. You will now be able to use WhatsApp on up to four devices at once, plus your phone. Even better, it works without a phone connection.

The delay was because WhatsApp wanted to make sure it was protecting users’ privacy when switching devices. But it has developed some clever new tech to ensure all your messages still have end-to-end encryption so hackers can’t intercept and read them.

As a bonus, all your messages and other data like stickers, archived chats, new contacts and starred messages, will be synchronised seamlessly between all your devices. You will also be able to start and answer WhatsApp calls from any device.

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As an extra measure, a new technology called Automatic Device Verification will reduce the number of times you need to carry out identity verifications like security codes.

The new feature puts WhatsApp ahead of rivals Signal and Telegram. Signal has end-to-end encryption but doesn’t support multiple devices. Meanwhile, Telegram’s encrypted “secret” chats can only be read on one device.

Speaking about the upgrade, Will Cathcart Head of WhatsApp, said: “Very excited to be launching a beta of our new multi-device capability for @WhatsApp. Now you can use our desktop or web experiences even when your phone isn’t active and connected to the internet.

“All secured with end-to-end encryption. We’ve been working on this for a long time. Until now, @WhatsApp has only been available on one device at a time. And desktop and web support only worked by mirroring off your phone – which meant your phone had to be on and have an active internet connection. Our multi-device capability immediately makes the experience better for people who use desktop/web and Portal. And it also will make it possible to add support for more kinds of devices over time.”

Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait to benefit from the change. It’s being tested with a small group of users before being rolled out more widely. We can’t wait.

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Virgin Media warns customers to ‘take action’ or their mobile phone will stop working

Speaking about the move, Virgin said: “We regularly review our offerings to make sure we’re meeting our customers’ needs and usage.

“After careful review, we’ve decided to close our Pay As You Go services and focus on providing even greater Pay Monthly plans.

“You have at least 3 months to switch to Pay Monthly or request your PAC, after we have notified you”.

If you’d rather not wait to hear from Virgin about when your PAYG sim will stop working you can call 789 to discuss it.

Virgin Media, who has just merged with O2, added their “friends at O2 offer a great Pay As You Go service”.

Virgin went on to say: “Don’t forget to use up your credit up before our Pay As You Go service ends or request a refund for any leftover credit”.

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News: TUI to offer permanent flexible working in UK

TUI is moving to permanent flexible working in the UK following 16 months of home working due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The majority of office-based employees in the UK have worked from home since the start of the pandemic in March last year.

During this time, the company sought to embrace the shift realising that almost all office-based roles could be done remotely. 

TUI conducted colleague research to understand their views on ways of working, with many citing they have adjusted their working practices and have discovered benefits, including a better work life balance, that they would like to continue with once the pandemic is over.

As part of the new ways of working, TUI employees will only be required to attend the office once a month to attend face to face team meetings or collaboration events, enabling individuals to make their own choice about how often they would like to work in an office environment.


While offices will remain open individuals will be able to decide what working environment works for them.

Recognising the importance of transitioning to a permanent flexible working approach, the organisation has created a new workspace director.

This role will be responsible for workspace portfolio across the UK and Ireland and will have the accountability to define and implement a workspace strategy.

Belinda Vazquez, workspace director of TUI UK & I, said: “At TUI we embrace the concept that work is something we do, not somewhere we go.

“We have listened to our employees in order to define a clear framework that ensures ultimate flexibility, whilst creating positive experiences that enable all colleagues to feel like they belong and are valued.”

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EU cracks show after Merkel’s tough Huawei stance snubbed: ‘Working more with China!’

Earlier this year, the German Bundesrat passed the IT-Security Law to gain greater control for cybersecurity in a blow to Chinese firm Huawei. It requires telecoms operators to notify the German government if they sign contracts for critical 5G components and gives them powers to block those proposals. Berlin became the last of the big EU economies to regulate the 5G sector over fears of alienating Beijing and its handling of 5G.

