Do fitness wearables need an affordability upgrade?

December 14th, 2016 Fitness, General Interest, Health

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According to a recent Gartner survey, almost a third of fitness tracker or smartwatch owners end up ditching them. The survey studied about 9,000 users from the U.S., Australia and the U.K. Reasons for the dropped tech use vary from wearables breaking, to just becoming bored of them. “Dropout from device usage is a serious… Read more »

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Halo Wearables see hydration tracking as future of wearable market

December 9th, 2016 Fitness, General Interest, Health

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Halo Wearables, a wearable fitness startup, wants to bring hydration tracking into the mainstream with Halo Edge, the company’s first wearable. Instead of monitoring heart-rate and step-count, Halo Wearables believes tracking hydration will prove more useful for athletes. See Also: Fitbit buys Pebble as wearables consolidation continues “Hydration for us is another element which has… Read more »

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What Gives With So Many Hard Scientists Being Hard-Core Endurance Runners?

September 21st, 2016 Fitness, Science
What Gives With So Many Hard Scientists Being Hard-Core Endurance Runners?

A surprising number of physicists and astronomers and STEM professionals compete in long, hard, miserable athletic endeavors like ultramarathons. Why? The post What Gives With So Many Hard Scientists Being Hard-Core Endurance Runners? appeared first on WIRED.

How to Fuel Up Naturally for Your Active Lifestyle

September 8th, 2016 Fitness, Food, Health
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Despite the fact that most of us aren’t professional athletes, it’s still a good idea to fuel your body when you’re active. Buying sports drinks, gummies, gels and bars can get expensive—not to mention, they can have some questionable ingredients. So it’s a good thing recent studies have shown that foods you probably already have in your pantry can work just as well. Whether you’re training for a marathon or just lacing up for the first time, here are some simple sports nutrition tips on how you can feed your inner athlete naturally.

Check out the latest fitness tracker in a pair of glasses

September 3rd, 2016 Fitness, General Interest, Health

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Google Glass failed to win consumers, partly because of the design that made the augmented eyewear stand out in a crowd. VSP Global’s innovation lab, The Shop, which built custom frames for Glass, wants to approach eyewear tech from a different angle. The Shop has partnered with the University of Southern California (USC) Center for… Read more »

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Report says Rio athletes want more out of their wearables

August 16th, 2016 Fitness, General Interest, Health, Sports

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Wearables are becoming commonplace in practice games and training, but have received a lukewarm response from athletes, unhappy with the lack of advice or instructions. Athletes see the advantages of using wearables, according to a report from Lux Research, but want to see wearable providers take more of an active role on the advice side.… Read more »

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Is Apple launching a fitness tracker alongside Watch 2?

August 11th, 2016 Fitness, General Interest, Health

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Apple might enter into the fitness tracker market in 2017, according to new rumor from Economic Daily News, who suggest the company has been working on a health device for two years. The wearable is aimed at people that want more fitness and health data from their device. It includes heart-rate and blood sugar level… Read more »

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Germans couldn’t be bothered with your fitness tracker

August 10th, 2016 Fitness, General Interest, Health

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In Germany, almost half of the people that own a fitness tracker have stopped using it and more than 85 percent said they have no interest in purchasing a fitness tracker. It is dire news for the wearable market, of which fitness trackers make up more than half. Fitbit, the industry leader, sells more fitness trackers… Read more »

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Philips launches ecosystem of connected health wearables

August 1st, 2016 Fitness, General Interest, Health

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Philips unveiled a suite of new connected health devices on Monday, in a move to bolster its position in the personal healthcare market. The firm said all four devices have been built “with leading doctors and psychologists,” according and connect to the company’s HealthSuite app. See Also: Digital trust could be the key to ensure… Read more »

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Thoracic Spine Mobilization with the Foam Roller

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Position one foam roll under your shoulder blades and the other under your head. Your buttocks is on the floor and your feet are about hip width apart, knees bent. Point your arms up toward the ceiling. Inhale and take your arms up over your head as your push yourself backward over the rolls. Exhale and return to the start position. Repeat 5-6 times. You can adjust the position of the foam rollers if desired.

