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Timex/Sodahead Survey on America Work Out Habits

TimexTimex may take a licking and keep on ticking, and now the company that manufactures and markets innovative timepieces has offered the results of a new study that look at people’s workout habits. What is notable about this study is that while there is the perception that most Americans don’t get exercise, according to this Timex/Sodahead.com survey 73 percent of respondents are working out at least once a week. Moreover 29 percent spend between 30 minutes and one hour on their physical activities. Read the rest of this entry »

Play the Whole Life

Whole-Life-ChallengeLife isn’t a game, but staying fit doesn’t have to be work. The Whole Life Challenge promises to make fitness fun – or at least less of an ordeal. This eight-week online and in-your-life game allows players to compete with friends and family and make choices regarding health, fitness and lifestyle habits.

The idea here is to turn making positive changes in health, fitness, and lifestyle into a game-a game that every player can win by making daily choices that support your long-term health, life and vitality.

While the current registration is closed, players can sign up now for the next challenge, which will take place between Labor Day and Thanksgiving. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Guard

Guard-Your-HealthThis week the Army National Guard announced the launch of Guard Your Health, a website developed to be central place for Army National Guard Soldiers and family members to find information and resources on health topics and medical readiness. To this end the site is tailored to the unique health and wellness needs and experiences of Army National Guard Soldiers and families.

Visitors will get access to health tips, expert commentary on health related topics and community forums on a variety of topics including nutrition, exercise, stress, sleep, dental health, readiness and family resilience.

Guard Your Health Official Website

Wipe Out

Action-WipesThere are times when a shower isn’t possible, and after a run, ride or other workout you just don’t feel clean. If a shower isn’t in the works than Action Wipes might be answer. These full-body after-exercise cleaning wipes also require no rinsing.

The maker claims these wipes contain natural ingredients that will actually leave the user’s skin feeling clean and refreshed. These include plant-derived ingredients such as oils including Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense. These wipes are also naturally antibacterial and antifungral, and feature no harsh sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrances and these are even alcohol-free. The 9×10-inch wipe is also durable enough to be used to clean up the equipment as well.

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Trigger Point Downsizes with Grid Mini

The foam roller is one of the more overlooked workout accessories out there. We have one, but it got put away somewhere and as it’s out of site, it’s our of our routine. Unfortunately. This is one case where smaller might actually be better. Trigger Point is introducing its GRID Mini foam roller, a smaller version that will be compact enough to leave out, or take with you.

The GRID Mini from Trigger Point is 5-inches tall, and 5.5-inches in diameter. It has an attractive texture that might even blend in with modern décor – so it can stay out in your living room without becoming unsightly. While that’s one of benefits we like, Trigger Point also stresses that the smaller (and lightweight) equipment is portable and can be taken to the gym or even packs in a suitcase for a trip so you can get your workout on the road.

Trigger Point will make the GRID Mini available in April during IHRSA in Las Vegas.

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Weekend Reading List (02.23.2012): Tour de Mass, Campy Goes 80, Personal Coach, US Vs. Lance

Tour de Mass

From BikeRadar: Dozens of mass rides planned to celebrate Tour de France 2013
Spectators and riders travelling to the 100th Tour de France will be able to take part in dozens of organised rides unveiled by the race organiser today.

Race organiser ASO said gran fondos and organised rides are being planned in each town “holding a stage” to allow spectators to get a closer experience of the Tour and also contribute to the atmosphere of the world’s biggest race. All the action will take place on Monday 15 July – Fete du Tour day – which coincides with the race’s second rest stop. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (02.16.2013): Run in the Sun, Sinead Had Speed?, Tri on the Rise, Helmets for Kids

Run in the Sun

From Men’s Health: Why You Should Move Your Workout Outdoors
Winter blues are reason enough to seek out the sun. But here’s another: People with adequate levels of vitamin D—produced when your skin is exposed to the sun’s rays—have about half the risk of developing type 1 diabetes, according to a new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

 

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Nutritionist/Author’s 5 Tips to Encourage Weight Loss before the Holidays

The holidays are around the corner and it’s very easy to give into temptation and make unhealthy food choices. Dr. Wayne Andersen, co-founder of Take Shape for Life, has provided the following five tips to outline the simple actions we can take to encourage great weight loss before the holidays. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (12.01.12): Air Out There, Good Eats, Effects of Exercise, Interval Efforts

Air Out There

Via Men’s Fitness: Does Outdoor Training Make You Dumb?
A new study looks at the effects of air pollution on mental ability. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Reading List (6.16.2012): Racing Messengers, Olympics Get Social, Excessive Exercise

Racing Messengers

From BikeRumor: Brave or Brazen? Underground Bike Messenger Races Explored in the New Line Of Sight Trailer
“Line Of Sight is a rare view into underground bicycle messenger racing which has become a global phenomenon. For over a decade Lucas Brunelle has been riding with the fastest, most skilled urban cyclists around the world while capturing all the action with his customized helmet cameras to bring you along for the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Device Lets You Know the Quality of the Air Out There

While it is possible to see smoke, and even to some degree smog, it is sometimes hard to know what the quality of the air might be. For many, even a little pollution in the air can go a long way towards big respiratory problems. Unfortunately, it isn’t so easy as just looking out the window to know whether the air quality is good enough for extensive physical activities.

A new personal monitoring device may make it easier to know whether you might want to keep the activities indoors. The MircoPEM was created by North Carolina-based RTI international, and is small enough to be worn on your body and help you know the quality of the air out there. It can measure pollution content of the surrounding air, and monitor your workout levels at the same time – and more importantly inform you if you should cease activity. Read the rest of this entry »

Just be SMART About Fitness and Diet

It is probably an obvious point, but we need to be smarter about our fitness, and here is where technology can help. But to be smart, we can be SMART – as in using Self-Monitoring and Recording with Technology. These were among the findings of a new study announced at last week’s American Heart Association conference in California, that overweight adults who used handheld devices to deliver personalized dietary and exercise reminders were actually able to better stick to their diets than those who simply kept paper diaries or used unresponsive electronic devices. Read the rest of this entry »

Airports Look to Fitness As Options for Passengers In Transit

The newly opened Yoga Room inside Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport (CBS/AP).

USA Today is reporting on a growing trend at U.S. airports: fitness. As an alternative to the food courts, shops, bars, and lounges for travelers stuck at airports during long layovers or for those who check in early, airports are adding fitness areas such as walking paths and yoga rooms. Airport hotels are opening up their fitness centers to travelers, as well, but for a fee. USAT also highlights the community-based website AirportGyms.com, which lists exercise options that are available around airports. Even if an airport lacks the facilities for a proper workout, there are ways to keep fit before you board your connecting flight. So, the next time you find yourself stuck in a long layover, check out what the airport might have to offer besides bad food and beer.

USA Today: Airports get into the fitness craze for stressed travelers
CBS News: Yoga room opens in San Francisco airport
AirportGyms.com

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