The German approach to Huawei largely followed the guidelines the EU laid out in its Toolbox and risk assessment report for cybersecurity of 5G networks which was designed to mitigate potential risks in the European 5G rollout.

And while most EU countries are following guidelines, not all of them appear to be falling in line.

French President Emmanuel Macron last year gave greater control to his cybersecurity agency ANSSI to block 5G contracts between operators and Huawei. 

But France’s major telecom operator, Orange, has announced that it will continue to cooperate with Huawei in Africa’s 5G rollout.

CEO Stephane Richard said: “We’re working more and more with Chinese vendors in Africa.

“They’ve invested in Africa while the European vendors have been hesitating.”

Orange says it will avoid using equipment from Chinese vendors including Huawei when developing Europe’s 5G networks, opting for suppliers such as Ericsson and Nokia instead.

Other countries have taken an even softer approach.

Spain has been cautious not to explicitly ban Huawei, as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is said to be “a strong advocate of Chinese technology companies opening projects and investments”.

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Instead, it took a “neutral and independent” approach that is relying on bureaucratic procedures rather than political evaluations.

The decision whether or not to allow the Chinese company to enter the 5G market will depend solely on the level of risk assessed by experts.

The Spanish government will also draft a list of “safe” mobile technology suppliers for the future local 5G mobile network, to avoid issuing an explicit ban against Chinese giant Huawei.

Despite this, Telefonica Spain is reported to have selected Nokia and Ericsson for its standalone (SA) 5G network.

Other countries are even more hesitant to pass laws that would keep Huawei at bay, including Portugal, Luxembourg, and Austria.

Earlier this month, A1 Telekom Austria Group said it was open to considering Chinese vendors such as Huawei for upcoming 5G networks in several countries.

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A1 Telekom Austria Group’s parent company, America Movil, called Huawei an “excellent telecoms equipment provider” last year.

Telekom Austria has 25 million customers across Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The UK decided to limit Huawei’s position within the nation’s 5G networks in January 2020, citing fears over national security.

However, by July, it had increased these measures to a full phase-out of Huawei equipment by 2027. 

Huawei, which has its European headquarters in Germany, has received EU innovation funding on multiple occasions, which has sparked criticism in the European Parliament. 

The core issue with Huawei has been concerning its links with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used for spying, a claim which the company has refuted numerous times.

It’s the reason why, in 2012, the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019.

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Is working from home damaging your eyes?

From Netflix binges to Zoom meetings, the coronavirus pandemic significantly increased the amount of screen time in our daily lives. All that time on devices can be taxing on the eyes—so if you’ve experienced more headaches, eye fatigue, or blurred vision, since remote work began, you’re not alone. These are symptoms of digital eye strain, also known as “computer vision syndrome” (yes, a real medical term, according to The American Optometric Association). 

Here’s the good news first: Despite its name, eye strain isn’t a physical injury and doesn’t carry any risk of long term damage to the eyes. Still, it’s no fun, and can make life difficult in the digital age. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to prevent, or recover from, these symptoms.

What causes digital eye strain?

When we’re not looking at screens, humans blink about once every four, says Priyanka Kumar, an ophthalmologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Each blink squeezes out a layer of fresh tears, a mixture of oil, water, and mucus that lubricates and protects the eye. When we use screens, we blink about half that much, Kumar says. This can cause our eyes to feel dry or gritty. They might even sting, burn, or tear up. These tears are different from the ones our eyes would normally produce when blinking—they’re made when our brain realizes our eyes are too dry and because they’re mostly water, they tend to evaporate quickly. “Tearing is actually a nudge that the eyes are dry,” Kumar says. 

The headaches and blurred vision sometimes associated with digital eye strain have a different root cause. Spending hours on screens can cause the muscles that coordinate our eyes to tire from the constant motion of focusing our sight on the same distance for a long period of time. “It’s like running marathons all day long,” Weise says. Enough screen time can cause anyone to develop this particular set of symptoms, but people who have an underlying issue with eye coordination are especially vulnerable, Weise says. So if headaches and blurred vision are your problem, if you find it easier to focus on your screen when you cover one eye, it’s probably a good idea to get your eyes checked out, in case you do have an underlying problem with eye coordination, Weise says.

