Category: Body

Polar Loop and Other Obsessions

Always on. Always moving. Am I?

I went on holiday to Spain about a month ago and was impressed by the presence and scope of sports in Barcelona. There was a whole department store dedicated to sports (Corte Ingles) – 4 large floors of everything from running gear to golf, swimming, trekking, shooting, skateboarding and more – along with numerous outlets for training shoes. Keeping fit seemed more of a way of life and, as somebody who keeps fit in order to better handle life’s challenges, I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store.

Fitness

It’s never too late to get fit

Exercise is key to happy and healthy old age according to the latest research. So what are you waiting for?

Those who are active as pensioners can stave off major illnesses such as heart disease and dementia.

An eight-year British study found that those who exercised at least once a week were between three and seven times more likely to be classed as “healthy agers”.

App Review: Polar Beat (iOS)

As you know, I started taking health and fitness more seriously a couple of years ago when I hired a personal trainer. I have always been conscious of health and tried to balance out my diet and avoid the nasty things that often find their way into the foods we eat. Working out once a week helps keep me on track but you need some help along the way.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 4

Apps Reviewed: PR Fitness, Sleep Talk, Pocket CPR, Pedometer GPS+

I missed the last scheduled post – been so busy at the restaurant that I haven’t had time to write this instalment, but here it is.

This is part 4 of a summary of the apps I use to help me workout and add fresh ideas to my workouts to keep it interesting. The order I am working through is based on the frequency I use the apps or the importance I attribute them. Each post covers 4 apps, so there will be 5 posts in total.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 3

App reviews of Footsteps, TabataTrainer, Workout Hero, NHS Blood

Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 2

We review: Blood Type Diet, Heart Rate, Full Fitness, Sleep Cycle

Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony.

Health and Fitness Apps (iOS) Part 1

Reviewing: 100 Pushups, Stronglifts 5×5, MyFitnessPal, YAYOG, Fitocracy

Getting fit has never been easy, and while this is mainly due to motivation and trying to adapt to introducing massive change in your life (instead of small incremental steps), there are a plethora of tools and apps available today to help you on the road to fitness. I’ve used a few and have a kit-bag of apps on my iPhone to help keep me on track or provide a diversion to my usual program to break up the monotony.

A Nike+ Kinect Training (Demo) Review

I read a few reviews on this title over on LiveStrong by Beth Risdon, Susy Sedano, Marc Montemerlo – all personal trainers and so their feedback carries a lot of professional merit. I downloaded the demo onto my Xbox and finally managed to give it a try this week. As it was only the demo I could only do a sample workout, but it did also allow me to go through the fitness assessment which – for me – is a litmus test of how effective the system could be. Oh, and I’m a bit of a geek so an effective marriage of technology with real-world fitness training is something that I was looking forward to.