POWER PLATE EXERCISE SHAKES UP ROUTINE

It’s hard to resist exercise tech. I’m talking about a $1,495 vibrating machine called “Power Plate.” My sister uses one with her personal trainer to help reverse her osteoporosis.

It’s become my personal go-go-dancing platform and a fun way to exercise. The app offers a ton of workout videos and so does YouTube. But it’s so powerful, you’re not supposed to  use it more than three times a week. 

The first time I stepped onto it, my whole body vibrated, even my head. To avoid head vibration, I now keep my knees bent. It’s a lot more powerful than the vintage vibrating belt my aunt used. Back in the day, my sister and I cracked up when the belt vibrated her derrière. But Aunt Dee may have been on to something.

According to Joel Furhman, M.D., a 67 year-old best-selling author and board-certified physician, Power Plate helped him regain the strength he had in his 20s. He was the third best Olympic figure skating champion in the world and wanted to regain a similar fitness. Before he started using it a decade ago, he says, he’d be sore after a day of skiing and was bothered by high altitudes. Not now. He claims it also improved his tennis. 

Furhman uses a Power Plate with his older patients, because so many have osteoporosis or joint pain. He says the device leads to better bone density scans without medication. A study in the Baltimore journal Medicine backs that up.

He also says that even small side-to-side steps on the machine can strengthen you if you’re weak, making it less likely you’ll land on your hip when you fall. It also regenerates the muscle, bone and cartilage you lose during surgery, and stimulates growth hormones, collagen production and stem cells, as well as improving your blood pressure, he says. There’s a 15-percent-off link on drfuhrman.com after you click “learn more.” Check with your doctor first. 

Note: Some readers have asked which version did I buy. I got the cheapest one, the Power Plate Personal.

Logging into Fake Accounts

Look out when you Google something. Some of the results are fake. They might lure you into giving away valuable info.

For example, consider Venmo, the popular app for paying what you owe to friends, relatives and small businesses. If you search on “Venmo login” and skip past the first result, you’ll get to #2 and #3 in the list, which are fake. Logging onto those could mean sending your money to a hacker.

 Speaking of phony links, I just learned a neat trick from Keatron Evans, the principal security researcher for the Infosec Institute, which offers training for IT professionals. He right-clicked one of the phony links and chose “copy.” Then he went to VirusTotal.com, clicked “URL” and pasted it in. Sure enough, it was malware. Good tip! The next time I see a suspicious link or attachment, I’ll check it out at VirusTotal. It checks files and links.

Bye Bye 3G

Flip phones that are still on the 3G network will be shut down by the major networks next year, starting with AT&T in February and ending with Verizon in December 2022.  

Even some smartphones on 4G will be shut down, if the phone doesn’t use the VoLTE (Voice over LTE) system. Get more details from TheVerge.com in an article titled “Check if your Verizon or AT&T phone will keep working after the networks’ 3G shutdowns.” It also mentions other carriers, such as T-Mobile. But I have a feeling your carrier will send you a notice before shutting down your phone. They’d love to sell you a new one.

Grabbing a Profile Picture

The other day, my sister said she wished she had the profile picture I use on Instagram, which shows the two of us in kayaks. I just discovered that anyone can get anyone else’s profile picture by going to Instadp.com.

When you get to the site, type in the user name for the picture you want. Click on “download” to save it to your device.

New to Spotify

I love Spotify online radio because they have millions of tunes. Looking for “The Bird is the Word?” They have it. But you may prefer to see the Trashmen perform it on YouTube, where the singer wings it so much, I thought he would take off.

New to Spotify are classic audible books read by prominent actors. They have books by Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and more. It’s free if you don’t mind ads. Otherwise, it’s $10 a month.

App Happy

UVLens,” a free app for iPhone and Android, tells you how strong the suns rays are today and tomorrow. Tap the “My Skin” tab to find out how likely you are to get sunburned. It will prompt you for data such as skin color.

Internuts

  • SteveSpanglerScience.com/lab/experiments has some great science experiments. They even had the one my sister did decades ago with balancing utensils. The tines of a fork lock onto a spoon. The interlocking pair balance on a toothpick over a glass. You can burn the toothpick right down to the edge and the utensils are still aloft!
  • GiveWipes.com has given away 70 million antiseptic wipes to families, communities, organizations and basically anyone who asks for them. They still have 330 million to give out! Order a box, a pallet or even a full semi-truck worth. They charge for shipping. A box of 1,800 wipes cost $7.76 to ship.

 

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