Fitspiration On Social Media: Is It Helping Or Hurting Your Health Goals?

Social media and health goals.

Social media and health goals.Pexels.com

The hashtag #Fitspo is often seen on Instagram posts touting exercise, healthy living and clean food. It’s popular among celebrities, athletes, lifestyle gurus and people who are marketing their particular brand of ‘good for you’ products and services. The images that accompany #Fitspo are, as one might expect, of fit and healthy people doing fit and healthy things.

The question is; is this really inspirational or does it sabotage the average person as they work towards their own health goals? It seems as if the results are decidedly mixed.

Health related social content can impact viewers’ dispositions about weight

One study has shown that people who were exposed to fitness related social media content were increasingly concerned with their own weight. This concern was aggravated when subjects were exposed to posts of people they perceived to be fitter than they were. According to Dr Anand Thakkar, Chief MD at Chicago Weight Loss Clinic, “more staggering was the fact that this effect was seen even when the nature of the fitness related posts were positive and encouraged healthy lifestyles. If it is well managed, this could be the motivation for viewers of such post to adopt healthier lifestyle choices when it comes to weight and fitness.”

Interestingly enough, this happened less frequently when the viewer perceived the poster as being at a higher fitness level than themselves. Instead, it was more likely for negative thoughts to occur among people who saw themselves at a similar fitness level to the individual making the fitness related post.

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This festive season, spruce up your home with right decor

 Spruce up your home with right decor

Diwali preparations have kick-started in full swing. This is the time when we pay our most of the attention to the house decor. Most importantly, if you are planning to play host to Diwali parties this year, then add glamour and festive vibes to your little cosy abode with these tips.

* A splash of colour: While loud colours make a traditional impact, pastel shades or ice-cream colours as they are also known, are trending festive tones this year. Choose your preferred palate in advance so that you can choose the right accessories to match. Break the pastels shades with strong hues like navy, olive, fuchsia, saffron or crimson to bring your space to life.

* The Diwali supper: Table setting is a must if you’re looking to make a lasting impression on your guests. Add a simple floral arrangement on the centre of your dining table and take a few moments to set the right cutlery. Floating candles into glass bowls filled with water make for a unique table centrepiece.

* Statement furniture: Get your living room into the right mood for endless hours of conversation and fun happy moments shared between your loved ones. Rearrange a few furniture pieces, add a few poufs, a coffee table and playful rug to add a little festive delight. Knitted throw pillows add a fun texturized element to your couches while aroma diffusers with a scent of sandalwood can add an aura of vibrant calm.

If you are investing in a new sofa set, go in for something that is multi-functional giving you the freedom of living, dynamic and can be easily placed in a variety of formats bringing a cosy touch to your living room ecosystem.

* Debonair decor: This festive season reminisce the golden era with vintage themed décor that will leave your guests enthralled. Start off by opting for carefully crafted antique gramophones and oversized model telephones influenced by ethnic art. Uplift this look further with Rajasthani Jharokas as well as silken upholstery woven together in fine threads of gold and voila.

* Spiffy luminance: Lights are a festive essential that enrich the fervour further. For a modish theme in the living room, pendant lighting is an ideal fitment whereas in the bedroom, one can add vibrant table lamps in perky hues to give the space a tinge of chic. Illuminate the nooks and corners of your home with floral scented candles and add intricately carved metallic diyas.

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Paytm Money now comes with Siri integration, can check your portfolio and status of SIPs

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Consumers will now be able to control the app by simply using voice commands.

Paytm has integrated Apple’s digital assistant Siri support within its investment and wealth management focused app, Paytm Money. Now iOS users will now be able to view their portfolio value and status upcoming SIPs (Systematic Investment Plans) of mutual fund investments via voice commands. Consumers will be able to get this new feature by updating the app via the app store.

Consumers will now be able to control the app by simply using voice commands such as “(Hey Siri) Show my portfolio”, “(Hey Siri) Show my SIPs” or “View my upcoming investments”. These phrases are completely customisable and can be changed according to user preferences by going into Settings > General > Accessibility > Siri > Type to Siri.

