Modern day life is filled with overwhelming devices and innovations that are potent of changing the way we spend our lives. Technology is what has made us globally connected, paved pathways towards continuous evolution and provided solutions for the most intricate problems. The struggle between reveling in luxuries while ensuring that we consume the least of our resources and don’t affect our planet adversely is what makes this struggle continuous. There is always a way to do it faster, cheaper and better. From cars that run on hydrogen with zero emission to artificial intelligence applied to humans, all of these innovations are under constant development and testing so their applications can be found in daily life to improve our lifestyles.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence has been around for a long time but it’s still a technology whose full potential is yet to be uncovered. It is the science of utilizing computers for the tasks that human can perform. From voice recognition to robotics, artificial intelligence not only provides security systems but also perform human tasks efficiently and rapidly. Most of us own a smartphone capable of voice recognition or a laptop capable of face detection or finger print scanning. Driverless cars and intelligent automated drones are in testing phase before they are employed into our daily life. Two researcher at the University of Washington have performed, what they state to be the first noninvasive human to human brain interface in which a researcher sent brain signals over the internet to control hand motions of his colleague. This breakthrough can open a gate for direct brain to brain knowledge transfer which can change the way we exchange the way we share information completely.

Dispersed and Cheap Manufacturing

3d printerIndustrialization was the beginning of evolution, integration of products that were manufactured at a concentrated point (i.e., factory) and distributed and sold through market. The cost of storage and shipment contributes a substantial amount to the cost of a product. What if products were manufactured and sold at markets instead? Or better yet, what if you could produce on your own? This would certainly eliminate a lot of costs like buffer inventories, transportation and building cost. Not only this, it would a lot of source of pollution as well. 3d printers are capable of such evolution. Just load the design and the materials and a 3d printer will do it all. The best you can find have applications in different fields, from rapid prototyping to medicine. Recently, a lot of 3d printed prosthetics made their way to the market which only cost a fraction of conventional made prosthetics that cost up to $1000.

Recyclable Plastics

There has always been a need to recycle, our planet offers a limited amount of resources and it is in our best interest to utilize them as efficiently as possible. Plastic are categorized into two types, thermoplastics and thermoset plastics. Thermoplastics have the ability to be recycled and reshaped multiple times while thermoset plastics are not capable of being reheated and reshaped because they sustain their shape even at high temperatures and pressures. That is why thermoset plastics have found their application in defense, electronic and aerospace industry. In 2014, the publication of a paper in journal science which brought the discovery of a revolutionary plastic to spotlight called poly(hexahydrotriazine)s. These plastics can be dissolved but only in strong acids an can be reshaped into new products.

Not many people would hesitate if they were offered a healthy living, because by leading a healthier life you will experience the following benefits (among others).
-More energy and alertness, you feel good to be alive!
-Increased productivity
-Fewer health problems hence less visits to the doctor, you save on your medical bills!
-A long productive life!

How to Become Healthier

cycle workoutTo become healthier you need to change your current habits in relation to diet, exercise and stress. The best way to start leading a healthier life is to begin small and gradually make changes to your diet and physical activity. You need to exercise more regularly and have a balanced diet, eat less and manage stress.

Choose physical activity and nutritional changes you can accommodate in your daily routine and therefore can stick to for the rest of your life. The amount of physical activity you can undertake will depend on your age. Adults between the ages of 15 and 65 should undertake 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise or physical activity. Make sure to include cardiovascular and weight training regimes in your exercise or physical activity. Acquire a heart rate monitor as it helps you monitor your rate during physical exercise.

It’s Also About the Food

To become healthier you need to make sure are eating the right food.
– Eat fresh food. Choose fresh healthy, nutrient rich and low fat foods. Include lots of vegetables and fruits in your diet.
– Eat food rich in fiber. Foods rich in fiber makes you stay full for longer, so you avoid those hunger pangs that make you reach for that unhealthy snack. Beans are an example of a fiber rich food.
– Eat fruits and avoid the juices. Eating the whole fruit fills you up because raw fruit contains fiber and the act of chewing the fruit communicates to the brain that you have eaten something. Juices tend to be high in calories and will lead to weight gain.
– Go for foods that contain a lot of water. Research indicates that eating foods rich in water lowers body mass index. These foods include fruits like watermelons, strawberries, grapefruit, peaches, and vegetables like cucumber, lettuce, zucchini, celery and radish.
– Include good fats to your diet. Research has proved that monounsaturated fats help people burn unwanted fat, particularly in the mid section. Bio foods rich in monounsaturated fats include olive oil, avocados, almonds, kalamata olives, walnuts and flaxseed.
– Eat more protein. Protein takes longer to digest keeping you full longer and also require more calories to be digested, helping you lose weight.
– Eat super foods. These are foods rich in nutrient content. An example of a super food is quinoa. It is a complete protein and is also rich in other minerals like magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, and calcium.
– Eat more soup. Soups are low in calories and starting with a soup makes you eat less.
– Drink more water. Staying well hydrated keeps you from feeling hungry and also keeps your skin clearer and makes your hair shinier!
– Make breakfast your main meal, eat a smaller lunch and eat least at night. Your body requires more energy in the day.
– Take your multivitamins. These help you reduce your appetite.
– Keep away from unhealthy foods loaded with empty calories. These are foods which are rich in calories but of no nutritional value. In this category falls cookies, pastries, donuts, sodas, energy drinks, cakes, bacon, hot dogs, ice cream, fruit drinks, pizza, sausages, etc

You also need to manage stress. Take up a hobby especially one that brings you closer to nature like gardening. Since ancient times working and playing with nature has been known to be a powerful antidote to stress.

Having sound health has many benefits. It results in a positive attitude, makes you calm and relaxed, and increases your productivity leading to your overall development and a quality long life. Just follow some of the tips here and/or the ones from Fitness Exact, and get yourself in shape before the summer!