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.
Pokemon GO, water resistance, advanced fitness tracking, built-in GPS for phone-free running, Apple Pay — meet the Apple Watch Series 2, with its brighter display, dual-core processor and improved ease of use.
To have it work for you, you’ll need to be running iPhone 5 or later running iOS 10 (releasing 14 September) or later. Of course, you could do that by buying a new iPhone 7.
The Withings Activité and the far more affordable Withings Activité Pop showed the world that fitness trackers don’t necessarily have to look hideous. And while the new heart rate-tracking Steel HR makes some aesthetic compromises to gain smartwatch functionality, it’s still one of the most beautiful wearables you can buy.
Instead of using an LCD or OLED display to provide feedback on the wearer’s activities, the Activité and Activité Pop both featured a traditional analogue watch face with a smaller dial in one corner showing how close the user was to their pre-defined fitness goal — be it steps taken, calories burned or other metrics configured in the Withings app.
Yeah, we know, your CrossFit gym has completely changed your life, you’ve never looked/felt better, and all other exercise programs pale in comparison. But you may want to ease off the intensive workouts now and then. All that over-exertion can actually impair your immune system, according to a new study just published in Frontiers in Physiology.
Also catching our eye:
- Millions of people are expected to watch the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro over 11 days this September. Chances are you will see a swimmer with one leg on the blocks next to another swimmer with two legs and two arms. So how that can be fair? The secret is a process called classification, and Lifehacker Australia has the details.
- Finding love online is hard, about as difficult as getting through a Tough Mudder obstacle course. But if you’re up for the challenge, this year you can quit Tinder (Bumble, Happn, Hinge, the lot!) and focus all your love-finding attention on Tough Mudder. Popsugar Australia shows you how.