Fitness

Garmin’s new smartwatches pack solar charging for ultra-long battery life

Garmin’s new smartwatches pack solar charging for ultra-long battery life

Garmin has just announced the upcoming release of two new smartwatches. One of them is a refreshed version of Garmin fēnix, the company's flagship smartwatch, and the other is the next-generation Garmin epix series. The watches each come with a long list of bells and whistles, and they were both designed to make workouts easier, more efficient, and more fun.

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FaceBit mixes face mask with fitness device

FaceBit mixes face mask with fitness device

Throughout the pandemic, we've seen several companies try their hand at "smart" face masks. The most useful of the bunch may have just been revealed not by a company, but by engineers at Northwestern University. Dubbed "FaceBit" - the engineers behind this project describe it as "Fitbit for the face" - this is not a full mask, but rather a sensor that can be magnetically attached to the N95 and surgical masks healthcare workers already wear.

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Apple Fitness+ kicks off 2022 with two new major features

Apple Fitness+ kicks off 2022 with two new major features

Apple today announced that two new features are coming to Apple Fitness+. These new features, called "Collections" and "Time to Run," will be debuting in the app next week, and we're guessing that current Apple Fitness+ subscribers have already figured out what each of them do. In addition to these new features, Apple also announced that it will soon be launching a third season of Time to Walk, giving users several weeks of new episodes to look forward to.

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Garmin Vivomove Sport and Venu 2 Plus smartwatches revealed with clever throwbacks

Garmin Vivomove Sport and Venu 2 Plus smartwatches revealed with clever throwbacks

Garmin today announced two additions to its smartwatch lineup: the Vivomove Sport and the Venu 2 Plus. Anyone who's a fan of Garmin's smartwatches is likely already familiar with many of the features these two new watches offer, but there are a few standout features for each one. Both watches are also launching today, though the price of the Venu 2 Plus, in particular, might give some prospective buyers pause.

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Smartwatch market grows as fitness trackers fade

Smartwatch market grows as fitness trackers fade

Although wearable technology has been around ever since the advent of fitness trackers, it wasn't until smartwatches came along that it was treated as a distinct category of its own, worthy of being analyzed by market intelligence companies. Even then, smartwatches were still considered a relative minority despite having dozens of models available, including the highly popular Apple Watch. The tides of change, however, are turning, and smartwatches are starting to outnumber simpler trackers in terms of shipments. Amusingly enough, neither are the top-selling "wearables" as far as last quarter is concerned.

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Fitbit Daily Readiness tells you when your body is ready for that workout

Fitbit Daily Readiness tells you when your body is ready for that workout

Today, Fitbit announced a new feature for its Premium users that should help them determine when their body is ready for intense workouts or when it might need more time to recuperate from fatigue. The feature is called Fitbit Daily Readiness, and it uses algorithms to figure out users' "Fitness Fatigue" score. The hope is that it will let users know when they're ready to work out again and keep them from straining their bodies when fatigue from poor sleep and previous activity is still too high.

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Peloton Guide is a $495 camera that uses your TV for strength training

Peloton Guide is a $495 camera that uses your TV for strength training

Peloton is adding to its connected health range with Peloton Guide, promising AI-powered strength training via a camera which plugs into your TV. The box tracks movement either using weights or without them, with strength classes initially followed by other movement and class types expected to be added later on.

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Peloton finally rolls out a pause button, but only for some models

Peloton finally rolls out a pause button, but only for some models

As hard as it may be to believe, Peloton's otherwise excellent exercise system has lacked one very common, arguably critical feature: the ability to pause on-demand classes. Users who found themselves needing to pause their workouts to sign for a package, let the dog out, or just catch their breath were forced to let the class go on without them, something that has finally changed -- though only for customers who have certain Peloton models.

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Tempo Move is a $400 home gym that leans on clever iPhone tech

Tempo Move is a $400 home gym that leans on clever iPhone tech

Tempo is adding a far more affordable guided exercise system to its line-up, with the Tempo Move promising personalized fitness training at a fraction of the price of the original Tempo Studio. Launched in 2020, Tempo Studio resembles a high-tech weights cabinet, with 3D tracking sensors walking users through training routines shown on its big, integrated display.

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Lumen Metabolism Tracker Review

Lumen Metabolism Tracker Review

While fitness trackers have been around for years, the events of the past year or two have only served to make people more acutely aware of the state that their bodies are in. The assortment of sensors in smartwatches also reveals how much of our own body's "output" can be used to indirectly measure our health or even our stress levels. Staying healthy, however, isn't just a matter of keeping track of our activities and heart rates but is also a product of the food we eat. Not all of us, however, can afford personal trainers or fitness gurus, which is why Lumen is offering a relatively more accessible alternative that makes use of one bodily emission that we take for granted, the carbon dioxide that we exhale. But is the Lumen metabolism tracker worth the price it is asking for? Don't hold your breath (pun intended) as we go into the science and the tech to find out for ourselves.

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Exercise results can vary drastically and your genes may be to blame

Exercise results can vary drastically and your genes may be to blame

Your genes may play a big role in the results you see from exercise, according to a new study from Anglia Ruskin University. The researchers say certain genes have a "significant role" in how one's body responds to exercise, including results that revolve around cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, and anaerobic power.

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Withings ScanWatch set for US launch after ECG and SpO2 approval

Withings ScanWatch set for US launch after ECG and SpO2 approval

Last month, we heard of the Withings ScanWatch Horizon, which so far has only been available in Europe. At the time of that writing, there was no indication that the ScanWatch Horizon would launch here in the US, but now Withings has provided an update on that front. The ScanWatch will indeed be launching here in the US following FDA approval of its ECG and SpO2 features.

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