A recent rash of articles warning that our sedentary, desk-bound lifestyles are slowly killing us
inspired a trend toward stand-up desks and ergonomic awareness
. Now, the age-old stroll
is likewise getting a device-enabled update, leveraging proponents’ everyday steps in hopes of combatting the obesity epidemic—and potentially saving many from a too-early demise.
worried that their beloved fitness brand may have jumped the shark
can take comfort in the emergence of a new cardio fad: fitwalking
. This group workout relies on the Nessfit Fitwalker
, a no-motor treadmill powered by users’ own movement. Classes combine power walking with intricate “choreography” that challenges exercisers to hop on and off the machine and execute leg lifts and squats, all while keeping the tread in motion—and set to a soundtrack of dance-worthy
EDM. Already established in Europe, where more than 150 gyms
feature the workout, Fitwalker classes are now held at boutique fitness club Superstar
in Tribeca, NYC.
: The New York Times
recently reported that, even in the decidedly pedestrian un
friendly bastion of LA, residents are finding creative ways
to sit less and walk more. One such workaround is the newly popular treadmill desk. The concept was first proposed by Dr. James Levine
of the Mayo Clinic, who suggested a $39 hack to build one’s own; now, brands like LifeSpan
offer ready-made versions at higher prices. Treadmill desk workers generally maintain a pace of one to two MPH
, slow enough to prevent visual disruption, but quick enough to cover miles of “ground” during an average workday.
Smart Walking Stick
: Developers at Fujitsu Laboratories
have premiered a prototype for a GPS-enabled ‘smart walking stick
,’ designed to help the elderly maintain a mobile routine without fear of getting lost. This tech-forward cane features an LED display that provides users with directions and monitors heart rate and temperature
. If a walker veers from the predetermined path, the stick vibrates to signify a change in direction is needed. Importantly, the device is also trackable online, allowing friends or family to monitor the users’ progress remotely. If and when produced, the cane could prove a boon to keeping the elderly physically active without sacrificing safety.