Sony SmartBand SW10 Review: Swings For the Fences, Misses By a Mile

In the great pantheon of activity trackers (and it's quite a crowded pantheon at this point), there are those that focus on style, those that focus on metrics, and those that focus on bells and whistles. And then there's Sony's new SmartBand SW10, whose modest ambition is simply to track every little thing you do… » 6/13/14 3:20pm 6/13/14 3:20pm

The Science of Losing Belly Fat

A quick internet search will yield countless claims of ways to remove the unwanted fat from around your mid-section. From over-hyped diet pills promising to reduce levels of cortisol to cutting-edge workouts. The truth is that there is no scientifically proven diet pill or exercise that will specifically target your… » 5/21/14 6:15am 5/21/14 6:15am

Bike to Work Day is Coming Up: A Newbie's Guide To The Cycle Commute

If you're a regular rider, you're already familiar with the soul-lifting thrill of spending some quality time in the open air before after the daily grind: heart beating, blood pumping, sweat gently flowing, and the world flying by your handlebars. If you're not—and we've all been there!—it can be a little… » 5/07/14 4:00pm 5/07/14 4:00pm

Happy Trails: How a Record-Holding Long-Distance Hiker Plans Her Trips

The warming weather and lengthening days are luring hikers to long trails—some to very long trails. This week, the first of the few hundred hikers who attempt to complete the Pacific Crest Trail each summer begin heading to the Mexican border to start their 2,663-mile journey to Canada. » 4/24/14 3:00pm 4/24/14 3:00pm

An Insanely Detailed Map of Where People Bike and Run Around the World

Earlier this year, Nathan Yau visualized some of the world's most popular running routes, but with a fairly limited data set. But the information logged to Strava provides a wildly detailed map of people's workouts across the entire planet—and now you can explore it to your heart's content. » 4/24/14 8:00am 4/24/14 8:00am

Garmin's Edge 1000 May Be the Smartest Bike Computer Yet

While the phones in our pockets have been getting smarter and smarter at an alarming rate, bike computers (despite having the word "computer" right in their name) have been lagging way behind. But as sensors, radios, and chips have shrunk smaller and smaller, we've seen more and more intelligence come to the… » 4/09/14 7:00am 4/09/14 7:00am

A Day at Muscle Beach with the World's Strongest Man

The tires weigh 330 pounds, but they lift as easily as hula hoops in the hands of this Nordic god. In a puff of chalk, he hugs the rubber rings and scurries quickly through the sand. As he hoists the third and final tire onto the platform, he turns to the cheering crowd on Venice Beach: Who is the king? I am! » 4/02/14 5:20pm 4/02/14 5:20pm

Get Out Of Here: A Springtime Guide To Urban Day Hikes

It's that time of year, when getting out of the city has never felt so good, escaping the salt-white concrete of winter and the waste-blown streets for the steadily-warming hills and forests outside town, stepping into the peripheral wilderness of the city for some early spring hikes. Gizmodo tied up its boots, donned… » 3/27/14 4:40pm 3/27/14 4:40pm

The Future of Active Eyewear: An Interview With Oakley's R&D Division

The pinnacle achievement in active eyewear was once simply making a pair of sunglasses that were light and wouldn't shatter into your eyeballs. While that's still important, technology has obviously progressed. So what is the future, exactly? Heads-up displays? Augmented reality? Cybernetic retinal implants? » 3/19/14 4:40pm 3/19/14 4:40pm

Garmin Vivofit Review: Some Good Ideas But Not Quite There

In the ever-expanding pantheon of wearable fitness trackers, Garmin is looking for an open seat, ideally at the Cool Kids' Table (CKT). Garmin makes some of the best GPS sports watches out there, so expectations were high for the company's first tracker. While it adds a nice trick or two, the holes are just too many. » 3/13/14 2:00pm 3/13/14 2:00pm

I Did the World's First Ice Cream Cleanse: Yes, Really

Back during the no-carb diet craze of the early 2000s, I joked that I wanted to try a diet consisting of nothing but carbs and lipids. I would call it the Fatkins Diet. Guess what? I just did exactly that. I ate ice cream, and only ice cream, for four days straight. Yes, it's the world's first Ice Cream Cleanse, and… » 3/05/14 2:20pm 3/05/14 2:20pm

Moov Might Be the Most Advanced Fitness Wearable Yet

As you may have noticed, there are a million activity trackers out there right now. Most of them are glorified pedometers. The upper tier add altimeters, heart rate monitors, and sleep-tracking to the equation. But what if you don't just want to be reminded to work out—you want to work out better, safer, and more… » 2/27/14 12:00pm 2/27/14 12:00pm