1. Thank goodness, exercise and fitness equipment has advanced rapidly through the years so we don’t have to work out on things like this!  For those who know me, I’m a health/fitness buff and definitely enjoy a good workout (through sports like soccer or basketball) or at the gym.
I’m thrilled there are lots of new devices and gadgets out there to get other folks interested in health and fitness, be it current or ex-athletes or elderly folks.  Like many electronic gadgets though, there is a balance between marketing and actual results. 
As this article shows, while technology is improving, the technology behind many of these fitness tracking consumer electronics devices isn’t perfected yet and are variable. 
So before you tweet that next count of steps or calories burned… just know that any movement is better than no movement.
To your health,
-cch

    Thank goodness, exercise and fitness equipment has advanced rapidly through the years so we don’t have to work out on things like this!  For those who know me, I’m a health/fitness buff and definitely enjoy a good workout (through sports like soccer or basketball) or at the gym.

    I’m thrilled there are lots of new devices and gadgets out there to get other folks interested in health and fitness, be it current or ex-athletes or elderly folks.  Like many electronic gadgets though, there is a balance between marketing and actual results. 

    As this article shows, while technology is improving, the technology behind many of these fitness tracking consumer electronics devices isn’t perfected yet and are variable. 

    So before you tweet that next count of steps or calories burned… just know that any movement is better than no movement.

    To your health,

    -cch

     
  2.  NikeFuelBand

    Needless to say, it’s sporty, well-designed… and looks pretty cool.  Game on for quantified self!  I anticipate an innovative and creative marketing campaign as well, as evidenced by this clip here

    -cch 

     
  3. image: Download

    Wonder why there are so many fitness & health/wellness start-ups out there?  Here’s your answer - the market for overweight people in the world is 1.5 billion.  And as a country, the US leads the world with over 30% of the population as being not just overweight, but obese (BMI over 30 - here’s a BMI calculator here)!
Since 2012 has just begun, not doubt many people are back at the gym and starting new year’s resolutions.  However, as Buster alludes to in a quick post from earlier this week, perhaps the focus shouldn’t necessarily all be on resolutions or outcomes (i.e. lose 15 pounds, gain 10 pounds on bench press max), but perhaps we as humans should factor in the discovery process and experience of new interests, such as healthy behavior and habit change.  For health certainly isn’t just your physical well-being, but your mental, emotional, and spiritual grounding as well.  It should be noted that many clinicians and healthcare providers recognize the importance of mental health as part of a holistic human health and often place mental health first before physical health.  For those who want to dive deeper, this mental health report from the US surgeon general is quite informative.  

I guess those Romans were wise and knew a thing or two as their quote goes (in the proper order in my opinion): Mens sana in corpore sano (Sound mind in a sound body).
-cch
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Health & Fitness Obsessed

    Wonder why there are so many fitness & health/wellness start-ups out there?  Here’s your answer - the market for overweight people in the world is 1.5 billion.  And as a country, the US leads the world with over 30% of the population as being not just overweight, but obese (BMI over 30 - here’s a BMI calculator here)!

    Since 2012 has just begun, not doubt many people are back at the gym and starting new year’s resolutions.  However, as Buster alludes to in a quick post from earlier this week, perhaps the focus shouldn’t necessarily all be on resolutions or outcomes (i.e. lose 15 pounds, gain 10 pounds on bench press max), but perhaps we as humans should factor in the discovery process and experience of new interests, such as healthy behavior and habit change.  For health certainly isn’t just your physical well-being, but your mental, emotional, and spiritual grounding as well.  It should be noted that many clinicians and healthcare providers recognize the importance of mental health as part of a holistic human health and often place mental health first before physical health.  For those who want to dive deeper, this mental health report from the US surgeon general is quite informative.  

    Romans

    I guess those Romans were wise and knew a thing or two as their quote goes (in the proper order in my opinion): Mens sana in corpore sano (Sound mind in a sound body).

    -cch

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    Health & Fitness Obsessed

     
  4. Exercise

    Nice summary and reaction to the recent NYTimes article “Fat Trap” that I read and tweeted the other day below from Puneet (a fellow HBS alum in healthcare and Blueprint Health mentor).  So many people struggle with their body images, no doubt fueled by advertising and increasingly in many ways because of social media as some surveys suggest that 80% of women have insecurity with their looks or body images due to media. In particular, given that it is the holiday season and New Year’s resolution time, this is a good article to digest to understand some of the physiology, psychology, genetic and environmental factors associated with health, fitness, and weight-loss.  Hopefully we all can strive in little and regular ways to make better decisions around health which will lead to increased happiness, and hopefully if not longer lives at least better quality lives.  You don’t need to strive for absolute perfection, but consistency of habits is important.  Breaking things down into little habits and behavior change steps per BJ Fogg is helpful for successful, lasting habit change.  The little decisions we make day in and day out, week in and week out, impact our health and quality of life years down the road.  I’m particularly mindful of this, given that my paternal grandmom (and last grandparent) passed away earlier this week in Taiwan at the age of 85.  

    To your (and your families and loved ones) health for 2012,

    -cch

    ghst-innovation:

    Journalist Tara Parker-Pope makes an important contribution to the obesity and diabetes conversation in her recent article: Why Lost Pounds Come Back (NY Times). It’s great journalism, and worth the time to read the piece in its entirety.

    There are a few points from her piece that I…

     
  5. Ipod Exercise

    Came across this study recently (which was published a few years back).  It validates what most of us who work out regularly experience when we forget our iPods at home… our work-outs suffer slightly and don’t feel quite up to par. This 20 year study shows that carefully curated and selected music helps improve exercise endurance up to 15%.  And there are now start-ups that help pick the right music for you to work-out to, such as this one.  If improving your physical shape and looks aren’t enough incentive for you to exercise, research suggests that exercising with music can also improve mental performance… so do it for your brain!

    Rock on!

    -cch 

     
  6. treadmill runners

    We all know the benefits of exercise for your heart, but now there is research that shows that exercise is beneficial for your brain and mind!  Very interesting findings of a four year study sponsored by the NIH conducted at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Daily exercise helped improve the clinical depression of 50% of patients, which is as effective as a second depression medication.  Depression medications alone are effective (i.e. helping improve or eliminate symptoms) in approximately 1/3 of patients over the long term, though in conjunction with other treatments such as counseling, cognitive behavior therapy, etc. can be much more effective.  This is important and relevant news, because about 17% of adults in the US suffer from depression in their life and anti-depressant drugs are the most commonly used medications for those between 20-59 years of age. 

    Powerful research and another example of the importance of sound mind, sound body and holistic health.  Bottom line?  It pays to exercise… so get up and get moving!!!

    To your health,

    cch