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DIETING TRENDS. Vid_19253_Social_and_economic_inequalities_in_diet_and_physical_activity_04.11.13. Nuffield%20Health_%20LSE_Low-Fitness_Report. Nuffield Health response to the National Obesity Forum’s report State of the Nation’s waistline | Nuffield Health. Obes-phys-acti-diet-eng-2014-rep. Stipple - Your information and images together again. Why Nike Will Outpace The Sports Apparel Market's Growth. Wearable Tech World - From The Expert Archive. Sternlab | Sternlab is Becky Stern. Adafruit Learning System. Cityzen Sciences : Le spécialiste des Textiles connectés.

Genesis of the Smart Sensing Programme - Smart Sensing, programme industriel textile français. Wearable technology. FITNESS CLUB TRENDS. HEALTHY LIFESTYLES. Wearable Technology - NuMetrex.com. The adidas Heart Rate Monitoring System The adidas heart rate monitoring system brings the unique combination of accuracy, comfort, and convenience delivered by our rate monitoring athletic apparel. Our sports bras, racer tanks, and shirts are made of innovative "smart fabric" technology that incorporates special sensing fiber electrodes knit directly into the garment. The fabric hugs the body like second skin, moving with the wearer while the sensors — which are soft so they are never felt on the skin — monitor heart rate and communicate the data to a small transmitter that snaps into the garment. The transmitter synchs up with a compatible heart rate monitor sports watch, smart phone or cardio machine, instantly relaying the data so the wearer can monitor and measure heart rate, calories burned and overall performance and progress.

What's great is that our advanced seamless apparel is so comfortable, the wearer never knows they're wearing high tech monitoring equipment. Fitness Industry Improves Growth at a Price | The Leisure Database Company. - 1.5% rise in value and 4.5% rise in total membership The 2013 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry has grown its total market value by 1.5% to £3.92 billion over the twelve month period to the end of March 2013. The 2013 report highlights that the industry has experienced improved growth in the last twelve months with increases of 1.5% in value, 2% in the number of fitness facilities and a 4.5% rise in the number of members, according to independent leisure market analysts The Leisure Database Company.

Now in the middle of a recessionary period, the fitness sector is still expanding despite the economic slowdown. Since 2009, the fitness industry has grown its total market value by 4%, the member base by 8.3% and the number of fitness facilities by 3.9%. The growth in the industry has been driven by strong performance from both private and public fitness facilities but especially from the rapidly growing private low cost market. StateOfTheNationsWaistlineObesityintheUKAnalysisandExpectations. National Obesity Forum - State of the Nation's Waistline - Obesity in the UK: Analysis and expectations. The purpose of the State of the Nation’s Waistline report is to audit the state of obesity in the UK, to identify what initiatives and policy exists, and to assess their effectiveness in tackling obesity and weight management issues.

Obesity and weight management are a direct cause of many health problems and are already placing enormous demands on the NHS at a time when health resources are stretched like never before. The current situation is unsustainable. The report makes recommendations as to what we must do in order to address one of the great public health and societal problems of our time.

The report has been released to coincide with the launch of National Obesity Awareness Week, an opportunity to engage with the public and raise awareness of obesity and weight management – but more importantly to discuss and highlight how these issues can be addressed at national, business, societal and individual levels. Why We Don't Do What We Want to Do and How to Start. “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~Unknown “The truth is,” she said, “if you can’t put fifteen minutes a day into your art, then you’re making an excuse.” I squirmed in my seat. It was February 1, 2011, and I was on the phone, interviewing Michele, a professional artist and artist’s mentor, for an online course I created. Michele was sharing what she tells the artists in her mentorship program who complain of not having enough time to do their art.

As an artist myself, I knew making art made me happy—made my whole day go better, in fact—and yet I was always too busy to do it. I didn’t want to admit this truth to myself, but when confronted with the starkness of Michele’s statement, I had nowhere to hide. That day changed my life. I admit I was skeptical that fifteen minutes would be enough to accomplish much, and I couldn’t imagine that such a short amount of time would even begin to satisfy my hungry inner artist. Or, “If I try, I might fail.” Obese Britons would rather be fat than change their ways. Britain's obesity epidemic worse than feared. Sports Market 2010-1. Monitor Me Documentary | Synetic Apparel Research. This BBC Horizon documentary follows Dr Kevin Fong as he delves into the thriving health-monitoring-gadget sector and how such gadgets are preventing disease and compelling consumers to become more active.