Paytm Money recently added a few features into its iOS app to make it easy for consumers to invest their money. These features include Smart App Shortcuts, Search Indexing, 3D Touch, Portfolio Widget and much more to manage & track investments.

Also Read: Google tweaks privacy policy for Indian payment app after Paytm complaint

Paytm Money is an investment and wealth management app launched back in September by One97 Communications. Consumers can download the Paytm Money app from their operating systems respective app stores.

They will then be required to complete the paperless KYC process, after which they can start investing their money into funds. People can choose between two modes of investment – SIPs or via One-time payments that start from Rs 100 depending on their preference.

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How to get your home up and ready for the festive season

Close to the festive season, weekends are as precious as gold. With limited time at hand, the task of giving your space a much-needed facelift tops the priority list. Though it sounds daunting, the process can be a smooth ride if planned properly. So sit back and let this be your guide to a festive-ready home.

LIVING ROOM

living room

As guests would spend most of their time in the living room, you need to make sure that space is nothing less than impressive. An entertainment unit with multi-storage options makes a great buy. Look for smart entertainment units in great shades and finishes. At Royaloak Furniture, you could pick from a glossy or matte finish, depending on the colour scheme of your living room. Add a bit a glamour to the space by bringing in a smart wine cabinet.
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living room

Seating a number of people can get awkward sometimes. If you are fortunate enough to have a huge living room, it makes sense to invest in a Royaloak Ludo Sofa Cum Bed. This comfortable and fashionable sofa cum bed comes with exceptional contemporary design that blends perfect with the decor of your space. Or simply look for stylish and comfortable recliners as a smarter alternative in a more compact room. Royaloak Falcon Single Seater Manual Recliner in Air Leather that lends an elegant look to your living room is definitely worth a look.

DINING AREA

dining

Consider introducing a dining table into your living room. Something like the Royaloak Crystal 6 Seater Dining Set with Bench would work just fine. Looking to ring the changes? Substitute the dining chairs with long benches – they are extremely light to move and can accomodate more people compared to single chairs.
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BEDROOM

bedroom

And, lastly, the bedroom. A lot people, especially the elderly, prefer to have some alone time after meals. Make sure your guest bedroom is ready to cater to their requirements. Invest in beds that are spacious and comfortable, something like the stylish, strong and durable Royaloak Daffodil King Size Bed With Hydraulic Storage and Reflective High Gloss Finish.

It is always a great idea to have bookshelves with some great books for people who would love to read their afternoons away. Smart dressing tables, full-sized mirrors and other accessories will make their stay in the bedroom a memorable experience.
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KITCHEN

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You’ll find guests scrutinising your kitchen as they walk in and out of it in search of food and wine. Make sure it has cabinets dedicated to cater to the various needs of your guests. It is important that these cabinets are installed at a decent height which makes access to crockery, glasses, food and other utilities extremely easy. Avoid cluttering your kitchen with furniture, gadgets, and accessories, as moving around might get extremely difficult.
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ENTRANCE/BALCONY

entrance

The festive season means entertaining a lot of guests, and often over a long period of time, so organising the entrance of your home is crucial. Invest in a well-sized shoe rack, like this one from Royaloak Furniture. You wouldn’t like a heap of shoes at the door when you welcome your guests, would you? You could even add a few smart furniture pieces like the Royaloak Ebony Chair 2S for a classic minimalistic look to your outdoor space.
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Pre-Black Friday Deals To Help Decorate Your Living Room

Redesign your living room with this season’s hottest home decor selections all for a great price. Between Zara Home’s Mid Season Sale, to West Elm’s price slashing on furniture and Crate and Barrel’s Get Cozy Sale they’ve got everything you need to upgrade your living room this fall and at the right price. From stylish and functional coffee tables to chic accent tables, and comfy poufs and ottomans, you can instantly transform your space with just a few pieces that all happen to be on sale right now. Don’t waste any time and shop these savings today.

