Reviewed Staff Reviewed.com Published 6:45 p.m. UTC Jun 8, 2018 — Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives. With store displays, newspaper ads, and online retailers vying for your attention in the days leading up to Father's Day, buying the perfect gift can be a stressful endeavor. Luckily, you've got the diligent staff of Reviewed to back you up this year. You see, we've dedicated thousands of hours to testing all sorts of gadgets and appliances in order to separate the products worth buying from the products that ought to be avoided. TVs, headphones, grills, tools... If you name it, there's a good chance we've reviewed it. This year, we've compiled all of our favorite products—the ones that truly outshined their … [Read more...] about The 24 best Father’s Day gifts of 2018
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If you got a fitness tracker to keep tabs on your diet and exercise to help you lose weight, and were disappointed by the results – you’re not alone. A new study suggests the devices don’t improve weight loss for many people. In fact, overweight young adults who did not use fitness trackers during a two-year weight loss study dropped more pounds than those who did use them, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included 471 people – about three-quarters of them women – ages 18 to 35 who were all overweight. For the first six months of the study, they followed a low calorie diet, got regular exercise and attended weekly group counseling sessions to help support their efforts. At six months, everyone in the program started receiving telephone counseling sessions, text messages with … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Will a fitness tracker really help you lose weight?
Wearable tech is dedicated to staying on your wrist, but its face is changing fast. Headed into 2015, the wearable market will soon be bidding a slow farewell to the dominance of screen- and app-less fitness wristbands and trackers, like the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP, and welcoming in the era of smartwatches, with the Apple Watch front and center. The global fitness wearable market, which includes fitness wristbands, sport watches and smart garments, is expected to shrink next year from 70 million units sold to 68 million, according to a November report from analyst firm Gartner. Smart wristband shipments are expected to fall by 15 percent to 17 million units, while smartwatches are expected to jump 17 percent to 21 million shipments, eclipsing the former as the most successful wearable design to date. The problem? Fitness wristbands, as popular as they have been so far, just don't do enough to excite consumers when compared with devices like the Apple Watch and Motorola's Moto 360 … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo The rise and fall of fitness trackers
Most fitness trackers can measure a lot: steps taken, heart beats, sleep quality and workout performance. That's a lot of data, but are they useful? It depends on what you're looking for. Those new to fitness might want something that's motivational, while those already active might want something sophisticated -- but not necessarily easy to use. Here's a look at fitness devices from four leading manufacturers. Microsoft's Band 2 and Motorola's Moto 360 Sport were excluded from consideration in part because battery life was poor -- tough for marathons of more than four hours. There's a risk your tracker will end up in a drawer after a few months, especially if you get it for free as a gift or as part of a corporate wellness program. Know what you're getting and how you might use it before buying or adding one to your gift list. The recommended devices all claim to be water resistant, so they can withstand sweat or rain. But only Garmin's are designed for swimming and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How to choose the fitness tracker that’s right for you
Rancho Cordova-based VSP Global embedded a tiny new fitness tracker into the temple of a new line of eyeglasses known as Level smart glasses, and the company is launching sales in the Sacramento region. The devices keep track of information such as the number of steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, and it transmits all the data via Bluetooth technology to a mobile app on smartphones. VSP suggests a retail price of $270. That does not include lenses. “We're thrilled to … offer our members an opportunity to apply their vision care benefits toward the purchase of a meaningful wearable device," said Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care, in a prepared statement. "Level combines expertise from the best of VSP Global's businesses, including health care, fashion, technology and philanthropy." Although the new glasses make it less difficult to forget to wear a fitness tracker, researchers at the University of Southern California found that they won’t … [Read more...] about New eyeglasses with tiny fitness tracker make debut in Sacramento
— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today’s newsroom and any business incentives. My favorite part of warm weather is being able to walk around and go shopping without needing to take off multiple layers to try things on. But, if you're stuck inside your home or the office like me, you can still do some online shopping at least. Plus, it's way easier to find deals online than checking the sale section at every store you walk into. Right now, Amazon has tons of deals and price drops so you can shop to your heart's content. Bonus: today's best deals make amazing Mother's Day gifts too. 1. An upgraded Instant Pot The Instant Pot has a cult following and it's easy to see why—it's a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and more, making it … [Read more...] about These are the 5 best Amazon deals you can get right now
Alex Lockie, provided by Published 4:23 am, Monday, January 29, 2018 Strava An interactive heat map from the fitness-tracking app Strava appears to have exposed sensitive sites. Hackers or state actors could use the information to find military bases. Bases of multiple nations were exposed, but as the US has the biggest global presence, it stands the most to lose. updated an online map showing the routes of 1 billion workouts in 2017. But in doing so, it seems to have exposed secret US military bases in Turkey, Syria, and Yemen. Strava drew on data from devices like Fitbits or smartphones that people use to track workouts such as runs or bike rides. But fitness-tracker users skew Western, young, and active. In countries like Niger, the heat map appears to highlight the activity of US troops on military bases keeping fit. The result is potentially damning for the US military's operational security. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Santa Ana Border … [Read more...] about A map of fitness-tracker data may have compromised top-secret US military bases around the world
With the CDC reporting that over 70% of Americans are overweight, it's no wonder the top two new year's resolutions are staying fit/healthy and losing weight. Even if you're not shelling out for a gym membership or figuring out how much apple cider vinegar you need to drink each day, you can still get in on the fitness craze and its moneymaking potential. Investors should consider four companies that cater to people focusing on their fitness: Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT), Mindbody (NASDAQ: MB), Fitbit (NYSE: FIT), and Under Armour (NYSE: UA) (NYSE: UAA). PLNT data by YCharts Planet Fitness welcomes everyone to the gym Planet Fitness sets itself apart from other gyms by focusing on a "non-intimidating" environment where "everyone's welcome" at a value price of $10 per month. This approach has paid off for the company as 40% of members who joined in the last two years had never belonged to a gym before. Planet Fitness has impressive unit financials with the average location … [Read more...] about Can These Fitness Stocks Shape Up Your Portfolio?
Looking to mix up your menu for 2018? You might want to consider taking a culinary trip to the Mediterranean.The diet emphasizing fish, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables tied as the best diet for 2018, according to U.S. News and World Report, which evaluated 40 of the most popular diets with health experts.The Mediterranean diet tied with the DASH diet, short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, the government-backed plan aimed at helping followers lower their blood pressure.According to the evaluation, the Mediterranean diet is easier to follow, mostly because the DASH diet requires uses to cut their salt intake, but DASH ranked slightly higher for weight loss.Both plans also ranked highest among heart-healthy and diabetes diets. More: 7-minute workout apps: I tried 30, here are the best More: Your fitness tracker could be way way off Ranking third overall is the flexitarian diet, a vegetarian option where followers can still eat meat … [Read more...] about Why the DASH, Mediterranean diets are the best ways to eat
Whether you already have a fitness tracker or got one in your holiday gift pile this year, chances are you’re looking for some additional insight into your workouts and activity habits. But if you’re only using your tracker for step counts, you might be missing out on a wealth of useful data it has to offer. The market for fitness trackers is more competitive than ever, which means that most models offer exciting new features you might not even be aware of. With that in mind, we deferred to a fitness expert for her take on the lesser-known features you should definitely be utilizing — and why. MONITOR YOUR HEART RATE OK — it’s hardly an “unknown” feature. But if you’re not taking advantage of tracking your heart rate, you could be missing out on some key insights into your workouts and daily routine. In addition to providing a more accurate picture of your calorie burn, monitoring your heart rate while you sweat allows you to see how … [Read more...] about 4 ways to use your fitness tracker you hadn’t thought of yet