Get fit 2017: all the fitness gear you need to fight the festive flab

If the overindulgence of Christmas has inspired you to get fit in early 2017, we’ve got you covered.

Whether it’s the best fitness band to keep a track of your steps or a new treadmill for your home, we’ve rounded up all our top features into one handy guide.

Let’s kick off our ultimate fitness gear guide with five top tips from Nick Anderson. He’s a GB and EA running coach, PT, plus a coach for Saucony, High5, and the Running Bug. So basically, somebody who knows a lot about running!

Nick’s best running tips

  1. Enter a race or an event. This gives you a goal and real target, date and objective to work towards.
  2. Get a plan towards this goal or event and choose one thats realistic. It could be written by a top coach and aimed at your ability, pace and experience making it achievable.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people when chasing the resolution. This could mean training with friends or a running group to make your plan fun. Equally it could be buddying up with a friend to go to the gym or a new conditioning class.
  4. Join one of the communities aimed at supporting you and your new year resolution/pledge. RunningBug offer Run Yourself New and there is also the Jantastic community.
  5. Remind yourself why you set the resolution and how you were feeling at the time. We often get more time over the festive season in the build up to New Year to assess our lives, goals and direction. Then when New Year arrives we abandon the resolution as already too busy. Think about how you felt and ring fence the time to make this resolution work each day and week…..running just 3 times a week can see fantastic result for example!

Now read on for all the fitness gear you need in your life, from fitness bands to mobile apps

Best running shoes to buy

Picking up a great pair of running shoes is essential to ensuring your fitness regime goes to plan and we’ve tested a whole load of the best. Aside from making sure your feet are comfortable, a great pair of running trainers should offer support, let your feet breath and boast some extra nifty bits of tech to round things off. We’ve also got some top tips on choosing the right pair of shoes for your running style.

Read: best running shoes

Best running headphones

So, you’ve got your sparkly new fitness band, a treadmill for your home gym and stocked up on enough pairs of running shoes to last you the year, what else do you need? A great pair of running headphones, that’s what. Yes, we know, you could stick with the buds that came bundled with your phone, but we all know that they’re not very good. Instead, you should pick up a pair of dedicated ‘phones, which won’t fall out of your ears as soon as you start running. Many of these are resistant to sweat too, which is a must, for us anyway and they sound fantastic. Perfect for pumping out your handcrafted gym playlist.

Read: best headphones for running

Best football boots to buy

The options here range from solid, mid-range boots to wild flights of footwear tech fancy. Don’t forget to carefully choose between the various options that most of them offer with, for instance, variants for hard and soft ground. You should also probably be realistic about your skills. Having a boot that’s super-light and offers next to no protection is not a great idea if you’re not as fleet of foot as you once were. On the other hand, having a super-flash set of boots can give you added confidence and a better first touch, if you’re not completely hopeless in the first place.

Read: best football boots

Best sports sunglasses

If you’re looking for the best sports sunglasses you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put our eyes on the line testing the very best shades money can buy. Whether you’re running, cycling, golfing, or fishing this list is for you.

Read: best sports sunglasses

 Our buying guides for bikes

Nothing beats buzzing around town on two wheels during the summer months. Evening pub pints with pals are made even more appealing without the worry of sweaty public transport or the ferocious cost of cabs, while the daily commute can provide some much-needed post-winter fat removal when tackled on two wheels.

We’ve collated the best of this year’s offerings under £1,500 as well as the top electric bikes, road bikes under £2,000 as well as expensive elite choices.

 

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Everything you need to know about Google Allo

Google Allo was announced by Google back during its annual I/O event in May, along with the Duo video chat application. While Duo was made available only a few weeks ago, it’s now Allo’s turn to go official. The app is not your run-of-the-mill IM app as many would imagine. If you saw Google’s demonstration of the app back during I/O, you would be aware of all the things that the app is capable of doing on its own.

