Between fitting in your workouts and crushing all your work deadlines, it can be difficult to keep up with the steady stream of fitness stories hitting headlines each week. Here’s a quick recap of trending fitness news for the week of May 6.
Is On-demand fitness coming to an airport near you?
For frequent travelers, long layovers and delayed flights could become a little less frustrating. A number of on-demand fitness services have begun making their rounds at airports around the globe. Two of the trailblazers in on-demand airport fitness are ROAM Fitness and FlyFit Global—both of which provide fitness options to passengers after they get through airport security. ROAM launched in Baltimore-Washington International Airport, while FlyFit is targeting one of the world’s most visited airports, Heathrow London. Some airport fitness models include partnerships with hotels already located inside airports, allowing frequent travelers to pay a fee for a pass redeemable at those hotels.
Meanwhile, an Airbus division is testing another potential travel application: in-flight fitness. The Silicon Valley-based team is reportedly toying with the idea of providing yoga mats, exercise bikes and a number of other fitness items in-flight. Whether this would be an experience only available in First Class—or whether it would even be safe to exercise as we normally do while thousands of feet in the air—are both yet to be seen.
A closer look at the Suunto 3 fitness smartwatch
With a new fitness wearable hitting shelves what seems like every day, it can be overwhelming to decide which make, model and features are right for you. If you’re in the market for a fitness smartwatch, it’s worth checking out the Men’s Health review on the Suunto Fitness 3.
Straddling the line between “do it all” devices and specialized wearables, the Suunto 3 is the latest product from the Finland-based outdoors company that shares the device’s name. At $200, the Suunto 3 isn’t a bargain device by any means. But as this reviewer states, it goes a long way in terms of aesthetic appeal, screen display and other design-focused features. The smartwatch offers, for example, a customized 7-day plan to help users meet their desired heart rate zones. It’s also paired with a high-quality app that makes the hardware-software connection more intuitive than ever. One more thing to love? The Suunto 3 provides stress and recovery data based on the other more traditional inputs it tracks (steps, calories and heart rate).
But without built in GPS and music (or the ability to track certain movements without your phone) the bottom line, at least for this reviewer, is this: you can likely find more advanced features elsewhere for the same price point.
It’s still not safe to eat romaine lettuce
Sorry, lettuce lovers: experts are still searching for the stain of E.coli that has killed one person, infected 121 and affected half the states in the U.S. As of now, scientists know the source of the record romaine recall is a region in Arizona. But beyond that, they’re unsure whether it’s coming from the region’s water, equipment, fields or something else entirely.
This is the biggest E.coli outbreak since the infamous spinach recall of 2006. And it’s not over. If you’re wondering when you can go back to your leafy romaine salads, the answer is “not yet.” According to the CDC, unless you’re 100% certain that the romaine you’re buying isn’t from Yuma, Arizona, it’s best to steer clear until further notice.
News for swimmers: fish can hear you
A new study shows that boats aren’t the only things that marine animals can hear. According to researchers, marine life can also hear the sound of you swimming, kayaking and scuba diving. And it’s mostly because of “bubble clouds” that vibrate underwater when we move.
Every movement you make—even ones as small as a hand grazing the water’s surface—create one a bubble cloud that sets off vibrations. But not all movements create the same sounds. Kayaking, for instance, creates a more high-frequency sound, while a scuba diver’s “in and out” breathing delivers a distinct bubble cloud all its own. Researchers found that each different swimming stroke had its own unique bubble cloud vibration, too.
What does that mean for those of us who like to exercise in the water? Not as much as it does for marine life itself. Because marine animals rely on sound for nearly everything crucial to life—traveling, finding food and mating, for instance—increases in human-made sound could hinder some of these activities.
More research is needed to determine the exact impact of our water exercises on marine life. But one thing is for sure: the fish can hear you practicing your backstroke from a mile away.