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When screen time causes harm

For adults, eye strain can be painful and inconvenient, but it doesn’t cause actual damage to the eye. For children younger than eight-years old, though, it’s a different story, Kumar says. That’s because their eye muscles haven’t fully developed. There’s some evidence to suggest that lots of screen time can contribute to nearsightedness—when far-away objects appear blurrier than they should. Some studies suggest that nearsightedness has become more common in children during the COVID-19 pandemic, likely due to all that time spent learning virtually. One study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, found that the increase was as much as three-fold. Usually, this condition is treatable with a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. But in extreme cases, nearsightedness can lead to retinal detachment, an injury that often results in blindness. 

Preventing eye strain

Luckily, protecting the eyes from screen time isn’t hard and can seamlessly fit into your daily routine. The most important step is to take breaks, Kumar says. She encourages the 20-20-20-2 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds, and try to spend two hours of the day outside. (When we’re outdoors, our eyes tend to focus on objects far away, a welcome break from focusing on what’s right in front of our face.) “Set a timer, or a goal for how much work you will get done before you take a break,” Kumar says. 

Placing your monitor in the proper location is also key. Set up your screen roughly two feet from your eyes and a few inches above where your sight naturally rests without tilting your head, Kumar says. Any closer, and your eyes will work harder than they need to.

If you’re experiencing dryness or burning, artificial tears might help, Kumar says. And if you use contact lenses, try switching to glasses, at least while you’re working—contact lenses can actually exacerbate dry-eye. 

Finally, avoid glare, Weise says. Rather than shining in a clear path straight to the center of our retina, glare pinballs around our eye, making it difficult for our eyes to focus. That overworks the muscles inside our eye, such as those that dilate the pupils. Give your eyes a break from glare by making sure that your ambient light is similar to the light coming from your screen—limit the work you do outside and switch off bright overhead lights, but also avoid working in low-light conditions. Glasses with anti-reflective coating can also help limit your exposure to glare, Weise adds.

Once you’ve begun implementing these strategies, don’t expect instant relief. If you’re already feeling the effects of eyestrain, it could take some time to feel back to normal, says Scott Drexler, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh University of Medicine. Fortunately, you don’t need to take a complete hiatus from screen time. Recovery from eye strain looks similar to prevention. You should start to feel better in a few days.

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Are blue light filtering lenses worth the investment?

Much has been made about the negative effects of blue light. Some optometrists and opticians (licensed professionals who fit, sell, and prescribe lenses, but aren’t medical doctors) claim that blue light damages the retina, which can lead to long-term vision problems. For an additional cost of around $ 50 to $ 100, you can purchase a pair of blue-light filtering lenses. These claims are based on a few studies which found that direct exposure to blue light from screens damaged the retinas of rats and human cells cultivated in a lab. But the American Academy of Ophthalmology doesn’t recommend the use of blue-light filtering lenses, citing insufficient evidence. Rat studies and lab conditions just aren’t generalizable to people. 

Without a doubt, some blue light is damaging. Take, for instance, the ultraviolet rays from the sun, which can cause macular degeneration and cancer. But not all blue light is equally harmful. Our devices don’t produce ultraviolet light, and the total amount of blue light they do expose us to is actually fairly minimal—about a one-thousandth of the amount of ambient blue light on an overcast day, Weise says. If you’re concerned about your long-term eye health, a high-quality pair of UVA/UVB-filtering sunglasses to wear when you spend long periods of time in the sun, is a much better investment than blue-light filtering lenses for computer work, she adds. 

The take-away message is simple: Adults don’t need to worry about the long-term effects of screen time on their eyes—but suffering through headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision isn’t necessary either. Why not start now? Now is probably a good time to give your eyes a break. 

