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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Strava for Apple Watch 2 Updated – does Strava have an accuracy issue?

Strava has been my “go to” running and cycling app for a while now. Although I prefer to not run with my phone, Apple and Nike’s decision to not allow easy sharing from the NRC app or Apple’s own Workout app means I prefer not to use those apps.

Strava has been promising an update to their app that uses the new Apple Watch’s integrated GPS receiver. They delivered that update last week.

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Withings is dead, long live Nokia – but the Patient Care Platform is the real news

When Nokia purchased health equipment maker Withings last year, we wondered what that would mean for the erstwhile challenger to Fitbit and Apple. Well, it turns out it means the Withings brand will be taken out of the market.

The Nokia brand will replace Withings on all products, update the Health Mate app, and provide a platform for patients and healthcare professionals to easily share data.

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Playing is not coaching: why so many sporting greats struggle as coaches

By Steven Rynne, The University of Queensland and Chris Cushion, Loughborough University

In top-level sport, success is the overwhelming criterion for judging coaches. In professional sport, team owners, directors and fans clearly value the product (winning) greater than the process (performance).

Former elite players who become coaches are able immediately to garner respect and offer the seductive promise of having “been there and done it”, according to former tennis player Boris Becker. They understand the sport, the club, the fans – and, most importantly, how to win.

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What if exercise doesn’t work for you?

Although exercise is often considered a panacea for many conditions, we don’t all respond it equally. While some can hit the gym for a few weeks and see results, others might labour for years and see no results.

Research supports what many of us know empirically; we all respond to exercise in different ways. And, we respond to different exercise regimes.

The key is to be consistent and give exercise a chance. If a particular activity isn’t fun, try another. The trick is to find something you enjoy doing so that healthy activity is fun and not a chore.

Running is NOT bad for your knees

A recent article at Women’s Running looked at longitudinal study of runners’ knees.

The study by Professor James Fries of California’s Stanford University found runners from the study (now in their 70s) found those who run consistently can expect to have less arthritis than non-runners as they age and a lower risk of osteoarthritis and hip replacements.

The full article can be found at Women’s Running.