Years ago a friend told me she had breast cancer. The prognosis was good, but she worried about the changes it would make to her body. I can't remember exactly what she said next, but it sparked a series of the best puns of all time, the most gruesome ones involving the word breast and its synonyms. Well we laughed and laughed until we cried and then we cried and cried until we laughed again.
It was cathartic and exhausting, and we felt better after we pulled ourselves together. It reminded me of an article I read about Norman Cousins when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness. He did all kinds of treatment by his medical team, but added a daily comedy flick after reading researcher Hans Selye's work on stress and its impact on the body. Cousins thought that if stress can cause harm, then taking the stress out of laughing should do good. It has done wonders for her well-being and has also provided her body with healing doses of endorphins.
A British survey in 2014 found that adults laughed six times a day compared to children who laughed an average of 400 times a day. I wonder if we tripled our laughter quotient as adults, how much would that add to our day? I'm going to find out. But for now, enjoy this little gem that always makes me smile: Pretty Big Dig.
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Garmin Connect is the powerhouse behind your sports watch or smartwatch – and is where the magic happens in terms of tracking and analysing your workouts, or keeping tabs on your heart and activity.
Garmin Connect comes in two forms : a web service and a smartphone application, and each enables you to unlock a whole range of extra tools that can hone your training and help you become a better runner, cyclist, or just more saine in general. Whether you have a supercharged Fenix 6 or a more simple Vivosmart 4 sport tracker, the data is still presented in Garmin Connect.
From preparing for a marathon and setting monthly goals, to joining team step défis and beating other runners’ best times around your local routes, these tools bring the hardware on your wrist to life, giving you more control over your training. My Day is where your activity data lives, and is a quick look at your activity from the past 24 hours. You can press expand/collapse for an even more/less visual look at your daily activity.
All of the metrics are expandable as well, if you need to drill deeper into your data. For example, if you tap on Heart Rate you will see a graph of your heart rate across the way.
There will be thousands of Garmin sport trackers being unwrapped across the nation on Christmas morning. Whether it’s a beginner running watch like the Forerunner 35 for someone who got lucky in the London Marathon ballot, a slimline sport band like the Vivosmart 4 for those keen on tracking their steps, or the colour map-toting Fenix 5 Plus GPS watch for trail runners who are ready to venture further into the great outdoors than ever before, Garmins make great gifts.
They are also, however, packed to the brim with such a bewildering array of features that it’s nigh-on impossible to get your head around them all. The result is that many of us barely scratch the surface of what our trackers can do.
to ensure you’re getting as much from your new Garmin as you can, we enlisted Maria Townsley, Garmin’s junior product directeur for fitness, and Theo Axford, head of product and partnerships, for advice on a few of the essential features on your device. Some of the below are only available on certain Forerunner and Fenix trackers, but others are available to anyone with a Garmin Connect account.
We reckon that once you try it, this will be the only screen you ever use during course events. You can set a target distance and your Garmin will continually update your estimated finish time, or set a target distance and pace/time and the device will show a pacer on the screen to keep up with. “If you fall behind him, you’re not going to hit the time you set as your target, ” says Townsley, “so you can keep a close eye on that. ”
tera use the virtual pacer, hold the menu button on the run screen, select Training and scroll down to Set A Target. You can also use the target times for races that your Garmin has estimated you’re capable of based on your training, but be warned that these tend to be quite optimistic.
“I’ve been training for the marathon over the past three months and I’ve stuck to a Garmin Connect training plan, ” says Axford. “A lot of people don’t know these exist. “Within Garmin Connect, you can fermé the distance and how many weeks you’re going to be training for. Then it’s downloaded into your calendar and onto your device.
“For example, I’m supposed to be doing an easy run today and my workout is already pre-programmed on my watch. I’m doing heart rate-based training. It keeps me within a heart rate zone, so I’m applying the right amount of effort during that training session. ”
tera find the training plans head to the Garmin Connect website, go to Training and select Training Plans. Not all Garmin devices will be able to download the plan to follow on the watch, but everyone can get a customisable plan.