What is the Smart Mirror Fitness Craze?

At Tiger Nuts USA we are serious about living and eating a healthy lifestyle, and as such we are always on the lookout for ideas that might just help our customers with their long term goals and visions.

Recently we asked one of our writers to check to see if there was anything new out there that could be fun and help in the healthy journey we are all on. 

Here's the result:

If you’re like many individuals, getting motivated to go to the gym is a challenge in itself. But, when you factor in your kids, errands, job and social life, it can seem like you have zero time left to even leave your home to make it to the gym, let alone exercise.

The newest fitness craze that will get just about anyone off the couch and ready to workout is a fitness mirror. When you first look at it, it looks just like a normal full-length, wall-mounted mirror. But, that’s where the traditional mirror ends. 

The MIRROR, so rightly named, is a sleek and tall fitness device that combines the functionality of a mirror and LCD screen.  After you turn on the mirror and through its LCD screen, an image of a workout instructor projects on the mirror, leading you through a high-quality, studio-like workout. Touted as a “gym-in-a-mirror”, the surface of the mirror lets you see yourself and your form as you exercise. 

Until recently, the MIRROR’s primary features included on-demand and live fitness classes from various disciplines, such as:

  • Pilates

  • Cardio

  • Strength training

  • Kickboxing

  • Barre

  • Pre and Post Natal

  • Meditation

  • And more

And while these features were so much better than the ad-interrupted YouTube videos, MIRROR came out with something else — a one-on-one personal training.

The device has a speaker, built-in microphone and video camera, allowing your personal trainer (a real person) see you working out. Certified fitness professionals deliver real-time encouragement, form corrections and feedback — just like you'd get at the gym with your own personal trainer.

The MIRROR matches you with a personal trainer based on things like:

  • Your preferred workout type

  • Schedule

  • Session length

  • Coaching style

The MIRROR trainers can customize each session based on your activity preferences, goals and fitness level. When you're in a session, you'll see the instructor on the screen, your biometric data like your heart rate, your form, and more.

Along with the initial fee of around $1,500, for the mirror's personal training platform, you pay $40 for a 30-minute session, which is still much less than you'd pay at the gym for a personal trainer who would charge anywhere from $100 per 30-minute session and up.

MIRROR can encourage you to commit to your fitness even if you're the busiest person around. And after your MIRROR session, you can enjoy some heart-healthy Tiger Nuts

 

Jack Sims CEO Tiger Nuts USA

   

3 Reasons To Reach For Healthy Snacks When It’s Snack-time!

 

You know that moment where you’re in the mood for a snack to keep you going, but it’s not quite lunch or dinner time yet? You’re in-between meals and aren’t in a place to or just don’t have the energy to find some quick food. The temptation to reach for an unhealthy snack packed with sugar, preservatives, and genetically-modified ingredients can be strong. However, let’s take a look at 3 reasons to reach for healthy snacks instead.

 1. You’ll Satisfy Your Cravings

When you reach for unhealthy snacks, they normally don’t have the vitamins or minerals that will tell your brain that you’re satisfied. Instead of your brain telling you that you’re done snacking, it has to rely on your stomach being so physically full that you can’t possibly snack even more. If you look at a snack such as Tiger Nuts, for example, it has the right combination of vitamins and minerals to keep you from overindulging and taking in more calories than you need to that day.

 2. Unhealthy Snacks Are Packed With Too Much Sugar

Consuming too much sugar is linked to a long list of health issues from heart diseases to type 2 diabetes. It’s only suggested to take in about 24 to 37 grams of sugar daily. Consuming a single row of Oreo cookies alone is double the amount of your daily sugar intake. Reaching for a healthy snack such as Tiger Nuts contains only 7 grams of natural sugar per serving size of 32 grams.  

 3. Unhealthy Snacks Could Be Bad For Your Heart

You need to reach for snacks with a high amount of monosaturated fats. That’s because they could help lower the levels of bad cholesterol in your body. Many unhealthy snacks are bad for your cholesterol, but healthy snacks, such as Tiger Nuts, contain the healthy fats needed to lower your risk of heart diseases such as heart attack or stroke.

This article is brought to you by Tiger Nuts USA and if you have any comments or questions about Tiger Nuts, please email us at nuts@tigernutsusa.com 

 

Jack Sims - CEO Tiger Nuts USA

   

 

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Walk

 

You know walking is good for you and you want to do it, but you can't seem to find the motivation to get on that treadmill or take a stroll around your neighborhood. And, if you're typically a couch potato, it can be even more challenging. But, there are things you can do to motivate yourself. Here are five tips you can follow to incite yourself to walk.

  1. Set Realistic Goals

When first starting out, if you set a huge goal that has you dreading even the thought of walking, you're going to overwhelm yourself and will likely face inevitable plateaus. This can be discouraging and keep you from even trying. Instead, start off with several small, realistic goals you know you can accomplish and then progress as you go. 

But, you don't want to start off too small. So, set goals that’ll challenge you enough to motivate you to walk, but won't be too challenging where you become overwhelmed. For instance, start off with a goal, let's say, to walk three days a week, 30 minutes each day and then you can gradually work your way up to five days a week.

  1. Give Yourself a Reward for Reaching Milestones

After you've set some goals, providing yourself with an incentive for hitting each milestone can be that extra push you need to get out there and start walking. Your reward can be anything from a healthy treat, like Tiger Nuts, to a massage and a new pair of walking shoes.

  1. Get Yourself a Walking Buddy

Have a friend come along with you on your walks or even someone you can check in with each day to hold you accountable. They can give you that gentle nudge if you don't send them a daily message letting them know you walked that day. Remember, even Fido can be a great walking buddy.

  1. Use an App or Gadget

Different gadgets and apps on your phone can help you track your steps. Many fitness watches, pedometers, and apps will let you know the length of time (and distance) you've walked and how many calories you've burned. You can use the data from this technology to improve your steps or minutes walked with each walking session. 

  1. Join a Walking Group

It can be hard to stay motivated to walk by yourself. Many individuals prefer walking groups for the social aspect of it. It’s a great way to take your mind off of walking and make the time fly by. You can meet others who are trying to stay fit and be more active. You can be accountable for each other and motivate each other. It’s a way to socialize that also benefits your health, making it a win-win activity.

There are many ways to motivate yourself to walk. Find one or more ways and just get out there and get going. Sometimes, motivation shows up once you've started. So, simply forcing yourself out the door and getting going may be all you need to inspire motivation.

This article is brought to you by Tiger Nuts USA and if you have any comments or questions about Tiger Nuts, please email us at nuts@tigernutsusa.com 

 

Jack Sims - CEO Tiger Nuts USA