The era of clunky, chunky fitness-tracking bands isn’t quite behind us, but a new crop of trackers prove you don’t have to pick between health and good looks.
The era of clunky, chunky fitness-tracking bands isn’t quite behind us, but a new crop of trackers prove you don’t have to pick between health and good looks.
The problem is finding a way to access and comprehend that data. That’s where CardioBot comes in. CardioBot takes your heart rate data and displays it for you in easy to understand charts and graphs. It tracks your minimum, maximum, and average heart rate during the day.
It's easy to go a day, a week, or even a year and never think about the fact that it's a friggin' miracle that a muscle the size of a fist pumps gallons of blood to keep you alive daily. Yes, I'm talking about the heart muscle.
People are notorious for using very bad passwords, so maybe we should be using our heartbeats to unlock our sensitive data instead.
Current versions of three of the devices used for heart-rate and peripheral capillary oxygen saturation measurements in the study (credits left to right: Scanadu, iHealth, and Masimo) Fitness monitors and other wearable biosensors can tell when your heart rate, activity, skin temperature, and othe
Smartwatches are normally touted for their ability to track our activity, count steps, and log our heart rate during a morning run, but the devices have a hidden ability that isn’t advertised: tracking illness.
Picture this: There you are, doing your best to eat healthy, taking your recommended supplements each day, exercising regularly, and even trying to avoid exposure to toxins...
Wires are so 20th century. In 2017, we prefer all our gadgets without cords, if possible. Bluetooth technology has freed our hands from their oppressive chains, allowing for safe multitasking — like texting and driving (not at the same time!) — that, otherwise, wouldn’t be an option.
Even though the AirPods made more of a splash than any comparable product out there, Apple wasn’t the first company to launch truly wireless earbuds. In fact, it wasn’t even close to being first.
Music has a strange effect on us. It can stir feelings and drive us. Ever heard Eye of the Tiger and not felt pumped up? Scientists have been studying music and its impact on humans for some time. They say that the number of beats in a song can change how you feel.
The next time you’re at the beach your body will undergo the most profound transformation you can naturally experience. This is not a psychic prophecy; I don’t have precognition. The transformation I am describing will be physical, and it will be real.
Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.
Every successful company monitors mission-critical dashboards. Every successful company tracks key metrics. No one argues the importance of that. So why don't we, as individuals, track personal metrics that can help us be more successful?
Not everyone was impressed with Jawbone's Up2 and Up3 trackers. Even with their bright colors and slim design, they felt peculiarly basic.
There may be a problem with your fitness tracker: it could be misreporting your pulse. Mine did, though it took a cardiologist to tell me so. As I stood on a treadmill in his office with an EKG machine connected to my chest, Dr. Jon Zaroff said my heart rate was 146.
Since the '70s, the general suggestion for determining your maximum target health rate has been to subtract your age from 220, but as The New York Times points out, that formula's not particularly accurate.
It has long been accepted as an approximation, that your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) starts out at 220 beats per minute and falls by one beat each year. Therefore, you can calculate your Maximum Heart Rate by deducting your age from 220.
The Flex 2 is a solid upgrade over the original, but it's worth spending a little more for a fitness tracker with a screen display The good: Comfortable, Sleek design, Long battery life, Automatically tracks exercise, Swim-proofThe bad: Lack of a screen limits its usefulnessWho should buy: S
It has been a big year for wearables. The Apple Watch was born (finally), Google Glass died (finally), and bands that track everything from steps to mood changes have grown up and become not terrible (finally!).
Garmin is serious. The most dedicated outdoorsmen and athletes look to its rugged products for tracking everything from laps in the pool to dangerous hikes in remote places.
This year, more heart rate monitors have made their way into fitness trackers than ever before. All the major companies—Fitbit, Garmin, and Polar, among many others—have made heart rate monitoring more accessible by putting it into devices that cost less than $200 (many of them less than $150).
Do you even know the best ways to use your fancy heart rate monitor? Every runner knows how to turn it on and watch their heart rate climb during a workout. That’s easy!
The Gear Fit2 does a little bit of everything, but is it too much? The good: Comfortable, Wide range of features for the price, Clear and colorful screenThe bad: Interface can be complicated, Only works on AndroidWho should buy it: Athletes looking for an affordable tracker that offers all o
Digital gizmos can monitor your heart, whether it's a wrist-worn fitness tracker or a smartphone app to help cardiologists analyze diagnostic tests. The question is whether they're going to do your heart any good. The short answer: it depends.
Together with professional coach Oliver Roberts, we have put together a range of cycling training plans to benefit any and all cyclists.
Historically, marketers have given targeting a bad name, with creepy email campaigns and annoying ads that follow you around – but the fact is, targeted messages can deliver a lovely experience if they’re done right.
Do you want to get the most out of those 35 minutes on the treadmill, or any kind of cardio exercise? You can maximize the benefits of cardiovascular activity when you exercise in the zone of your target heart rate (THR). In general terms, your THR is 60-80% of your maximum heart rate.
