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A Smarter Way to Exercise by Diesel Dog LLC



Free Weights One of the biggest mistake that people make when exercising with weights is they do it wrong. This is especially true with free weights, whether you are talking about 5 lbs or 50 lbs, lifting dumb bells correctly is the key to building muscles and preventing injuries. That is the concept behind the prototype Diesel Dog LLC is working on. They are developing a system which connects dumb bells to an application on a Smart Phone, either iOs or Android via Bluetooth. The application then keeps a record of the wave lengths of an exercise as you do it. The idea is a trainer would perform the exercise first correctly and there would be a record of their wave lengths. Then as the client preformed the exercise they could tell if they were doing it right or wrong based on whether their wave lengths matched the trainers. Diesel Dog LLC is also looking at other visual cues to use other then wave lengths, such as trying to match circles. Eric Zorij of Diesel Dog stated they are trying to add the ability to connect to social networks such as Twitter or Facebook into the finished project.

The Bluetooth barbell concept was a finalist in the Bluetooth Innovation World Cup of 2011. They just started developing the prototype little over five weeks ago and are continuing to improve it, they hope to have it in the iOS and Android Market as soon as they can.

Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDRNews for the TechPodcast Network.

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Careverge Takes A Social Approach To Health



Careverge logoThe fast pace of modern Western life doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle and many of us struggle to keep on top of the weight and exercise regularly, including myself. Careverge can help as a one-stop health and well-being site that brings together fitness, health and support in one place. Careverge’s Henry de Phillips talks to Jamie Davis of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show about what the site can offer.

Careverge’s approach is to create a social networking environment to encourage good health behaviours rather than to simply sell a product or a plan. The site brings networking, gaming and recommendations together so that within only a few moments of starting to use the site, the individual is given personalised suggestions on reading and possible activities. The focus of Careverge is to encourage people to health through fun while providing quality health information and support to reach their goals.

Careverge is free to use for consumers.

Interview by Jamie Davis of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show.

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A Review of RunKeeper



http://d2b4ufapzmnxpw.cloudfront.net/build/2346/static/kronos/images/logo-hp.pngI decided that I needed to exercise so I started walking this week. Being a geek though I couldn’t just start walking I had to have an app that could track my miles, route and progress. However I also didn’t want to carry another gadget along with my iPhone, so I started looking for an app and I found several, but for now I have decided to use a free app called RunKeeper Pro for the iPhone. It is very easy to set up, you tell it the activity you are going to be doing whether it is running, walking, cross-country skiing, elliptical training to name a few. You then input the route you are going to take, you can choose a public route that someone else has enter or use a previous route you have taken. If you want you can add your route to the public data base. You can then add an iTunes playlist if you want. This morning I used Pocketcast and had a podcast playing in the background and that worked fine also. Finally you can decide if you want to be coached or not. If you do decide to use a coach, you have three options, target pace, intervals or fitness class. Finally when you are ready to go hit start activity. In my case I was walking, about every 5 minutes it would let me know how far I had gone and the pace I was walking at. When you are finish, it will let you know the time, distance, pace and how many calories you burned.

All this information is then uploaded to the RunKeeper Web site. If you want you can share the information publicly or with just the people you are connected to on the site through Facebook or Twitter or you can keep it private. You can share all or part of the information with whom ever you want. For $4.99 a month or $19.99 a year you can become an elite member. With elite membership you can enjoy real-time tracking and the ability to broadcast your activities live. You also get a 50% discount on the fitness classes. Fitness classes are programs that are devised by fitness experts. These programs can get you ready for a 5k, a marathon or to lose weight. If you are an elite member you also get advance fitness reports and alerts.

The one negative about RunKeeper is that all it’s fitness classes are targeted toward runners. So although you can use it for other activities at its core it is true to it’s name RunKeeper. Despite this, I like using RunKeeper, it is great for keeping track of my progress. If you exercise how do you keep track of your progress, do you have a favorite iPhone, or Android App.