In a recent study, researchers had people track their workouts using "social gaming," where you earn prizes for working out. Not surprisingly, after 10 weeks, the people who played the games exercised more often, AND lost more weight.
If you're not sure what "social gaming" is, here are three examples. They're all apps, and you can download them for free on an iPhone or Android phone.
1. Nexercise. It rewards you for keeping track of your workouts. Every two minutes you spend exercising equals 10 points. Then you can redeem the points for things like Amazon gift cards. (Check it out on Nexercise.com.)
2. GymPact. This one actually charges you money if you don't work out. But if you DO, you WIN money. First you decide how much to penalize yourself for each workout you miss. Then you have to "check in" every time you exercise.
If you DON'T, you lose your money for that day. But you get a few bucks when you DO meet your workout goals. And it all comes from users who DIDN'T work out that week. (Check it out at Gym-Pact.com.)
3. HealthRally. It lets your friends and family pledge money for rewards like iPads and running shoes. And you only get them if you reach your goal. If you DON'T, then none of their credit cards get charged. You can also pledge money to help friends with stuff like quitting smoking. (Check it out at HealthRally.com)
This prank is less than 48 hours old and it's already managing to cruelly . . . but hilariously . . . FREAK OUT PARENTS all over the country.
There's a comedian named Nathan Fielder who hosts a show on Comedy Central called "Nathan For You". And on Wednesday, he tweeted the idea: Text your parents, quote, "got 2 grams for $40?" Then text, quote, "sorry, ignore that text."
In other words, you pretend you meant to text a DRUG DEALER, but accidentally texted your parents. So kids started doing it, and posting screenshots of the results. And as you'd expect, their parents' reactions were PERFECT.
One guy's mom wrote him, quote, "2 grams of whaaaaat? You're freaking me out!! Erik, what the hell? You're giving me a heart attack. Seriously! Now you're doing cocaine? Ganja? What??? God help me. And you."
One kid's dad wrote back, in all caps, quote, "WTF. YOU'RE GOING TO REHAB. I'M NOT KIDDING. YOUR MOTHER AND I ARE ON THE WAY TO PICK YOU UP FROM COLLEGE TONIGHT."
This will continue being funny until it induces its first heart attack. At which time it will become less funny . . . but only slightly.
Remember when our money used to just be green? These days our $5 bills are covered in purple, our 10s are covered in red, our 20s are in blue, and no one really has 50s anymore so I don't remember what color they use.
And now, our $100 bills are about to be covered in GOLD.
The Federal Reserve just released the first images of the brand new $100 bills, which will go into circulation this October.
They've still got BEN FRANKLIN on the front. But now there's a light gold quill and a shiny gold inkwell next to him. The bottom-right "100" on the front is also embossed in gold.
And on the back, the bill looks TOTALLY different. A gold-colored "100" runs along the entire right side. The bill also has a blue, 3-D security strip across the front.
The changes aren't JUST to make the bills look more ostentatious . . . they're also supposed to help cut down on counterfeiting. The $100 bill is one of the most counterfeited bills in the world.
This is only the fourth design for the $100 bill . . . but three of those redesigns have happened in the past 20 years as counterfeiters have gotten more technologically advanced.