Mio has been in the fitness tracker market for a long time, but it's seldom mentioned in the same breath as Fitbit, Jawbone, and Garmin. Mio was one of the first companies to focus on wrist-bound heart rate monitoring, and its monitors are known for their accuracy.
Interoception is the sensing of physiological signals originating inside the body, such as hunger, pain and heart rate. People with greater sensitivity to interoceptive signals, as measured by, for example, tests of heart beat detection, perform better in laboratory studies of risky decision-making.
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Jabra has announced the company’s first pair of truly wireless earbuds. They’re called the Jabra Elite Sport, and they focus on fitness with features like heart rate monitoring and intelligent voice coaching. The earbuds will go on sale exclusively at Best Buy on October 30th for $249.
We keep seeing more studies demonstrating how mindfulness meditation can change the brain, make us feel better, and generally improve our lives. That’s great.
A blogger’s life is not the most active lifestyle possible for a human; tech bloggers probably get the most exercise walking to and from the post office to retrieve packages they missed at home or to ship things back out.
Keep moving. That's the message you'll get from anyone offering up fitness advice these days. It's snappy, simple and probably quite valid.
In early November, just about a month ago, I woke up tired. I’m old so this is not really out of the ordinary. I still got out of bed, did my business and then took the dog outside to do his. Pro tip: always go yourself before you have to stand around waiting for someone else to unload.
I’ve been hacking my sleep since I was a child (before I even knew what hacking was) – always trying to get the most out of my time. But many times when I cut back on sleep, I was tired, needed naps, and relied on coffee to function.
Vancouver-based Mio Global is known for being one of the earliest wrist-device makers to use optical heart-rate tracking technology.
Garmin makes over 25 different fitness wearables that range from $99 to as high as $699. You can say this for Garmin—confusing as that lineup can be, the company has made a device for everyone.
As the wearable space becomes increasingly crowded, Pebble is holding strong amid stiff competition.
You probably already know that resting heart rate (RHR) is the number of times your heart beats or squeezes in the absence of exertion. . But beyond that, it’s probably not something you think a whole lot about. According to Allan S.
I suck at self-care. I don’t get it. Am I supposed to take care of my physical biological needs? I already do that. Am I supposed to go buy myself a coffee, sit down and journal for an hour each day? Who’s supposed to watch my kid during this? Get a pedicure? As if I can afford that.
Fitbit's 2-year-old Charge HR has been in dire need of an upgrade, and thankfully, the company has finally refreshed its lineup. The new Charge 2 boasts better exercise tracking, more informative stats, GPS capability and a larger screen for the same price ($150) as its predecessor.
The big photos in the Macy’s window sell a gorgeous device. It’s sleek and a perfect blend of class and 80s retro-aesthetics. The magazine spreads and the shots in internet ads and even the outside of the box concur: the Fitbit Blaze is a goddamn looker.
Fitness trackers and smartwatches come a dime a dozen, but devices that combine the best of both? Still exceedingly rare.
Are you finding it difficult to fit into your little black number? Is belly fat giving you sleepless nights? If your answer is yes, you need to make some lifestyle changes to get the figure of your dreams. No doubt, belly fat looks aesthetically displeasing.
How many of you triathletes out there are using this formula? Put up your hand and admit it - I can't see you through cyber space :-) If I read one more message that says the athlete is using this formula, I am going off the DEEP END! People, this is not correct.
Think back to the last time you experienced a high amount of psychological stress. For example, after you were in a fender bender or before you had to give a big speech in front of hundreds of people. How was your thinking? A bit scattered?
More and more devices over the last 1-2 years have begun to include the ability to record your heart rate (HR) data around the clock. No longer are you limited to just workout HR data, but now you can get it while you eat, sleep and work (and practice Valentine’s Day).
Heart rate tracking is becoming an ever-more crucial ingredient for fitness tech. It's hardly surprising given that how fast your heart beats when you're doing nothing at all reveals a lot about your overall health and fitness.
Wearable manufacturers talk a big game about "health" and "fitness", but a new accessory for the Apple Watch is looking to up the stakes significantly with a medical grade electrocardiogram (ECG).
If swimming, surfing, biking, snowboarding, running, and hiking sound like the average weekend for you, Garmin’s fēnix 3 is the multisport GPS watch that just might sell you on the merits of wearing a smartwatch—especially now that there’s a version with a heart rate monitor built-in.
Stressed out? There’s a surprisingly simple but little-known technique for measuring your in-the-moment ability to handle physical, mental and emotional stress. Some of us have a higher level of “adaptive reserves” than others.
Mi Band 1S - Heart rate wristband A new version is coming! Mi Band 1S, a heart rate wristband - Everyone is worth having. During aerobic exercise, have a good heart rate, it is better to loss weight and improve cardiorespiratory capacity.
