Feeling sluggish? Doughy? Increasingly short-winded? Well, my flabby friend, itâs time for you to stop putting off the inevitable and get back in shape. Youâre not trying to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1980, but with time and commitment, you can at least get yourself looking and feeling better. We promise! We made this video to be your guide.
A number of studies have suggested that physically active men have lower rates of erectile dysfunction than couch potatoes, but all of them relied on people being honest about the amount they exercised. A new study published by the Journal of Sexual Medicine checked those results by measuring how much their subjects actually moved.
I asked back in May whether you thought the Apple Watch Activity appÂ would lead to a leaner, fitter you. At that point,Â more than 80% of you said that it either would or already had.
A Wristly survey yesterday suggestedÂ that the reality perhaps hadn’t quite lived up to this promise, but still contained some pretty impressive numbers. More than 50% of Watch owners said that they were exercising more and were making better health choices, with around 40% reporting weight loss.
For those of us who were lucky enough to take delivery of our Apple Watches on day one,Â we’re now three months in. Plenty of time for the novelty to wear off â and to see whether the anticipated benefits really have shown up on the bathroom scale, in our waistlines or in the gym …Â
For my own part, I have to confess the Stand remindersÂ became too annoying, so I switched them off. Too many times, it would prompt me to stand either while I already was, or literally a minute or two after I’d sat down. It just wasn’t sufficiently intelligent.
The Move and Exercise circles, in contrast, have proved motivating. Apple’s human interface chief Alan Dye was absolutely right about it being a natural human desire to want to close those circles once there’s just a small gap remaining. I haven’t quite gone as far as performing jumping jacks before bed, but I have taken the long way round when cycling home, or climbed a few flights of stairs in preference to the escalator, in order to fill in the gaps.
SoÂ we’d like to hear your experience â both in terms of your attitude to the Activity circles, and any specific health benefits you’ve seen since your got your Watch (please check all that apply). We invite you to complete both polls, and share your experiences in the comments.
Social sharing ofÂ exercise data, using services like Strava and RunKeeper, has been one of the bigger trends in recent years. Thanks to fitness bands, smartwatches and GPS-based cycle computers, it’s easy to capture your exercise data and have it automatically uploaded, allowing friends and strangers alike to take part in virtual competitions. It’s effectively gamification of our bodies.
While some take it extremely seriously â so much so that Strava has had to allow users to mark stretches of road or path as dangerous, to stop overly-competitive cyclistsÂ mowing down pedestrians in their quest to gain a coveted King of the Mountain award â for most it’s just a fun way toÂ get a bit more exercise and tease their friends.
Any fitness band enables you to compare things like total steps and total calories expended, of course, but the Apple Watch makes it particularly easy to create informal competitions, with yourself or others, to maximize the exercise you get in your everyday life …Â
A small thing that makes a big difference on the Apple Watch is the ease of taking screenshots.Â Just as simultaneously pressing Home and Power on the iPhone takes a screengrab, so too does pressing the Digital Crown and sideÂ button on the side of the watch. That screengrab is then instantly available in the Photos app on your iPhone.
What that means is it’s trivial to measure before-and-after calories or exercise minutes for any activity, simply byÂ pressing two buttons on your watch â in either the Workout app or just the Activity rings.
Doing a quick 15 minutes on the treadmill? Challenge your friends to beat your calorie burn during that time. Or keepÂ your heart-rate inÂ the aerobic zone for the maximum amount of time during the run.
Hitting the gym with a buddy? Set a goal and see who can achieveÂ it in the shortest time. A screenshot beforehand allows you to deduct your ‘before’ counts, measuring only what you do in the gym session.
Early riser? Challenge your similarly-minded friends to notch up theÂ greatest number of calories by a certain time of the day, a screen-grab at the end-time used to verify.
Not really a gym bunny? No matter: the Apple Watch has a fairly relaxed idea of what comprises exercise â a brisk walk will do it â so youÂ can play any of these type of games without going anywhere near a pair of running shoes.
For example, how about a contest to see who can notch up the highest number of exercise minutes in the office, doing nothing more taxing than taking the stairs rather than the elevator andÂ walking to meetings at a brisk pace? Could even be an excuse for more trips to the coffee machine. Screengrab one when you enter the office, screengrab two before you leave it at lunchtime.
