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Get This Smart Bathroom Scale for Less Than $20 on Amazon – PCMag.com

Oct 18th, 2019
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Looking to lose weight or start body building? On Amazon right now, you can get a smart scale for less than $20 to help you reach your goals.

The Etekcity Smart Body Fat Scale, which has hundreds of five-star reviews, syncs with popular fitness apps and does a lot more than just tell you how much you weigh. It's currently marked down to just $19.98, or 20 percent off.

This smart scale features four sensors to track 13 measurements, including weight up to 400 pounds, BMI, body fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, bone mass, body water, metabolic age, and more. You can create an unlimited number of profiles on one scale, so everyone in the family can keep track of their stats.

It works with the free VeSyncFit app, which syncs your data with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit, so it's easily accessible in one place. This also makes it easy to track your weekly, monthly, and yearly progress.

PCMag hasn't reviewed this particular smart scale, but it has an average customer rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon with 1,140 reviews.

"The most annoying thing for me was to log my weight into the Fitbit app in the mornings (I know, I know, but I'm just not a morning person), but this does everything for me," one reviewer wrote. "Open up the scale's app, step on the scale and it [reads] all your measurements, which will also be sent to Fitbit. Perfect for drowsy me first thing in the morning."

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A Warning From a Doctor Who Has Done Thousands of Steroid Injections for Arthritis – The Atlantic

Oct 18th, 2019
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As a specialist in joint pain, Guermazi has done thousands of steroid injections over decades of work. He has trained other doctors as he was trained: to believe that the injections are safe as long as they arent overused. But now he has come to believe that the procedure is more dangerous than he knew. And he and a group of his Boston University colleagues are raising a warning flag for doctors and patients alike.

Millions of times every year, people with joint pain allow doctors to run a needle through their skin, then their muscle, then their tendons, and into the fluid-filled space of a painful joint to calm inflammation. Such inflammation can be the result of many types of injury or disease, but most commonly it is the result of gradual wear and tear known as osteoarthritis, in which the cartilage diminishes, the space between the bones narrows, and eventually bones start to rub on one another. At that stage, a person may need a surgical joint replacement. The progression of the disease itself cant be reversed with drugs, so medical treatment is aimed at easing pain and maximizing mobility. Steroid injections are one of the chief ways this is attempted.

In the journal Radiology this week, Guermazi and his colleagues at Boston University published a study of 459 patients at their hospital who got injections, in the hips or knees, in 2018. Of those patients, 8 percent had complications that worsened the state of their joints. In some cases, the arthritis actually sped up. Others developed small fractures under the cartilage or had complications that compromised the blood supply to bone. In the worst cases, patients had what Guermazi and his colleagues described as rapid joint destruction.

Patterns of harm can be slow to emerge in medicine, and causal relationships are difficult to prove. But these findings build on a gradual accretion of evidence challenging the widespread use of steroid injections. In 2015, Cochrane Musculoskeletal did a meta-analysis to see if the intervention was even helpful. After collating data from 27 knee-arthritis trials carried out around the world, the authors concluded that the quality of evidence was low and overall inconclusive. Some of the studies they analyzed found small to moderate improvements in pain and physical function, but the results were not statistically reliable. Whether there is truly any positive effect, the authors concluded, is unclear.

Since then, the role of the placebo effect in steroid injections has gotten attention. In 2017, rheumatologists at Tufts University and Boston University did a randomized controlled trial in people with knee pain. A control group got a sham injection that contained no steroids. In what became a bombshell paper in the journal JAMA, people with knee arthritis reported that their pain was no different if they received injections of steroids or saline. Whats more, the people who got the steroid injections saw more erosion in the cartilage in their knees.

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Holly Willoughby weight loss: How does This Morning host stay in shape? Diet plan revealed – Express

Oct 18th, 2019
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Holly Willoughby is an English television presenter who has been on screens for nearly 20 years. She will regularly post pictures of her outfits on Instagram and fans have noticed her slim frame over the last few years. Despite losing weight, the mum-of-three doesnt want to give away too much about her diet. So, what does she eat?

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Holly has worked on shows including Dancing on Ice, Celebrity Juice and The Voice.

Over the years, fans of the star have noticed her frame change over the years.

Speaking to Prima Magazine, Holly said: I try not to focus too much on my appearance. As long as Im being healthy, thats good enough for me.

Earlier this year, the television host revealed explained why she didn't want to talk about her diet plan.

She told the Sunday Times: It's a personal thing for me, and I think people get obsessive with it.

"Everybody knows what leads to a healthy lifestyle, but it's not up to me to give you a blow-by-blow account of what I've eaten that day. It's not helpful, and it's not what's important.

