Haven’t you heard about swimrun yet?

Swimrun is a rapidly growing two person team sport which began as a drunken bet in a bar in the Swedish Archipelago. There are now over 300 swim run races held all over the world.  Swimrun teams start out with a run, transition to a swim and continue to alternate between swimming and running. With the balance between running and swimming, athletes tend to recover much more quickly, have fun and avoid repetitive injuries. Continue reading

Beyond steps: Wearables, productivity, and health

In recent years, a lot of discussion in the human resources world has revolved around the value of employee wellness programs. There’s a good reason: A growing body of research suggests wellness programs can benefit companies in a number of ways, from lowering costs of health care, workers’ compensation, and disability coverage to reducing injuries and absenteeism and improving employee morale, loyalty, and productivity.

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The best fitness tracker

It seems like everywhere you look these days, someone has a fitness tracker on their wrist. Popularity for these devices has skyrocketed for anyone looking to better monitor their health and activity levels. But it’s easy to get lost in the hype with all the options out there.

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Tracking accuracy and reliability do matter

There is no doubt that a wrist tracker can change the user’s behavior. Tracking any metric that provides a sense of instant accomplishment is a very powerful motivational tool. The makers of fitness trackers have been known to say that it is not the figures that matter but the pattern. They consider actual step-count accuracy a secondary issue, the primary issue being behavior modification in an upward trend. In essence, they are saying the tracker around your wrist is not so much a “tracker” but an “encourager.” It is simply there to push you to take more steps tomorrow than you did today. But here is the secret for any fitness tracker – the metric must be ACCURATE.

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