Author: Claire Maldarelli
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TikTok Down: Anger as video app not working – users lose followers and can’t log in

If you’re trying to access TikTok and can’t log in tonight then you are definitely not alone. The hugely popular chat and video app appears to be down right now with thousands of reports flooding in from across the world. The outage began at around 8.30pm with many users left angry as they are unable to access their accounts with others reporting that all of their followers have suddenly disappeared. Independent monitor Down Detector, which monitors online outages, has registered a huge spike in TikTok down reports while users have also reported issues in droves on Twitter.

The Down Detector outage map says the TikTok issues are affecting users in the UK and large parts of Europe with one user posting a message on the forum page saying: “TikTok is down can’t login and seeing 0 followers and 0 likes on my accounts.”

Another added: “So I have to change my username??? And have 0 following, 0 followers, 0 likes??”

Along with plenty of comments on Down Detector, TikTok fans have also flooded Twitter with complaints.

One tweet said: “TikTok seems down because mine won’t let me see comments, likes or anything.”

Whilst another posted a message saying: “Looks like TikTok is down showing 0 followers & 0 videos and likes where is it all gone can we get them back @tiktok_uk.”

There’s currently no word on what is causing the gremlins or when things will be fixed but we will update this article when we hear more. So far the TikTok US, TikTok UK and TikTok Support Twitter accounts are yet to post about the issues users are reportedly experiencing tonight.

This isn’t the first time this year that TikTok users have been left unable to access their accounts or lose their followers. Back in May, a very similar issue hit the service with the App telling users that they had 0 TikTok followers.

The good news is, that issue corrected itself after everything returned to normal so hopefully the same will happen after tonight’s outage.


Author: David Snelling
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Clubhouse Aimed to Foster Diversity. Is it Working?

Here’s what you need to know before joining the social audio platform, especially if you’re a person of color.

It’s not that hard to get an invite to Clubhouse anymore.

More than a year after its initial release in March 2020, the invite-only social media app is still technically in beta mode, but after a few appearances from the likes of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, everyone wanted in—and most of them got in. The audio-only platform that was almost built for a global pandemic has exploded to host about 10 million users in nine countries and the European Union on both iOS and Android.

Conversations occur in real time about everything from international politics to watch parties, and you can dip in and out of rooms without saying a word or be invited “on stage” to be heard by 5, 50, 500, or 5,000 people (the current maximum—although Musk has blown past that before). It’s basically a virtual conference, about anything and everything, sold to users with a premium on real-time conversation. But now that Clubhouse’s users are beginning to step out of quarantine isolation and take their conversations offline, the app is being kicked out of the nest to see whether it can fly.

‘Intimacy at Scale’

Like Zuckerberg, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth of Alpha Exploration started their social experiment small, intending to “collect feedback, quietly iterate, and avoid making noise until we felt the product was ready for everyone.” But as the buzz caught on in Silicon Valley, they soon learned that wouldn’t be possible.

“I think part of the appeal of Clubhouse is the scarcity of conversations that are only going to happen live and that you won’t be able to catch anywhere else,” said Jordan Harrod, a user who joined in November 2020 after hearing about the app on Twitter. But after a while, she said, “I think the scarcity idea kind of wears off after you are in too many rooms and not necessarily hearing particularly novel information.”

Since conversations aren’t recorded, fact-checking is difficult, and users aren’t always held accountable for what they say. Sound familiar?

“I’ve been in many a room where I’ve hopped on and fairly quickly realized that the people who called themselves experts on some topic had absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. But everyone in the audience was taking it as fact,” Harrod said.

At the same time, some users say the medium allows for more nuance and critical thinking than other social media platforms, where users can scan over an image or a post in seconds and like or share immediately. Without visual cues like videos, comments or even the infamous blue checkmark, says Abraxas Higgins, a self-described impact influencer and social audio strategist, the app truly is audio-only, and he likes it that way. And while some have compared the app’s content to podcasts, broadcasting live (as radio hosts will tell you) is not the same thing as recording content with the knowledge that you can edit it later.