Despite keeping tight lipped about her slim figure, a TV source spoke out to shed some light on Hollys diet.

The source told The Mirror: Holly is determined to keep her new-look body so she eats chicken, carrots and hummus.

They also revealed the sweet treat Holly has been spotted tucking into when on the go.

Youll never see her without a pack of mango either, to satisfy her sweet tooth, they added.

As well as following a diet plan, Lynne Robinson, director of London-based Body Control Pilates, has explained she worked with the star on her exercise routine.

I worked with Holly for several months, teaching her privately at her home once a week, she told The Sun.

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Eating grapefruit every day could help you lose a stone in a year – woman&home

Oct 18th, 2019
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Diets have long been associated with rumbling stomachs and cutting back, but the addition of one particular food to a daily routine could have spectacular results.

One study found that participants who consumed grapefruit before their meals showed significant weight loss.

Thats right, eating more actually helped them shift those pesky pounds.

The individuals who consumed half a grapefruit before each meal lost an average of 3.6 pounds over the course of three months. That means there was potential to lose around 14 pounds (one stone) over a year.

Grapefruit is often heralded as a food that can help with weight loss, but how does it work?

The fruit is made up of 92% water, which can help people feel fuller for longer. This impressive water content also helps to speed up a bodys metabolism which, in turn, helps to burn fat.

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Its thought that around 20% of an individuals daily fluid intake comes from their diet. So, eating grapefruit frequently will help keep your body hydrated.

Incorporating grapefruit into your everyday diet could see great results (Credit: Getty)

Of course, fruit and vegetables in general are a great choice for anyone looking to lose weight, but grapefruits in particular are high in nutrients and low in calories (around 50 in a half portion). Theyre also rich in fibre, which can help promote fullness and can reduce calorie intake elsewhere.

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According to experts, red grapefruits the best variety as they contain more of the antioxidant lycopene which can help lower the risk of heart disease and some cancers. The antioxidant helps to fight free radicals, the compounds that can cause damage to cells.

Lycopene also helps to lower blood pressure and can provide a boost to immune health something incredibly important during the winter months.

Its worth noting that pink grapefruits also contain the antioxidant, but the white variety does not.

So, as well as significant weight loss benefits, eating grapefruit everyday is also a great way to improve overall health. Those willing to push past the bitter-meets-sweet taste will reap the rewards in the long term!

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How to lose weight like this guy who lost 39 kgs after being fat-shamed for being obese – GQ India – What a man’s got to do

Oct 18th, 2019
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Consistency and adherence clubbed with quantified nutrition and the right workouts is the best way to lose weight and not a fad diet! writes 27-year-old Abu Sayeed before elaborating his weight loss journey. Sayeed trimmed from a whopping 115 kgs to 76.5 kgs in nine months after realising the importance of nutrition and eating right through an eye-opening weight loss experience.

At 115 kgs, I was fat-shamed a lot for being obese. It came to a point where all the fat-shaming had actually started affecting my well-being. To put a stop to it, I decided to get in the best shape of my life.

Much like any other guy, after making up his mind to shed a few pounds, Sayeed joined a gym but did not gain any long term benefits from it. I met a trainer, who made me do long hours of cardio and suggested a fad diet that obviously led to some weight loss. But after I quit the gym, all the weight I had lost bounced back at twice the speed faster than Id ever imagined! So obviously this led to a lot of frustration.

But instead of letting the frustration foster, Sayeed decided to understand why this happened and went on to pursue a certified course in nutrition and exercise. A lot of people are unaware of the fact that the most effective way to lose weight is by developing healthy eating habits. Good nutrition combined with physical activity can help you lose weight and also keep heart diseases, cancer and obesity at bay without punishing or starving yourself. The easiest way to ensure youre eating right is by consulting a nutritionist. You can also chart a plan for yourself after investing considerate time and effort understanding nutrition for your body type - online or via books.

After understanding his bodys needs, Sayeed started following the below weight loss diet plan and workout routine to lose weight in a healthy manner. This is when the magic happened, in nine months, I lost almost 39 kgs and even started looking and feeling a lot better he says.

I made a weight loss diet plan that was not limited to specific meal options but was limited in quantity. Id divide it as breakfast, lunch and dinner options according to my preferences.

