Friday, May 6, 2016

One Minute of All-Out Exercise May Have Benefits of 45 Minutes of Moderate Exertion

For many of us, the most pressing question about exercise is: How little can I get away with? The answer, according to a sophisticated new study of interval training, may be very, very little. In this new experiment, in fact, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be as successful at improving health and fitness as three-quarters of an hour of moderate exercise.

Let me repeat that finding: One minute of arduous exercise was comparable in its physiological effects to 45 minutes of gentler sweating....

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Are Plummeting Air Fares Causing A Spike in Cruise Travel?

It would seem that cruise customers are seeking both bigger and smaller ships, and cheaper flights are causing a surge in cruise bookings. Those are just two of the big takeaways from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) second quarter Cruise Industry Outlook Report of 2016, conducted in February among travel agents.
“Travel agents truly are the experts when it comes to identifying and forecasting cruise travel trends,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Through the ongoing Travel Agent Cruise Industry Outlook, we are able to tap into the knowledge and expertise of agents to identify the most current trends impacting the cruise industry.”
CLIA first highlights how airfare has recently impacted cruising, indicating that 53 percent of agents say that lower flight costs are helping to promote increased cruise bookings. Also, 30 percent say that exchange rates make international cruises more enticing. The take away here is that affordability to support sailings is key, especially as cruise lines realize that they can maintain prices higher than before....

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Americans to Spoil Mom with Jewelry, Electronics and Special Outings


WASHINGTON – Americans are looking forward to splurging on their mothers with jewelry, electronics and special outings for Mother’s Day this year. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics, U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average of $172.22, down slightly from last year’s record-high $172.63. 
Total spending is expected to reach $21.4 billion, with 84.4 percent of consumers surveyed celebrating the holiday.

“It’s clear that Americans want to honor their mothers this Mother’s Day,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Whether it’s a special meal at her favorite restaurant, jewelry or a new smartphone, families are planning to indulge mom again this year.”...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Your Kid's Prom Just Got Even More Expensive

American parents are accustomed to being treated like human cash machines during prom season, spending close to $1,000 to guarantee that a high school dance doesn't become an emotional catastrophe. A hundred bucks for tickets, and hundreds more for fancy clothes—even the corsage costs $20. And before any of that begins, your kid wants $300 for a promposal. Wait, a what?...

Monday, May 2, 2016

In a switch, big food companies urge consumers to eat less

After spending years trying to convince consumers to buy more of their famous-name products, now some of the biggest players in the food industry are trying to get people to eat less of them.

Burgers are shrinking, cookies are becoming thinner and package sizes are getting smaller.

In at least one case, a company is telling customers to cut back on its more indulgent foods....

Read the entire article courtesy of USA Today.

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