11 Machines That Exercise For You, From the Victorian Era to Today

Time was, humans didn't have to worry much about getting exercise. When we had to kill, gather, grow, or herd our own food, working out happened naturally. Of course, as soon as we figured out how to avoid those laborious chores, we did. Not long after, we had to come up with new ways of staying in shape; hence,… » 6/11/14 4:50pm 6/11/14 4:50pm

LeapFrog's Kid Fitness Watch: A Tamagotchi That Gets Kids Off the Couch

Fitness trackers are basically a grown-up excuse to mess around with a gadget under the guise of self-betterment. But why should adults have all the fun? Kids' electronics maker LeapFrog just unveiled the LeapBand, a wrist-worn fitness tracker that encourages kids to get up and do stuff. » 4/30/14 6:30pm 4/30/14 6:30pm

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 Delicious Yoga Bag That Inspires You To Make Room For More Calories

For some people, exercise and working out is a way to keep their bodies fit and trim. But for most of us, it's just a way to feel less guilty when we overindulge. So to stay inspired to make it all the way through your next yoga class, keep your gear in this giant burrito bag that provides a delicious-looking reminder… » 4/03/14 5:00pm 4/03/14 5:00pm

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

Intel Just Bought Itself One of the Best Fitness Trackers Out There

Intel just bought Basis—makers of one of the best fitness trackers out there—for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million dollars so it doesn't horribly miss the boat on wearables the way it did on phones. For now, that means a really great wearable is off the market, but Basic's guts are bound to rise again.… » 3/04/14 9:24am 3/04/14 9:24am

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

Garmin's Fenix 2 May Be the World's Best Adventure and Training Watch

Garmin has had a lot of success with its GPS watches in recent years. There's the Forerunner 910XT, which has been the king of triathlon watches for years now. There's the recent Forerunner 620 (and the 220) which added advanced analysis of running dynamics to the equation. And then, of course, there's the original… » 2/20/14 7:00am 2/20/14 7:00am

Garmin Forerunner 220 Review: Solid Running Watch With a Pretty Face

Garmin has been at this running-watch thing for a while. Most recently, the Forerunner 10 was the company's best attempt at a simple, easy-to-read watch, but, for all that, it still wasn't as simple to use as it ought to have been. Enter the Forerunner 220. It's the 10's younger, smarter, better-looking, more… » 2/19/14 3:40pm 2/19/14 3:40pm