How Many Daily Steps Should You Take to Live Longer?

Two studies suggest the sweet spot for longevity lies around 7,000 to 8,000 daily steps or about 30 to 45 minutes of exercise most days.

#deaths-fatalities, #exercise, #heart, #longevity, #wearable-computing

Curtains Up! How Broadway Is Coming Back From Its Longest Shutdown.

Determined to reopen, crews are dusting off spotlights, dancers are relearning steps, and everyone is testing, testing, testing as theater seeks to rebound from the devastating pandemic.

#aladdin-play, #albee-edward, #australia, #bareilles-sara, #black-lives-matter-movement, #carney-reeve, #chicago-play, #contact-tracing-public-health, #cordero-nick, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #costumes, #culture-arts, #de-blasio-bill, #dear-evan-hansen-play, #diller-barry, #england, #exercise, #fans-persons, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #girl-from-the-north-country-play, #hadestown-play, #hall-mark, #hamilton-play, #harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-play, #heating-ventilation-and-cooling-hvac, #jagged-little-pill-play, #lackawanna-blues-play, #mason-luba, #mcdonagh-martin, #mcnally-terrence, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #moulin-rouge-the-musical-play, #mrs-doubtfire-play, #music, #new-york-city, #pass-over-play, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #roth-jordan, #rudin-scott, #shutdowns-institutional, #the-lion-king-play, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #times-square-and-42nd-street-manhattan-ny, #vaccination-and-immunization, #van-hove-ivo, #waitress-play, #whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf-play, #wicked-play, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Three-Minute Work Exercise Breaks Counter the Ill Effects of Sitting

Climbing stairs, doing jumping jacks or even taking as few as 15 steps during mini-breaks improved blood sugar control among office workers.

#diabetes, #endocrinology-journal, #exercise, #mobile-applications, #walking, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Sometimes I Hate My Husband’s Peloton

Yes, exercise is hugely beneficial. But can too much of a good thing cause tension in your relationship?

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #content-type-service, #dating-and-relationships, #exercise, #happiness, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

How Paralympic Wheelchairs and Prostheses Are Optimized for Speed and Performance

The engineering and designs vary widely from sport to sport and athlete to athlete

— Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

#exercise, #social-sciences, #sports, #technology

How Exercise May Help Keep Our Memory Sharp

Irisin, a hormone produced by muscles during exercise, can enter the brain and improve cognition, a mouse study suggests.

#alzheimers-disease, #brain, #dementia, #elderly, #exercise, #hormones, #memory, #muscles

5 Diet and Lifestyle Measures to Ward Off Heartburn

Taking steps to combat acid reflux can help minimize the use of potentially dangerous drugs.

#content-type-service, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #gastroesophageal-reflux-acid-reflux, #heartburn, #obesity, #smoking-and-tobacco, #weight

Peloton’s Android app hints at long-rumored rowing machine

Conducting an APK teardown of the latest version of the Peloton Android app, 9to5Google found evidence the company is preparing the software to support a rowing machine in the near future. The outlet found various code snippets that mentioned a device codenamed “Caesar” and “Mazu.” The latter is a reference to a Chinese sea goddess. Like the company’s stationary bike, it appears the rowing machine will include a “scenic rides” feature that will showcase waterways from around the globe. And if you want to just row, that will be an option too.

Another set of snippets reference the four positions of a proper rowing technique. “This is the drive position of your stroke,” the app explains. “Sit tall on the rower with your arms straight and your back upright. Your knees should be just above the ankles.” Digging deeper into the updated software, 9to5 also found code suggesting the app will track metrics like your average and max stroke rates.

A rowing machine is something Peloton has been rumored to be working for a while now, with a recent job listing mentioning the device. We’ve reached out to Peloton for confirmation, but we’ll note here what we say with all APK teardowns: the fact there’s code pointing to a new hardware release doesn’t mean a company will follow through on that work or that a launch is imminent.

Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Engadget.

#column, #connected-fitness, #exercise, #health-tech, #peloton, #tc, #tceng

What to Do When You Don’t Want to Run

Unmotivated? Me too.

#exercise, #running

Exercise Vigorously for 4 Seconds. Repeat. Your Muscles May Thank You.

High-intensity interval training has surprising benefits for fitness and physical power, but don’t stay seated the rest of the day.

#athletics-and-sports, #exercise, #medicinescience-in-sportsexercise-journal, #muscles, #research

Obé Fitness raises $15M for its personality-driven exercise platform

Obé Fitness’ co-founders/co-CEOs Mark Mullett and Ashley Mills toss around the word “entertrainment” a lot. For the record, it’s not a reference to the Butler County, Ohio-based amusement park that serves as the home of the “world’s largest train display,” but rather one of those industry portmanteaus like infotainment or webinar.

