Pokémon GO Forth and Die by DethBrock: Is Pokémon GO a Good Exercise App?

Does this app really encourage people to exercise?

Unless you have no internet access (and if you do, how are you able to read this?), you will know that Pokémon GO has become an internet sensation.  People post pictures of their new catch or what they hatched from eggs online, make jokes from the gameplay, or basically making fun of or bullying people over which color they chose.

For those who don’t care to play, or are too old to know what Pokémon is, or any other reason to not give a shit about this app, essentially it’s a game played using GPS.  You walk around and find Pokémon to catch in the real world.  Sometimes you get eggs to hatch, but you need to put them into incubators and walk for a certain distance before you can get whatever’s inside.

Now that the basic gameplay is discussed comes the question; is this a good exercise app?

Well, for starters, I am at that age where I grew up with Pokémon, so of-fucking-course I play Pokémon GO.  Secondly, it only works with biking, or walking, or any slower forms of transportation.  Meaning that the game does not give a fuck how many pounds you lifted or how far you can stretch or how far you biked on a stationary bike or ran on a treadmill, since those do not change your GPS location enough.  If at all.

My experience with it has been that when I do go out walking with friends, or to class, or to get dinner or something, I typically get rewarded for it.  Usually with Pidgeys and Ratatas.  However, if I have more free time, I’ve gone on longer paths to get to wherever I am going.  I’ve even joined in on more activities my friends do, such as going to a park I had no idea existed or whatever.  All of this has allowed me to hatch eggs.

The problems with the app have been frequent closures, or disconnects from the server, or internet problems.  Typically, in a normal walk, I have to reset the app several times.  And when the servers do not work, I am more inclined to do something else, like video games, rather than go on another walk.  It’s also very distracting, so pedestrians are more likely to be staring at their phones or whatever rather than looking at the path, especially if they are capturing something.  However, I live in a college environment, so people are already glued to their phones anyway.  There are also a lot of haters out there.  One walk I went on with friends, we got yelled at by several people passing by in cars.  Instead of feeling discouraged, we laughed it off.  Obviously if they feel the need to harass people exercising and having fun, then what does that say about their life?

Overall, despite the problems with the app, I think it is a good way to encourage people to go out and walk.  It’s not perfect, and does cause some problems along the way.  Ultimately, even if there are haters out there, don’t let them bother you.  If this stupid app gets you up and moving, then it’s not a stupid app.

SodaBeast by Rob Pepsie: What even is a Soda Tax?

What is a soda tax, and what does it do?

Recently, the city of Philadelphia, a “soda tax” was passed.  This has the American Beverage Association up in arms, as their data differs from the results of the cities voters.  The American Beverage Association also cites the law as illegal.

So, what is this soda tax that has caused drama?  Well, essentially they are taxes on beverages that contain added sugar to them.  The idea is to help prevent some health issues, such as diabetes, obesity, and dental caries.  The idea is to make something more expensive so people buy less of it.

So now the question is:  do they work?  Well, from my research, yes and no.  In Mexico, another country in which a soda tax was put into place, there was some decline in soda purchasing and an increase in bottled water sales.  So here, the marginal improvement is better than nothing.  One cited problem though is that it is unknown if consumers switched from soda to some other beverage that is equally as unhealthy.  Like bleach or hydrofluoric acid.  Actually, I think bleach or hydrofluoric acid might be worse than soda is from a health perspective.  It’s also hard to tell where generated funds from these taxes would go.  Some think that they should go back into healthcare costs, and I would have to agree.  Why would people pay taxes on something related to health, only to have that money be spend on something fucking stupid, like proper lawn maintenance at some building nobody goes to for no reason other than some chairpeople voted on it.

Essentially, I think soda taxes are just one tool we could use to try to get people to live a healthier life.  It’s not a be-all-end-all, considering soda will still be as available in towns without soda taxes.

So what do the readers think?  Are these taxes a good idea or not?  Does anyone live in an area with these taxes and want to share their thoughts?

Cold as Ice (Tea) by Four-eigner: Benefits of Drinking Tea

What are some benefits or drawbacks of drinking tea?

First, I want to apologize for not posting as frequently as I would like; life has thrown me some curve balls, so my blogging hobby has been on the back burner for a bit.

So, other than being thrown into the Boston Harbor and starting a war that lead to the creation of the United States of America, what is tea good for?

Well for starters, many people only consider certain kinds of tea leaves and processing of them to be four or five varieties (green, black, Oolong, white and pu-erh, which is a type of black tea).  So, those are going to be the focus.  My apologies to those who drink other teas.  Actually no, fuck that.  I ain’t apologizin’.

