Researchers have developed a new solar powered battery, capable of changing its shape to fit various flexible forms.The team says the battery could transform the wearables market by lowering the space required for a battery, a big benefit for e-skin and e-clothes products.See Also: America trumps Europe in fitness wearables The components are electronically connected via flexible copper-polymer interconnects, mounted on a highly elastic silicone core, and enclosed within a silicone shell, the team said.The authors demonstrated the use of these systems for continual logging and wireless transmission of body temperature data in a variety of realistic scenarios, such as monitoring skin temperature during physical exercise and bathing, and measuring temperature changes during breathing.The battery may also be a welcome addition to the e-skin market, with researchers recently creating a much longer lasting tattoo that changes color and can even track things like UV rays and heart-rate.Wearables are still a young market, but with 67 percent growth from 2015 to 2016, more companies are starting to see the potential of devices able to gather more data on the customer.
A new fitness program is designed to help people get into shape by getting it on.Very NSFW link to the BangFit website here.Then while watching a series of adult films, the sexercisers pump and thrust along to the action with the help of specially designed avatars programmed to keep the players pace.Exercisers can stick with basic positions or work up to more acrobatic and athletic positions, like Squat and Thrust and Missionary Press.Today, due to our hectic work schedules and lack of motivation, many of us do not receive regular amounts of physical activity and lead sedentary lifestyles, Price said in a press release.A 2013 study suggested that sex ranks at about the equivalent of walking uphill or playing tennis.
Food for when you re exercising is a whole product category these days.The book Feed Zone Portables has an alternative: homemade, portable food that has the nutrition you need, while tasting great.Is it possible to eat on the run without sucking down something that tastes like synthetic cake frosting?The answer is yes, according to the authors, exercise physiologist and cyclist Allen Lim and chef Biju Thomas.The RecipesThe snacks in this book follow a few basic plans, each with sweet and savory variations.At room temperature, cooked food is safe for four hours.
The wearable also has electrocardiogram EKG sensors, which combined with the lactate results, extends the patch s usefulness out of sports tracking, and into medicine.The two data sets could help- physicians identify, prevent, or manage cardiovascular disease.Various prototypes have been produced, where scientists worked on finding the correct distance between the sensors to ensure they didn t interfere with each other.Our bodies produce lactate when muscles require lots of energy very quickly, and is therefore helpful to measure how we re coping when exercising very hard, and is also used when people are being kept alive on life support machines, where it s an important metric for improving chances of recovery.The team has tested it on three people so far, and has found the EKG is equally as accurate as ones found on fitness bands already.The Chem-Phys patch is not about to become a product we can buy just yet, but the team says it has already had interest in the device from Olympians, which should help push the product forward.
When you exercise—particularly when you do really intense stuff like training for a marathon or lifting heavy weights—you re damaging your muscle fibers, which sometimes leads to that hurt-so-good soreness.They might go for a quick run that ended up being eight miles; or do high-intensity interval training right after squats and deadlifts.And this tends to lead to more self-sabotaging behavior binge-eating or falling off the fitness wagon completely .The recovery part is necessary for you to keep up this cycle over and over again and be able to see those results in the long run.As a result, your motivation and energy levels will get hit hard; you ll get lackluster or no results; you ll make yourself more prone to injuries; or worse, you ll start to see exercise as a chore.ACE and many coaches advocate engaging in some sort of movement, but advise that it should be easy on the body.
"It won't be a place to get high and just screw around," Jim McAlpine, founder of the cannabis event series 420 Games and cofounder of Power Plant Fitness, wrote in a blog on the company's website."We are focused on the athletic side, not the cannabis side.The company hosts athletics events nationwide, where pot enthusiasts and their families compete in triathlons, obstacle courses, mountain bike races, golf tournaments, and the signature 4.20-mile run.New members will take a "cannabis performance assessment" under the supervision of staff to determine the "most optimal ways to consume.""We will be helping our members figure out how is best for them to ingest their cannabis," McAlpine tells Tech Insider in an email.McAlpine says the facility will allow edibles and vaping on-site to start, and plans to add an outdoor smoking deck for those who actually want to smoke in the future.Add in some physical exercise and it's hard to say what will happen.McAlpine hopes the cannabis performance assessment will help foster good habits on the gym floor.It could only happen in San Francisco.Read the original article on Tech Insider.