Here it’s meant to be a reference to what the New York-based company sees as its principle differentiator from an increasingly crowded market. Mills describes it as “where entertainment and fitness meet. Talent is key to that. Not also being able to cast talent that can deliver a great workout, but they also have that X Factor. They have the ability to reach across the screen and make you feel something at home.”

The company has been building up an audience of influencers as well, including Kelly Ripa, Kate Hudson and Tiffany Haddish, the latter of whom participated in the $15 million Series A the company is announcing today.

“The capital is really about team growth and awareness in a couple of key business development initiatives,” says Mullett. “In the current climate, where everyone is talking about their various home workouts, you definitely need resources to grow. So this round is about getting Obé in front of as many people as possible.”

The round was led by CAVU Venture Partners and features Athleta, Samsung Next, Wheelhouse Entertainment and WW International, Inc., along with previous investors Cassius Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, Harris Blitzer Sports Entertainment and BDMI.

Image Credits: Obé

It’s a pretty diverse list of parties with a diverse list of interests in the platform — take Samsung, which currently offers the Obé platform on its smart TVs. Users can also access it on iOS and Android devices and cast it accordingly to their TV sets.

Obé (pronounced “Obey”) bills itself as a “premium” service. At $27, it’s certainly at the higher end, verses offerings like the $10/month Apple Fitness+ or Peleton’s $13 monthly fee. Unlike Peloton, which has proprietary equipment attached, Obé actually skipped the equipment altogether at launch, though it has slowly expanded its offerings to include things like free weights and trampolines for its bounce classes — equipment that’s a bit more forgiving in smaller spaces.

Founded in 2018, the company saw a large increase in users during the pandemic. While Obé doesn’t disclose subscriber counts, its founders told me the platform’s userbase increased 4x last year.

“We started this company three and a half years ago,” says Mullett. “When COVID hit in March of 2020, our team, our talent, our interface — everyone was ready to receive the rush of new users who needed to be sated by movement and by someone who could keep them inspired, sane and confident during a difficult time.”

#apps, #cavu-venture-partners, #exercise, #fitness, #funding, #health, #obe-fitness, #recent-funding, #startups

A Hot Fitness Trend Among Olympians: Blood Flow Restriction

Some athletes in Tokyo are indulging in a trendy technique to enhance the effects of training and stimulate recovery. Credit a Japanese former power lifter.

#andrew-michael-1999, #blood, #exercise, #olympic-games-2020, #rupp-galen, #sato-yoshiaki, #swimming

Lifting Weights? Your Fat Cells Would Like to Have a Word

A cellular chat after your workout may explain in part why weight training burns fat.

#exercise, #faseb-journal, #mice, #muscles, #obesity, #research, #weight, #weight-lifting

How Walking Can Build Up the Brain

Older men and women who walked for six months showed improvements in white matter and memory, while those who danced or did stretching exercises did not.

#brain, #dancing, #exercise, #memory, #neuroimage-journal, #walking

Helping Runners With Long Covid Get Back on Their Feet

At many of the Covid-19 recovery clinics that have sprung up around the country, patients’ goals include their athletic ambitions.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #heart, #northwestern-memorial-hospital-chicago-ill, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #running, #veterans, #wearable-computing

Do We Really Need to Take 10,000 Steps a Day for Our Health?

The advice that we take 10,000 steps a day is more a marketing accident than based on science. Taking far fewer may have notable benefits.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #longevity, #medicine-and-health, #walking

Biden, Abortion and the Catholic Church

Readers discuss articles by Garry Wills and Ross Douthat. Also: California politics; the fitness craze.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #exercise, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Not All Cyclists Wear Lycra

The biking world can be intimidating, even for those who grew up in it. But that’s no reason to let your pandemic wheels gather dust.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #content-type-service, #cycling-mountain-bike, #cycling-road, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #exercise, #roads-and-traffic

Alison Bechdel Shares the Secret to Superhuman Strength

The cartoonist behind the Bechdel Test examines what exercise reveals about “accepting one’s inevitable demise.”

#audio-positive-happy, #bechdel-alison, #exercise, #fun-home-play, #medicine-and-health, #the-secret-to-superhuman-strength-book

The TV Show ‘Physical’ Shines a Light on the Aerobics Era

A new dramedy on Apple TV+ explores the roots of America’s fitness craze.

#apple-tv-plus, #exercise, #physical-tv-program, #television, #women-and-girls

Lifelong Exercise Adds Up to Big Health Care Savings

People who start to exercise before or during middle age typically save from $824 to $1,874 annually on health care costs after retirement.

#aarp, #age-chronological, #bmj-open-journal, #exercise, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare

Rose Byrne and Annie Weisman Get Into ‘Physical’

In an interview, the star and creator of the new Apple TV+ comedy discuss aerobics, ’80s perms and the dark personal experiences that inspired the show.