Within these four (or five) kinds of “real” tea, there is a compound called a flavonoid.  Flavinoids are compounds that act as antioxidants and eliminate free radicals.  For those who do not have a chemistry background, they help to prevent bad things.  Those bad things are called cancer, heart disease and clogged arteries, among other diseases.  Tea is also lower in caffeine than coffee, meaning that mental alertness might be increased without as many side effects of drinking coffee.  Tea is also incredibly low Calorie, with a whole whopping two fucking Calories per eight fluid ounces of the shit.  I am pretty sure most people can spare those Calories in their diet.  Tea is also a better alternative to other beverages if water is not your thing.

Some of the problems I’ve seen with tea comes from the additives.  Adding milk, or cream, and/or sugar to your tea increases the amount of Calories consumed per serving.  Other problems come from teas with plant based laxatives, as there can be a loss of water and nutrients via pooping.  Another problem comes from tea supplements, as the claims on the bottle are not backed by the FDA, and may cause other problems.

In short, tea is a good beverage to have in place of other beverages, like alcohol or soda.  Secondly, there might be other benefits, but do not expect miracles to happen if you drink tea.  Problems mentioned that tea assists with can also have an increased risk from life style.

 

Learn On My Own by Emigrate: Odd Analogies I Have Learned in Human Health Classes

Knowledge comes in many forms, and sometimes education comes in unexpected ways.

Sometimes, education is weird.  I signed up for a class on one topic, and instead I wind up learning more than what I paid for.  Sometimes these are deep, dark things about myself or others, simply based on observations and questioning.  Other times, things get put in perspective for me.  These are all “truths” I’ve found during my time being educated, which is a majority of my life.  Feel free to disagree with me on these, because everyone’s life experience is vastly different.

  1. People are like digits and limbs: What I mean by this is that relationships work so long as things are healthy.  If things become disconnected, then there is a problem.  Fortunately, like a severed body part (except for the head, at this point and time in science), sometimes things can be reattached and things are good.  However, people can also be toxic or drag you down.  This is when they become like gangrenous limbs; the need to be removed.
  2. Much like your organs, everyone has a purpose: In the body, it’s pretty fucking stupid to expect your heart to do digestive functions, or your liver to maintain conscious thought.  That being said, it’s pretty fucking stupid to expect certain things of people, if they have shown a certain nature.  I have found that some people I can go ahead and ask for advice, and their two-cents are really valuable.  Others, the advice they give is terrible.  However, those that don’t give good advice might be better at something else.  Some of my friends I can rely on for academic help, or companionship, whereas others, they would not be as valuable, but can offer me perspective.
  3. Bad attitudes can spread like a virus: Everyone has shitty days, amongst the good. It’s a normal part of life.  Hell, the bad days make the good days even better, because without the bad days, the good days start to become mundane.  However, there are just those who like to bitch and complain about everything.  The smallest issue can easily turn into an hour long conversation for whatever victim can be found.  I have become the “host” for this virus on several occasions.  Some of the people that I talk with just sometimes spew their infectious attitudes on me, complaining about something minor that really should not have been taken issue with.  Normally, I move on once this conversation is done, much like your immune system can fight of certain infections.  However, sometimes it can’t, or multiple exposures overrun you, and finally, you have the bad attitude.  Fortunately, I find beer makes a great cure-all.
  4. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: With dietetics, the main goal is to either prevent or delay some illnesses or diseases from occurring using prevention.  Delicious, delicious prevention.  This applies to peoples’ actions as well.  Telling people what pisses you off, or controversial topics before they start to address them, or even telling people what they did was unacceptable during a neutral moment, you can save yourself aggravation in the future.  Let me tell you, being pissed at friends and family fucking sucks.  Letting them know that there is an issue, and offering solutions to it, might cause some conflict in the beginning.  However, that little bit of conflict can save more hair pulling in the future.
  5. Much like a chronic disease, you must accept things the way they are: There are ALWAYS issues you can find with people once you’ve known them long enough.  Maybe they are a stubborn asshole who likes to swear all too fucking often (yes MOM I fucking know I have a potty mouth!!).  So here, the real question is:  am I going to change?  Hell no!  This is who I am.  Fucking deal with it.  Other people will also have negative attributes or vices that might cause issue.  However, some people will not change.  This ties back to my first point of people being like severable body parts.  If their issues become too much, then it’s time for them to go.  However, if their issues are something that can be looked past, then the best course of action is live and let live.

 

This is a topic I might revisit in the future, as I learn more and more and advance more and more in my nutrition education.  Or if I think of anything more.  Does anyone out there have their own analogies?  I think it would be interesting to see what other people have figured out.