Wearable fitness trackers are excellent, and depending on the one you choose, you’ll enjoy features like calorie, step, and sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and more. They’re selling like hotcakes, with every company who could claim a remote link to the technology pushing their own version.
But what if there was a better way?
What if there was more accuracy? More precision? Something that didn’t rely heavily on estimations and algorithms? Something that was specific to each of your two arms, two legs, and everything in between?
That’s exactly what Silicon Valley start-up Athos is currently creating.
While not scheduled to ship to the masses until Spring 2015, Athos is creating a workout clothing line. Shirts and pants with the core technology sewn (quite literally) right into the fabric. And yes, they’re even machine washable. You can wear them and them alone, or under other workout clothing if you prefer.
What Does This Mean for Me?
There are three components that make up the Athos system: Athos Gear, the clothing you wear; Athos Core, a Bluetooth module that keeps track of all your workout data; and the smartphone app. All three components are required. (more…)
By now I think we all know we’re supposed to exercise, and quite a few of us have figured what exercise works best for us. However, that doesn’t mean that we all love it.
Starting, and sticking to, an exercise plan can be more difficult than expected. This is especially true if you dread your workout before you’ve even started.
There may be a good reason you aren’t enjoying your workout, and a simple fix to make exercise enjoyable. If you find yourself groaning every time you lace up your shoes or strap on your bike helmet, it may be time to take a look at why you don’t like to exercise and do something about it.
It’s hard to get started
For some, just getting a new exercise program started is the biggest hurdle. Not knowing what to do and making the transition from sedentary to more active can be a daunting task. If you find yourself in this situation, call on a friend to be your workout buddy. Getting started will be a lot easier when you don’t feel like you’re on your own.
Because I’m a fitness instructor I own a lot of spandex. Like a whole dresser full of the stuff. But there occasionally are days when I don’t feel like squeezing my body into super tight active wear, when I don’t want to have to “suck it in” for 60 minutes straight. So after returning from a week in New York—a trip that included more than one bagel splurge—I was on the lookout for a workout outfit that was flattering and functional, but not quite so fitted.
I’ve always loved Moving Comfort sports bras—they are super supportive without being constrictive—but I haven’t worn much of their other fitness apparel. When I saw the brand’s new dance and studio collection I knew it was time to give it a try.
Here’s what I found:
The Metro Capri ($68) is made of a super lightweight poly/spandex blend—chances are these pants are much thinner and cooler than the leggings you usually wear. The waistband is elastic, there are pockets in front, and the drawstrings at the bottoms of the legs can be adjusted to be as loose or tight as you like. Of course what I really love about these pants are the shape of them: The hips and legs of the crops are a little loose (as in, they don’t hug every inch) yet they’re fitted enough to flatter. (more…)
For women, the right sports bra is often the most important piece of gear no matter what sport you do. But because the requirements for running are different than those of yoga, or cycling, or Zumba, it’s hard to find one bra that works for everything you want to do. That’s why I have about 20 sports bras in my closet (I know, I know) and I’m not alone: When I polled my female friends I found that most had somewhere between 3 and 30+ sports bras (no joke!).
But it is possible to cull that number at least a little. LaJean Lawson, PhD, a sports and exercise expert who has consulted sports bra makers for a couple of decades, suggests trying on a sports bra before buying it so you don’t get strapped with a not-quite-right bra. (Ordering several from a shop with a liberal return policy works too!) Before committing, put your over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder through this series of tests:
- The bend over: Lean forward and see if your cleavage spills over the top. This is ultra important in yoga, which has a ton of upside down poses, but spillover can also be an indication that the bra doesn’t fit right and won’t contain your assets during jumping and running.
- The bounce: Jump up and down and watch your reflection in the mirror. If your cleavage moves more than one inch up and down this isn’t the right level or support or size for you. (more…)
You put your fitness apparel through the ringer when you work out, sweating in and stretching out garments during long runs, short HIIT blasts, and steamy yoga sessions. But if your tops and crops get abused while on your body, does that give you more or less incentive you treat them with TLC when you wash them for your next wear?
Good question, especially since a single pair of yoga pants can easily cost more than $100 these days.
Full-disclosure: I used to work for lululemon athletica. While doing marketing for the brand’s new SoHo location in 2009 I spent time in the store. Back then, company policy was to tell people to wash garments however they wanted—hot, cold, turbo dryer, or line dry… just no fabric softener.
At this point, it’s almost too easy to write an article about yet another Lululemon Athletica PR problem. What makes this time different is the yoga wear company may have learned a lesson from its mistake. What exactly did Lululemon do? It began banning customers who re-sold lululemon products—even if it was a single pair of run shorts.
Eric Lewis is one of the customers targeted by the company. He’s been purchasing running gear from Lululemon for years and owns about 35 pairs of their Pace Breakers shorts. When he decided to sell a pair of ill-fitting shorts on eBay, Lululemon called and informed him they would no longer ship him products.
“I just kind of felt victimized,” he told CTV News, in Canada. “I’m such a loyal fan I’ve supported their business for a long time and then for them to go after me for something like this just blew my mind. I was shocked.” He added Lululemon may lose him as a customer due to this situation.
One can hardly walk outside without seeing women (and men) outfitted in workout clothing these days. At the airport, at the grocery store, at restaurants…even working professionals are leaving the house in leggings and workout hoodies. Because of the increasing acceptability of wearing activewear—even when you are not necessarily working out—more and more fashion companies, celebrities, and regular ol’ people are launching their own fashionable versions of workout clothing. Here are 4 brands to watch for:
As we recently discussed, Kate Hudson has co-founded a new line of athletic wear, Fabletics, which focuses on health, fitness, and, of course, fashion. Hudson has a feature on the site that displays her favorite outfits each month. She describes the site as a “community, a movement to help you live fit and achieve your passions in life.” The clothes are in a great price range for a working woman, including a deal on your first outfit, from $25 and up.
By Kerri Burr
As a plus-size athlete, it’s really important to me that my workout gear be functional, comfortable, and versatile. Unfortunately, there isn’t much out there for ladies with curves, which means I am either wearing regular sizes that don’t fit quite right—and seem to have a mind of their own—or I’m wearing heavy, ill-fitting, plus-size options. When I was offered the opportunity to review some gear from Lola Getts, which specializes in fashionable fitness gear for women sizes 14-24, I jumped at the chance.
I was sent a complimentary outfit in exchange for my honest opinion and post about it. In a nod back to my rowing days at Wichita State University (Go Shockers!), I went with the black and yellow ‘Lola Tee ($68),’ and a pair of black capri pants ($72).
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for mother nature to bring some cooler temperatures our way because I’m tired of sweating from simply walking around campus. When I’m in class sweating from every pore in my body, I can’t focus in school. But don’t get me wrong! I love sweating…when I’m exercising.
Sweat is vital, according to health and fitness expert Stephanie Mansour. “Sweating is really good for you and it’s bad if you aren’t sweating,” she said. “Not sweating indicates that you are not hydrated or you aren’t working out as hard as you should be.”
Sweating helps control the temperature inside of the body. A form of bad sweating is excessive sweating, which is when a person sweats more than they should. Excessive sweating is also known as hyperhidrosis, which is uncontrollable sweating caused by high concentration of sweat glands.
Physical activity and sweating go hand-in-hand. Stephanie loves spin class as her favorite sweaty workout. “In cycling classes, everyone gets sweaty. Even though it is cardio, you are doing interval training as well, which is more intense.” (more…)