#actors-and-actresses, #apple-tv-plus, #byrne-rose, #content-type-personal-profile, #exercise, #physical-tv-program, #television, #weisman-annie, #women-and-girls

The Best Type of Exercise? A Blood Test Holds Clues

Researchers are studying the proteins in blood to learn why some of us respond to certain forms of exercise better than others.

#exercise, #longevity, #weight

Debbie Gibson Is Not Going to Get Stuck in the Past

The pioneering pop singer on her beauty and wellness journey.

#content-type-service, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #exercise, #gibson-debbie, #hair, #shampoos-and-hair-products, #skin, #your-feed-selfcare

How to Build Healthy Habits

It’s not about willpower. Good habits happen when we set ourselves up for success. Our new challenge will show you how.

#exercise, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #psychology-and-psychologists, #weight, #yoga

For Small Gyms, Handling the Pandemic Meant Expanding

From on-demand video libraries to rooftop classes, boutique workout spots broadened beyond their tight spaces.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #health-clubs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #small-business, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

The Best Time of Day to Exercise for Metabolic Health

Late-day exercise had unique benefits for cholesterol levels and blood sugar control, a study of overweight men eating a high-fat diet found.

#cholesterol, #diabetes, #diabetologia-journal, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #heart, #weight

Jane Brody and Anthony Fauci on Staying Fit and Focused at 80 and Beyond

The Times’s longtime Personal Health columnist and the nation’s most famous doctor met recently to talk about life as octogenarians and beyond. Listen to their conversation.

#age-chronological, #birthdays, #brody-jane-e, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #fauci-anthony-s, #medicine-and-health

E-Bikes Can Provide a Good Workout

Pedal-assisted electric bikes provided a faster and more “fun” commute while raising breathing and heart rates enough to contribute to fitness.

#american-college-of-sports-medicine, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #commuting, #content-type-service, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #exercise

Wellness Challenge: Try This 7-Minute Workout Routine

#content-type-service, #exercise

A Jane Brody Birthday Milestone: 80!

The secret to a happy and vibrant old age? Strive to do what you love for as long as you can do it.

#age-chronological, #birthdays, #diet-and-nutrition, #elderly, #exercise

His Legs Suddenly Felt Paralyzed. Could Intense Workouts Be the Cause?

When he tried to get up, he realized he couldn’t move. His weakness had a surprising cause — and an even more surprising cause behind the cause.

#emergency-medical-treatment, #exercise, #hormones, #thyroid-gland

How Exercise May Help Us Flourish

Physical activity can promote a sense of purpose in life, creating a virtuous cycle that keeps you moving.

#depression-mental, #exercise, #mental-health-and-disorders

It’s Time to Sweat It Out and Get Pumped With Alison Bechdel

In her new graphic memoir, “The Secret to Superhuman Strength,” Bechdel turns to her relationship to exercise and a lifelong interest in what connects mind and body.

#bechdel-alison, #books-and-literature, #comic-books-and-strips, #content-type-personal-profile, #exercise, #health-clubs, #sweating, #the-secret-to-superhuman-strength-book

Gamified connecting rowing machine maker Ergatta raises $30M

As the world takes its first steps back to relative normalcy, there remains a major question mark around how profoundly our day-to-day is going to be changed for good. Nowhere does that question loom larger than fitness. Connected home machines have undergone a seismic shift over the past year, but once gyms safely reopen, how much will that industry peter out?

The likeliest answer is that there will be some leveling off in the long run. However, investors still see a lot of growth potential in the category, extending beyond now-major players like Peloton, Mirror and Tonal. New York-based Ergatta is the latest to receive some of that windfall, announcing a $30 million Series A this morning.

This latest round — led by Advanced Venture Partners with participation from Greycroft, Fifth Wall, Gaingels and Hans Tung (GGV) — brings the company’s total funding up to $35 million, including a $5 million seed round raised in July of last year. Ergatta says the funding will go toward developing new content, competition and social features for its platform.

The company’s primary hardware is a rowing machine. Built out of cherry wood in the U.S., the machine certainly offers a warmer aesthetic than a lot of home workout equipment. It’s a nice touch for people who don’t want a big, industrial-looking piece of equipment in their bedroom. Content-wise, the platform is built around a gamified exercise content. It’s a similar approach to the one we’ve seen from the earlier-stage, YC-backed Aviron.

“We are creating a new paradigm for digital fitness content that leverages games and competition, rather than instructors,” co-founder and CEO Tom Aulet said in a press release tied to the news. “Our mission is to bring daily fitness within reach for our members by putting the individual in control and creating compelling, personalized programming that adapts to their fitness level, driving consistent fitness behavior over time.”

