Welcome to Fitmodo, your regular weekly round up of the news you need to know to keep your earthly form in top shape — from fitness advice to breakthroughs in medical research.
This week: The Fitbit Blaze hits Australian shelves, beetroot revealed as a workout enhancer and Australian scientists discover a family blood cancer gene.
A genetic discovery from Professor Hamish Scott and his research team at the Centre for Cancer Biology will help to identify and monitor people at very high risk of developing blood cancers such as leukaemia and lymphoma.
A global revolution in the treatment of depression based on sufferers’ individual DNA could be a reality within ten years, thanks to a major new study by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and Flinders University.
Nitrate-rich beetroot juice might enhance performance among top level athletes, according to a joint study from The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Institute of Sport.
No matter how much you wear your Fitbit fitness tracker, it won’t do you much good if it’s not counting steps correctly. Thankfully, we know a few ways to make your Fitbit even more accurate, so you never have to worry about the quality of the data it’s collecting.
We first saw the Blaze at CES 2016 in January, where it got a stack of awards (18, exactly). Fitbit describes the Blaze as its “most stylish, most motivating fitness tracker yet”, and it is now available in Australia. Here’s what you get for the $329.95 price tag.
Also catching our eye:
- Love a cuppa? Lifehacker Australia show you how to enjoy coffee the healthy way.
- Business insider Australia have found a bike that transforms into a stroller — perfect for active parents
- Popsugar Australia has the best tips for avoiding injury and recovering like a pro.