Or see who can notch up the highest number of steps climbed in the course ofÂ a working day?Â An incentive to book meeting rooms toward the top of the building, perhaps.
What about walking to and from work if you live close enough, measuring the steps and calories just for the commute? Or, if you live too far out, getting off the metro a few stops early and measuring that?
Perhaps as simple as challenging your friends to get the highest score in the stand goals?
Even if you don’t yet have friends with Apple Watches, competing against yourself can be a simple way to motivate yourself. How about aiming toÂ increase both your number of minutes of exercise and your calorie burn every day for a week? Or, if you’re more ambitious, every week for a month?
Because the Apple Watch is designed to be worn all the time, not just when exercising, and screengrabs offer such a painless way to log readings at specific points, this type of fitness gamification is a doddle to do.
Anyone already doing this? Or have I tempted you to try it? Take our poll, and share yourÂ stories and ideas in the comments …
Like many of you, I work in front of a computer. They're powerful devices, but they also suck your will to live and trick you into never, ever getting up and going outside. Reasons like that are why fitness trackers were invented.
With the craziness of Black Friday and the holiday shopping season entering full swing, we’re sharing a list of the best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus armband cases for running, exercise, and working out in the gym or fitness center. These deals on accessories make for great Christmas stocking stuffers for anyone with an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus.
Product Description:Â “The high-performance Sport-Fit iPhone 6Â Armband doesn’t just protect your phone while you’re exercising – it’s also incredibly comfortable to wear. The secure fit and slim design stays out of your way, so you forget you’re even wearing it. Now you can concentrate on your workout, not your device.”
Product Description:Â “Incipioâs [Performance] Armband is made with comfortable and thin water-resistant materials to protect your device during intense workouts from perspiration and outdoor elements. Enjoy a comfortable, sleek fit and lightweight adjustable arm strap while running or training.”
Product Description: “Trainer for iPhone 6 Plus starts with a wide, stretch armband that adjusts with a slide-buckle to fit arms up to 19 inches in circumference. Trainer has a lightweight windowed compartment to hold your device, and a perforated band backed with sweat-wicking neoprene to allow airflow, keeping you and your iPhone cool and comfortable.”
Product Description: “Allowing you to get on with your chosen activity or just daily life. Be sure that your device is always with you and secure. Simply insert your device into the pocket, wrap the band around your arm or wrist, and secure it with the adjustable velcro strap. Designed specifically for a range of Smartphones and MP3 Players, this armband features a built in screen protector and access to controls.”
Time was, humans didn't have to worry much about getting exercise. When we had to kill, gather, grow, or herd our own food, working out happened naturally. Of course, as soon as we figured out how to avoid those laborious chores, we did. Not long after, we had to come up with new ways of staying in shape; hence, exercise.
In this update, you’ll find a new 7-minute workout module that’s just a little different from the rest. That’s because this one involves punching Justin Bieber in the face and performing a dragon mating dance, among other, equally-ridiculous activities.
The updateÂ includes 12 built-in exercises, including old favorites such as “Can’t Get Ups,” “Imperial Butt Dips,” and “Extreme Lying Down.” Purchasing the $1.99 Excerise Booster Pack unlocks an additional 12, including “Celebrity Face Punches” and “Mount Doom Climbs.”
You can track your workout and weigh-in history in the app’s new profile screen. You can even add a profile photo, which CARROT will criticize and helpfully offer to swap out for one of her favorite human,Â actor Alan ThickeÂ (and yes, the app really will replace your photo with Thicke’s if you accept the offer).
Completing the workout and weighing in regularly will allow you to “level up” and unlock new rewardsâthough some of the rewards are actually just new forms of punishment, such as an option to enable more two even more difficult workouts.
A few of the more useful unlockables include the ability to set a goal weight, a calendar and other charts to track your progress, extra rest time between exercises, and for some reason the option to use Klingon units of measurement. Oh, and something called “Ring of Zeus.” I’m still not quite sure what that does.
If you’re looking for a fitness app with personality, look no further than the snarky, rude, condescending, and seriously entertaining CARROT Fit. You can grab it right nowÂ on the App Store for $2.99.