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Weight Lifting - One Hundred Days - 036


Horse riding along Uretiti beach. You'd never guess there is an oil refinery at the other end of this beach. Only in NZ!
Horse riding along Uretiti beach. You'd never guess there is an oil refinery at the other end of this beach. Only in NZ!

Uretiti Beach. Sandwiched between Ruakaka & Waipu. Fabulous long white sand beach & no better place to spend a beautiful Waitangi holiday weekend. I think the horses enjoyed it too. I find it so much easier to walk for exercise when the scenery is so fabulous!

It's so much easier to keep your mind off food & on exercise in the fresh air of a northern beach when the sun shines! I don't ride, but if I did, this is where I'd do it! But talking of exercise, apparently I'm a complete narcissist, or at the very least I have psychological problems… There is an article in the Independent (UK) which has published research done by Brunel University on people who publish their fitness routines on social media. "Ran 15 miles before work! Yeah" can be motivating to read in the morning, or incredibly annoying, depending on how much you hate that painfully overused flexed-biceps-emoji. The results of the study are unflattering, to say the least.

People who are always keen on documenting their gym activities (or every time you simply go for a good, old-fashioned run) tend to be narcissists. According to the researchers, the primary goal is to boast about how much time you invest in your looks. Apparently, these status updates also earn more Facebook likes than other kinds of posts. "Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community", the study concludes. The high number of likes doesn't necessarily mean everyone loves seeing those bragging posts, though. Dr Tara Marshal goes on saying, that "although our results suggest that narcissists' bragging pays off because they receive more likes and comments to their status updates, it could be that their Facebook friends politely offer support while secretly disliking such egotistical displays."

So there you have it. Do not post your every exercise movement on social media, unless you're riding horses. Oh well, I've only got 64 days to go before I stop! Forgive me…?

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