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You Might Lose More Weight Without a Fitness Tracker

'We were definitely surprised,' say researchers

(Newser) - For those looking to lose weight, a two-year study suggests that wearing a fitness tracker helps. What surprised researchers, however, is that not wearing one seems to help even more, reports Ars Technica . The study in JAMA , perhaps the most comprehensive to date on the subject, followed nearly 500 overweight... More »

CrossFit Founder: 'I Like Watching the Bodies'

Greg Glassman deflects criticism about injuries, rails against 'a--holes' in soda industry

(Newser) - Despite allegations of injuries caused by questionable techniques, the fitness phenomenon known as CrossFit is said to boast an estimated 4 million members around the globe with a program that Newsweek says "has come to dominate the athletic world." And it has no bigger fan than its founder,... More »

Study: Minute of Hard Exercise Just as Good as 45-Minute Workout

Science has some good news for a change

(Newser) - "Most people cite 'lack of time' as the main reason for not being active," professor of kinesiology Martin Gibala says in a press release . But that's no longer a valid excuse for not getting in better shape. According to a study published Tuesday in PLOS One,... More »

Now You Can Test Your Sweat as You Run

Sweat monitor could alert users to early signs of dehydration, stress, and more

(Newser) - That Fitbit on your wrist is about to look "awfully basic," reports the Los Angeles Times , with the introduction of a sweat monitor that the lead author of a new study likens to having "a pathology lab right on the body." Electrical engineers at UC Berkeley... More »

Exercise DVDs May Actually Be Psychologically Harmful

New study finds 1 in 7 statements are negative

(Newser) - Exercise DVDs are a mostly unregulated industry, and their safety and accuracy haven't been scientifically proven—yet their promises of chiseled, bronzed bodies have us forking over $250 million for them every year. Not only do we not know whether they work, researchers at Oregon State University are going... More »

10K Steps a Day Might Not Get You Fit

The number has its roots in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

(Newser) - Ten thousand steps. It's easy to remember, and a goal lauded by several wearable fitness trackers, but is it actually a good daily target for fitness? The number is too simplistic and not for everyone, reports the Huffington Post . For instance, for the extremely sedentary, taking 10,000 steps—... More »

Man, 54, Smashes World Pull-Ups Record

Texan managed 4,321 in 24 hours

(Newser) - If you can do 30 pull-ups in 10 minutes, you're probably in pretty good shape—and if you can keep doing them at the same rate for 24 hours, you will equal the feat of Mark Jordan, a 54-year-old Texan. Guinness World Records confirmed this week that the Corpus... More »

Weight Watchers' Friend Is Its Enemy: Fitness Trackers

Membership, revenue slid in 4th quarter

(Newser) - The booming fitness-tracker trend is making it easier for people to track their activity and therefore lose weight, which is essentially what Weight Watchers has been trying to do since 1961. The company has encouraged subscribers to use devices like Fitbit and Jawbone—and even has its own ActiveLink device.... More »

Air Quality in Your Gym Might Spoil Workout

Study finds generally high levels of pollutants

(Newser) - You might want to start your next workout at the gym with a sniff test. A new study suggests that gyms have high levels of air pollutants such as formaldehyde, airborne dust, and carbon dioxide, reports the New York Times . In fact, levels for those three substances generally exceeded accepted... More »

Fitness May Fight Depression in Girls

Fit sixth-graders less likely to be depressed seventh-graders

(Newser) - The more fit a child is, the less likely he or she is to suffer from depression, a new study suggests. That's especially true for girls, according to researchers from the University of North Texas, who found a link among middle schoolers. The findings, which have yet to appear... More »

New Fitness Wristband Gives Slackers Shocks

Pavlok is designed to jolt people into better habits

(Newser) - If what you need to meet fitness targets is a device attached to your body that will jolt you with electric shocks, then a new company called Pavlok has just the thing for you. Founder Maneesh Sethi says the fitness-tracking wristband he devised can keep track of things like gym... More »

The Fittest US City Is...

Washington, DC; Memphis comes in last

(Newser) - The fittest city in the US also happens to be the capital. So says this year's American Fitness Index , the work of the American College of Sports Medicine. The report scores cities based on a range of factors, including chronic health problems like diabetes; healthy and not-so-healthy behaviors, like... More »

Rising Trend: Women Who Run Half-Marathons

Most of last year's 2M finishers were females

(Newser) - Female runners are making half-marathons the sport's most popular distance race, reports Runner's World . It takes note of new stats from Running USA showing that a record 1.95 million people finished a 13.1-mile race last year, which marks a 6% increase from the previous year and... More »

30 Squats Gets You Free Subway Ride in Moscow

It's a fitness stunt to push the Sochi Olympics

(Newser) - Subway stations in Moscow have an interesting stunt in progress designed to promote the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Any rider who can do 30 squats in two minutes gets a free ticket, reports Mashable . Be warned, though: You have to pass muster with a fairly high-tech vending machine that can... More »

Want to Run Barefoot at Your Gym? Good Luck

Fellow joggers will be 'repulsed' by the practice

(Newser) - Joggers who love running barefoot are trying to bring the fad into fitness clubs—but fellow members and gym owners are saying no way, the Wall Street Journal reports. Fitness chains cite health concerns in banning the practice, and shoe-wearing members cite disgust over naked feet sweating on tracks and... More »

New Workout Trend Uses ... High Heels

Wall Street Journal says 'heel hop' is catching on

(Newser) - It might seem a little more logical for women to slip off their heels to do some dancing, but the Wall Street Journal says a new fitness trend requires precisely the opposite. Called things like "heel hop" or "stiletto fitness," the classes are offered in a handful... More »

Afternoon Exercise Might Be Best

Your body's circadian rhythms will thank you, study says

(Newser) - Is it better to work out in the morning or afternoon? A new study suggests that those who exercise in the afternoon might be doing their bodies a bigger favor, reports the New York Times . The research involving mice suggests that mid-day exercise helps keep the body's internal clock,... More »

Svelte Palin: I'm Writing a Fitness Book

The whole family's in on it: Sarah

(Newser) - A suddenly, startlingly thin Sarah Palin is fattening up her bank account with her latest endeavor: a fitness book. The incredible shrinking Sarah aims to involve the entire fam in the project. "Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy... More »

Doctor: Lack of Exercise Is a Medical Condition

It's time to treat it as 'deconditioning,' he argues

(Newser) - Didn't exercise this week? You're not just lazy, you have a medical condition, argues one physiologist in the Journal of Physiology . Michael Joyner thinks it's time doctors made a serious push against "deconditioning," he tells NPR's Shots blog . The sedentary lives many of us... More »

Michelle Obama to Appear on Biggest Loser

First lady invites contestants to a workout at the White House

(Newser) - The first lady is coming to prime time. Michelle Obama will appear on NBC's The Biggest Loser the next two Tuesdays, reports the Washington Post . In the first episode, Obama will appear via video on the weight-loss show, inviting Loser contestants to the White House. In the second, she... More »

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