Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Work-Walk-Work Therapy

December 30, 2016 — We’ve heard the warnings. Sitting is killing us. So people are responding. Sales of standing desks are booming. Varidesk has grown from a wobbly startup to market leader in just three years. Walking desks might offer more benefits…at at a much higher cost. But research is pointing to a much simpler answer – work-walk-work therapy. It’s really […]

Top 10 Advances of 2016 in Obesity and Health

December 26, 2016 — If you’re looking for signs of progress in obesity and health, you can find it in 2016. Obesity is a tough nut to crack, so we don’t have breakthroughs and cures to report – yet. What we have is solid advances that will make life and health better for people concerned about obesity. Here’s our […]

Whatever Happened to the Smartwatch Boom?

December 23, 2016 — Just about two years after Apple promised that the Apple Watch would change our lives, we’re wondering. Are we watching a smartwatch boom, a bust, or a work in progress? A new report from IDC says that things haven’t quite happened as Apple predicted back in April 2015. Smartwatches still haven’t killed the basic Fitbit, which […]

Fitness on the Way to Becoming a Vital Sign

December 2, 2016 — It’s about time. A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association recommends that “at a minimum, all adults should have CRF (cardiorespiratory fitness) estimated each year” during health exams. The rationale is pretty compelling: A growing body of epidemiological and clinical evidence demonstrates not only that CRF is a potentially stronger predictor of mortality than established […]

Fitness Trackers Work – For Fitness

September 28, 2016 — Last week, JAMA published a randomized, controlled study that showed fitness trackers don’t help people lose weight. This week, Obesity published a systematic review and meta-analysis of how well fitness trackers work for their intended purpose – promoting fitness activities. Surprise, surprise: adding a fitness monitor to fitness programs seems to yield more physical activity. Herman […]

This Is Why They’re Called Fitness Trackers

September 21, 2016 — A new randomized, controlled study published yesterday in JAMA found that fitness trackers added to a 24-month weight loss program did not help with weight loss. In fact, adding them actually resulted in less weight loss. People in the control arm with a standard weight loss program lost an average of 13 pounds after 24 months. […]

Does Exercise Save Money?

September 9, 2016 — The American Heart Association is promoting an analysis from its journal that suggests regular exercise can save money. In fact, the authors of this study find that medical expenses are about $2,500 lower annually for people who meet current guidelines for regular exercise. That’s at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five times a week. The […]

Rethinking Unsubstantiated Nonsense About Energy Balance

August 28, 2016 — For decades, the common dogma of energy balance stated that weight gain or loss is a simple matter of “calories in and calories out.” On the second day of YWM2016, Steve Blair called for a rethinking of “nonsense presented repeatedly without any data to back it up.” At the top of his list for such nonsense, he […]

Shaming in the Fitness Culture

July 17, 2016 — A fitness culture is spreading around the world that has great potential to promote better health and well-being. But even a small element of shaming can undermine all of that. Look at fashion, look at daily routines everywhere, and the fitness culture is impossible to miss. While much of life has become a sedentary ritual of enslavement to glowing rectangles, […]

How’s That $3 Trillion Fitness Industry Working for You?

May 7, 2016 — The $3.4 trillion fitness industry has prospered because it has come to represent an identity for the people who participate. In an interview with Marketplace, Bloomberg’s Jason Kelly explains: What is so interesting about it, I think, is this idea that it has moved from activity to lifestyle. Once it moves to a lifestyle, then […]