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Sam Youmans

Resolutions, Revolution and Pets

Happy New Year everybody! I’ll bet at least one of your resolutions is to look amazing, feel happier and be more confident. One option for you may be Ocinator, The new Fitness Program Designed for Busy men and women of any age. Nico Chavando, is the creator of the Program and he says, “Ocinator is 20-minutes per day of intelligent, efficient, and easy-to-do exercise sessions designed to build you, to improve your looks, posture, and quality of life, for years to come… If you want to maintain toned muscles and an athletic body, it’s important to work consistently and efficiently”. Ocinator’s exercise program shows you exactly how to work out for results, not exhaustion and maintain an amazing body, for a lifetime. There’s also an eating program that is not a diet; it is a simple and straightforward food guide that lists the foods you can eat at home, fancy restaurants, or even the largest fast-food chains.  Ocinator lays out what to eat and what to stay away from. Want to learn more? Visit Ocinator.com.

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I don’t know about you but I worry about machines taking over and eliminating the human race! Pretty extreme I know, but one thing the machines have already taken is our connection to each other. It’s not too late to fix all this and your pet could be the answer. Leading futurologist and CEO of the Futures Agency, Gerd Leonhard, recently spoke at PURINA’s Better with Pets event in London and said “Humanity will change more in the next 20 years, than the previous 300. For example, in the next two years it’s likely that robots will have a 100% understanding of human language. As the world becomes more technologically complex and artificial intelligence continues to evolve, we risk becoming disconnected from the people around us. Relationships, not data, are what make us human”. On top of that, research by PURINA says the number of households with both pets and children has fallen by a total of 36,000 over the last five years, whereas the overall number of households with children has risen by nearly 200,000 in that same time period. So what does all this mean? I think you already know. Its time to visit the animal shelter. Yes, your Robo-Dog can probably fetch but in the face of rapid technological change it’s important to stay grounded and there’s nothing like a real animal companion to do that for us. Don’t let the machines ruin the bond we have with our pets.

While we’re on the subject of our pets a recent report on spending from John Gibbons, Pet business Professor, showed that Millennials and Gen Xers spent more money on their pets last year, baby boomers…not so much. In fact, the three oldest generations lost 4.4 percent in market share, but that was picked up by the millennials, +2.6 percent and Gen Xers, +1.8 percent. Now this is not to say older people don’t love their pets as much as younger generations. The decreases were attributed to value shopping for premium pet food. For the full report you’ll find a link on the Newsgram homepage at Webtalkradio.net

 

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Ocinator (links to https://ocinator.com/about-ocinator/)

LOS ANGELES- Gained unwanted pounds from too much Thanksgiving pie? Ocinator LLC announced today the release of its innovative fitness program, Ocinator, the doable fitness program designed for busy people. Ocinator is 20-minutes per day of intelligent, efficient, and easy-to-do exercise sessions. This is not a program that will “kill you.” Ocinator is designed to build you, to improve your looks, posture, and quality of life, for years to come. Ocinator is now, for the first time, available to the public, and will launch its general market campaign with a couple of TV commercials during today’s ESPN broadcast of Monday Night Football. The Ocinator program is ideal for men and women of any age.

“More pain or sweat does not equal better results,” says Nico Chavando, creator of the Ocinator Program and graduate of Stanford University. “No pain, no gain’ was the thinking in the 1980’s. If you want to maintain toned muscles and an athletic body, it’s important to work consistently and efficiently. The ‘no pain, no gain’ mentality leads you work out until exhaustion, become sore for days, and dread the thought of exercise. Unsurprisingly, this leads many people to quit exercising altogether.” He adds, “On the other hand, Ocinator’s 20-minute daily workouts minimize workout time, exercise repetitions, and overall pain. Ocinator’s unique exercise program shows you exactly how to work out for results, not exhaustion. With Ocinator, you will be able to exercise consistently and efficiently. The Ocinator Program allows you to maintain an amazing body, not just for a few days or weeks, but for a lifetime. If you are ready to look amazing, ready to feel happier and more confident, Ocinator is for you.” The Ocinator eating program is created for the busy people. “Most of us don’t have 3-4 hours a day to prepare meals and snacks, and count calories, as the many other programs recommend. Trying to follow one of those unrealistic and limiting diets, in many cases, sets you up for failure and frustration,” says Nico Chavando.