“Thousands of people are listening to you, and it’s just your voice—there is no image—and you’re having to think of things on the fly and be witty and funny and have lexical prowess,” he said. “If you’re lying, you get caught out pretty quickly. If you’re an idiot, you get caught out pretty quickly. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, you get caught out pretty quickly.”

So while a large following might bring an audience into your room, there’s no guarantee they’ll stay—especially when time is a premium in modern life. And you have to spend time engaging with users on the app, a lot more than you do to scroll through Facebook or Twitter and like someone’s content.

“The power of this app is intimacy at scale,” said Higgins, who said he has friends in cities all over the world today from the platform.

That’s not to say the app is free of disinformation or disingenuous people. Anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, and Covid-19 deniers have formed their own communities on the app, making unproven claims in their bios and conversations. And while some rooms hold space for conversations between Israelis and Palestinians during the ongoing crisis, the app has also struggled to shut down anti-Semitism and other forms of racism. In April the app shut down a number of rooms and removed users who violated the community guidelines, which ban discrimination, hateful content, or threats of violence or harm against “any person or groups of people.” The growing pains are unavoidable, but how the company handles them moving forward could make or break its future in the social media sphere.

The Evolution of Clubhouse

It wasn’t always this way, and chances are it won’t remain the same either. The app has gone through several evolutions, or cycles, as more and more people were invited on. Each user gets two invites when they join, but Clubhouse gives you more seemingly indiscriminately—which makes any perceived exclusivity short-lived. When it first opened up in July 2020, after three months of development and testing with a few friends, the company stated its intention to “foster a diverse set of voices”—and to a certain extent it managed to do so.

“It’s an app that was created for people in Silicon Valley, and there’s already a hierarchy in Silicon Valley, so that’s sort of how the app became popular. It also gained popularity because of the exclusivity: You wanted to be a part of something that everyone else wanted to be a part of, but only certain people were allowed to be a part of,” said Beth, an early user who did not want her real name shared due to her connections within the tech industry.

That hierarchy involves race, gender, and class dynamics. White men have long dominated the tech industry and white workers make up two-thirds of the workplace, followed by Asian Americans, who make up just under one-quarter of computing and mathematical occupations and are more likely to be found in technical positions than leadership positions. Black and Latinx workers each make up less than 10 percent of the industry and even less of the executive positions.

But a lot changed when the entertainment industry got on the platform last September, including a wave of Black creatives, ushering in a new era for the app.

“I said, ‘I’m not going to use this platform the way that maybe some people would,’ in the sense that there’s an opportunity here to use this outside of just speaking,” said Noelle Chesnut Whitmore, the chief marketing officer at Geojam and founder of More in Music.

Within a few months, Whitmore pulled together the now-viral and critically acclaimed performance of The Lion King: The Musical as the executive producer and director. When she joined the app, like other Black users, Whitmore invited her community into the wave of users of color joining the app, from cities like Los Angeles, New York City, and Atlanta.

“My Clubhouse experience has always been inclusive of very, very diverse groups, like extremely diverse groups, so much so that it was ironic, because some of these people I would never have talked to just based off of location, based off of some of the sectors in which they worked. The beautiful thing about Clubhouse is it put all of us in one space and forced us to talk to each other,” said Whitmore.

Higgins, who is based in London, joined this wave in October last year, calling it a “music renaissance,” and said the user base—at least to him—was much more Black at the time than it is today, diversifying from the mostly white tech base of its early days. Now the app is taking off in India, having spread to the UK and other parts of Europe as well as Africa, Australia, and South America.

“Each of those cities had some kind of cultural impact on the kinds of rooms we would see,” said creator Minh Do, who hosts clubs like Crazy Good Fun and the Movie Club, which often have more than 500 users in the room. One example he gave was the green moderator signifier, which Atlanta users began calling the “green beam”—and it stuck.

