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 Microsoft Band joins the Tough Mudder team, NSW announced its eHealth strategy and can you condition your body to require less sleep?
One way to have more time for work and play every day is to sleep a little bit less. But eventually, staying awake for longer periods can have a negative impact on the quality of our lives. So where does the break-even point lie, and can it be shifted?
This year’s Australian Tough Mudder endurance obstacle races kick off over the weekend in southeast Queensland, and four more events are being run later in the year in New South Wales and Victoria. Microsoft is an unlikely sponsor of this year’s event, with the new Microsoft Band giving entrants bespoke guided workouts to train for the event.
The $379.99 Microsoft Band 2‘s integrated Microsoft Health app will be updated with new Guided Workouts developed by Tough Mudder staff in Australia, and the gadgetmaker best known for Windows and Xbox is also discounting its fitness-tracking wearable by $70 for the next week.
A strategy for eHealth, a “digitally enabled and integrated health system” with a focus on delivering “patient-centered health experiences with quality health outcomes” was today announced by the NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner.
“It’s a ten year program of innovation, investment and implementation which identifies key short, medium and long term goals for eHealth NSW,” Minister Skinner revealed.
Also catching our eye:
- If you want to stay healthy in winter, Lifehacker Australia recommends eating your snot. I'm not joking.
- Want to know what the best and worst deli meats -- yes, deli meats -- are for your health? Business Insider Australia has you covered.
- If you're planning kids in your 30's, there are steps you can take in your 20's to help maintain your fertility. Popsugar Australia has the scoop.