The $2,200 Ergatta Rower features a touchscreen display that offers up competitions with other users and goal-driven workouts.

#advanced-venture-partners, #connected-fitness, #ergatta, #exercise, #fitness, #funding, #hardware

Alison Bechdel’s Latest Offers Familiar Pleasures in Brighter Colors

In “The Secret to Superhuman Strength,” Bechdel chronicles her susceptibility to exercise fads, including karate, yoga, skiing, biking, running, hiking and mountain climbing.

#bechdel-alison, #books-and-literature, #exercise, #the-secret-to-superhuman-strength-book

Icing Muscle Injury Ineffective, Study Says

Icing muscles after strenuous exercise is not just ineffective, it could be counterproductive, a new study in mice suggests.

#exercise, #ice, #journal-of-applied-physiology, #mice, #muscles, #sports-injuries

Peloton Pushes Back Against Federal Agency Over Treadmill Warning

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said it was aware of 38 injuries and one death related to Peloton’s Tread+ machine. The company said its product is safe.

#accidents-and-safety, #consumer-product-safety-commission, #consumer-protection, #exercise, #foley-john-fitness-executive, #peloton-interactive-inc, #tread

How to Start Liking Running

It’s good for your mental and physical health, and doesn’t require any equipment. So why does it seem so hard to get started?

#content-type-service, #exercise, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #running

How Exercise May Help Protect Against Severe Covid-19

People who tended to be sedentary were far more likely to be hospitalized, and to die, from Covid than those who exercised regularly.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #vaccination-and-immunization

Born to Be Lazy? What Bears Can Teach Us About Our Exercise Habits

Scientists have found that grizzlies, like people, seem to choose the path of least resistance.

#animal-behavior, #bears, #content-type-service, #exercise, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #navigation, #washington-state-university, #wilderness-areas, #yellowstone-national-park

Are Spring Sports Safe for Kids?

Youth sports are ramping up in many parts of the country. But without a vaccine for children, we still need to avoid spreading the coronavirus.

#coaches-and-managers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #little-league-baseball-and-softball, #parenting, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #soccer, #volleyball

Walking and Other Aerobic Exercise May Aid the Aging Brain

Older people with mild cognitive impairment showed improvements in brain blood flow and memory after a yearlong aerobic exercise program.

#age-chronological, #alzheimers-disease, #brain, #carotid-arteries, #elderly, #exercise, #journal-of-alzheimers-disease, #memory, #university-of-texas-southwestern-medical-center

Action Bronson, Eater by Trade, Finds a New Craving: Fitness

The rapper, chef and TV host has shed 130 pounds during the pandemic, dieting and exercising with the same intensity he once brought to the table.

#_____-thats-delicious-tv-program, #action-bronson-1983, #brooklyn-nyc, #content-type-personal-profile, #diet-and-nutrition, #east-rutherford-nj, #exercise, #food, #weight

Too Much High-Intensity Exercise May Be Bad for Your Health

A new study hints that excessive HIIT may harm your mitochondria, the energy generators found in every cell of your body.

#cell-metabolism-journal, #exercise, #karolinska-institute, #mitochondria, #muscles

Is It Safe to Go Back to Indoor Group Exercise Class at the Gym?

Indoor fitness classes, which often result in heavy breathing in poorly ventilated rooms, can be risky. Here’s a guide to help you decide if your gym is doing enough to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #crossfit-inc, #exercise, #fans-airflow, #health-clubs, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #international-health-racquet-and-sportsclub-assn, #pilates, #virginia-polytechnic-institute-and-state-university, #yoga

How Much Weight Did We Gain During Lockdowns? 2 Pounds a Month, Study Hints

Many Americans know they’ve put on weight during the pandemic, but it’s been difficult for experts to detail the scope of the problem.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #exercise, #jama-network-open, #quarantines, #united-states, #weight, #your-feed-science

Child Dies in Accident Involving Peloton Treadmill

In a letter of caution to Peloton users, the chief executive said the company had been aware of “a small handful” of other instances in which children were hurt.

#deaths-fatalities, #exercise, #foley-john-fitness-executive, #peloton-interactive-inc

The Family Dog Is in Sync With Your Kids

Dogs orient and move in synchrony with family members, which may have implications for the emotional development of people and pets.

#animal-behavior, #animal-cognition, #animal-cognition-journal, #children-and-childhood, #dogs, #emotions, #exercise, #oregon-state-university, #pets, #research, #udell-monique-a-r, #youth

This Is Your Brain on Peloton

The exercise bike company’s virtual classes represent an intense new genre of content: a total curation of the mind.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #computers-and-the-internet, #exercise, #peloton-interactive-inc, #rigsby-cody, #social-media