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How much do you have to work out to burn off the junk food you eat?

How much do you have to work out to burn off the junk food you eat?

If you want to be remotely healthy, don’t eat junk food. It’s that simple. Because it’s really not worth it (oh but it is, sometimes) when you try to burn off all those bad calories you just ate. Think about the exercise! Think about the weights! Think about the cardio! Think about all that when you’re about to eat a Big Mac and Fries because you need about an hour and a half of cardio or two hours of weights to whip that out your system.

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Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Casey Chan to Gizmodo

December 11th

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Apple’s latest Apple Watch ads showcase fitness, communication, and travel features

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Following the initial launch campaign, Apple is debuting four new Apple Watch ads showing the device in action in several different real-world scenarios. The first video called Goals demonstrates a range of features including the Apple Watch’s fitness and workout tracking apps as well as third-party apps available for the device. Another video called Closer echoes a similar theme of recent Apple ads that show people using Apple’s products to stay in communication and share experiences.

Two other new ads called Beijin and Berlin illustrate the Apple Watch as a travel tool with translation and navigation apps plus more.

The new Apple Watch ads follow Apple’s other new advertising campaign centered around the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus  which started just a week ago.

The TV spots are also timed around the Apple Watch’s expansion into other countries. After initially launching in nine countries to start, the Apple Watch became available in seven more countries in June and will land in even more tomorrow and later this month.

You catch all four new Apple Watch ads below:


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Zac Hall

July 16th

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How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of calorie, distance, & other fitness data

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Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to calibrate Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of the data.

By initiating the calibration process, you can get more accurate readings for calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Watch’s Activity app, and also improved calculations in the Workout app.

By following the steps below, you’ll start calibrating the device’s accelerometer and improve Apple Watch’s accuracy by allowing it to learn your personal stride patterns at various speeds:

  • 1. Bring your iPhone and your Apple Watch.
  • 2. Find an open, flat area outside that offers good GPS reception and clear skies.
  • 3. Make sure that Location Services is on. To check the setting on your iPhone, tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services.
  • 4. Make sure that Motion Calibration & Distance is on. To check the setting on your iPhone, tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.
  • Apple-Watch-fitness-015. Hold your iPhone in your hand, or attach it to your body with an armband (preferably) or waistband.
  • 6. Open the Workout app on your Apple Watch, and choose Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run.
  • 7. Choose your goal, or select Open, and tap Start.
  • 8. Walk or run at your normal pace for about 20 minutes.

That’s it. Once you do that, Apple Watch will automatically begin calibrating and get more accurate over time as you use it. The calibration process, according to Apple, will improve the accuracy of not just the walking and running data points, but also all other data in the Workout and Activity apps. You can repeat the process at different speeds and different stride lengths to help improve accuracy even further based on your varying walking and running speeds.

Apple warns that “Calibration data is stored locally on Apple Watch, and isn’t backed up to your iPhone.  Therefore, your calibration data will be lost if you unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone.


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Jordan Kahn

May 3rd

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Apple confirms tattoo issue with Apple Watch in updated support document

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Apple has confirmed reports of problems using the Apple Watch on tattooed wrists. The company has quietly updated a support page on the heart-rate functionality.

Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.

Apple Watch owners on Reddit and Twitter have been posting conflicting reports and video, some showing that the heart-rate functionality works fine with their tattoos, others showing either no reading at all or erratic readings … 

The issue seems to primarily affect those with solid areas of deeper inks, like black and red.

For those concerned that the watch may not work at all if it is unable to detect skin contact, I can confirm that all functionality works even when worn over clothing if you switch off wrist-detection in the companion app on the iPhone. The wording here is misleading, as it continues to switch on when you raise your wrist.

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If you’re unable to get a heart-rate reading and want to use your Apple Watch for workouts, the support document suggests using a separate chest-strap heart-rate monitor offering Bluetooth connectivity.


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Ben Lovejoy

May 1st

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Christy Turlington Burns posts final installment of Apple Watch blog series, following London marathon

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Christy Turlington Burns has posted her final installment of the Apple Watch blog series she has been writing for the past seven weeks, tracking her use of Apple Watch to train for a personal best in the London marathon. The marathon was on Sunday and Burns managed to beat her record by seventeen minutes.

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In total, Apple Watch tracked 26.44 miles through the marathon with Burns clocking in a time of 3 hours, 47 minutes. According to the Watch, she burnt 1717 calories on the workout — she describes it as the “best Workout summary ever”. In the closing remarks, Burns says that the Watch is the perfect tool for “improving your health and fitness” with “setting small goals, then working patiently to meet them.” Naturally, these comments aren’t really a surprise given how the blog is endorsed.

You can listen to Burns discuss her marathon training in more detail in a podcast interview hosted by Apple’s Jay Blahnik.


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Benjamin Mayo

April 28th

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I Toned My Weak Vagina With This Little Blue Blob

The thought was delivered just after my newborn’s placenta: A sneaking suspicion that things were not quite the same down there, and they might never be again. I was reminded of the kGoal, a device that claimed it could tone my ladyparts back into pre-baby shape. Once my daughter had finished using my vagina as a giant elastic waterslide, I knew I had to try it.

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Alissa Walker

April 2nd

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These guys are so strong that they can walk invisible walls in the air

These guys are so strong that they can walk invisible walls in the air

As far as I can tell, I don't think there's an invisible wall where this guy is pushing his legs off of to make it look like he's walking on thin air. But I can't be sure though because I assume once you get as strong as these guys, you unlock all sorts of secret life powers. I mean these tricks are unreal.

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August 21st

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CARROT Fit updated with new workout module involving dragons and Justin Bieber

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Meatbags rejoice! Or, perhaps more accurately, cower in fear. CARROT, the “fun”-loving AI construct who just wants to hurt you in ways you can’t even imagine, has returned with a brand new CARROT Fit update.

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 update 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, actor Alan Thicke (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 rewards—though 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 now on the App Store for $2.99.


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Mike Beasley

May 14th

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SmartMio Offers Athletes Wearable Muscle Stimulation Controlled By Your Smartphone

Athletic wearable devices are not anything new, but a new product launching today on Indiegogo has a different take from the myriad activity trackers out there: The SmartMio connected sports muscle stimulator is designed to bring so-called electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) to enthusiast and professional athletes in a small, convenient and smartphone powered package. The SmartMio consists of two… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

March 20th

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How Long It Takes to Burn Off a Thanksgiving Dinner 10 Different Ways

How Long It Takes to Burn Off a Thanksgiving Dinner 10 Different Ways

For once, let's not lie to ourselves about how we're going to "take it easy" this Thanksgiving. Most of us are going to give thanks by indulging like gluttonous pigs. It's okay, we can give ourselves a pass every now and then, but let's be real: if we don't want to be a bunch of butterfaces by New Year's, we're going to have to work it off.

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November 27th

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