PSA: Don’t listen to Gwyneth Paltrow’s health advice

I’ve mentioned before that taking advice from unqualified celebrities when it comes to health is a bad idea. While they might be well intentioned, good intentions are not the same a good advice. On that note – please stay away from goop.com – the health, wellness and lifestyle business operated by Gwyneth Paltrow. There’s too much in it that is either misinformed of frankly dangerous to take a chance that something in it might be useful.

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SUUNTO Launches Entry-Level Spartan Trainer Wrist HR

Suunto has expanded the Spartan family of sports watches with the new Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. The Spartan Trainer is smaller than its older siblings, yet delivers great, versatile training features, daily activity tracking, as well as wrist heart rate measurement by biometrics supplier Valencell.

Garmin vívosmart 3 Brings Firstbeat Fitness and Stress Tracking to Everyone

Garmin International has announced the vi­vosmart 3, the latest addition to their popular vivo series health and fitness trackers. The vivosmart 3 uses the company’s Firstbeat technology to deliver automatic VO2max fitness level detection, Fitness Age, accurate Calorie Counts, and All-day Stress tracking. The device is capable of delivering personalized insights for better health, fitness and performance.
Firstbeat’s automatic VO2max fitness level detection technology has been onboard Garmin’s high-end Forerunner and Fenix devices since 2013 and gives users a tool for viewing their current fitness level and monitoring their progress. The vivosmart 3 brings this feature to Garmin’s lifestyle oriented vivo series for the first time and introduces Fitness Age, a new interpretation of your VO2max that places the feedback in a more relatable context.

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Bye-bye Strava – why you lost me as a customer and advocate

For the last couple of years, I’ve been a Strava user. I’ve enjoyed the social aspects of the service, it’s been a useful tool for tracking mileage and other training metrics, and I’ve been inspired and encouraged by the activities of the Strava community. So much so that I’ve paid the money and been a Premium user.
But I’ve discovered something – and I’m not alone. Strava has an accuracy issue.

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Reaching peak wearable – the smart condom is coming

It seems that there is no data too private that it can’t be shared. A new smart condom, the i.Con, is firming up to be the next wearable coming to the market.

The new device captures important statistics such as thrust power and velocity as well as other vital statistics such as girth and endurance.

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Fitbit’s decline is a reflection of the end of the over-hyped promise of wearables

by David Glance, University of Western Australia

As the market leader, Fitbit has always been regarded as being synonymous with wearables in general. Its launch as a public company was at a point when the hype of wearables was at a peak with claims of the technology bring about a revolution in healthcare.

Unfortunately, the revolution never happened and Fitbit itself has now hit a wall. Sales are down, and last week, Fitbit reported a financial loss and announced it would be laying off 6% of its staff. Its share price is around 90% down on its peak of US $51 in 2015.

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