Posts Tagged ‘health’

REVIEW: EA Active brings the fit to you

June 3rd, 2009 No comments

eaaMy girlfriend just got her hands on the new EA Active, a fitness-based game for the Wii that’s intended to provide you a guided workout in the comfort and privacy of your home.  She set it up tonight and gave it the college try.  I got to watch her do her first workout.  Sorry, she wouldn’t let me video it and post it to YouTube (I believe pain of death was mentioned).

The setup is typical Wii simplicity.  You start by creating a fitness profile.  The fitness profile allows you to track progress over time.  Part of the profile creation process is building an avatar that resembles your current body type.  Age, sex, weight, height, etc are all specified in your avatar.

Once you set up EA Active, you can choose from a number of workout options, including preset workout routines.  EA is currently pushing their 30 Day Challenge, which is built into the game.  Since she got the unit for free as part of a nationwide promo to push the 30 Day Challenge, that’s what she’s going through.  The game lets you pick an intensity level for each workout day and they recommend two workout days followed by a rest day.

The game comes with a thigh band and a resistance band.  The thigh band has a pocket that holds the nunchuck to allow the game to track certain activities.  (Hint – the nunchuck goes in upside down).  The resistance band is basically a strap of rubber and a couple of canvas handles that you knot the band into.  If you really get into this, you’re going to probably want to buy heavier bands.

Since it was late when she started, she chose the low intensity workout.  Activities included walking/running, squats, cardio boxing, inline skating, side lunges, shoulder raises, bicep curls, and upright rows.  With the 30 Day Challenge, you get an onscreen trainer to coach and motivate you.  I gotta say that I was ready to kill the trainer after just a few minutes and I wasn’t even doing the exercises.  It would be nice if the trainer’s motivation level could be tuned or even turned off.

Initial impressions of the workout were OK.  Her fitness level is pretty high, so the workout was hardly challenging.  But she’s going to be trying the higher intensity workouts in upcoming days so she’ll have a better idea of how much “work” is involved in the workout.  Also, she felt the amount of guidance concerning proper form and technique could be improved.

I’ll update this post as her 30 Day Challenge continues.

EA Active

Breastlight self-examination tool

April 18th, 2009 No comments

I was going to write a smarmy post about the best way to examine breasts, but decided instead to take the high road.  I’ll be smacking myself for this later I know.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in women.  For women with a history of this disease in their family, it’s almost like a time bomb waiting to go off.  Short of flooding yourself with radiation, the best way to detect it early has been via self-examination.  Unfortunately, unless you really know what you’re supposed to feel, it’s kinda hard to know if you’ve actually found a lump.  Well this little baby helps remove some of the doubt.

testrgb1214906259_569This is the Breastlight.  It’s a diagnostic tool that’s designed to help detect irregularities that may lead to cancer.  Basically, you sit in a very dark room, you cover your breast in a lubricant to help the detection process, and you shine the Breastlight from the underside of your breast.  The light emitted by the device shines up through your breast, and irregularities are detected as dark areas.  It’s pricey, but peace of mind really doesn’t have a price now does it?

via Coolest Gadgets

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Bionic eye arrives. Six Million Dollar Man to follow soon!

March 15th, 2009 No comments

A company called Second Sight has just created a prosthetic that is giving sight to the blind.  Well, ok so it’s only one test subject (73 years young!) and all they’ve done is allowed him to detect light.  But for a guy who’s been blind since his 40’s, that’s quite the accomplishment.


The prosthetic works using a tiny camera and processor on the eyeglass frame.  The information is transmitted wirelessly to a tiny received on the outside of the eye.  Ron, the subject, indicated that he’s now able to differentiate between black, white, and grey socks, and that he can follow white lines on the road.

For those of you who grew up with Steve Austin:

  • bionic eye…check!
  • bionic arm….check!
  • bionic leg….check!

I’m planning on retrofitting my entire body when I turn 60.  How about you?


It’s good for you!

February 26th, 2009 No comments

Research has shown that anti-oxidants are good for you.  One of the best sources of anti-oxidants is red wine.  But if you’re like me, the tannins in red wine drive you nuts, and you’d rather drink beer.  Well this product is for you.

embodiEmbodi’s tasty mix of organic fruit juices, water, and other natural ingredients provides the anti-oxidant payload of two glasses of red wine.  It is only 95 calories too, making it one of the lowest calorie anti-oxidant drinks on the market.

No, it doesn’t taste like wine and it won’t give you a buzz.  But it will give you a fast, tasty way to keep yourself healthy.  You DO want to keep yourself healthy right?

Backup Plan

February 9th, 2009 No comments

Remember when Mom nagged – er, reminded you not to slouch? Good advice, but not just because it looks bad. Over time, the strain poor posture puts on your body can cause serious health problems like muscle spasms, reduced lung capacity and a spine “stuck” in an excessively curved position. (So while your face probably won’t freeze like that, your back just might.) More bad news: maintaining a sitting position for hours at a time (like many of us do at work) makes it difficult to maintain good posture, and puts extra stress on the discs in your spine.

You probably can’t take Mom to work with you, but you can wear the iPosture monitor. This battery operated disc, which can be attached to the skin with included stickers or even hooked to a bra strap, monitors the angle of your chest several times per second. When it senses that you aren’t at your best personal stance (which you get to set, as it varies from person to person), the iPosture vibrates. Ideally, once the iPosture trains you to maintain proper posture, you’ll need it less and less. At $74.95, it’s not exactly cheap, but it’s a lot more attractive than a back brace.

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