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FROM THE DESK OF Kaarthick Mani, DPT Welcome in 2018 by shocking your friends with eight fun facts about the month of January! 1. January is named after the Roman god, Janus, who is traditionally depicted as having two heads: one looking back to last year, and one looking forward to the new one. recognized by the Romans as being the first month of the new year in 153 BCE, it took centuries for the rest of the world to agree on it. Western civilization has only celebrated the New Year in Jauary or around 400 years. 3. While we are talking about the Romans, the Roman calendar originally only had 10 months. This made March the first month of the calendar year before January and February were added. 2. In fact, even though January was
The words “trend” and “fad” are often used interchangeably in the fitness world (as well as everywhere else). But do we even know the difference? According to Dictionary.com, a trend is “the general course or prevailing tendency,”whereas a fad is “a temporary fashion, notion, or manner of conduct.” Unlike fads, then, fitness trends show us where our workouts are headed and how to improve them. Each year, the American College of Sports and Medicine conducts a survey of worldwide fitness trends to help identify those that have a “perceived positive impact in the industry.” Based on feedback from thousands of fitness professionals from across the globe, here are the top five fitness trends of 2017. WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY Ranked No. 1 despite having emerged on the fitness scene only a few years ago, wearable technology — including activity trackers, GPS devices, and heart rate monitors — hasn’t so much changed the way we work out as it has provided enthusiasts motivation to keep moving. Activity trackers, like Fitbit wristbands, keep us accountable and show us our progress. Wearable technology in the form of smart fabrics and interactive textiles is only in its infancy. From light-up shorts (to help identify runners in low-light conditions) to fabrics that control muscle vibration (to improve athletic performance), designers are exploring the limits of our athletic wear. Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, a professor at Pratt Institute, says, “What makes smart fabrics revolutionary is that they have the ability to do many things that traditional fabrics cannot, including communicate, transform, conduct energy, and even grow.” What Does This Mean for You? This steady rise in popularity means developers will probably work out kinks, and apps and devices will run even smoother, all of which translates to better workouts! 5 FITNESS TRENDS FROM 2017 ... and Where We’re Headed Next
4. The birthstone for January is the garnet.
5. The flower for January is the carnation.
6. If you have a friend who is a Capricorn or an Aquarius, be sure to wish them a happy birthday this month! 7. January is officially recognized as the coldest month in the Northern Hemisphere.
8. January is also recognized as
National Blood Donor Month in the United States.
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