Android/iOS: If you re a music lover, particularly of the electronic music variety, Beatactive could be a sweet workout companion.Beatactive syncs up upbeat tunes, bodyweight exercises, and a DJ who guides you through each workout.The app is free to download, but you ll need to pay $8/mo to access full 30-minute workouts, with new music-driven workouts released every week.I recommend checking out their SoundCloud here to see if you ll dig the music.So far, the newly released app includes only a few workouts, but you can demo one or two of them.The subscription feels like a bit of a monthly investment, but if sick beats and bass drops get you moving and exercising, Beatactive is a great alternative to the gym.
It s not hard to develop a basic diet and exercise plan the you can stick to over the years, but fine-tuning your progress offers a different set of challenges—often in the form of put together a series of calculators to do the hard work for you so you can figure out exactly what you need to do to meet your health and fitness goals.When you hit an annoying plateau, or you just want some numerical guidance so you don t feel like you re guessing, fitness calculators can help fill in some important blanks.In most cases, you enter a few statistics like age, height, and weight, and answer a couple of questions about your food intake or activity level.While all results are going to be approximate, as they would be with any comparable tool, you can quickly figure out what you need to do to drop a little fat or even get a six pack.A Large Selection of Easy to Use Fitness Calculators!
Pre-workout supplements make big promises to boost your performance, and with those promises come high price tags.Pre-workout supplements are pretty popular, and you can find them from pretty much any company that also sells protein powders.When you take beta-alanine or any pre-workout supplement containing more than 2 grams of it, you ll feel a bizarre, tingly sensation, usually in your hands and face.So, it s not uncommon for supplement companies to under-dose on the good stuff, like beta-alanine.This Industry Is Rife With Safety ConcernsThe FDA regulates supplements in general, but their oversight has been lax and often limited by resources.As far as I m concerned, the only people who possibly need pre-workout supplements are fitness models who lack energy from a long dieting period.
With all the moving and arm flailing, it's common for users to find themselves building up a sweat.That's exactly what one startup has done, pairing a HTC Vive with a rowing machine.On display at Computex 2016 in Taiwan, the setup, designed by Holodia, has users sitting on a standard exercise machine, with the cables pairing the Vive to the computer kept out of the way with an overhead hook.Users can choose from several environments to row in, including tropical beaches and rivers, or even outer space, complete with asteroid fields.Once rowers are on their way, a display within the "game" will show how fast they're going as well as the total distance traveled.Sure, workout machines at gyms often have TV screens connected to them, but this looks like a much more enjoyable way to get immersed in an exercise activity.
It s time to upgrade your after-exercise snack from a boring protein bar and a swig of lukewarm water to one of these refreshing protein popsicles.1 large banana2 cups frozen mango chunks2 heaping scoops of unflavored whey powder1 tsp honey1 cup milk2 cups waterCinnamon and ground cardamom to tasteDivide into four servings and freeze.Most smoothies will benefit from a little bit of sweetener, so taste a spoonful and see what you think.To find the nutrition content of your creation, use a recipe analyzer like the one at your home freezer is obviously the best place to store popsicles, a well-packed cooler may be able to keep frozen treats cold in your car while you run or hike or work out far from home.Blender photo by Daniel Lee.
And what s more, the data about the activities people were searching for and attending would help local organisations to better provide for the local population.Up until that point, our work had taught us a lot about our sector and other sectors; about the different types of organisations and their needs.In our Bethnal Green Ventures interview in November 2014, we referenced an open platform for the very first time, pivoting away from being a consumer-facing brand to a B2B organisation that would power the wealth of apps and websites that we knew existed.We confidently proposed that the sector could move forward better together.The Government picked up on this in December 2015 in Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation p25-6 , and recently Sport England announced in its 2016-2021 strategy, Towards an Active Nation, that it will encourage others to invest and innovate in markets with the greatest potential by making insight freely available, creating data standards, requiring those we fund to share their data and working with the Open Data Institute to promote the principles of shared data p25 .And we will continue to tell the whole story of imin and our work to ensure that the hundreds of innovative apps that are attempting to do what we originally set out to do will have the greatest chances of success.
Tempo runs are beneficial for virtually every runner—from milers to marathoners, tempos are nearly ubiquitous.We also ran them during the base phase for indoor and outdoor track even though I was focusing on the 3km and 5km distances .A pace that s faster than moderate but not exactly hard.As University of Colorado at Boulder, head cross country coach Mark Wetmore said:Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear.Follow a few principles and you ll run faster, for longer, in no time:Run a consistent long run every weekFocus on aerobic workouts like tempo runsGradually run higher mileage but increase that volume strategically and carefully!A Step-by-Step Guide to Tempo Runs Strength RunningJason Fitzgerald is a 2:39 marathoner and USATF-certified running coach at Strength Running.
