• Lazy Jar’s app makes you pay for not exercising enough

    Lazy Jar’s app makes you pay for not exercising enough

    Want to exercise more, but lack motivation? An app called Lazy Jar, aimed at Fitbit owners, may be able to help. The app actually penalizes you a monetary amount if you fail to meet the fitness goals you’ve set for yourself, in terms of metrics like steps per week, miles walked, or calories burned, for example. The idea that some people may need a little bit of an extra push to start… Read More

  • U-Gym massages you during exercise

    I’m a big fan of massages, so I stopped dead in my tracks when I came across a company in the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 Startup Alley earlier today. Taiwan-based U-Gym is a deep layer muscle massager that you can wear while exercising. U-Gym uses medium-frequency electrotherapy to stimulate your muscles, nerves and meridians. The company says it can help with muscle stiffness and… Read More

  • Mumbai-Based Fitternity Raises $1M Seed Funding To Match Users With The Right Workouts

    Mumbai-Based Fitternity Raises $1M Seed Funding To Match Users With The Right Workouts

    Fitternity, a discovery platform for workout classes and other fitness services based in Mumbai, has raised $1 million in seed funding led by Exfinity Venture Partners. The company’s search platform, which lets users book free trials with exercise classes, personal trainers, and nutritionists, is currently available in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore, with operations starting in Delhi soon. Read More

  • Study Shows Why It’s Worth Your Employer’s Money To Buy Everyone Walking Desks

    Study Shows Why It’s Worth Your Employer’s Money To Buy Everyone Walking Desks

    Desk jobs are slowly killing us. Perhaps even worse than dying early, our office-potato lives are making us more susceptible to joint pain, fatigue, and illness. To fight off these modern diseases, I use a treadmill desk, which keeps me in motion all day long. Unfortunately, treadmill desks are pretty pricey, going for around $1,400 on Amazon. Read More

  • Sensoria Is A New Smart Sock That Coaches Runners In Real Time

    Sensoria Is A New Smart Sock That Coaches Runners In Real Time

    Hardware maker, Heapsylon, debuted two new fitness products at CES 2014 : a smart fitness sock that coaches users on their running technique in real time and a heart rate monitor built into a T-shirt (and bra). I got a hands-on demo with Sensoria Sock’s smartphone application that alerts users to improper foot technique and came away, shall we say, breathless. Read More

  • The Ultimate Guide To The 50+ Hottest Health And Fitness Apps, Gadgets And Startups Of The Year

    The Ultimate Guide To The 50+ Hottest Health And Fitness Apps, Gadgets And Startups Of The Year

    The holidays wreak havoc on our bodies, with their mandatory over-indulgence in food as well as family and reminiscences. As we reflect on the year past — its victories and losses — we also begin looking ahead to the next, and in big ways or small, making plans to keep our momentum going. For many, this involves taking health more seriously, whether it’s losing a few… Read More

  • Review: EA Sports Active 2 For Kinect

    Short version: EA Sports Active 2 can be your own personal trainer if you manage to set up Kinect properly and you have space where you can exercise. The online tracking is a nice addition and the exercises are great. If you’re looking for something to keep you healthy on the long run, this is for you. Read More

  • Adidas MiCoach Now On iPhone, BlackBerry: GPS-Assisted Exercise Gets You Into Shape For Free

    MiCoach, Adidas’ easy-to-use training system that first debuted at CES in January, is now available for your iPhone and BlackBerry. With the App, which is free, you’re able to exercise (run or jog, primarily) more efficiently than you might otherwise be able to. Used in conjunction with the MiCoach Web site, you can plan a safe exercise regimen to lose weight, build stamina, or… Read More

  • The Pokemon return: HeartGold and SoulSilver

    So I got a random delivery today, and I was quite surprised to see it was from Nintendo. Even more surprising was when I opened the box and saw they had sent me the two latest Pokemon games, HeartGold and SoulSilver. What was even more interesting was when I started to read the enclosed literature that explained exactly what’s new about these two games. Read More

  • adidas miCoach Pacer tracks your heart rate, helps you get fit at your own speed

    Against all the odds, I have found something genuinely interesting at CES. (Seriously, if you don’t like 3D TV you’d better go home.) It’s the adidas miCoach Pacer, a handy little device that measures your heart rate while you exercise. The device records all sorts of data, including calories burned, miles walked/ran, and stride length, and then syncs that to the miCoach… Read More

  • Cyberbike may be the largest Wii accessory to date

    If you’re a Wii owner and you’ve been thinking to yourself, “Boy, there aren’t nearly enough available accessories for my console,” then maybe you’d enjoy blowing off some steam on a full-size Wii-compatible exercise bike. Yes, a bike. Read More

  • Did you know that Apple patented an iPod exercise system last year?

    A recent patent filing—well, recent in this sense that is was just published, but was actually filed last year—shows some sort of exercise progress meter + iPod contraption. It’s sort of like the Nike+ deal, yes. Read More

  • Wii Fit Plus coming October 4th, priced at $20

    Nintendo has officially announced Wii Fit Plus, a somewhat incremental upgrade to its wildly-popular Wii Fit exercise program. The price of the Wii Fit bundle, which will include the new Wii Fit Plus along with the Balance Board apparatus, will remain at $99 while the standalone version of the game will cost $19.99. It’s set to release here in the US on October 4th. Read More

  • Quick hands-on: Perfect Pushup V2

    The Fitness Fairy just dropped off the Perfect Pushup V2, from Perfect Fitness. So consider this a quick hands-on, not a full review. (Give me a few days for that.) My first thoughts, compared to the mobile unit I reviewed a few months ago: my God the handles are a lot more comfortable. Read More

  • President Obama: Don't spend all day playing video games; go exercise!

    Let’s not dwell on this for too long, since it’s largely a non-issue. President Obama, speaking to the American Medical Association (mostly about health care, such as it is), listed “video games” as a potential bad guy… for your health. You know, sitting on a couch all day long trying to rack up Achievements. Read More

  • NBC notices Wii exercise games, taps THQ for 'Biggest Loser' version

    NBC’s The Biggest Loser, a hit reality TV show that pits real-life overweight contestants against each other to see who can lose the most weight, will be coming to the Nintendo Wii and DS later this year. Read More

  • Nintendo to announce Wii Fit Plus next week?

    You guys down with Wii Fit or what? Loose talk around the internet seems to indicate that we’ll all be hearing about something called Wii Fit Plus at E3 next week. Read More

  • Cobblestone treadmill patent would eliminate running on pesky smooth surface

    A patent just came across the tubes a moment ago for a treadmill with “a simulated cobblestone running surface,” the idea supposedly being that running on a flat, smooth treadmill belt doesn’t simulate the harsh old-timey cobblestone streets of Anytown, USA. Read More

  • Review: Yes, the Perfect Pushup

    About two years ago I first started seeing commercials for The Perfect Pushup on TV. The pitch was impressive and seemed perfectly tailored to someone like me: a 20-something, who, while not out of shape by any means (owing to a meek, Third World diet consisting primarily of rice and beans and water for flavor) didn’t quite have the physique that Hollywood presented as, I don’t… Read More

  • EA sets sights on Wii Fit fans with EA Sports Active

    Looks like EA Sports is getting into the Wii-based fitness arena with EA Sports Active. It’ll be launching next spring, right about the time you grab hold of your ever-lingering holiday gut with both hands, look skyward, and scream "Whaaaeeeyyyyy?" While somewhat similar to Wii Fit, EA Sports Active will eschew a balance board-type apparatus in favor of "two… Read More

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