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.


Garmin announces the Approach G30

Garmin has announced the Approach G30 golf GPS device. The Approach G30 has a 2.3-inch colour touchscreen with full course mapping to more than 40,000 courses around the world plus free map updates. Green View and Touch Targeting give accurate yardage info, and players can track their stats and performance over each round and over time.

The Approach G30 features a built-in high-sensitivity GPS, so users will get accurate distances to greens, hazards and doglegs, even if they’re under heavy tree cover. The Approach G30 also has a dedicated Green View, which shows the shape of the green, and allows users to manually position the pin to get the most accurate distance information.

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Adidas to shutdown miCoach

Adidas has announced that they will be pulling down the shutters on the miCoach platform. Development of their Train & Run app and miCoach website have ceased.

The service will continue operating until 31 December 2018 with members being treated to free premium membership to Runtastic. That’s not surprising since Adidas acquired Runtastic. It makes sense to consolidate the services and gives Adidas access to a broader user community.

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TomTom Touch Cardio – stripping features to hit a price point

Fitness trackers are pretty passè these days. Walk into most electronics retailers, department stores or sports shops and you’ll likely find dozens of options. TomTom has long been a player in the tracker market but they are starting to move down to less expensive market segments with their new TomTom Touch Cardio.

While the original TomTom Touch could shake around AU$219 out of your wallet, the Cardio will sell for closer to AU$150 (that’s $£90 or US$110).

The Touch Cardio keeps the heart rate tracker, step and sleep tracking, but loses the body fat and muscle mass analysis sensors in order to save a few bucks.

There’s no word on Aussie availability yet.

High expectations and anxiety impact weight loss

According to research by behavioural scientists from Australia’s CSIRO, most Australians tend to over-think, have too high expectations and are anxious about failure – all of which can derail the best intentions when it comes to shedding unwanted kilograms (or pounds if you prefer).

They found there are five behavioural “Diet Types” with the over-thinking, anxious perfectionist the predominant type.

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