Health & Fitness

Gear: Accessories and tech devices for your workout

  • Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track
    Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track

    Do you need to be coerced into working out by paying a non-compliance fine? Would you like to find a cool mountain-bike route on your business trip to Milwaukee next week? Or how about running with a music mix automatically synchronized to your pace, or having a yoga instructor come to your...

  • Four fitness gear innovations to check out
    Four fitness gear innovations to check out

    Every imaginable problem and dream solution can now be tracked and addressed. Want to work out in Boulder, Colo., to get in some altitude training but can't afford the plane fare? Want to know your heart rate while running to music but hate wearing a chest strap? Wouldn't it be great to have...

  • Running shoes made to fit the shapes of feet
    Running shoes made to fit the shapes of feet

    As a kid, having no understanding of fashion, I never understood pointy shoes. After all, the human foot doesn't come to a point, which to me seems to explain the popularity in the early 1970s of Earth Shoes, which had a down-sloping negative heel and a foot-like shape with an...

  • Women's sports clothes that address gender-based challenges
    Women's sports clothes that address gender-based challenges

    Women have unique needs in sports clothing that few men understand. Male mountain bikers, for instance, figure a trail-side bathroom break takes 20 or 30 seconds, max. Male runners figure it takes about five seconds behind the car door to strip naked and change out of sweaty clothes after a...

  • E-bikes are a hit at Interbike show in Vegas
    E-bikes are a hit at Interbike show in Vegas

    The big buzz at the annual Interbike show this month in Las Vegas was the e-bike: a bike with a stealthy electric motor hidden in the wheel hub or crankshaft that pedals like a normal bike but gives you a quiet boost when you want it. By clicking a handlebar button, you tell the motor how...

  • Burn calories as you work without buying an expensive treadmill desk
    Burn calories as you work without buying an expensive treadmill desk

    In the ongoing battle against flab, experts have been homing in on the active workstation in which you burn a surprising amount of calories and stay mentally fresh with constant low-level movement that stays below the sweat threshold. The trouble is that many of the solutions focus on the...

  • Latest designs in bike world spotlight safer, more comfortable ride
    Latest designs in bike world spotlight safer, more comfortable ride

    Changes in most product categories in the bike world usually are incremental in nature. But every once in a while, a technological leap occurs — which is the case with the radical designs of the new helmet, bike saddle and riding jacket below. Along with an innovative power supply for a...

  • For hiking, an easier camera bag, a faster water filter and more
    For hiking, an easier camera bag, a faster water filter and more

    To go out for a good all-day hike nowadays, everyone pretty much knows that you need a backpack, poles, a hydration system and a mapping device. But what about the luxuries that aren't really luxuries anymore? The stuff you always realize you need after you've missed one too many wild animal...

  • New 27.5-inch mountain bikes get high marks from cyclists
    New 27.5-inch mountain bikes get high marks from cyclists

    Do you remember two years ago, when this column reviewed the "29er," which had come to dominate the mountain bike world with super-fast, roll-over-anything, monster-truck 29-inch wheels that made traditional 26-inch bikes look like children's toys? Well, forget about that. Big tires still rule,...

  • New machines aim to be a runner's hurt blocker
    New machines aim to be a runner's hurt blocker

    The only thing more astounding than the number of runners nowadays — 541,000 finished a marathon last year, and 2 million ran a half-marathon — is the number of running injuries. The guesstimates never change: Every year, half of all runners get hurt enough that they must stop...

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