There’s deep integration with Google Assistant, which is essentially a more personalized version of Google Now. With Allo, you can have small text conversations with Assistant by typing in your queries and getting results right within the chat window. There will be clickable links and image results too, so you don’t have to exit the app to interact with them.

Given that machine learning is one of the core elements of Allo, we expect Assistant to get smarter over time with support for more commands. Google is basically trying to humanize the search experience with the help of Assistant, and it is successful to a great extent.

Keeping in line with the trend, Allo also comes with its own set of personalized stickers that you can send within conversations. Google seems to have paired with independent creators rather than going with big ticket names for these stickers, which is a refreshing change.

Google has built an ‘Incognito Mode’ within the app, which enables end-to-end encryption and secretive notifications that do not show in your status bar or lock screen. So why are chats not end-to-end encrypted by default?

Well, as Google rightly puts it, having this enabled by default restricts certain features from accessing your chats. Google Assistant, for example, cannot read your messages and aid you with your queries if chats are encrypted. Users can also set an expiration date for their chats in Incognito Mode, ranging from 5 seconds to a week.

If you’re wondering how Allo or Duo are different from Hangouts, well, Google wants to focus Hangouts as an enterprise solution while Allo and Duo will be consumer centric. These apps sync with your phone using your phone number, which makes it quite similar to contemporary IM apps that are available out there.

Overall, Allo is a very functional chat app with the potential to go big in the market, provided it strikes a chord with the global audiences. Although the app is available on the Play Store right away, it might not be visible for some users. But APK Mirrorhas you covered, where you can download the officially signed version of Allo on your compatible Android smartphone. One big caveat with an app like this is that not a lot of friends and family will be aware of it right away. But that could quickly change as word gets around.

 

 

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The 10 Windows group policy settings you need to get right

One of the most common methods to configure an office full of Microsoft Windows computers is with group policy. For the most part, group policies are settings pushed into a computer’s registry to configure security settings and other operational behaviors. Group policies can be pushed down from Active Directory (actually, pulled down by the client) or configured locally.

I’ve been doing Windows computer security since 1990, so I’ve seen a lot of group policies. In my work with customers, I scrutinize each group policy setting within each group policy object. With Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, for example, there are more than 3,700 settings for the operating system alone.

 
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What Social Media Marketers Need to Know About Facebook’s Instant Articles

What Social Media Marketers Need to Know About Facebook's 'Instant Articles' | Social Media Today

With its new offering “Instant Articles,” Facebook hopes to revolutionize how publishers post content to its network. On April 12th, the company will unveil the new feature on iPhone and Android Facebook apps, allowing publishers to post content (even longform) directly instead of via external links.

What does all this mean for you and your brand? Here are some main points.

Integrated, Innovative Content

Instant Articles aim to achieve on social media what a magazine can in print: a relationship between written and visual content. As well as magazines do this, Facebook’s format is arguably better. Its seamless integration of auto-play videos, tilt-to-enhance photo feature, interactive maps and audio captions top all previous types of articles.

Less Wait Time

When content links to an external source, download time drags on for an average of eight seconds. Unfortunately, that can be long enough for users to lose interest. Since Instant Articles won’t redirect the audience, it will decrease their wait time tenfold. The new speed should keep both users and brands happy with quicker access to information. Plus, blog posts and other longform content can live directly on a Facebook page, which cuts down on the time and energy spent to maintain an external site.

Continued Brand Presence

To support a smooth transition for your brand, Facebook will allow customization in the look and feel of your content, including everything from typeface and layout to the ads that run within. You can even continue with your own analytics, although the new feature will provide its own option.

Potential for Better Results

The few lucky brands that have tested Instant Articles have good things to report. The Washington Post has seen a significant increase in repeat visitors, and LittleThings.com has earned a 15 percent increase in shares. While the latter has acknowledged that the feature may decrease its direct page views, the advertising included in the content makes up for that. See a more in-depth review from The Washington Post and other companies here.
[Source:- Socialmediatoday]