Health & Fitness Tech [Today Show]

Health & Fitness TEch

We all wish we could get ourselves to the gym more often, but often, things just get in the way (like a couch, or a tub of ice cream). No more excuses, because I’ve pulled together some gadgets and tools to help you get your health and fitness back on track— and I’m back on The Today Show to kick the tires with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

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    Swoob Racerback Sports Bra, $45.  I’ve heard of stuffing your bra, but this is ridiculous: The Swoob sports bra has pockets for your smartphone, keys, energy gels and ChapStick.  And all the pockets are water-resistant, so your stuff doesn’t get… you know, sweaty. Perfect for the runner who likes to run, hands-free.


    Electric Yoga Anti-Slip Yoga Pant, $59.  If you’ve ever slipped out of downward-facing dog onto your snout, you know that it can be hard to get your feet to stick when you’re deep in a yoga pose. This ingenious pair of yoga pants takes care of the predicament with its non-stick anti-slip foot coverings.

    Jump Snap Ropeless Jump Rope, $39.95. Jumping rope is one of the best full-body workouts, but you can’t keep your heart rate up if you’re tripping on the rope!  The ropeless jump rope means you can skip to your heart’s content, as well as track your calories burned, your time jumping, and the number of jumps.

    Ever Bamboo Deoderizers

    Ever Bamboo Deodorizers, $9.95 for three.  All that working out is bound to make your gym bag a little bit stinky. Call in these clever dehumidifier/deodorizers, made from charcoal and bamboo.  Both materials absorb moisture and odor, so they’re perfect for garages, basements, diaper pails, litterboxes, or anything that might out-stink your gym bag.

    DOD Fitness Knee donuts, wrist wedges, neck circles, start at $9.99.  If there are exercises you steer clear of because they put uncomfortable pressure on your neck, wrists or knees, then DOD Fitness has you covered. Modifiers take the pressure off your joints so you can feel more comfortable doing exercises that were previously off-limits.  The knee donuts are even safe for those who have had knee surgery.

    Kor Nava bottle

    Kor Nava Water Bottle, $29.95.  The team at Kor set out to develop a plastic bottle killer, and it looks like they’ve succeeded: Kor is BPA-free, has a comfortable drinking spout, and a filter inside made of coconut shells, so you can use any tap to fill up and have filtered water every time.  Oh, and it’s gorgeous.

    Zensorium Tinke Fitness & Wellness monitor, $119. Touch this device with your finger to get detailed insight into your health and wellness.  The Tinke can measure vitals like heart rate, blood oxygen level, respiratory rate and heart rate variability… and then put all the data together to tell you how fit and how relaxed you are.  Plus you can track your history over time by connecting the Tinke to your iPhone or iPod so you can stay motivated.


    Geopalz iBitz Powerkey and Unity Activity Trackers, $34.99 and $49.99.  Pedometers and activity trackers are great motivators if you want to get up a move a bit more each day.  iBitz has created a kid-friendly version called Powerkey that’s fueled by your kid’s exercise habits and unlocks games and activities the more you move.  The iBitz Unity tracker has a grown-up app that you can use it to track the whole family’s activity.

