According to research, playing video games where you move around a lot . . . like "Dance Dance Revolution" or Wii Fit . . . ISN'T as good as doing an actual workout.
But if you're currently getting ZERO exercise, it's better than nothing. And it can help motivate you to START a real workout routine. Here are three more things you might not think about that can help you get in shape.
#1.) Keep Your Hands Cold While You're Exercising. According to one study, it helps with endurance and makes you more comfortable while you're working out.
You don't have to duct tape cold packs to your palms or anything. Just picking up a bottle of cold water every few minutes can help.
#2.) Work Out with Someone Who's in Better Shape Than You Are. In a study from last year, researchers had people ride stationary bikes for as long as they could stand it.
Then they had them do it again later on. But while they were doing it the second time, they could see video of someone who was in BETTER shape also riding a bike.
And with the extra motivation, the people in the study biked almost twice as long as they had the first time. So in other words, working out with someone who's in better shape than you are makes you competitive about your workout.
#3.) Bring Your Dog to Work with You. Obviously most people aren't ALLOWED to. But a recent study found that people who do it tend to get more exercise, because they always go on walks during their lunch breaks.
Another one of President Obama's cabinet picks is drawing fire. This time it's Jack Lew, who is expected to be nominated to replace Tim Geithner as treasury secretary. And the reason why Lew is taking heat? He has a messy signature. In fact, New York Magazine called it "the world's worst signature."
If Lew gets the job, his name will appear on all U.S. dollar bills. Lew currently serves as chief of staff and at Wednesday's press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked if Lew was working on his signature, Carney responded, "Not that I'm aware of."
However, past secretaries of the treasury have polished up their John Hancocks before they were worthy of appearing on bills.
We're barely into 2013, but we already have a frontrunner for the Douche of the Year award. Author Michael Kindt was at a California restaurant when he noticed that another patron left a political statement instead of a tip. The customer left a card that read: "As a direct result of …President Obama's insistence that I pay 'MY FAIR SHARE IN TAXES, I find that I must cut back on discretionary spending and gratuities," the card said.
"I wish it didn't have to be this way." Here's an idea: Stay home, eat a frozen meal and post that rant online. It's just not cool to punish a restaurant employee because of your political views.
Chet talks with political analyst, Dotty Lynch, about Biden's gun control task force meetings.
-Gov Cuomo proposes 3 upstate casinos.
-The maximum sentence has been issued in DWI vehicular manslaughter.
-Dozens were injured in a NYC ferry accident.
Steroid-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa have been denied entry to baseball's Hall of Fame with voters failing to elect any candidates for only the second time in four decades. Craig Biggio, 20th on the career HITS list with 3,060 hits, topped the 37 candidates with 68.2 percent of the 569 ballots, 39 shy of the 75 percent needed. Among other first-year eligibles, Mike Piazza received 57.8 percent
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Carmelo Anthony has been suspended one game by the NBA for confronting Kevin Garnett after the New York Knicks' loss to Boston on Monday. Anthony, who was angry about Garnett's choice of words during a fourth-quarter altercation, went toward the Celtics' locker room after the game and later waited for Garnett outside Boston's team bus.
Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone is not a man that likes to waste any time. Less than 48 hours after being introduced as the team's coach, Marrone already has his two coordinators in place. Marrone will hire former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for the same position in Buffalo, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. We passed along word Tuesday night that 33-year-old Nathaniel Hackett would be the team's new offensive coordinator. Jets coach Rex Ryan spoke about Pettine leaving the organization on Tuesday.
"We had the conversations, and Mike thinks it's best that he go to a different team as defensive coordinator, and I wish him all the best unless he goes to Buffalo," Ryan joked.
NHL owners have ratified the tentative labor deal. All that now remains is player approval to finally start the NHL season. The league's board of governors met Wednesday in a Manhattan hotel and voted on the agreement that was reached early Sunday. Players are expected to vote Friday and Saturday.. An expected 48-game season can then begin Jan. 19.
AND FINALLY THE ROCHESTER AMERICANS FELL TO THE SYRACUSE CRUNCH LAST NIGHT 5-3.