fitness

  • 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

  • FitGenie is applying AI to automate nutrition planning

    FitGenie is applying AI to automate nutrition planning

    It may well turn out, as technologists are already suspecting, that AI makes everything better. But plenty of startup founders are still in the experimental phase of figuring out whether — or maybe how much  — machine learning can improve an existing app category. Read More

  • Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds

    Fitbit turns teens off exercising, study finds

    Fitness tracker makers would have you believe that all that stands between you and the motivation to get up off your couch and get healthy is their shiny wearable device. But a new study conducted by researchers in the UK found groups of teenagers ended up being discouraged from exercising after using a Fitbit device for eight weeks. Read More

  • Peloton launches fitness bikes aimed at gyms

    Peloton launches fitness bikes aimed at gyms

    Peloton has seen great success with its exercise bikes for home use. Today, the company is doubling its product range (to two), with a bike aimed at commercial users. It’s more rugged to stand up to the “don’t be gentle, it’s a rental” hotel and gym crowd, and comes with software that’s more suitable for gym use. Read More

  • Pokémon GO fitness gains were short-lived

    Pokémon GO fitness gains were short-lived

    During the supreme madness of the Pokémon GO season this summer, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people talk about how the insanely popular game was boosting activity levels and making people walk miles more than they did before. That effect appears to have been significantly overstated, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. Read More

  • The mPod is a 3-D body scanner coming to a gym near you

    The mPod is a 3-D body scanner coming to a gym near you

    Looking in the mirror or stepping on a scale can tell us much about our bodies and wellbeing, but not with the greatest precision. Now, a Sydney, Australia-based company called mPort is bringing its mPod body scanners to gyms and malls in the U.S., where they think users will be interested in getting granular data about their bodies. The mPod, which looks like a large photo booth or a… Read More

  • Step trackers in Happy Meals let you tone your McNuggets

    Step trackers in Happy Meals let you tone your McNuggets

    The latest move by McDonalds to distance itself from its enduring image as a greasy, unhealthy fast food apocalypse is once sure to please fitness-conscious parents: for a limited time, every Happy Meal now comes with a working pedometer. The Step-it is a simple device that comes in six colors that, once activated, tracks a kid’s steps and their general activity level. Steps show on an… Read More

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