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What’s magic about 10,000 steps?

September 14, 2018

“The 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science”
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That’s the claim is a research recap done by The Guardian.

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Here’s the skinny…

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How physically fit are folks in your city?

November 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. rated as “most fit city” for 3rd year in a row.

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Every year, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation rates the “fitness” of major metro areas based on a number of health behaviors and environmental factors such as access to parks, recreational facilities and walking trails.

According to this year’s  report, Washington, D.C. topped the list again.

 

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What makes D.C. so fit?

• Lower (than target) percent currently smoking
• Lower death rate for cardiovascular disease
• Higher percent of city land area as parkland
• Higher percent bicycling or walking to work
• More dog parks per capita
• More park units per capita
• More recreation centers per capita

And, my favorite:  More farmers’ markets per capita

Say, what?

D.C.’s score got a couple of dings including  a biggie: Fewer golf courses per capita

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Which of the 50 biggest metro areas scored the worst?

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How physically fit are folks in your city?

May 23, 2016

Washington, D.C. rated as “most fit city” for 3rd year in a row.

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Every year, the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation rates the “fitness” of major metro areas based on a number of health behaviors and environmental factors such as access to parks, recreational facilities and walking trails.

According to this year’s  report, Washington, D.C. topped the list again.

 

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What makes D.C. so fit?

• Lower (than target) percent currently smoking
• Lower death rate for cardiovascular disease
• Higher percent of city land area as parkland
• Higher percent bicycling or walking to work
• More dog parks per capita
• More park units per capita
• More recreation centers per capita

And, my favorite:  More farmers’ markets per capita

Say, what?

D.C.’s score got a couple of dings including  a biggie: Fewer golf courses per capita

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Which of the 50 biggest metro areas scored the worst?

(more…)

Fitness: How many marathons did YOU run last year?

July 23, 2013

If the answer is less than 366, then Annette Fredskov of Næstved, Denmark might think you’re a slacker.

According to the Copenhagen Post, 41-year-old  Fredskov just completed a full year in which she ran a full marathon every single day.

That’s except for the 365th day … when she ran 2 marathons back-to-back …  to up her total to 366.

She averaged about 11 minutes per mile for the 9,589 miles.

 

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Here’s the really interesting part of her story …

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Hit the “Good Gym” … then jog over to Granny’s place and make her eat an apple.

February 13, 2012

Punch line: Want to do more than simply getting in shape? How about literally running an errand for someone else – maybe picking up their groceries?

The Good Gym connects interested people who seek more “meaningful ways to exercise”?

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Excerpted from psfk.com, “Gym Concept Connects Jogging To Social Good

The Good Gym pairs runners with the elderly and less-mobile people in the neighborhood and have joggers run to their house to deliver something nice, such as a magazine or a piece of fruit.

Editorial note: Be sure to make it a large print mag or soft fruit.  Otherwise, Granny may swat you with a stick.

The runner is also encouraged to have a small casual chat with the immobile person before heading home.

The Good Gym project is currently looking for interested people who wish to establish a branch in their community.

This creative idea is just one of the many projects being looked into on Social Lab, an online lab for people to collaboratively investigate, experiment and play with new ideas

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Practice your downward dog at SFO airport …

February 6, 2012

Takeaway: Decompress before your next flight through SFO airport by using the yoga room built in Terminal 2. Based on a passenger suggestion, this yoga studio is considered the first of its kind globally. Namaste.

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Excerpted from Reuters.com, “San Francisco airport unveils yoga room for travellers

Just cleared airport security and in need of a little deep breathing and stretching relaxation?

San Francisco Airport has opened what it calls a first of its kind yoga room, and while it’s not quite a mountaintop in Tibet, airport officials say the low lights, and soothing blue walls aim to afford travellers, stressed out or sanguine, an oasis of calm in which to flex, twist and decompress.

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Doin’ a Downward Dog

“As far as we know it’s the first (yoga room) at an airport anywhere in the world,” said Michael C. McCarron, director of community affairs for the airport.

He said the idea for the room, in the newly refurbished Terminal 2, came from a passenger suggestion at an open house. It joins the Berman reflection room, a space intended for silence and meditation located before Terminal 2 security.

Airport Director John L. Martin called the room, which opened last week, “another leap forward in providing our travellers the opportunity and space to relax and decompress on their own terms.” …

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Life is a sport’… and for $150, Nike wants to help ‘make it count’

January 27, 2012

TakeAway: For $150 – more than a year’s gym membership at Planet Fitness – you can purchase the Nike + Fuelband to track your every ‘move.’ This new rubber bracelet measures your activity level, and even syncs with an iPhone.

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Excerpted from “Nike’s FuelBand: Game Changer or Slickly Marketed $150 Monitor?”

While the large majority of athletic gear is segmented for each specific sports market, Nike announced a product that sweeps across the entire sporting landscape and can be used by any athlete at any level.

The Nike+ FuelBand, is a foray into more technically-advanced digital monitoring 

It is a rubber bracelet worn on the wrist during exercise and sports activities to measure “steps, calories, time & Fuel metric (currency measured by oxygen kinetics).”

The NikeFuel Twitter account says:

“Not only is the FuelBand a fun way to keep you active, but you can compete, collaborate & compare your activity w/each other.”

The price is $150, “about 50% more expensive than the similar Fitbit device” .

According to Nike, “The @Nike+ FuelBand syncs with your iPhone via Bluetooth, provides on-device feedback, gives you @NikeFuel experience.” Integrating Path technology with a free iPhone app and dashboard at NikePlus.com, it’s being positioned as “the ultimate measure of activity.”

The marketing pitch: “NikeFuel is the ultimate measure of activity. It isn’t bought or sold. It’s earned.” 

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Nobody has ever lost a pound reading while pedaling…

January 9, 2012

The WSJ offered up 27 Rules of Conquering the Gym.

Here are my favorites from the list:

1. A gym is not designed to make you feel instantly better about yourself. If a gym wanted to make you feel instantly better about yourself, it would be a bar.

4. No one in the history of gyms has ever lost a pound while reading a book, magazine or newspaper  and slowly pedaling a recumbent bicycle. No one.

6. Don’t fall for gimmicks. The only tried-and-true method to lose 10 pounds in 48 hours is food poisoning.

14. You can take 10 Minute Abs, 20 Minute Abs, and 30 Minute Abs. There is also Stop Eating Pizza and Eating Sheet Cake Abs—but that’s super tough!

19. If a gym class is going to be effective, it’s hard. If you’re relaxed and enjoying yourself, you’re at brunch.

21.  Muscle shirts are for people with muscles, and rhythm guitarists.

26. A successful gym membership is like a marriage: If it’s good, you show up committed and ready for hard work. If it’s not good, you show up in sweatpants and watch a lot of bad TV.

27. There is no secret. Exercise and lay off the fries.

To see the full list

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