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Intermittent fasting may ‘significantly’ boost exercise motivation

Intermittent fasting may ‘significantly’ boost exercise motivation

In addition to its other potential health benefits, intermittent fasting may cause hormone changes that boost one's motivation to exercise. The findings were detailed in a study recently published in the Journal of Endocrinology, where researchers explain that intermittent fasting -- as well as general meal restriction -- boosts the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin and its ability to boost exercise motivation.

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Working out before breakfast has ‘profound’ effects on overall health

Working out before breakfast has ‘profound’ effects on overall health

A new study from researchers at the University of Bath and the University of Birmingham shed light on which is better: eating breakfast before or after a morning workout? Though there isn't a solid rule about which is preferable, the study found that working out before eating breakfast may drastically reduce one's odds of developing two common and serious health conditions.

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Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

When talking about the convergence of consumer electronics and health, most will probably think of wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches. These do often have a variety of sensors used to track vitals like heart rate or, in the case of the Apple Watch 4, ECG. But while these devices do give wearers an idea of their activity and heart health, they lack data on one important factor in fitness. That is why Kyocera has made a new system that can monitor your carbohydrate intake but is also small enough to slip into your pocket.

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Exercise and low-calorie diets combined have surprising effect on bones

Exercise and low-calorie diets combined have surprising effect on bones

Exercising while eating a low-calorie diet may have a negative effect on bone health, according to a new study out of the University of North Carolina Health Care. Unlike in cases of exercise without calorie restriction, eating fewer calories while exercising was found to cause a substantial increase in the amount of fat in bone marrow, something associated with lowered bone health. The effect was observed in cases of only mild calorie restriction.

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Want a healthy brain? Study finds you should focus on fitness

Want a healthy brain? Study finds you should focus on fitness

A large study out of Europe has linked physical fitness with healthy brains and better cognitive performance. The research was recently presented at the ECNP Congress in Copenhagen, where German scientists detailed the results of analyzing more than 1200 MRI brain scans collected under the Human Connectome Project, a very large database compared to many studies that involve MRI scans.

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Mouthwash may block blood pressure benefit triggered by exercise

Mouthwash may block blood pressure benefit triggered by exercise

Exercise is known to trigger a blood pressure-lowering effect in the hours after getting physical activity, but that benefit may be greatly reduced by the use of commonly available antibacterial mouthwash. The findings come from a study out of the University of Plymouth, where researchers studied two groups of people who exercised, one given antibacterial mouthwash and the other given ordinary mint-flavored water.

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Fitbit Aria Air smart scale trims the price tag

Fitbit Aria Air smart scale trims the price tag

There's only so much your smartwatch can tell you, so Fitbit has launched a new - and, maybe more importantly, cheaper - smart scale to add weight and BMI information to your overall health picture. The Fitbit Aria Air joins its more expensive siblings with a sub-$50 price tag, promising Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone and the ability to measure and track multiple fitness metrics.

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Fitbit Premium subscription promises more personal touch

Fitbit Premium subscription promises more personal touch

Fitbit isn't just something you strap to your wrist to count your steps and log your workouts any more, with the launch of the Fitbit Premium subscription service to help guide users through getting healthier. Launching alongside the new Fitbit Versa 2, Fitbit Premium promises personalized coaching and thousands of workouts, which the company says were developed both from its experience in health tracking and by consulting experts.

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Garmin Fenix 6 series to offer athletes a smartwatch to call their own

Garmin Fenix 6 series to offer athletes a smartwatch to call their own

Smartwatches are a dime a dozen but the majority of them seem to be targeted as a specific class of users that prefer casual or classy looking timepieces. Even those designed for active users wouldn't really look out of place in a board meeting or gala. Athletes and fitness buffs, however, need more than just a handsome smartwatch. They need one that caters to their specific lifestyle and uses cases as well. Navigation expert Garmin might deliver exactly that in the upcoming Fenix 6 series of smartwatches headed to IFA next month.

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Fitbit Versa update leaks with Amazon Alexa and OLED screen

Fitbit Versa update leaks with Amazon Alexa and OLED screen

Fitbit, the company best known for its fitness trackers, offers its own version of a smartwatch called the Versa. Unlike pure activity trackers, the Fitbit Versa comes with a few extra features, including (depending on model) support for making contactless payments and streaming music. According to a new leak, the company may be planning to update this watch with a new model that includes a personal assistant and improved display.

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Google Fit dark mode, sleep charts and iOS workout maps added

Google Fit dark mode, sleep charts and iOS workout maps added

Google Fit is getting a dark mode, with the fitness tracking app promising to be easier on the eyes when the lighting is low, along with other changes for iOS and Android. Now, in addition to tracking movement and heart health, Google is building on Google Fit's sleep tracking support, along with workout mapping for iPhone users.

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Strava Relive breakup official: he said, she said

Strava Relive breakup official: he said, she said

Both Strava and Relive have made statements on their recent breakup, suggesting that the other was the one that was at fault. According to Relive, they worked with Strava and followed Strava's recent takedown request - but were blocked from the API nonetheless. Strava said Relive was simply abusing its API.

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