Tag Archives: health

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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Get off your butt – 7 super fit women tell you to get moving

imageIt’s easy to make excuses for inactivity. We’ve all done. Too tired, too busy, too sore…

Well, over at Mind Body Green there’s a story af seven inspirational women who prove that age is no barrier to being strong and healthy.

Constance Tillit. This badass octogenarian was filmed doing a CrossFit workout, complete with sandbags, ring rows, and deadlifts, at 80 years young. She lost 50 pounds through CrossFit and had motivating words for the 8 million people who watched her workout video: “Get up and do it. Stop with the whining.” Remember Tillit’s words the next time you think about hitting snooze and bailing on your workout.

What’s your excuse? I bet it melts when you see these powerhouse women.

Dairy and weight management: what’s the story?

imageA recent article, published at the CSIRO blog discusses the impact of dairy product consumption on weight management. I hate the term weight loss – it implies lighter is always better whereas healthy is what we are really striving for.

There is no one-size-fits-all (excuse the pun) solution we are advocating here – for various reasons, you may prefer a different dietary route to weight loss. But, for many people, increased dairy intake can help knock off the kilos while still staying healthy.

You can read the full article here.

Doctors may get it wrong when diagnosing heart disease in active people

heart-pulseA study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging, examined over 1,000 people and found doctors should consider an individual’s activity level before diagnosing common heart conditions.

One of the effects of exercise is an enlarged heart, caused by the heart muscles becoming thicker as they become stronger.

Dr Declan O’Regan, of the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, at Imperial College London, and one of the lead scientists on the research says “It’s well known that the hearts of endurance athletes adapt in response to exercise, a phenomenon called ‘athlete’s heart’. This study is the first to show that healthy adults who do regular exercise may also develop enlarged hearts. As a result, there’s a risk that some active adults could be misdiagnosed with heart disease”.

Source: Regular exercise can lead to heart disease misdiagnosis

Australian scientists say nutrition research needs a shakeup

A paper titled Nutritional Ecology and Human Health, published by David Raubenheimer and Stephen J. Simpson from the Charles Perkins Centre and School of Life and Environmental Sciences, The University of Sydney says the way we measure the health impacts of the human diet needs to be reconsidered.

Simpson says “Conventional thinking which demonises fat, carbohydrate or sugar in isolation as causes of the obesity crisis — dubbed the single nutrient approach — has now run its course. We’ve provided a framework for not only thinking about but also experimentally testing issues around dietary balance. Much like the invention of the telescope or microscope, this framework offers a new tool with which to look at complex dietary problems and bring them into focus”.

You can read the full text of the paper at the Annual Review of Nutrition

Open-plan offices – bad for health and productivity

Open-plan officeIt’s the bane of the modern work environment – the open-plan office. Rather than give everyone their own office, creating vast halls with everyone’s desks adjacent to each other has delivered businesses one clear benefit – the ability to pack more people into less space than every before.

And, it seems, our offices are also becoming a health hazard with workers needing to exercise for an hour each day to counteract the effects of sedentary jobs.

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Body image – is the ESPN Body Issue helpful?

ESPN-Body-Issue-2016Each year, ESPN releases an issue of their magazine that focusses on the physical form of different athletes. The athletes are photographed executing a typical movement from their sport completely naked.

Clearly, different physiques are better suited to different sports. Heavier bodies are great for football, taller ones for basketball, lighter frames for running and so forth. The concept behind this issue is to highlight that our perceptions of what “athletic” means are quite diverse.

But is the ESPN Body Issue helpful? Does it send a positive message, particularly in this age where body image issues can trigger many different illnesses?

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Fitbit launches FitForGood in Australia

fitbit-fitforgoodFitbit has FitForGood, a charitable platform inviting Fitbit users to get fit for a good cause in support of better heart health for all Australians. Fitbit is encouraging anyone with a Fitbit account in Australia to sign up, with their steps contributing towards the FitForGood Challenge of a collective two billion step goal.

If the group reaches this goal, Fitbit will make a $100,000 donation to the Heart Foundation of Australia. In addition, the Heart Foundation is aiming to raise an additional $400,000 through donations to help educate the public about heart disease, which kills one Australian every 27 minutes.

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Is there a link between fitspiration and eating disorders?

IMG_5105Researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia conducted a survey of 203 women aged between 18 and 48 years old. They used the hashtags #fitspiration and #travel to find women who regularly posted fitspiration images (101 women) and travel (102 women) on Instagram.

The #fitspiration women were younger, around 26 years old on average,while the #travel group had an average age of 30. The women in the two groups did not have significantly different body mass indexes (BMI), a measure of weight relative to height.

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People are ignoring doctor’s advice on wearables

heart-pulseA Nielsen study sponsored by The Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) in the United States has found patients ignore the advice given by their doctors when it comes to using the data coming from their health and fitness wearables.

About 30,000 US patients were asked if their primary care provider had recommended using wearables. 5% said their doctor recommended a fitness tracking app, 4% said a biometric app was recommended and 4% said a wearable was suggested.

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