“In the very beginning, it was fairly tech-heavy, but I also came in after George Floyd, and my impression of what happened then is that there was a push for diversity from the user base at that time, and I think that has continued ever since,” he added. “I don’t think that Clubhouse has a strong amount of control over the demographic changes on the app, because it’s kind of in the hands of the users to invite who comes on.”

Clubhouse doesn’t collect demographic information from users when they create an account, so there’s no way to know quantitatively how diverse the platform is. A spokesperson for the company pointed to several top creators of color, some of whom are based in other countries, with audiences of more than 1,000 users.

Other social media platforms with an international base are similarly diverse, and users can turn Clubhouse into an echo chamber of sorts, but the app’s algorithm—while somewhat a mystery—heavily relies on user-selected “interests” to populate your hallway, making it more likely that you’ll find users outside of your bubble. With only a single profile image and a username to identify users, the app also sidesteps some of the racial bias built into artificial intelligence that has gotten apps like Twitter in trouble before. Still, while there are plenty of examples of what not to do, the question remains: Does the company know what to do next?

What Does Growth Look Like?

In recent months, Clubhouse has started to cater more to creators, rolling out a “Creator First” initiative to support selected creators by providing resources, services, and a stipend. The app also added a payment feature using Stripe that allows users to monetize their audience—with 100 percent of the money going directly to the user, unlike other platforms, which take a cut of the money.

Features like these are encouraging, especially for creatives of color, who are often cut out of the profits made online. Beyond the user base, however, part of the inclusivity equation as the app grows is biased by the people behind the technology. One of the app’s two male cofounders, Seth, is a person of color, while the other, Davison, is white.

“There’s definitely an air of strong male energy. The more popular rooms tend to be the rooms where it’s mostly white, male tech speakers,” said Beth, noting that other voices were present as well—if you went looking. “When two men start an app with roots in Silicon Valley, with this agenda of being inclusive, it’s a different air than when a woman starts an app to ensure that women feel safe in that community. With Clubhouse, perhaps the exclusivity was once a marketing tactic, but at a certain point it can become their Achilles’ heel.”

The small company of roughly a dozen employees is hiring, however, and would double in size if it filled all currently open positions. If they follow through on opening the platform, as the website says they intend to do, they’re likely to need the help.

“The beautiful thing they have on their side is that there is some sense of culture that they had early on. I think the hard part, though, is how do you establish and communicate and share that culture as it scaled,” said Whitmore. “People are just getting dumped onto Clubhouse and are unfortunately bringing some of those norms from other platforms without realizing that there is a unique opportunity for us here to develop a new standard, a new culture, and new ways in which we use this platform.”

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Author: Anagha Srikanth
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Is working out at home good enough? An Olympian weighs in

Gym memberships and personal training are expensive and intimidating, but lots of people swear by going to the gym and being coached in person. If you’re looking to change your body dramatically, Olympian and owner of Roar Fitness London, Sarah Linsday, reckons you’ll need to go to the gym to achieve this.

Is working out at home good enough?

If working out at home was good enough for everyone’s goals, there would be no need for gyms.

Whether or not a home workout suits your needs totally depends on what your goal is.

If your goal is to be healthy and your diet and lifestyle reflect this, you are fine to work out at home.

However, if you want to be super fit and see a big lifelong transformation you will need a gym.

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Is working out at home good enough?

Being physically fit ties into your health because the stronger you are, the easier you make day to day activities.

Sarah said “When you’re strong and fit everyday life is easier. Everything you do becomes easier the stronger you are.”

If your goal is to become really fit and change your body, unfortunately, you’re going to need a gym.

In the long run, you’re not going to be able to continue on your fitness journey if you don’t have weights at home.

Sarah said: “To really get the results you see in the before and after pictures, you need progressive overload (weight training) and who has that at home?

“Unless you’re Simon Cowell and you’ve got an amazing gym in your house, then you don’t have that progression.”

We’re not talking about a few dumbbells, you need a whole range of equipment in different weights.