"I like to call the below diet plan the whole day diet:

3 slices of bread

3 whole eggs

1 banana

200 ml milk

120 gms of rice

400 gms of chicken

30 gms of ghee

300 gms of green veggies

4 sticks of KitKat

1 Scoop of Whey Protein (if you don't want to take Whey, you can replace it with 100 gms of chicken or 50 gms of soya chunks)

I'm not a cardio person, I, personally, dont believe that it helps lose fat. So as a part of my weight loss workout routine, I only indulged in strength training. This is the workout that I followed:

Barbell Bench Press - 4 sets of 12 reps

Incline Dumbbell Press - 4 sets of 12 reps

Pec Deck Fly - 3 sets of 15 reps

Machine Shoulder Press - 4 sets of 15 reps

Side Lateral Raises - 4 sets of 12 reps

Front Raises - 3 sets of 12 reps

Face Pull - 3 sets of 12 reps

Cable Triceps Pushdown - 4 sets of 12 reps

French Press - 4 sets of 12 reps

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Deadlift - 4 sets of 8 reps

Lat pull Down - 4 sets of 12 reps

Seated Row - 4 sets of 12 reps

One Arm Dumbbell Row - 3 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell Bicep Curl - 4 sets of 12 reps

Hammer Curl - 4 sets of 12 reps

Barbell Squats - 4 sets of 10 reps

Leg Press - 4 sets of 10 reps

Lunges - 3 sets of 10 reps

Leg Extension - 3 sets of 15 reps

Leg Curl - 3 sets of 15 reps

Calf Raises - 4 sets of 20 reps

Cable Ab Crunches - 4 sets of 15 reps

Hanging Leg Raises - 3 sets of 15 reps

Plank - 3 sets till failure

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I have been able to maintain my current weight by not going off my diet as I can make anything with the food in my diet plan no cheating at all!"

Always focus on your food and try to make it interesting otherwise you'll get bored. Be creative, people. And of course, stay consistent."

Disclaimer: The diet and workout routines shared by the respondents may or may not be approved by diet and fitness experts. GQ India doesn't encourage or endorse the weight loss tips & tricks shared by the person in the article. Please consult an authorised medical professional before following any specific diet or workout routine mentioned above.

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Go sugar-free and guilt-free this Diwali! – Economic Times

Oct 18th, 2019
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Its the season to celebrate. And no celebration in the festive season is complete without loads of sweets. A month down the line and we are no longer proud of our waistlines!! The festive season brings with it a heavy intake of processed foods for meals, snacks and the in-betweens. All good things come with a price, which in this case means added sugar and tons of calories.

A quick look at the dietary recommendations first. Good health indicators tell us that we need to limit the total added sugar intake to less than 10% per day. Without playing a spoilt sport in the festive season, we must remember that white sugar consumption is the main cause of lifestyle-related disorders like obesity and type 2 Diabetes. None of these is good news and before we dig into the sweets around us, we must remember a saying I live by. Once on the lips, forever on the hips!!

Its not all that disappointing actually. The recent influx of low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) can make you feel far less guilty before you dig into your next piece of besan ladoo. These sweeteners are food additives that provide sweetness with minimal calories. Low-calorie sweeteners act as a wonderful replacement to traditional sugars without affecting the taste of the food. I have been studying these sweeteners and the options available for quite some time now and have spoken to doctors, health experts and chefs who use them. My view is that it can be safely concluded that LCS may benefit blood glucose levels and are effective in weight management. A healthy diet or low-calorie diet has minimal or no free sugars. Low-calorie sweeteners are a safe alternative to free sugars when consumed within permissible limits.

At a recent forum on low-calorie sweeteners and healthy living, there was a debate on how these additives are safe for consumption. Noted chef Sanjeev Kapoor had a take on this. While he did agree that replacing most high-calorie food products is difficult, yet sugar which adds free calories to the diet can be replaced easily with low-calorie sweeteners. His take was that if we try low-calorie sweeteners for two to three weeks, we get habituated to the taste.

With Diwali in the next few days, you would want to indulge in yummy traditional sweets and distribute the same to your friends and family. While one is merry-making and pleasing the sweet tooth, one needs to be cautious of the sugar intake and at the same time doesnt have to give it up as well.

So here are some tips to go sugar-free this Diwali:

Sharing some healthy sugarfree recipes:

Apple / custard apple kheer

Ingredients:

Method:

Pumpkin Halwa

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DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.

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Gemma Collins looks thinner than ever as she steps out in figure hugging metallic dress – The Sun

Oct 18th, 2019
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GEMMA Collins looked thinner than ever as she stepped out in a figure-hugging metallic dress last night.

The 38-year-old star was among the guests at the Deliveroo Awards in London, and looked sensational as she posed for waiting photographers.

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The GC showed off her trimmed down figure in the sparkling gown, which had long-sleeves and a plunging neckline.