Inner Thigh (Groin) Stretch

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Stand up straight in a wide stance with a slight pelvic tilt (tucking your bum under). Bend your left knee until you feel a slight stretch in the inner thigh of the right leg. Hold for at least 20-30 seconds. Repeat as above on the other leg by shifting your weight over to your right leg and bending your right knee. Hold for at least 20-30 seconds. Repeat this stretch at least twice for each leg.

"The Swimmer" on the Balance Board

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Lie with your stomach on the balance pad and your toes on the floor. Bring your hands up over your head – your head should not be touching the floor. Keep your belly button pulled in at all times. From this position, bring your elbows down toward your feet, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the same time. You should feel like you are performing a breaststroke-type movement. Repeat this movement 10-15 times, rest, then repeat if desired.

Thigh and Buttocks Muscles with the Exercise Tube

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Lie on your back on the floor or on a yoga mat. Double-up the exercise tube and place it over your hips, holding the tube against the floor with your hands. Exhale and push into your heels to lift your buttocks off of the floor. Keep your core engaged at all times and avoid overarching your low back and also avoid shrugging your shoulders. Inhale and slowly lower your buttocks back to the floor, trying to keep your glutes engaged the whole way down. Repeat 8-12 times, rest, then repeat the entire exercise if desired.

Single Arm Front Shoulder Raise

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Stand with your feet about shoulder width apart for balance. Your posture should be maintained throughout the exercise. Holding a dumbbell in each hand, start with your hands both resting in front of your thighs. Engage your abdominals, exhale, and lift one arm until it is horizontal. Avoid shrugging your shoulders. Inhale and lower the weight back to the start position with control. Do the same movement on the other arm. Do 8-12 repetitions on each arm, rest, then repeat the exercise if desired.

Torso Rotation on the BOSU

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Stand upright on the top of the BOSU. Your feet should be slightly apart, arms out to the side and shoulders down. Inhale, then exhale and twist from the waist to one side. Slowly return to the start position. Repeat to the other direction. Your hips should remain facing forward at all times. Repeat 3-4 times in each direction.

Superman on the BOSU

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Lie facedown on the BOSU ball. In the start position, your forearms and toes should be resting on the floor. Pull your navel toward your spine to engage your core. Lift forearms and toes off the floor, finding your balance point. Squeeze your buttocks to keep your legs up. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and avoid letting them move up toward your ears. Do not hyperextend your lower back. Ensure that you continue to breath normally throughout the exercise. Hold for 5-20 seconds, rest, then repeat 3-5 more times.

Glute Bridges on the Balance Pad

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Lie on your back on a mat or on the floor with your heels on a balance pad. Your arms should be relaxed at your sides. To make this exercise more difficult, keep your arms off the floor. Exhale and push into your heels, lifting your buttocks off of the floor. Your neck and shoulders should remain relaxed. Slowly lower your buttocks down to the floor, keeping your buttocks and core engaged at all times. Repeat 8-12 times, rest, then repeat the exercise if desired.

Chin to Chest Stretch

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Sit upright on a ball or chair with your feet shoulder width apart. Arms are relaxed with your hands resting on your thighs. Tuck your chin gently toward your chest. Turn your head slightly to the left until you feel a slight stretch. Hold for 10-15 seconds. Repeat to the right side, holding for 10-15 seconds. Repeat at least twice to each side.

Knee Extensions

July 17th, 2016 Fitness

Stand up straight with an exercise band under one foot. Ensure that you have a good grip on the exercise band and that you have a good amount on tension on the exercise band. Inhale and lift the foot slowly, resisting against the band, until your hip and knee are at approximately 90 degrees. Exhale and push your foot back down until it touches the floor. Enure that you maintain good posture throughout the exercise. Repeat 10-12 times, the switch legs.

There’s Now A Sports Bra That Will Measure, Track, And Help Improve Your Workouts

January 8th, 2016 Fitness

If you forget to wear your fitness watch during a workout, do those burpees even count? Yes (obviously), but you will lose the opportunity to gain insight from that data. That’s why one of the more exciting fitness trackers making its debut isn’t a watch at all—it’s a sports bra from the smart apparel company OMsignal. OMbra is the […]