If you’re doing home workout videos with no weights or simply going on the same long walk every single day, you’re not going to stay fit for long because you need to progress

Sarah explained: “You just end up doing the same thing over and over again with the same weights.

“You might get results for a couple of weeks but then it becomes easy because you’ve adapted to that weight and then what?”

In the gym, you’ll have access to a wide range of equipment, space and a much more motivational environment.

Sarah said: “You have to keep making it harder to keep moving forward and keep challenging yourself otherwise nothing happens.

“Some people will go to the gym and for a year they will pick up the five-kilo dumbbells because that’s their weight, but that’s not how it works.

“You used the five-kilo dumbbells last week, so now it’s time to pick up the six.”

Author: Izzie Deibe
Read more here >>> Daily Express :: Health
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Jordan McNair Foundation Working with Senator Cory Booker

University of Maryland football player who died at the age of 19 in June 2018 after he suffered exertional heatstroke during a team workout.

Jordan McNair Foundation is working with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to make sure a health and safety component is added to the College Athletes Bill of Rights

BALTIMORE, MD, UNITED STATES, July 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Jordan McNair Foundation was created to honor the life of the late Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player who died at the age of 19 in June 2018 after he suffered exertional heatstroke during a team workout. One of the main points the Foundation fights for is to educate and also assure the safety of student-athletes when playing any sport. Right now, The Jordan McNair Foundation is closely working with Senator Cory Booker to add a health and safety component to the NCAA’s Division I Council’s decision to suspend the policy that prohibits college athletes from profiting from their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) via bylaw 12.Recently, the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act were passed in the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates. The Act gives athletes the right to unionize and collectively bargain over issues related to health and safety. On May 18th, the Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act was signed by Gov. Larry Hogan. This past December, Booker, and Blumenthal introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights to guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. The College Athletes’ Bill of Rights will allow college athletes to market their Name, Image, and Likeness, either individually or as a group, with minimal restrictions.

“A baseline standard notable provision of student-athlete safety should be equally as important as economic freedom of all collegiate student-athletes across the nation. How can we pay a student-athlete if we can’t keep them safe,” asked Martin McNair, father of Jordan McNair and founder of the Jordan McNair Foundation.

In December of 2020, Booker and Blumenthal introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights to guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. The College Athletes’ Bill of Rights will allow college athletes to market their Name, Image, and Likeness, either individually or as a group, with minimal restrictions. By working with Martin McNair, Cory Booker is showing his support for not only equal and fair monetary treatment of student-athletes, but also acting as an advocate for the health and safety of all student-athletes.

Members of the media are invited to speak with Jordan McNair’s father, Martin McNair, upon qualified request. The Jordan McNair Foundation’s purpose is to diminish the number of heat-related deaths that occur in student-athletes. The foundation also sponsors programs aimed at community involvement and engagement.

About: The Jordan McNair Foundation was established in June 2018 by Tonya Wilson & Martin “Marty” McNair following the death of their beloved son Jordan Martin MacNair, an offensive lineman for the University of Maryland. Jordan’s untimely death was the result of a heatstroke he suffered during an organized off-season team workout


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Author: Aalto University
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Do you REALLY need a personal trainer? 5 reasons why working with a PT is worth it


Not everyone NEEDS a personal trainer, but the level of knowledge a personal trainer has is essential if you want to get amazing results and change your life.

First things first, being a beginner in the gym is really difficult and nerve-wracking.

Sarah explained: “In the gym, especially in the free weights section, you think everyone is an expert.

“But the honest truth is, most people don’t know what they’re doing unless you become an expert.

“If you haven’t been to the gym before and you walk in, you’re bound to think everyone’s doing it perfectly, they’re not!

“You’ve got to remember, everyone was a beginner once. Nobody is watching, nobody is judging, really nobody cares. They probably all feel the same as you.”

Personal trainers can help to eliminate the embarrassment or ‘feeling silly’ from the moment you step into the gym.

Author: Izzie Deibe
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