She accessorised with a grey clutch bag, dazzling diamond earrings, and peep-toe shoes.

Gemma had her blonde hair styled into loose waves, and completed her look with smokey eye make-up and a nude lip.

The self-proclaimed diva also posted a photo of herself posing in her garden ahead of the event, writing: "Looking very forward to @deliveroo this evening and then onto @havenhousech to celebrate the amazing charity work for all the beautiful children".

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The former Towie star has shed the pounds in recent months after appearing on Dancing On Ice in January, keeping the weight off after burning up to 1,500 calories a time during training.

She has also admitted to using 250 slimming injections in a bid to lose more weight, documenting much of her journey on social media.

However, she recently confessed that she has gained some of the weight back after indulging on junk food.

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She said at the time: "I already lost three stone earlier in the summer but I have put five pounds back on after overindulging on truffle pizza on holiday, which is quite a lot of fat."

The new photos come just days after Gemma sensationally claimed that a full moon makes her boobs heavier and she has supernatural powers like Stranger Things heroine Eleven.

Speaking on her new BBC podcast, she said: "When I was younger like I didnt really understand that I could feel things that maybe other people didnt or see things that other people didnt.

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"Its only when I watched Stranger Things now I feel like Millie Bobby Brown and I get it."

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She also remarked: "I dont know about you but my breasts get so heavy on a full moon.

"Literally I can barely move."

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Shayne Ward unveils dramatic body transformation after losing three and a half stone – Heart

Oct 18th, 2019
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18 October 2019, 07:56 | Updated: 18 October 2019, 08:00

Shayne Ward has shocked fans by showing off his incredible transformation.

Shayne Ward has completely transformed since leaving his role as Aidan Connor on Coronation Street.

After hitting the gym hard, the singer has shown off the results of his huge three and a half stone weight loss with a series of shirtless snaps.

Explaining why he decided to overhaul his lifestyle, the 34-year-old said he wanted to stop feeling sluggish, stressed and self-conscious.

He said: Im happy to not be in that place I was 21 weeks ago. I was sluggish, I was stressed and I didnt really want to do anything.

When I started training, I wasnt in the greatest place I was trying to balance everything on my shoulders in my personal and professional life. I didnt enjoy me.

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With his rippling muscles and huge biceps, now Shayne - who shot to fame when he won The X Factor back in 2005 - has admitted hes more confident than ever.

Its been 21 weeks and Im so far removed from that now, he said.

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Crediting his new body to UP Fitness, the soap star continued: It doesnt just mean getting bulging biceps or a bigger chest, it means you can be a lot healthier in body and mind.

My confidence is through the roof. People say you look happier, your confidence is so much better.

I feel good, I feel fresh, Im not quite 21 anymore, but Im feeling really good.

The Coronation Street actor has gone down from 29 per cent to 16 per cent body fat over the 21 week programme.

This comes after Shayne admitted working on Coronation Street may have expanded his waistline.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: I will miss it when I leave but its not done favours for the dad bod. The canteen has a really great menu but then it also has really naughty food.

Put it this way its your choice, but then if you eat from the naughty menu youve got to make sure you dont put weight on, which is what happened to me really.

Fish and chips Friday is on every single week and they have lots of sweet food like hot chocolate fudge brownie or rhubarb and apple crumble.

The star - who is married to former Hollyoaks star Sophie Austin - also fronted a body confidence campaign for Loose Women, saying he has learnt to ignore bodyshaming trolls on the internet.

Referring to his X Factor win back in 2005, he said: "I mean I was 21 when I won the X Factor and now I'm 32, so of course my body's going to change."

He added that it was important for him to be "cuddly" for his young daughter Willow.

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Nintendo’s Ring Fit Adventure is the perfect game for those who hate the gym – TechRadar India

Oct 18th, 2019
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Ive been on a weight loss mission for about a year now. Well, lets call it a healthier lifestyle mission. Between cutting down my portion sizes, being more particular in my food choices and generally trying to be more active, Im over half way to my target weight. And then I hit the dreaded plateau - that point when you no longer put on weight or lose it, you just idle at the same number.

Its at this point that it became obvious that I need to introduce more exercise into my life. Sure, I have a gym membership and go twice a week (when my schedule allows) but its hard to get the motivation to actually go. Thats before taking into account the anxiety-pushing task that is actually going into the weight room to earn those gains, when all the regulars look like theyve fallen out of Arnies Pushing Iron documentary.

The alternative? Weights at home. In itself, its a difficult task when youre limited by space and it quickly grows tedious - especially when youre not really sure if what youre doing is actually helpful.