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    15. ‘They also serve as a useful starting point for individuals to discuss their sleep with their health care providers. as well as paediatrics,Why you should wash your bras every two days and clean your phone daily need a major scrub down.But when should that happen And when will you have to do it all over again We consulted a microbiologist underwear specialist and clothing designers on how often you really need to clean everythingFILTHY PHONESEvery dayResearch has found we touch our phones up to 150 times a day and scientists in America discovered 7000 types of bacteria on 51 phone samples While most are harmless some are not??When you use your phone it heats up providing the perfect conditions for bacteria to multiply?? says Laura Bowater a microbiologist at the University of East Anglia??Enterococcus [found in faeces] and pseudomonas bacteria [animals and soil] both of which cause nasty pathogenic infections have been discovered on phones Phones with keypads are worse as they have crevices Clean yours every day with antibacterial wipes or as often as you can??SWEATY SHEETSOnce a weekWe shed millions of skin cells every day many of them in bed and lose a litre of sweat in a typical night Both attract dust mites that feed on itMites though harmless produce droppings containing allergens that can trigger itching eyes rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) and asthma Worryingly one in ten of us wash our sheets only every four weeks and more than a third wait 14 days according to a recent YouGov pollLaura recommends washing them once a week at a minimum of 60c to destroy bacteria??Dry sheets and pillowcases in direct sunlight if you can as UV light is effective in killing micro-organisms Run a hot iron over pillowcases on the cotton setting (200c) to kill any leftover bacteria??BUGGY PILLOWSEvery three monthsThe inside of your pillow is like a sponge soaking up sweat and it becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mitesDoctors have found that up to a third of a pillow??s weight can be made up of bugs dead skin mites and their faeces and the average unwashed pillow can contain a revolting 16 species of fungiSo wash yours every three months Most down and synthetic versions are machine washable ?? check the label Washing at 60c kills most bacteriaUse a liquid detergent (powder can leave residue) and the rinse cycle twice Put pillows in the tumble dryer on a low heat with two tennis balls to keep them separate and help them dry Use a specialist anti-allergy pillow case protector for another line of defence (5 John Lewis)MOULDY BEDSEvery six monthsDust mite faeces in your mattress cause allergies and asthma and fungi and mould spores can lead to serious allergic reactionsThen there??s the possibility of bacteria such as MRSA campylobacter (which can cause fever cramping and diarrhoea) and the norovirus (that can survive for up to six weeks in your bed)??Hoovering or steaming then airing your mattress once every six months is important?? says LauraRemove stains by wiping the surface with a cloth dampened with cold water and upholstery shampoo Rotate the mattress after cleaning A machine-washable mattress topper is also a wise investmentDELICATE DENIMEvery five wearsJean designer Donna Ida says washing jeans after every five wears preserves their colour and fibres More frequent washing will quickly age your denimUse Fabric Fresh (16 donnaidacom) ?? an antibacterial lightly scented spray ?? to keep them smelling fresh in between washes Jeans hate heat as it damages the denim fibres ??Wash on the cold setting ?? that??s cold as in zero not 30c?? says DonnaTurn them inside out to protect buttons zips and studs and let them air dry If you have an extra special pair put them in a plastic airtight bag and freeze them overnight ?? this will kill bacteria just as effectively as washingMUCKY BRASAfter two wearsIt doesn??t sound like much but Kelly Dunmore lingerie expert for Rigby & Peller is adamant ??The crease in your bust and the area under your arms are hot sweaty environments Cleaning after every two wears possibly three is ideal?? she saysAvoid machine washing as activity in the drum will ruin elasticity and shorten its useable life (which should be at least 12 months)Handwash instead then let the bra drip dry at room temperature as heat from a radiator or tumble dryer destroys Lycra The handwash Soak (15 for a year??s supply from soakwashcom) cleans bras without the need to rinse themAdd a small amount to a clean sink filled with lukewarm water Soak the bra for ten minutes wring dry then dry flatGRIMY PYJAMASAfter two wears??Close fitting pyjama bottoms or shorts need to be washed after two wears Tops might last a little longer?? says Kelly ??It??s important to keep fresh and clean especially in bed??Sleeping with a hot water bottle in winter and thick pyjamas will only make you sweat more?? says Kelly You can buy copper pyjamas designed to be worn for a week or more (in hospitals or care homes)These are made using 60 per cent copper infused yarn with anti-microbial antibacterial properties (4999 copperclothingcouk)DIRTY DOGSEvery two monthsWashing your dog is mainly for your benefit as they have a robust immune systemBut they pick up worms ticks and dog mites such as cheyletiella which can cause itchy rashes on humans so Rosie Barclay a clinical animal behaviourist recommends washing yours every two months??Any more frequent washing strips a dog??s coat of sebum [natural oil] a waterproof coating which they especially need in winter to stay warm?? she says ??If your dog??s fur feels overly greasy or it starts to smell you know it??s time for a bath If they return home from a walk covered in mud a good clean in the shower or with a hose is necessary but try not to use shampoo and soap??Over-washing can also dry out a dog??s skin and cause dandruff Teatree dog shampoo (475 petsperfectcouk) is antibacterialNASTY TEA TOWELSAfter every useTea towels and dishcloths are the highest sources of bacterial contamination in your kitchen ??They are full of dangerous micro-organisms?? says Laura ??Ecoli and other bacteria divide into two every 40 minutes so??Their optimum temperature for multiplication is 37c so food-stained towels drying near a warm oven become a perfect storm Last year a study by the University of Arizona found 25 per cent of kitchen towels tested positive for Ecoli So Laura says clean them at 60c after every use then iron them on a high setting??Dishcloths are even worse as you use them to mop up raw food?? says Laura ??Boil them after each use in a pan of water for five minutes or soak them in diluted bleach for half an hour (or as long as the bottle instructs)??PUTRID PURSESEvery week??Faecal bacteria Ecoli or skin bacteria such as MRSA can be dotted about any public place?? says Laura Even if you regularly wash your hands you could recontaminate them when you pay for your lunch as you put your purse on grimy surfacesSt Petersburg College in Florida carried out tests on bacteria on money and found that 80 per cent of paper money tested contained MRSA and 50 per cent of credit cards were positive for the same bacteria More bacteria cling to notes as they are more porous than cards??Wipe down your purse with disinfecting wipes every week or so?? 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