Important points from this doc: 1) Thorough scrutiny of existing and current wearable tech and how such devices are playing and will continue to play a pivotal role within modern society’s health diagnostics 2) Features usage of pedometers, sleepometer headbands, pulse oximeters, and a plethora of new and extremely advanced smartphone apps, including one of which can measure heart rate by taking a photo and picking up on face colour changes and rhythm of breath 3) At 15:51 minutes into the doc, England’s Rugby 7 team are some of the most closely monitored sportsman in the world. 4) Doctors advise people should take at least 10,000 steps per day to excel health and mobility 6) The most monitored man in the world, Scientist Larry Smarr monitors everything from his saliva to his stools. Interesting Wearable Tech Figures.

Sizing Wearables' Real Market Potential. BI Intelligence Wearables are one of the most exciting new entrants to the consumer electronics market — and also the devices generating a good dose of skepticism. There are an assortment of new gadgets labeled as wearables, including bracelets, smartwatches, and eyewear. Because these devices are designed to be worn close to the body, they're ideal for monitoring how active we are, our sleep quality, how many steps we take during the day.

But consumer awareness remains low, and it's still very unclear if these devices will be made available at prices that mainstream consumers find acceptable. In a series of new reports from BI Intelligence, we cut through the muddle of opinions on the wearable computing market — including Google Glass and the smartwatch market — and analyze various growth and price forecasts to arrive at a projection of future market size.

We also outline the various barriers to entry for each, and look at how wearables could bring along new platform wars. Bio-Monitoring, Wearable Monitoring, Electronic Textiles & Wearables by Textronics. OMsignal - technology woven into life. Radiate Athletics: The Future of Sports Apparel by Radiate Athletics. Tito Ortiz (UFC Hall of Fame) has trained in the Radiate shirt and has become an immediate fitness supporter! Please check out the actual video and full write-up in our "Updates" tab at the top of the page. Yahoo | ABC News This Could Be Big: "Workout Shirt Reveals Your Inner Hulk" Mashables “Turn Heads at the Gym With This Color-Changing Workout Shirt” HLN “What personal trainer?

Let your shirt do the work”….. as your body heats up, the shirt changes color. Aol “Track Workout Performance With A Heat-Sensitive Shirt” psfk “Workout Clothing Changes Color Based On Body Temperature”…. Geared (Japanese Magazine) “Color Changes with Body Heat" Internet Evolution “Top 10 High-Tech Kickstarter Projects”…. reveal your muscular and vascular action while keeping you dry Your body is amazing. Why wait and see if you will be sore the next day? Why blindly work out? Any shirt you have ever worn to the gym has failed to offer you an interactive experience specific to your unique biochemistry. The wearable dilemma: forming habits first, then building ecosystems. Flexible Battery Fibres. 'Smart Clothing' Could Become New Wearable Gadgets | E-Textile Future Clothes. Today's ordinary clothing has the untapped power to become tomorrow's wearable electronics.

A Canadian lab has tested special fibers that can help make soft, flexible touch screens and batteries woven directly into the fabrics of modern life. Turning rigid electronic parts into stretchy, smart clothing material has not proven easy. But early ideas have already hinted at practical uses beyond just wearing glowing "Tron" jumpsuits as fashion accessories. People may swipe a finger across a car's upholstery to turn down the heat or brush at their coat sleeves to adjust the volume of a connected music player ? Experiences that seamlessly blend "hard" gadget functions with "soft" objects. "We don't want humans to be aware of what they are wearing," said Maksim Skorobogatiy, a physicist at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Canada. "It has to be self-contained piece that can charge itself, store energy and perform useful functions. "The problem with most of the soft electronics ?

Nike shows off Fuelband SE activity-tracking wristband. 15 October 2013Last updated at 12:32 ET By Leo Kelion Technology reporter The Fuelband SE looks similar to the earlier model, but now features a coloured underside Nike has unveiled its second generation activity-tracking wristband, addressing criticism that its earlier device failed to recognise that some activities use more energy than others. The Fuelband SE lets owners define the start and end of a session and then tag it - for example as yoga or basketball. The firm's software then adjusts its "fuel" score accordingly. However, speculation that Nike would add a heart monitor or other new sensor to improve accuracy proved incorrect.

The New York launch came a fortnight after the Fitbit Force was unveiled - a rival activity tracker that introduced a height-measuring altimeter that can record how many stairs its owner has climbed. Jawbone, iHealth, Garmin, Withings and Adidas are among other firms to offer dedicated fitness-measuring gadgets. 'Improved' internals Growing market. Sports Clothing & Footwear 2012.