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Can Fitness Ever Be as Addictive as Angry Birds?

Can Fitness Ever Be as Addictive as Angry Birds? | Health Studies Updates | Scoop.it
With its new app, Striiv aims to create something as addictive as World of Warcraft with the convenience of Angry Birds.

What if planting crops in FarmVille only happened when you burned calories in real life? That’s what Striiv, a fitness startup in Redwood City, Calif., is hoping to accomplish with its new app, launched last week.

The Striiv fitness app, available for iOS devices, is free to download and tailors challenges and fitness-oriented games to your personal habits, and broadcasts your results on social networks. The app includes its own video game, called “MyLand,” which is powered by an iPhone user’s exercise habits -– in order to grow a plant or expand the island, the user must complete a series of challenges, from walking a set amount of steps to climbing stairs.

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Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor Reinvented with Breathable Material, Bluetooth

Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor Reinvented with Breathable Material, Bluetooth | Health Studies Updates | Scoop.it
With Polar’s H7 heart rate monitor and free app, you can extract every little tidbit of your health stats to learn how to become a fitter you.
The Polar H7 Bluetooth chest strap monitor can be worn for any fitness activity, but it seems to be best for runners and bikers. The Polar Beat app acts like a personal trainer in your palm. First, you set a goal — whether that’s beating a previous time or burning a certain number of calories. The app, in conjunction with the Polar H7 heart rate monitor, helps you stay on track of that goal throughout your workout with real-time data tracking and voice guidance. And you can still listen to music while the app is running.

The heart rate monitor provides accurate calorie, distance, heartbeat and other health-stat tracking. The app and website help break down your sweat-sessions to show you where you did well and where you can improve.

 

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