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In NYC, gym classes free for those who lend a helping hand
Gym classes can be prohibitively expensive, meaning many people who would like to keep fit have to find other ways to work out or are even encouraged to forgo exercise altogether. In the past, we’ve seen schemes such as Fitmob, whose community sessions cost less the more often members keep fit, but now several New York gyms are offering work-trade programs, enabling cash-strapped customers to exchange volunteer work for workout classes. READ MORE…
In Manchester, gym workouts for indie music fans
For many, exercise is more of a chore than something to look forward to, and for others it’s only bearable if there’s a distraction to take their mind off what they’re actually doing. In the past, Blue Goji has successfully tricked people into doing exercise to control games characters. Now The Fit Sessions in the UK is hoping to entice alternative music fans — not typically the most sporty types — to keep fit by bouncing along to the indie genre’s more upbeat tracks. READ MORE…
Smartphone-charging exercise desks arrive at Amsterdam Airport
It’s always a pain to have to go hunting for a place to charge your phone, especially if you need to stay put in a particular location. We recently wrote about Soofa, the Boston-based company that’s hoping to place solar phone-charging benches in city parks, and now Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed desks that enable passengers to charge their devices through pedal power while they wait for their plane. READ MORE…
Virtual pet can only be fed through walking
Getting children to exercise instead of sitting inside with computer games is becoming an ever more difficult task. We’ve already seen Loop, the outdoor game where young players use tracking sensors to score points and compete with friends. Now Wokamon is a virtual pet app from China that requires kids to walk and exercise in order to keep their creature alive. READ MORE…
Tamagotchi-style wristband encourages active play for kids
Any parent will know how difficult it is to get kids to go out and exercise instead of playing on computer games all day. We’ve already seen gamified exercise in the form of the Loop audio and motion sensor-driven gaming platform, and now Leap Band is a digital pet that responds to children’s activity, tracks their performance and teaches them about healthy eating. READ MORE…
Venue lets visitors work, play, and climb
It’s often said that with a healthy body comes a healthy mind — getting a good amount of exercise can help stimulate the mental processes required for higher productivity rates. Offering a space for both physical and mental activities, Brooklyn Boulders is a rock climbing facility that also provides a collaborative work space. READ MORE…
Blue Goji turns exercise into a gaming session
Running on a treadmill can often feel like a thankless chore if there’s no other stimulus to keep you going, which is why exercise has become one of the most gamified activities. From the makers of Guitar Hero,Blue Gojiuses wireless controllers and fitness trackers to immerse indoor runners into a world of gaming as they exercise. READ MORE…
15-second test tells athletes how hard they should train
There are now enough fitness trackers on the market to call it an industry, but there are still innovations to be made. While we’ve previously written about Sensoria — the smart sock that both monitors jogging sessions and also detects injuries — Check is another new device that determines users’ readiness for training, both physically and mentally, through a short daily test. READ MORE…
London begins labeling the physical world with calorie loss indicators
Some people are fitness freaks and some are couch potatoes, but it actually doesn’t require rigorous exercise to stay in good shape. We previously wrote about Coca-Cola’s Work It Out Calculator — which details the small tasks that cancel out the calories in its products — and now the UK’s StepJockey is a project that raises awareness of the health benefits of actions such as taking the stairs, through smart labels that detail how many calories can be lost by climbing them. READ MORE…
Motivational audiobooks send joggers on a personal adventure
Many regular runners can’t go for a jog without a playlist to energize them to keep moving. But can audiobooks provide the same motivation? The Austria-based team behind the Runtastic app believe so, and have created Story Running — a series of exercise-length short stories designed to add an imaginative element to trips round the park and inspire joggers to keep going. READ MORE…
Moving desk encourages office exercise
We recently wrote about FwdHealth, a platform that helps to track office workers exercise to bring down health insurance premiums. Now we’ve come across another device that encourages physical activity in the workplace, in the form of the Stir Kinetic Desk, which automatically rises and falls to force workers to regularly stand up and stretch their muscles. READ MORE…
Tracking employees’ exercise regimes to reduce insurance premiums
One of the easiest ways for businesses to bring down their insurance premiums is to provide proof that they are at low risk. With a plethora of exercise trackers available to consumers these days, FwdHealth is now taking advantage of such devices, helping companies cut their health insurance policies by monitoring employee fitness levels. READ MORE…
In Brazil, bike café-cum-workshop offers showering facilities
Cycling is widely accepted to be a good way to keep fit while also travelling without damaging the environment, however many people are put off by safety concerns, poor weather, or by turning up to meet a friend covered in sweat. Brazilian café and bicycle repair shop Aro 27 is now hoping to deal with the last complaint, offering commuters showering facilities as well as a place to safely park their bike. READ MORE…
Exercise bike streams live gym classes into owners’ homes
While home exercise bikes can be useful when owners don’t feel like heading all the way to the gym, they don’t really offer the same kind of personal training and encouragement that gym classes do. The Velo-1 has gone some way to incentivize exercise outside of the gym by using riders’ smartphones add fitness tracking features to real bikes, but now the Peloton exercise machine offers live streaming of spinning classes through an on-board Android tablet. READ MORE…
Smart sock can help joggers run better and detect injuries
We’ve seen wearable patches for horses that offer ultrasound therapy to treat muscular injuries, but could wearable tech help detect health problems in humans? The Sensoria sock includes a sensor that can not only inform the wearer of bad running habits, but also track their recovery. READ MORE…