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With the Apple Watch, fitness is all in the wrist

Apple Watch Sport, Apple, Inc.

Apple Watch Sport, Apple, Inc.

Apple just announced their first wearable device, the Apple Watch, and everyone has an opinion.

Technology journalists are taking a wait and see attitude. Fashionistas are split. And even hard-core watch aficionados have good and bad things to say.

For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until sometime next year to get our hands on Apple’s new watch and form our own opinions. But what we do know sounds intriguing, especially for those of us interested in health and fitness.

Just like a FitBit, Apple’s Watch contains an accelerometer which will allow it to track steps and other exercise, and then send that data in real time to apps on your phone. But it also contains four lenses on the back, nestled against your wrist, that use pulses of light to determine your heart rate — no bulky straps needed.

By tracking movement and heart rate, Apple should be able to provide a much more robust view into your health and fitness than any other wearable out there. And with their recently announced HealthKit initiative to link data from devices into medical records, they could send fitness data directly from your watch to your doctor.

What do you think? Would you wear an Apple Watch? Will you buy one when they come out?

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The Gamification of Fitness

Gamification of Fitness Koko FitClub

Have you ever played the game Flappy Bird on your phone? Even if you’re not one of the fifty million people who have recently downloaded it, you probably know how addictive these sorts of games can be.

What if I told you that the same principle that makes these games insanely addictive could help you lose weight, build muscle, and live a healthier life? It’s called “gamification” and it has the potential to transform fitness. Continue reading

HIIT: The Unbelievably Effective 15-Minute Cardio Workout

Koko Cardio 15 Minute Treadmill and Elliptical WorkoutsDon’t think you can get an amazing cardio workout in 15 minutes? Download these FREE audio workouts from fitness pro and Koko FitClub Chief Fitness Officer, Michael Wood – and think again.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is  perfect for anyone who wants a serious workout in less time. A HIIT workout alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or rest, working your body more efficiently to give you maximum results with less time at the gym. Continue reading

Is Decision Fatigue Sabotaging Your Workout?

Is Decision Fatigue Sabotaging Your Workout?

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
                                    – Robert Frost

Decisions, decisions. They come at us every day, fast and furious.  They weigh on us, too, because, as Frost suggests in his great poem, “The Road Not Taken,” they have consequences.

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