GO>ID Review

 Posted by on June 4, 2013  No Responses »
Jun 042013
 
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Staying fit is one thing, staying safe is a whole different game.  As we’ve mentioned before, staying safe while out for a run, hike, walk, ride, climb, or swim is an extremely important factor to consider when participating in these activities.  For the most part, this can be achieved through simple means: going out with a friend, keeping yourself well-lit or wearing reflective clothing, running with a cell phone for emergencies, knowing your surroundings, and paying attention to the time of day (if trail-running, mornings can be hazardous because of animals; if road running, nights can be bad due to crime or traffic).  Unfortunately, even if you take the aforementioned precautions, I would be lying to you if I told you that they make you magically immune to accidents.  For those times that something does goes wrong, it is best to be prepared.

Enter GO>ID, with which, as they so elegantly put it:

You’ll have the peace of mind to do everything you want to with the confidence to go anywhere.

As far as big ideas go, the simple ones are always the best. Continue reading »

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GymPact: Get Paid to Work Out

 Posted by on April 17, 2013  No Responses »
Apr 172013
 
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Staying motivated is one of the biggest hurdles people face when it comes to working out, especially for those who are just beginning an exercise program. As someone who has been a (fairly) consistent runner for almost two years now, even I struggle to get myself out of the door. A training schedule for an upcoming race definitely helps motivate me, but still, talking myself out of going for a run is much easier than I would like it to be some days. Now, however, thanks to GymPact, not only do I have to consider the detriment to my training when I skip a run, I also have to consider the financial cost. Continue reading »

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Jan 182013
 
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When it comes to activity trackers, it is getting a little difficult to get excited about the release of yet another one. As Steve pointed out in his post on the 2013 CES, the market is starting to get a liiiiiittle crowded. Add to that the fact that so many companies are focusing on wrist-based sensors (e.g., the new Fitbit Flex, the Basis Band, the very popular Nike Fuelband), which, after our negative experience with the Jawbone Up, Steve and I remain very skeptical of (Hundreds of “steps” counted for moving my arms while driving? I don’t think so.), and you can understand why, when we got an email from Dave Scott, one of the founders of Amiigo, I was not immediately pumped to hear another activity tracker pitch. Boy, was I in for one heck of a surprise and boy, am I excited to share the Amiigo fitness sensor with you today. You think you’ve seen it all when it comes to activity trackers, and then something truly innovative like the Amiigo comes along and blows you away again!  Continue reading »

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Nutrition Experiment: Wrap-up

 Posted by on November 30, 2012  No Responses »
Nov 302012
 
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An amazing thing happened today.  I came home from work, had a light snack, took my time getting ready, and went for a run.  And it felt great!  Okay, not profoundly great. I didn’t run super far, set a new PR, or got somehow transformed into a sleek thoroughbred. No, I was sweaty, tired, and my legs burned as I sprinted down the last block towards my house, but I couldn’t help but smile.

The source of my sweaty smile and sense of accomplishment? My newly completed nutrition experiment.  After analyzing what I ate, crunching the numbers, and making some simple fixes to my life, I can call this experiment a success. I’ve learned a great deal over the past few months, and I’m excited to share my new wisdom. Continue reading »

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Oct 292012
 
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Hello, my name is Jason. I am not a runner. I am running a marathon in 12/2013.

Here are my stats-

Height: 5′ 11″

Weight: 193

Physique: Dumpy, at best.

Style: Whatever causes shin splints and calf cramps.

Diet: High carb, high fat, high sugar rush

Longest Distance: 6.21 miles Continue reading »

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Nutrition Experiment Week 2: Fats

 Posted by on August 17, 2012  No Responses »
Aug 172012
 
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OK, so now that we’ve established a baseline, it’s time to have some fun, and do some research. This week is all about fats.  Fats are used by the body to maintain the cell membrane, aid in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, and provide fuel and body cushioning, among other things.  This being said, as a running fuel, fats are not ideal.  Fats take many more steps for the body to breakdown into the magic stuff ATP, and then carbs, which reduces metabolic efficiency.  Not ideal, but good in a pinch. Continue reading »

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This is Why We Run

 Posted by on March 6, 2012  No Responses »
Mar 062012
 
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Anyone who knows me in the real world will tell you that I rarely hold back in regards to my diet and, for the most part, I still eat what I want.  I am lucky to have an average frame, a decent metabolism, and no major health problems contributing to weight problems. That being said, my recent 25lb weight loss was not by accident, nor was it some kind of magical occurrence.  Although I did cut back on calories, I wouldn’t attribute my weight loss to “dieting” in the traditional sense of the word, because other than switching to diet soda, I made little sacrifice in terms of the types or sometimes even the amount of food I was eating.  Running has proven to be the best solution for me.  Who wouldn’t want to be able to eat cake and still lose weight?  That’s not to say that you should drive to Pizza Hut, eat an entire large pizza, and then just run it off (which would take roughly 14 miles, and would probably result in you losing that pizza partway through said run).  I also recognize that many people are trying to shed much more than the 25 pound goal I started with and that being aware of what you eat is an important part of a weight loss program.  However, the occasional night of pizza and beer is not going to derail your weight loss progress, and I am a firm believer that, within reason, we should feel free to indulge our cravings.
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