For as much as I emphasize the importance of food with regards to health and body composition and deemphasize the purely mechanical act of burning calories through arduous, protracted exercise, you still do have to move. You have to lift heavy things.
The heart rate is one of our vital signs - it is the number of times a minute that our heart contracts or beats.1 Heart rate varies - we have a resting heart rate, which does exactly what it says on the tin: it is the rate at which our heart beats when we are relaxed.
Stress, whether large and small, is a fact of life. At one point or another, we may face financial stress, the stresses of aging (our own or our parents'), loneliness, health concerns, or worries about getting into college or finding a job afterwards.
Jawbone. Fitbit. Microsoft. And now... Basis. If you don't know much about the brand, you really should get up to speed: The company quietly put out one of the best fitness trackers, and now it's a part of Intel. Which means, it's officially one of the big names in health gadgets.
Pebble's classic watch gets new features, but is it enough in the Fitbit Era? The good: Very affordable, long battery life, wide selection of fun watch facesThe bad: Not very attractive, Limited compared to other smartwatches and fitness bands, Interface takes some getting used toWho should
Whether you wanted to or not, you knew about the Apple Watch as soon as it came out last year. And even if you heard "wearable" and immediately thought "fitness," Apple was very intentional about pushing the Watch's non-fitness features as the main reason to buy it.
People with heart rates of over 100 beats per minute (bpm) while relaxing, have a 78 percent greater risk of developing heart disease. If your heart beats too quickly when resting, it could signal that you're in poor physical shape or that you're significantly stressed out.
Under Armour is a hugely successful brand that was built on deviation from the norm: its founder famously made the company’s first microfiber, moisture-wicking shirt in his basement, shirking the sweat-soaked cotton that he and his fellow athletes were wearing at the time.
I have written about heart-rate physiology and training before in ‘Stay the Course.
With some Fitbit devices, every beat may not get counted, according to claims in a proposed nationwide class action lawsuit filed Tuesday.
Most runners train too hard, too often. A couple years ago I went for a run with Adam and Kara Goucher around the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore. Not only was I thrilled to have the opportunity to run with such great athletes, but I was also very pleased to be able to keep up with them.
Tracking steps is no longer enough. Now it's all about measuring intensity and heart rate, but unfortunately wrist-based wearables are not very accurate.
When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 and a trio of Gear smartwatches, the company made a big to-do about how it listens to its customers. We know, we know: Every company's supposed to be doing that. But remember, this is Samsung we're talking about.
The Core Bluetooth framework lets your iOS and Mac apps communicate with Bluetooth low energy devices (Bluetooth LE for short). Bluetooth LE devices include heart rate monitors, digital thermostats, and more. The Core Bluetooth framework is an abstraction of the Bluetooth 4.
The "best" running watch or GPS sports watch is a personal choice and much depends on the amount of detail you want from your runs. Beyond just simple tracking and pace information, the latest watches will feed back everything from heart rate data to detailed observations of your running style.
Jabra, the audio company that has an impressive line of fitness tracking earbuds, has embraced wireless technology.
Running can be a pretty lonely sport, but you may soon get a companion that's always ready to go. Oakley and Intel have teamed up to create a sunglasses-smart-earbuds hybrid that will tell you how you're doing during your run or bike ride. The Oakley Radar Pace will be available Oct. 1st for $449.
Pavel Tsatsouline is a former Soviet Special Forces physical training instructor, currently a subject matter expert to the US Navy SEALs and the US Secret Service. In 2001, Pavel’s and John Du Cane introduced the Russian kettlebell to the West.
A few years ago I ran my first marathon in 4:11:08 (9:34 / mile pace). On Sunday I ran my second marathon in 2:55:05 (6:40 / mile pace) more than 76 minutes faster. This post is a summary of a few things I’ve learned to become a faster runner from May 2013 to October 2013.
Jawbone versus Fitbit has been the big battle of the fitness tracker genre since 2011 when the original UP and the Fitbit Ultra both went on sale. And 2016 sees the rivalry continue with as the Fitbit Charge HR and the Jawbone UP3 going head-to-head for your wrist-space.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing my friend and business and training partner Brad Kearns for the upcoming Primal Endurance Online digital course (more about that later).
Targeted heart rate training: Perhaps you’ve heard of it and know it’s supposed to be good for you. But, good in what way? To burn fat? To get the most out of exercise? To prevent overtraining? If you use heart rate training correctly, it can help you with all of that and more.
If you haven’t kept a close eye on the fitness industry recently, you might have missed a rather odd development. Athletic clothing company Under Armour has been busy snagging up fitness apps like Map My Run, Endomondo, and My Fitness Pal.
You may think that training is just for athletes. I absolutely believe that with few exceptions everyone can train to create change which leads to a good healthy life. Exercise is as different for everyone as change is different.
You've heard it all your life: Being humble, kind, and calm is the "right thing to do." But if that isn't enough to convince you, consider this: humility, kindness, and calmness can actually help you get ahead in life. Confidence is key to getting ahead in life.