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FITNESS & WELLNESS


Fitness wearables: To track or not to track
By Natalie Rodriguez
The fitness wearables market has taken off in the past few years, and fitness tech products were all the rage at CES 2015. The wearable technology market will continue to grow, but are consumers jumping on the bandwagon? Over the years, activity trackers have evolved from simple heart rate monitors and pedometers to now tracking mileage, physical activity, calorie intake, heart rate, sleep quality, body temperature, stress level and more. This begs the question: Are fitness wearables a must-have?
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Overrated exercises, and the moves you should do instead
The Active Times via The Huffington Post
No doubt, any exercise is better than no exercise at all. So, while it's silly to say that an exercise is "useless," it's not unfair to say that some exercises are definitely more worthy of your time than others; that some of the more commonly used moves are, overrated, if you will.
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Workout partner boosts calorie burn: 5 traits of a great fitness match
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It not only feels more motivating to work out with a partner, but it can boost your exercise intensity as much as 200 percent, research shows. That's a lot more calorie burn just by sweating with a friend. The key lies is to find someone with similar goals. Too much fun and chitchat and not enough work will weaken results, just as a drill sergeant approach could turn you off to exercise entirely. Here are expert-recommended tips for finding your fitness match.
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DIET & NUTRITION


App connects user to virtual nutritionist for health advice
Fox News
Diet and nutrition apps are another growing food trend. Some offer healthy recipes, calorie and burn trackers and even where to find the healthiest restaurants nearby. But can numbers on a smartphone be enough motivation? A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal considered weight loss success rates with calorie-tracking apps.
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6 myths about nutrition and health
The Boston Globe
We all have our own food orthodoxies, at least some of which probably embrace the nutrition myths all round us. Glossy magazines and popular websites promote the latest food fad or offer stern warnings against your favorite treats; your mother calls up with third-hand advice that originated on daytime television or with your great-great-grandmother in the century before last. It can be confusing and frustrating.
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4 cooking mistakes that make you gain weight
Health
Cooking at home seems like a far healthier option than dining out, right? Maybe not. A recent study found that the more time middle-aged women spent cooking at home, the more likely they were to suffer from metabolic syndrome. The reason for the finding may be that the study didn’t identify exactly what the women were cooking, so there was no way to measure the healthfulness of their homemade meals.
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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


This is how much exercise experts really think you need
TIME
Do your eyes glaze over when you hear how much exercise you should get each week? That looming 150-minute figure is the equivalent of 21 micro workouts a week — and it seems like nobody has time for that. This is the problem with our exercise recommendations, argues a new analysis published in The BMJ: They’re just set far too high to motivate the people who need them the most.
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Millennials are reshaping healthcare
By Scott E. Rupp
Global consumer collaboration consultancy Communispace recently released a report called, "Healthcare without Borders: How Millennials are Reshaping Health and Wellness," which examines millennial healthcare values and how they will impact businesses across the industry. The report focuses on several areas of millennials' lives, including technology. Millennials are far more likely than other generations to rely on mobile and online tools to monitor and maintain their health, the report states.
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Study: Prebreakfast exercise more effective for weight loss, helps burn more fat
Tech Times
People who are looking to reduce weight should exercise before having breakfast, reveal researchers. Previous studies have claimed that working out with empty stomach or fasted exercise, which is exercising before having breakfast, can improve energy and endurance and at the same time enhance a person's muscle growth and metabolism.
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VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS


Vitamin doses: What's safe and effective?
Fox News
Just like with medications, vitamins have appropriate doses. Too little of a dose and it probably will have little effect. Too much of a specific vitamin may or may not increase efficacy, but does increase the risk of side effects. With that said, however, you can safely manipulate vitamin dose within reason — and usually gain in effectiveness — without causing side effects.
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