It s big enough that your knees are going to bump up against the tabletop.If you ve done group cycling classes, you know the drill: twist a knob on the bike to get more resistance, and twist it the other way when you need to lighten up.If the Keeper still slides—mine did, although Excy s team says that s unusual—you can secure it by wrapping the included toggle ties around the back legs of the chair.So does Excy founder Michele Miehl: She broke her leg while the Excy was still in development, so she switched to using it with her arms.Excy s app comes with a configurable interval timer so you can design your own workout, and a series of programmed interval workouts that play an audio track telling you what to do while displaying a visual overview of the workout: yellow bars for easy, orange for medium, red for hard.The sweet spot for Excy is probably a person who wants to do cycling workouts, and who has the budget to consider a full sized exercise bike but not the space for one.
The Internet of Things IoT may be coming to your gym workout, with a new app dedicated to bringing all equipment online and monitoring the status, popularity, and potential issues in real-time.Life Fitness, an industry leader in gym equipment, has built an app for gym owners, called LFconnect Protect.See Also: EXOS and Intel bring sense to wearable dataThe app is programmed to recognize system updates, which could provide meaningful upgrades on the current service for rowing machines or treadmills.Life Fitness claims to be working with 10,000 facilities globally.Will a connected gym amp your workout?Life Fitness also provides another app, LFconnect, which gives gym members a better workout routine that provides an customized outdoor workout.
AP Photo/Tony Avelar NEW YORK AP — Fitness trackers routinely measure physical activity such as running and cycling and encourage people to stand up and walk around throughout the day.Apple will also start tracking distance, speed and calories burned during wheelchair use, just as it does for walking or running.Apple partnered with two groups that promote physical fitness in disability populations, the Lakeshore Foundation of Birmingham, Alabama, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation of San Diego.Jeff Underwood, Lakeshore's president and CEO, said wheelchair users tend to be more sedentary than the general population because they face more barriers to physical activity.Apple also had to factor in different seat and wheel heights and different surfaces, like carpeting or asphalt.And some formulas change depending on whether the disability is from a spinal-cord injury or muscular dystrophy.
It shows us when we re in the zone, if you ll excuse such a hateful phrase.It may sound like only something pro athletes will use, but it s equally helpful for regular people too.The Polar Beat app is now more beginner-friendly, with an updated menu system, more features, and crucially, a series of tests and challenges to make sure you re getting the most from the app, heart rate monitor, and your exercise program.Additionally, a real-time data feed shows if your heart is working hard enough to burn fat, or increase overall fitness.The app now covers 100 different sports, making it far more comprehensive that a normal fitness tracking wrist band, and wearing a heart rate monitor on your chest gives more accurate readings than one on your wrist.The app is free to download for iOS and Android, and connects to Polar s Flow platform, where exercise data is stored, collated, and analysed.
But a new app, Owl, aims to change that with an anthropomorphized avian, a gamified system of rewards, and an invitingly colorful, bright, and cheery interface.Gamification may be one way to overcome the insouciance — and resistance, in many cases — to exercise that a large number of kids share.According to the latest stats from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 23 percent of kids between the ages of 9 and 13 don t participate in any form physical activity during the week.As a supplement to Owl s digital experience, the team s produced a nondescript, fitness-tracking wristband.Despite the competition, though, Owl s in it for the long haul: it launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $20,000 by mid-July.Bands start at $30, and backers get a limited edition ceramic disk with a code that unlocks in-app themes and backgrounds.
Thanks to a new integration between personal training software Trainerize and Under Armour s MyFitnessPal, you ll not only be keeping tabs on what you re eating, but will also give your trainer complete access into your fitness and nutritional habits in a single platform.By way of Trainerize, personal trainers can help their clients set nutrition goals, exercise targets, and more.Health professionals can send meal plans, exercise regimens, calorie and macro goals, and more for those looking to get or stay in shape.Implementing MyFitnessPal into our program takes meal planning to the next level.It allows both our trainers and their clients to place a greater focus on the nutritional component of their programs.So if fitness is one of your goals this summer, you may want to consider the convenience of a mobile-ready trainer with Trainerize.
So if you re cramming for a test, can exercise help your memory?Recent research suggests that a delayed period of exercise helps with retention more than just does resting or working out immediately after a study session, according to Ars Technica.Studies and opinions about the relationship between exercise and eating are like flies at a picnic.The second group watched four hours of nature documentaries and then did the same 35-minute workout.When the test results were analyzed, it turned out the immediate exercisers and the no exercise control group scored roughly the same on the re-test.In further investigation, functional magnetic resonance images MRIs of the participants while they were taking the re-test showed more activity around the hippocampus, a part of the brain associated with long-term memory, with the delayed exercise group than with the other two groups.