Chinese senior citizens who are more athletic than you

Audrey Magazine/Huffington Post:

Head over to Beijing’s Temple of Heaven Park and you will see it covered in senior citizens. No, they’re not there peacefully feeding pieces of bread to ducks (which would have been my initial guess). They’ve taken over the jungle gym to work out.

As expected, China’s life expectancy seems to have benefitted from this senior citizen hobby.

Huffington Post notes:

Despite rampant cigarette smoking, suffocating pollution and some ghastly food-safety scandals, China compares favorably with other upper middle income countries on life expectancy. At 75.2 years, China’s life expectancy currently lags only 3.5 years behind that of the U.S., despite China having around one-eighth of America’s per-capita GDP.



Sony SmartBand

Sony presents its new SmartBand – an interactive way to log your activity. The wearable device is designed to sync to with Sony’s Xperia smartphone, and while synced, the band will notify the wearer of all incoming messages and notifications with gentle vibrations and LEDs.

The SmartBand also lets you control your music on the go, making this a great option for those who like to listen to music while exercising but don’t want to fiddle with their phone.To prevent any untimely accidents, the SmartBand is completely waterproof and when things get dirty, the SmartBand’s core can be removed for a thorough cleaning.

The Sony SmartBand is set to go on sale later this year in an array of colors.


Sony SmartBand tracks your physical, social and entertainment activities

Way late in the fitness tracker game, Sony knew it had to come up with something unique in order to stand out from the growing market. If the Wellograph is designed for suits, the Sony SmartBand is designed for narcissists. Yeah, the device can track if you’ve been walking, how many calories you’ve burned etc. but it can also take note of other things you do, which you can then review on an app. It’s like taking a holistic selfie.

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Sony has yet to reveal the specific capabilities of the SmartBand, but its official website indicates that the device “can see if you’ve been walking, running, cycling or travelling by train – and how you’ve slept. It also lets you see photos you’ve taken, music you’ve listened to, games you’ve played and how much you’ve socialized with a friend.”

You can then look back on how you spent your day (or days) through the Lifelog app, which seems to be an Android exclusive. The app presents your day as an interactive timeline. The timeline has icons indicating specific actions, such as when you took a picture or listened to music. Of course, you’ll also be able to view your exercise stats for the day but who cares about that when you can check out the exact hour that you Instagrammed that dramatic picture of fallen leaves last Thursday?

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Sony also indicates that the SmartBand will have some sort of audio or even video recording capability: “Special moments need special attention. A great restaurant. An amazing song. A beautiful sunset. Press the Life Bookmark key on your SmartBand and everything going on at that moment will be caught and remembered forever.” Shhh. Did you hear that? That’s the sound of the NSA getting aroused.

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Knowing that the SmartBand is designed to track your daily life, Sony wisely made the device waterproof and gave it a discreet look. You can even take the electronics (dubbed the “Core”)  itself and insert it into another wristband. The SmartBand will come with two wristbands and I’m sure Sony will only be too happy to sell you more wristbands in all sorts of colors and themes.

Ready to spy on yourself? Tom’s Guide says the SmartBand will be available this spring for €99. That’s about $135 (USD), but I wouldn’t be surprised if it launches at $99 in the United States.

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Sony SmartBand tracks your physical, social and entertainment activities


Chinese Kids Fighting Smog with Martial Arts

Chinese Kids Fighting Smog with Martial Arts

At an elementary school in Shijiazhuang, China, students have been practicing a series of “anti-smogmartial arts exercises. Kick smog‘s ass, kids!

The children are doing wushu exercises. But according to website iFeng, the school instituted the “anti-smog” moves to help protect the students against pollution.

Chinese Kids Fighting Smog with Martial Arts

Chinese Kids Fighting Smog with Martial Arts

Chinese Kids Fighting Smog with Martial Arts

Shijiazhuang residents need all the help against smog they can get. The city has been called the “most polluted” in China. Still, as Kotaku‘s Eric Jou points out, these “anti-smog” martial arts are being widely mocked online in China.

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Chinese Kids Fighting Smog with Martial Arts


Times of India: South Asians need more exercise than Europeans


South Asians need to exercise 20 minutes more per day than Europeans to achieve the same results, according to a new study from the University of Glasgow’s Institute for Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences.

The Times of India reports that current guidelines call for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, but South Asians need 250 hours per week.

Previous studies focused on just white Europeans, but in the Glasgow study 75 South Asian and 83 European men aged between 40 and 70 participated in the study.

Researchers concluded ethnicity would need to be taken into account to figure out each person’s heart disease and diabetes risk profile.

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Times of India: South Asians need more exercise than Europeans