The Best Workout Move You’re Not Doing


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Want to take your workout to the next level? Consider adding deadlifts to your strength routine.

A new study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that folks who performed the exercise twice weekly for 10 weeks experienced an uptick in torque capacities in both knee extensors and flexors, which were associated with improvements in vertical jump height. In other words, they got faster and had more power when performing explosive movements.

HEALTH.COM:5 Fat-Burning Plyometric Exercises

What’s more, “improving maximal force output with large muscle mass exercises is likely to have carryover to other dynamic movements such as sprinting and box jumps,” explains study author Matt Stock, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock—which is great news if you’ve been working to master plyometric moves.

Performing a deadlift isn’t just good for putting some…

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What Weight Loss Does To Your Brain


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Too much fat weighs down not just your body, but also your brain.

Obesity harms most organs in the body, and new research suggests the brain is no exception. What’s more, the researchers found that getting rid of excess fat actually improves brain function, reversing the ill effects of the extra weight. The new study, which focused on people who underwent bariatric surgery, found that the procedure had positive effects on the brain, but other research has shown that less invasive weight loss strategies, like exercise, can also reverse brain damage thought to be related to body fat.

Here’s why that matters: Obese men and women are estimated to be about 35% more likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to people of a normal weight. Some research suggests that body fat ups the number of proteins in the brain that trigger a cascade of events that predispose someone to the disease…

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The Doctor on Your Wrist


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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” So said Socrates, and I’m trying to live up to the philosopher’s credo–in a 21st century way. On my wrist I wear a Jawbone UP24, a rubber bracelet that tracks my steps and calories burned over the course of the day. To make sure I don’t exceed the calories burned with calories consumed, I track my diet with the iPhone app MyFitnessPal, which syncs up with my Jawbone data. The Jawbone bracelet uses a motion sensor to track my sleep time, and the Jawbone app uses algorithms to calculate the hours I spend in light sleep and deep sleep over the course of the night. While I trained for the New York City Marathon, I tracked my runs with the iPhone app RunKeeper, which allowed me to see myself very slowly getting somewhat faster.

That kind of numeric detail probably isn’t what Socrates…

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Jawbone Most Advanced Fitness Tracker Yet


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Jawbone has announced the company’s most technologically advanced fitness tracker yet, and if it’s all what the company is touting it to be, it’s a big leap forward for the product category.

The Jawbone UP3 will tell you everything about your fitness from your heart rate to your hydration levels. In addition to regular features like the accelerometer (which measures movement), the UP3 has skin and ambient temperature sensors as well. The UP3’s accompanying app is smarter, too. Smart Coach is better at helping you parse data about your activity, sleep, food and heart rate. It also tracks your sleep stages—REM, light and deep sleep. And the UP3 tracks your resting heart rate, a key indicator of overall health.

The Jawbone UP3 is available for $179 in silver and black.

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Microsoft Band vs. Apple Watch vs. Jawbone Up vs. Fitbit Surge


With so many options on the market, it’s difficult to tell which wearable is the best.
Here’s how the 4 biggest names in fitness tracking stack up:
Capabilities: Winner – Microsoft Band (until Apple is actually in the game)
Price: Winner – Jawbone Up ($130)
Looks: Winner – Apple Watch
Compatibility: Winner – Microsoft Band
Durability: Winner – Apple Watch (at least some models have sapphire crystal watch faces, a material supposed to be hard and scratch proof)
Battery Life: Winner – Jawbone Up
Smarts: Winner – Jawbone Up

Find the Best Fitness Tracker

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Microsoft on Thursday announced its entry into the already-crowded fitness tracker space with Microsoft Band, a full-color touchscreen bracelet driven by cloud-powered data smarts. Looking to beat the Apple Watch to market, Microsoft’s wristband is already available in the U.S., but that still puts it months, if not years, behind other fitness devices.

With so many options on the market, it’s difficult to tell which wearable has the upper hand — or upper wrist. Here’s how the four biggest names in fitness tracking stack up:

Capabilities: With an entire app ecosystem in the works, the Apple Watch would be the clear favorite here, potentially providing everything from Snapchat-like disappearing scribble messages to telegraphed heartbeats right out of the box. But there’s one major caveat: the digital timepiece won’t be available until early 2015. Jawbone Up, meanwhile, has been around since late 2011, is used by hordes to track sleep…

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Microsoft’s First Wearable Fitness Tracker


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Microsoft is joining the parade of tech companies flooding the crowded wearable health space with a big bet that it can make its way not only to consumers’ desks and laps, but onto their wrists, too.

The company announced a new device Wednesday evening called the Microsoft Band, which will be coupled to a service called Microsoft Health.

Microsoft Band works much like a Fitbit or a Jawbone Up: throughout the day, it tracks your heart rate, steps, calories burned and the quality and length of your sleep. It contains a GPS device, so it tracks distance traveled, too. The Band feeds data back to your Microsoft Health app, which works on Microsoft phones as well as Android and Apple.

The Band does things some other wearables can’t: it notifies you when you receive a text message or a call and allows you to monitor your email. It…

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5 Best Fitness Trackers for Around $50


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The Apple iOS 8 and Google Android L operating systems are making a huge push into fitness tracking this year. Both feature brand new fitness data aggregation apps designed to help you count steps, count calories and more.

Of course, to make the most out of the new features, you’ll need to purchase and import data from an activity tracker.

That may sound expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. The latest generation offers a wide range of different features to choose from at incredibly reasonable prices. Each may not offer to track everything, but with some smart shopping, you can easily find one that tracks just the data you care about.

Here are five of our favorite trackers that can get you started down the path to good health, each for around fifty bucks.

Fitbit Zip

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The small, clippable Fitbit Zip keeps tabs on your steps taken…

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Apple Watch – What’s In Store For Your Wrist


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Since its dramatic appearance at the hyped Apple event Tuesday, Apple Watch has been the topic of countless articles. Its looks, technology, uses and features have been discussed, dissected, dissed and praised in equal measures.

And Kudos to Apple! As usual, they have launched a product that has immense potential. From Apple fanboys to fashionistas, the watch has got them talking.

What is fascinating about the Watch? Here is why people will love it.

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The Watch, the look:

Any wearable, to be successful has to appeal aesthetically. And the Apple Watch has it pat down. Available in three different varieties ? Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and the Apple Edition watch, each has features designed to appeal to the individual personality of the user. The Edition watches have a case crafted from 18-karat gold with a display that is protected by polished sapphire crystal. The Sport collection cases are made…

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What Does Apple Have Planned for Wearable Tech?


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It’s Apple event time once again, starting at 10am PT Tuesday. Kevin and I will be covering the event live from the Flint Center for the Performing Arts at DeAnza College in Cupertino, just a few miles from Apple’s headquarters, and we invite you to hang out with us tomorrow.

This is probably going to be a big one: sure, there will be new iPhones, but the real interest is in Apple’s approach to wearable computing, which we’ll finally get a sense of with the demonstration of what we’re still going to call the iWatch for at least another day. [company]Apple[/company] is using the site of two very important events in company history — the original Macintosh launch in 1984 and the iMac launch in 1998 — for this event, and it’s even building some sort of multi-story structure on the campus as part of its preparation.

As we await…

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