Coffee Tables

West Elm

West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table

This multi-tasking coffee table is perfect for a small space storage solution. To the naked eye this coffee table is just a chic mix of dark wood and marble and is purely decorative, but it can do so much more. The dark stained eucalyptus wood table top pops open to reveal storage space to conceal everything from remotes to magazines. The pop-up also doubles as a table top so your couch can transform into a workstation or counter in seconds. The marble slab on the opposite side is the perfect surface for testing out your coffee table decorating skills, and the open shelf underneath is great for showing off your latest reads.

Shop Now: Originally on sale for $699, now on sale for $559


West Elm

West Elm Drum Storage Coffee Table

For the perfect balance of functional and fabulous look no further than this coffee table. The metal basin’s antique brass and bronze finish instantly create a glamorous centerpiece for your living room. Its contrast with the mango wood top makes it perfect for any design style whether it be formal or casual. The drum’s metallic finish can inform your tabletop decor choices. Brass candle holders and vases will pop on the wood top. Beyond being a visual point in the room, this coffee table is full of storage space. Using the finger cutouts, remove the tabletop to reveal storage for all your throws and pillows.

Shop Now: Originally on sale for $599, now on sale for $479


West Elm

West Elm Box Frame Storage Coffee Table

Keep all of your favorite items on display with this coffee table. Use the glass top as a display case to show off your expert-level coffee table styling skills. You can create a story with different books and trinkets all under the tabletop while keeping the surface free and clear to use. The contrast of the glass top, raw mango wood, and metal frame is a perfect combination for a contemporary living room. This table also allows you to have all the glamour on top, and some functionality at the bottom as the wood base has two drawers for storage.

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Elevate Your Home With These Holiday Decor Trends

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.

The holiday season isn’t just a time for gifts. It’s also a time for re-decorating. In recent years, traditional holiday decor has stayed in storage and been replaced with more contemporary styles. While social media has influenced this trend, it’s not the only reason. Laurence Carr who is the CEO and Founder of Laurence Carr Design explains why. “The traditional holiday style has not kept pace with modern lives and families living far away from each other. People are looking for a feeling of comfort and warmth with personalized holiday decor, such as unique, simple touches or small takeaways like candles. They are also embracing simplicity as a way of distressing from this hectic time of the year.”

It’s time to say goodbye to green and white and consider these holiday decorating ideas instead.

Santa Claus Isn’t Real And Your Tree Doesn’t Have To Be Either

A faux tree is a real gift to yourself.Getty

To end the debate once and for all, creating the perfect holiday ambiance does not require a real Christmas tree. The holiday season is stressful enough, so why create additional hassle? Would it make sense to transport any other large, cumbersome item by tying it down to the roof of a car? Does anyone have time to constantly clean an endless mess of falling needles? Real trees can also create safety concerns for pets and trigger allergies. Artificial trees are less problematic, more cost-efficient and eco-friendly. They also look full year after year.

Miss the real tree smell? A Nest Holiday or Birchwood Pine reed diffuser on your mantle is the next best thing.

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Black is the new black.

Black is the new black.Wayfair

Artificial trees also allow for experimentation with color. While white trees trended in 2017, according to Wayfair, the number of site searches for black trees has increased this year. It’s easy to understand why. A black tree is a true statement piece. The contrast of color against the ornaments makes them pop. For extra wow factor, keep the lights and ornaments monochromic. If black isn’t bold enough, consider a millennial pink or even a red tree this year.

Take A Hint From Chip And Joanna Gaines

The modern farmhouse look perfected.

The modern farmhouse look perfected.Brittany Avila

Popular with bloggers and influencers like Brittany Avila of Southernly Bliss, the modern farmhouse look has been a major interior design trend for several years. In fact, starter homes renovated in this style have proven to garner higher sales numbers.

But, Carr doesn’t think the attraction to a modern farmhouse look is about being trendy. “Modern Farmhouse holiday decor simultaneously reflects warmth and a rustic mood. Its popularity stems from the inherently cozy feel of the scheme.”

She suggests pairing farmhouse styles with vintage holiday decor like those heirloom ornaments passed down from generation to generation. Mixing raw textures and hard finishes like rough wood and hammered metal is another way to make farmhouse chic blend with a more contemporary style home..

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