It’s been a few years since I have been able to really self-identify as a runner. I still love running, but after two knee surgeries, my left knee is less enthused. I am always an optimist, though, and eagerly try every new running shoe we get offered, hoping to find one that works…and Brooks seems to have come through in a big way with the Levitate! Brooks Levitate is a lightweight, cushion-y neutral road shoe. At first glance, they look…
Health and Fitness
I fly a lot, and because my ankles and feet tend to swell when I do, I always wear compression socks once I’m in the air. Lily Trotters recently surprised me with a sample of their Boston Blue “Course-it” compression socks. Because these socks are cute and they work, I want to tell you about them.
The Dreampad pillow made an appearance on Shark Tank last night, but the “smart” pillow didn’t get a deal. Yes, the valuation of the deal was insane but, more than that, the Sharks didn’t understand that this isn’t a simple “pillow with a speaker inside. ” No, the Dreampad is something far more advanced. I have one and love it.
Kickstarter is a fantastic service that brings together inventive and creative ideas with an audience who chooses whether to invest in the concept. It’s a concept that helps bring to life some ideas that never would see the light of day if it weren’t for the financial investments by the online audience.
Messaging apps like Slack revolutionized long-distance and group communication by making text messaging possible over the Internet. Now we can text and video chat with people anywhere in the world without having to pay exorbitant fees to a phone company. Messaging technology has dramatically improved communications for businesses and entrepreneurs in nearly every industry except one: health care.
For the hearing-impaired, communication can be difficult, especially when it involves someone who doesn’t know sign language. Even with the most obvious of signs, you’re still speaking a different language entirely. A new, relatively affordable glove may change that.
As a runner, I am always looking for new and cool ways to be more visible. At the same time, I look for things that are convenient, comfortable and don’t require me to do much thinking at 4 AM when I get up to go running, so I was immediately interested in the LumaGlo Crossbelt.
It seems like there are apps for everything these days, from banking to meditation and everything in between. There are plenty of medical and health apps as well, each claiming to have the answer to your burning illness and wellness questions. Even a good majority of medical records are kept in an electronic format now. How accurate are these apps? What should you look for in a good medical app, and when should you click that “uninstall” button? Let’s explore…
There’s an enormous debate in the running world about how your feet should hit the ground. For a long time conventional wisdom said heel first, but in the last few years, there’s been a push towards a more natural forefoot-first style.
Todays’ wearable technology is being used to track a great many statistics related to fitness and health. Devices from Fitbit and Jawbone, for example, can be used to monitor heart rate, calories burned, total activity time and much more.
Fitness trackers are one of those gadgets that sound really great on paper; they will motivate you to move by telling you how sloth-like you are! Some people swear by them. Others think they’re a gadget destined for the fad junk drawer. Unfortunately, even if they have staying power as a trend, a new study indicates they probably aren’t helping you lose weight!
I rarely do this, but I am reviewing the Bozlun B15P Band on a bit of a curve. If it were priced in line with comparably equipped fitness trackers, I would not be nearly as generous as I am going to be in this review, because the band is only $32.99 on Amazon.
I am usually a big advocate for keeping notes and logs digitally. First of all, it’s far more efficient to make notes searchable, and second of all, my handwriting looks as though the evil hand from “Idle Hands” went on a bender and then started taking notes for me. But I’ve stumbled upon one very productive exception: a workout log.
QurdioCore is the first wearable electrocardiogram monitor. The $449 device records more than 20 million data points, streaming the user’s live medical data to their smartphones. It is the first monitor to be IP65 certified making it splash and rain resistant.
It appears that wearables aren’t as dead as suspected. That, or companies still had product in the pipeline and figured they would go ahead and release them anyway. In any case, Garmin, Casio, and Intel/New Balance have all thrown their hats into the tracking ring (wrist?)!
If you’ve visited a large city any time lately, you’ve probably encountered racks of public bicycles available for short-term rentals by tourists and urban residents alike. Where I live here in Nashville, our B-Cycles are red and scattered at dozens of stations around town.
Fitness, especially home fitness, has evolved quite a bit in the last few years. Suspension straps, kettlebells, and just plain bodyweight workouts have become extremely popular, and it’s been fascinating to watch equipment evolve to meet these new needs. So when I stumbled across The Yoak, I had to learn more.
I’ve been wearing a Misfit Ray, and while it’s one of the prettiest and useful fitness trackers I’ve worn, I still wear a watch because I’m old-fashioned and like to wear one. With the introduction of the Misfit Phase Hybrid Smartwatch, I can have a fashionable analog watch combined with the Misfit technology I’ve come to appreciate.
Over the past thirty nights I’ve had the pleasure of laying down on the Leesa Mattress and honestly, it’s been a pleasure to have such luxury beneath me.
If you live in the state of California, and if you have a prescription for medical marijuana, there is a new product that you should pay attention to — the PAX Era Extract Vaporizer. when used with Bloom Farms extract pods, this on-demand vaporizer makes administering your prescription as simple as taking a puff.
The Withings Pulse Ox caught my eye because it not only measures and monitors steps, distance walked, sleep, elevation climbed, and calories, but it also measures your heart rate and blood oxygen level.