Wearable fitness trackers are the newest trend in weight loss fitness programs. The device keeps track of what an individual has been doing to help achieve the fitness goal. However, according to recent findings of American Medical Association, the technology devices are less effective than traditional and non-technological weight loss programs. Results from the two-year study revealed that young adults who did not wear the fitness trackers lost an average of five pounds more than the participants who wore the tracking device.
The objective of the AMA study was to determine whether the wearable device will help an individual lose weight over a long term period of time because other studies have shown that the wearable tracking device was effective for short term use. The authors of the AMA study concluded that the devices used to monitor and provide feedback on an individual’s physical activities are less effective than standard behavioral weight strategies.
Are the wearable fitness trackers useless? Not necessarily because people who wore the device lost weight although not as much as standard fitness programs. There were certainly improvements in terms of body fat loss. Participants in the research belong to the 18-35 age groups who were overweight or within the obesity range. Instead of using BMI as the indicator of fitness, the research used body fat percentage, lean mass, bone density and cardiovascular fitness.
Participants were asked to undergo a new set of diet and exercise program that was designed to gradually increase the exercise activity from moderate to vigorous. After 6 months, the participants were divided into two groups with one group continuing with the diet and exercise regimen while the other group was given an exercise tracker. Both groups lost significant weight but the standard non-wearable intervention group lost more weight than those using the fitness tracker.
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When you find yourself locked out of your own home one day or even your vehicle, it is important to keep in mind that using Google search and picking out the number one on the list may be a bad idea. The reason why is that top search results are usually advertisements that promises consumers a fee of $15 or $19 for their emergency services but the truth is that it will costs a lot more than that after they have rendered their services.
This scheme is known to be in operation for several years already.
Upon searching, you will be shown the company that carries a generic name that promises a cheap fee for their service call. The result is that a dispatcher from another state will be receiving your call.
The trick is that they can’t determine exactly the amount of the service but they will only state the starting prices of their services and majority of them are too cheap to be true.
They will employ various reasoning tactics and one of them is that the price of the service will depend on how high the security level of the specific lock that they have to unlock for you. Once the service is done, they will charge the customer with a fee worth a few hundred dollars.
The truth is that majority of the houses are using only standard types when it comes to dead bolt locks. Not many are equipped with high security locking system. If your lock is the standard type, a legitimate locksmith will tell you that it will not cost you over $150.
Another important factor to keep in mind, legitimate locksmiths will be able to give you an estimate of how much they will charge for the service. For those that refuses to give you or can’t tell you an estimated price, it is better to find another locksmith who will.
If you have locked yourself out, the key is not to panic. Search for the local locksmiths and decide on which one is best and reliable before calling a mobile locksmith in Perth.
Researchers have found out that placement, among other reasons, influences a purchase. Buyers are more attracted to items on the middle of a shelf rather than items on the edges. Prices are also taken to be lesser when they have minimal syllable count. In addition, prices are also taken to be lesser when ending with a 9. It is no wonder that instead of a 50 dollar price for example, 49.99 is presented to the buyer. The stores and shops have determined how to influence buyers through overpricing products then later taking down the prices knowing that it will be seen as a good deal. They have also discovered the art of presenting several options but not giving too many since it will be overwhelming for buyers eventually discouraging the sale.
What is not known to most is that a snobbish attitude from a salesperson can encourage a sale. A recent study discovered that rude salespersons caused buyers having low self esteem to spend greater time in their stores and shops in comparison to those stores with accommodating salespersons. Stores also avoid shared fitting rooms. The reason for this is when a buyer sees someone else, especially prettier, wearing the same item, she is not likely going to buy the item.
The store’s atmosphere greatly influences the buyers’ mood and spending. Atmosphere includes lighting, wall paint color, layout and so on. Stores which are stuffed with so many merchandise can cause claustrophobia. It can result to buyers leaving. Another research found out that buyers are more critical when in stores with warmer temperatures and emotional when in stores with cooler temperatures. Research also reported that buyers spend more in cool and blue-toned stores rather than in warm and orange-toned stores.
Being able to touch an item also influences sales. People are likely to purchase an item if they can touch it.
Music also has an influence in the sales. Impulsive decisions are linked to popular and modern music while unpopular music results to buyers being more focused.
So, there is a reason why that Ugly Christmas Sweater was bought in the first place. It was science, after all.
For in-store shoppers, front end experience matters most while for online shoppers, the tail end experience matters most. This is according to the Institute of Service Excellence (ISES).
The availability of the products and possible promotions is a big deal for physical store shoppers. This is the reason why most people drive to a store or mall to get the products and goods they need right away instead of waiting for these delivered to their doorsteps. Likewise, when there are sales or discounts, they go physically to inspect the products and goods to see if these are worth their discounted prices.
For online shoppers, they are more particular with the delivery time and availability to their locations plus the shipping or delivery costs associated with online products and goods. Aside from this, they are concerned with the return plus exchange policies especially that these cannot be inspected prior. Another example of a tail end experience is the convenience of checking out and paying out for the bought products and goods. This includes the payment methods available for shoppers.
So, whether shoppers are purchasing or buying Tech/Gadget, Furniture or Appliance, Clothing, Entertainment or TV Store Online, they expect a different experience online or in-store.
Although customers gave the e-commerce stores a lower score for overall quality plus value in comparison to traditional retailers, they are still more likely return to e-commerce web sites. This is according to ISES. This is also the first time e-commerce was included as a consideration for the evolving consumption trends.
Neeta Lachmandas, an ISES executive director, mentioned that businesses need to consider integrating in-store shopping experience with the ease of doing online transactions as a challenge. This is now important especially that more traditional businesses are opening online stores which is blurring the way people distinguishes physical retailers from the online retailers. One example of this is offering a service to book a personal appointment online through the website before visiting a shop. During the booking process, all the customer details or personal information are gathered in advance. Any relevant information for the reason of visit should be included. This creates an easier convenient user experience.
Tejas trains are now getting ready with the launching of their new trains, the operator is proud to announce that the service will let passengers experience world class travel. The trains will be equipped with high-tech equipment for the entertainment of the passengers. There will also be Wi-fi on board and displays that have Braille integration. The coaches which will be under the Tejas operator are now being ready for its world class journey.
Tejas means brilliance in English and the coaches will have a golden color for the paint. Another operator, Hamsafar, will also be launching their latest trains within the year. The Hamsafar coaches, on the other hand, will be covered in vinyl sheets and will be painted using colors that are of earthy and sky tone in order to let the passengers know that the trains are designed for the common people.
According to a senior official from the Railway Ministry, they are already on the final stage of designing the features of the train. The coaches will come from different operators such as Tejas, Deen Dayalu, Hamsafar and Antodaya. The units that are in charge of the production have already received the proper instructions requiring the features that each coach should have.
The coaches under Tejas will have two different classes – the executive class and chair cars. The Hamsafar, meanwhile, will have a 3 level air conditioning.
Aside from the improved outside appearance, the Tejas coaches will also have 22 new added features such as entertainment screens provided for each passenger together with their own hand phone socket and LED screens that will be relaying all the safety instructions.
The toilets will be bio-vacuum and will have an indicator for the water level; the taps employed sensors as well as the hand driers. The coaches of Tejas will also be equipped with Wi-Fi access and displays that can be used for Braille. There will be digital boards for the destination map and an electronic system where the passengers can book their tickets.
For those planning to Vietnam anytime soon, the railway system is also an enjoyable experience especially when taking a train from Hanoi to Sapa.