Daily Archives: February 26, 2015

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Fitness trackers and pedometers don’t motivate everybody, but if you’re the kind of person who enjoys setting specific daily movement goals and hates seeing failure staring you in the face in the form of a low number, they can do wonders. Stanford researchers analyzed 26 studies on the devices and concluded that “the use of a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical activity and significant decreases in body mass index and blood pressure.” But if you want to stay motivated, which option do you choose? Nike FuelBand? FitBit? Jawbone? How about one of those apps for your iPhone or Galaxy? Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania asked volunteers to wear a ridiculous number of devices while walking on a treadmill to determine which option is the most accurate. Their results, recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, are a bit surprising.
Wrist, waist, or app… which is most accurate? >>

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Feeling anxious or worried from time to time is a normal experience. Research shows that more than 40 million adult Americans manage significant anxiety on a daily basis. Historically, anxiety served an adaptive function: to alert us when things in our environment seemed dangerous. After all, our ancestors needed to be prepared to run from a tiger at any given moment. These days, we are rarely chased by tigers and don’t need to be on heightened alert all the time, but we’re still left with a lot of residual worry and anxiety, which can be debilitating.
Five anti-anxiety tips you can use immediately. >>