Bustle: Social Media Posts About Exercise Discourage Many Of Us From Working Out, New Study Finds. “It’s the most common time of year to join a new gym or to commit yourself to fitness routine. The festive period is long gone, and a feeling of determination for the new year is most likely sweeping through most of us. Many of us may feel encouraged by things we see on social media, from motivational quotes to commentaries on how working out can help our mental health as well as our physical health. However, new research has unfortunately suggested that users find social media posts about exercise are more harmful than good, in the majority of cases.”
Ubergizmo: Google Fit Will Introduce Monthly Challenges For A Healthier 2019. “The new year is nearly upon us which means that there is almost a guarantee that we will see people making resolutions about getting in shape, although the question is whether or not these resolutions will be kept is a different story. However if you use Google Fit, it looks like Google wants to help you stick to your goals.”
Zee Business: Google Street View can estimate travel patterns in cities: Study. “Google Street View has the potential to estimate how common cycling is in cities, and potentially other travel patterns too, a study has found. The analysis of 2,000 Google Street View images from 1,000 random locations in each of 34 cities in the UK found strong agreement with data on cycling, and public transport and motorbike use, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.”
Arizona Public Media: Do Social Media Posts About Exercise Motivate? It’s Not Black or White, Study Says. “A new report co-authored by a University of Arizona researcher has mixed news for users of social media. The study found that some people become more self-conscious after seeing an exercise-related post, while others are motivated to do more physical activity as a result. UA communications professor Stephen Rains was an author behind the study. He noted the findings were similar to others looking at the impact of social media.”
Quartz: The complete guide to working out using only free online videos. “YouTube star Kelli Segars, who along with her husband Daniel runs the FitnessBlender franchise, said while working out at the gym is ideal for some people, it’s not for everyone. ‘I used to go kill myself at the gym,’ she told Quartz. ‘Now I do 30 minutes at home, three to five times a week and I get better results. It’s hard for people to grasp, but it really does work better.'” A little outside my remit, but now that I’ve got a new schedule I’m getting up and playing Dance Dance Revolution for 30 minutes every morning, and remembering how wonderful sweaty exercise is.
TheNextWeb: Facebook Live will now stream professional CrossFit. “Facebook secured the right to stream professional CrossFit events and shows on Live. Up until this point, CrossFit would stream events from it’s own site. Now it’ll also stream to YouTube as well as Facebook Live.”
New-to-me: an online database of running shoes. “A former competitive cross-country runner turned statistics instructor, [Jens Jakob] Andersen parlayed his love of running and shoes into a side gig by opening up his own run specialty shop. However, he soon became disillusioned by the sales process…. It was the combination of these experiences that led Andersen to develop RunRepeat, an online database of running shoes with a neutral, transparent and holistic approach. The database compiles 960 running shoes, 165,624 user reviews and 5193 expert reviews to assign each shoe a ‘Runscore’ between 0 and 100.” NO ADVERTISING!