Ocinator’s eating program is not a diet; it is a simple and straightforward food guide that lists the foods you can eat at home, fancy restaurants, or even the largest fast-food chains.  Ocinator lays out what to eat and what to stay away from. Simple.

Human Animal Bond (Links to: http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/news-releases/pets-could-be-the-answer-to-surviving-the-tech-revolution-659622963.html

LONDON, November 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —

Leading futurologist and CEO of the Futures Agency, Gerd Leonhard, has warned that as technology advances at a faster pace than ever before, our humanity could be at risk as our relationship with machines and tech threatens to replace real bonds.

Speaking last night at PURINA’s Better with Pets event in London, Gerd said: “Humanity will change more in the next 20 years, than the previous 300. For example, in the next two years it’s likely that robots will have a 100% understanding of human language. As the world becomes more technologically complex and artificial intelligence continues to evolve, we risk becoming disconnected from the people around us. Relationships, not data, are what make us human”.

Smart devices, home hubs, robots and even AI pets are all examples of how machines and technology are more and more closely replicating human interactions. In a world of total connectivity and intelligent machines, real pets could be the answer to retaining our ‘humanness’.

“When we talk about humanity, we mean our ability to demonstrate compassion, to show sympathy or to be generous in our behavior or disposition,” explains psychologist and passionate pet advocate Honey Langcaster-James. “No matter how smart machines get, they are always going to mimic human behavior — they don’t have genuine compassion or sympathy — they are simply reacting to data and stimuli and giving off a set of responses that copy human traits. Pets can help us stay grounded in the face of such rapid change by fostering empathy and our ability to build relationships.”

The incredible bond that humans have with companion animals and the numerous scientifically proven benefits of living with pets are well documented. From pet owners being more physically active, to having lower baseline heart rates and a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, there is no doubt that owning pets can be very good for us.

The positive developmental benefits for children who grow up with pets in particular are also well known. These include; lower feelings of reported loneliness among schoolchildren with pets, evidence of increased resistance to respiratory illnesses when exposed to cats and dogs early in life, reduced animal phobias, and that children with a dog are better able to regulate their stress with the support of a dog. Teenage boys who have dogs at home have also been shown to perform better at school.

Despite these benefits, we are seeing a fall in pet ownership among young families.[1] According to research by PURINA, a world-leading pet food manufacturer, the number of households with both pets and children has fallen by a total of 36,000 over the last five years, whereas the overall number of households with children has risen by nearly 200,000 in that same time period.[1]

Honey Langcaster-James commented: “No matter how life-like a robotic dog might seem, it can never replace the value of a real pet with a unique personality. Nor can you ever truly love or bond with a fake pet in a way that helps to develop empathy and compassion or teaches you the importance of caring for others. I cannot state enough the value of having a family pet, both in terms of how they help to bring families together and how nurturing and caring for a pet can help with children’s emotional and social development.”

“Now more than ever the importance of pets in our lives is clear,” said Calum Macrae, PURINA’s UK & Ireland Regional Director. “It’s why we have launched our report today, highlighting our commitments to strengthening the pet-human bond. We mustn’t let machines replace the incredible bond we’ve had with companion animals for more than 20,000 years. But we recognize that many of the issues we are facing are too big for any one organization to address alone — which is why we partner with a broad network of stakeholders, to raise the profile of pets and their value to our society.”

The company unveiled its first Purina in Society Report at its Better with Pets event last night in London, which brought together a wide variety of industry experts. PURINA shared highlights of the progress made in 2016 against 10 commitments to society and showcased success stories from across Europe that demonstrate the value of the pet-human bond. To read PURINA’s Better with Pets report, please visit: http://www.purina.eu/pinsreport

Pet Spending (links to report: http://www.petbusinessprofessor.com/uncategorized/2016-u-s-pet-spending-by-generation-the-younger-groups-step-up/)

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According to John Gibbons of A GPS for Pet Businesses, $67.29 billion was spent on companion animals in 2016. Despite increases in three industry segments, overall pet spending fell $0.46 billion (-0.7 percent) in 2016, Gibbons reported in “2016 U.S. Pet Spending by Generation – The Younger Groups Step Up!”