Thats why I was intrigued by Nintendos latest foray into fitness: Ring Fit Adventure.

Along with many others, I was initially hesitant about Ring Fit. On the surface it seems like just another piece of gaming exercise hardware that inevitably ends up in your over-packed closet when the novelty wears off, but having tried out Ring Fit Adventure for myself, I think I might be sold.

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Nintendo will struggle to escape from under the cloud of the Wii Fit, the exergaming phenomenon that invaded millions of homes in the mid 00s. But while the Wii Fit and the accompanying Wii Balance Board were gaming household staples, they weren't exactly the pinnacle of exercise equipment and quickly grew into yet another boring novelty object.

Ring Fit Adventure aims to succeed where the Wii Fit failed: offering a more legit exercise experience alongside a fun, adventure focused game. Its quite the marvel. Especially when combined with the highly successful Nintendo Switch console.

Featuring two new pieces of hardware for the Nintendo Switch, the Leg-Strap (which straps to your leg with one Joy-Con) and the Ring-Con (a pliable wheel that you hold in both hands), Ring Adventure sees you ab-crunching, downward dogging and jogging your way to victory.

"At one point I found myself deep squatting to fend off an adorable yoga mat"

The main campaign sees you on a mission to take down an evil body-building dragon called Drago. Yes, really. To do this you must complete various levels on the path to the big bad, but this isnt like Mario. Armed with the Ring-Con, you must jog (yes, literally) along some beautifully, Nintendo-esque environments, pulling and pushing the ring to smash boxes, jumping crevices and sucking up resources on your way - the latter can be used to customize your avatar.

Somewhere along your journey youre likely to encounter some evil fitness equipment such as animated kettle bells. The only way to defeat them? With exercise, of course (also known as Fit Skills).

At one point I found myself deep squatting to fend off an adorable yoga mat and occasionally pressing the Ring-Con against my abdomen to create a shield to block the floppy, antagonists attacks. If you hit the timing and posture of the exercises right, you can get extra points and experience to level up your avatar and earn extra in-game gains (yes, gains are an actual skill).

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While the campaign is definitely a lot of fun, providing short four and five minute bursts of exercise, its not exactly a huge calorie burner - with each level burning around nine calories. However, it is useful for getting your general fitness level up, even offering you the ability to check your heart rate by pressing your right thumb against the IR reader.

Youll also be asked how you found each level, your goal weight and offered warm-up and cooldown exercises to avoid injury.

Where Ring Fit Adventure truly shone for me was out of campaign mode, where you have the option to take part in training for individual muscles or sets that target particular areas of the body. With my fear of the weight room, I really enjoyed having some tough arm and shoulders workouts which truly made me feel the burn without feeling self conscious. The Ring-Con is essentially a Pilates ring, but you have an in-game trainer telling you exactly how to do the exercises and tracking your posture. It felt worthwhile.

If actual workouts arent what youre after, then theres also some exergaming mini-games you can try out alone or with friends. Nothing brings the family together like seeing how many pumps of an exercise ring you can do in a minute. Theres even a leaderboard to track who is the fittest.

There are so many activities to take part in that actually you could get a pretty decent workout just jumping between them all, and curb off any boredom.

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While my experience with Ring Fit Adventure as a fun exercise experience was positive, there were a couple of major drawbacks to the hardware.

Firstly, the leg strap kept sliding down. Its held on with Velcro but if youve been jogging and fighting off kettle bells then it begins to get a bit loose. Secondly, and this was the biggest issue, the actual Ring-Con struggles when it comes to leg exercises.

Let me paint you a picture: I'm sitting in the birthing position on the floor with the Ring-Con in between my thighs and suddenly, while I try to inner thigh press, the ring goes flying across the room like a bat out of hell.

Balancing the ring in between your thighs is tough and its something which could have been avoided with a grip. While playing a game that requires me to squeeze the ring between my thighs every time I want to jump, I was more wondering about keeping the ring in place than the jumps. Its a tad frustrating.

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The Ring Fit Adventure isnt going to change your life, but it is a fun, adventure-orientated approach to exercise. If, like me, exercising in a gym can make you nervous, then performing some basic exercises at home can be much more convenient.

If exercising isnt your main goal, and you just want something family-friendly and fun to play, then Ring Fit offers that too - with plenty of mini-games to try out when you're bored of the main campaign mode.

Is Ring Fit a novelty? Yeah, kind of. But its also something which can genuinely help you enjoy exercise rather than avoid it. Personally, Ill be using mine on those days when squeezing in a gym session isnt in the cards.

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