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shinyshiny speaks to Bangs about running motivation, fitness tech and why mentoring is so important #RunningWeek

Here at shinyshiny I get the opportunity to speak to inspiring people from the worlds of tech, design and fitness on a daily basis. But the interview today holds a very special place in my heart because it's with a blogger I've followed, admired and learned a hell of a lot from over the past few years,…

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Becca Caddyshinyshiny speaks to Bangs about running motivation, fitness tech and why mentoring is so important #RunningWeek

The 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair

Garages across the nation are crammed to the rafters with dusty dumbbells, ex-exercise bikes and untrodden treadmills, testament to the spirit being willing but the flesh being lazy. It's no surprise, then, that quick-fix fads offering gym bodies without the actual effort have made millions for their inventors. We're all guilty of watching those celeb-laden infomercials,…

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Holly BrockwellThe 8 worst fitness gadgets of all time #RunningWeek: JumpSnap, Gravity Strider, Hula Chair
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Welcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women

Over the next week, the shinyshiny team will be exploring all things running, workouts and getting active. We'll help you choose the right running shoes, bras and accessories for you, explore the merging of fashion and fitness, provide you with some much-needed Pinterest and YouTube-related motivation, take a look at some of the best (and worst!)…

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Becca CaddyWelcome to #RunningWeek – the world of fitness tech, workout gear & interviews with inspirational women
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Want to spontaneously try aerial trapeze? Viva la Vita is the app for you!

It can be really hard to find the time to exercise in London. With long commutes, and long hours at work, the last thing you generally want to do is head out to the gym. A new app Viva la Vita gives you the ability to spontaneously pick a gym class when you want, working…

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Hayley MinnWant to spontaneously try aerial trapeze? Viva la Vita is the app for you!
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Timex launches Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch for fitness lovers

Stand down tech giants, it looks like watch manufacturer Timex might also be vying for a slice of the wearable fitness pie with its latest gadget, the Ironman One GPS+. This rather serious-looking device is a smartwatch built for fitness and handily doesn't need a phone nearby for it to function properly. If you're a fan…

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Becca CaddyTimex launches Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch for fitness lovers
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Star.21: The £19 fitness tracker that aims to make you healthier in just 21 days

Even though we've all got arms full of fitness trackers, the Star.21 is a wearable with a difference. Not only does this basic band help you form healthy habits really slowly over 21 days (rather than throwing you in at the deep end like other wearables), it also costs just £19. Launched on crowd-funding website…

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Becca CaddyStar.21: The £19 fitness tracker that aims to make you healthier in just 21 days
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Nike Free Box: Nike squeezes running shoes into box 1/3 of the size

Earlier this year, Nike launched its latest running shoe, the very good-looking Nike Free 5.0, which is the brand's most advanced and most flexible  shoe yet. Nike teamed up with Uruguay-based advertising agency Publicis Impetu to prove just how bendy these 5.0's are and dreamed up a fun (and not to mention environmentally-friendly) campaign with a…

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Becca CaddyNike Free Box: Nike squeezes running shoes into box 1/3 of the size
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Cubii is the world’s first under-desk elliptical trainer

Sitting in front of the laptop all day isn’t a healthy lifestyle, but it’s something we’re all guilty of doing. It’s also the reason that the standing and treadmill desks have caught on as a healthy alternative. If you do have to sit though, there is now the Cubii. Developed by FitnessCubed, the Cubii is…

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Hayley MinnCubii is the world’s first under-desk elliptical trainer
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INSIGHT – shinyshiny talks to Adidas about designing the Fit Smart, making data more meaningful and wearables for women

Today Adidas launched its brand new Fit Smart wearable, a fitness tracking device specially designed for those who take working out seriously and want real-time monitoring and all kinds of stats about their heart rate, the distance they've covered, the length of their stride, the calories they've burned, and much much more. Here at shinyshiny we were…

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Becca CaddyINSIGHT – shinyshiny talks to Adidas about designing the Fit Smart, making data more meaningful and wearables for women
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TAKE OUR QUIZ – Which fitness tracker should you buy?

Here at shinyshiny we're dedicated to bringing you news, reviews and tips about the coolest tech, lifestyle products and must-have apps on the market. But no matter how clued up you are, sometimes figuring out which gadget, product or service is right for you can still be confusing -  especially when there's so much to choose…

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Becca CaddyTAKE OUR QUIZ – Which fitness tracker should you buy?
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Will Adidas beat Nike in the wearables game with its new miCoach Fit Smart Band?

Over the past few days there have been a whole host of leaks, providing anxious wearable-lovers with photos and specs about Adidas' latest foray into the activity tracking market: the miCoach Fit Smart band (or at least that's what the rumours suggest it's called). It looks like the huge sporting brand has taken advantage of…

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Becca CaddyWill Adidas beat Nike in the wearables game with its new miCoach Fit Smart Band?
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OwnPhones wants to make custom-fit, 3D printed buds for your ears

Tangled wires and aural discomfort could be things of the past thanks to San Diego tech startup OwnPhones, which has developed 3D-printed tailored earbuds with a range of pretty impressive features. It works like this: using an app (currently only iOS, Android on the way) and the help of a friend, users take a short close-up…

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Sadie HaleOwnPhones wants to make custom-fit, 3D printed buds for your ears
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INSIGHT – 8 things Pinterest has ruined forever: weddings, relationships and hair

A new study has shown that Pinterest is now more popular than Twitter in the US. But while our favourite social scrapbooking platform makes the world look just a little bit prettier, it’s also destroying everything we’ve ever loved… Relationships Sure, you’re in love. But why aren’t you in love in a meadow? Or coyly…

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Lauren BravoINSIGHT – 8 things Pinterest has ruined forever: weddings, relationships and hair
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WedMD app launches Healthy Target to track your data and wearable activity

Just weeks after the announcement of Apple's all-singing, all-dancing health and fitness tracking platform, HealthKit, popular diagnosis app WebMD has launched Healthy Target, a new programme that works with all kinds of third party apps and wearable devices to pull your data together into one central hub. Launched this week, Healthy Target will work with…

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Becca CaddyWedMD app launches Healthy Target to track your data and wearable activity
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Battle of the wearables: Jawbone Up 24 vs. Misfit Shine

There are so many different wearable devices on the market at the moment that it can be really hard to keep track of which gadget does what and how well it performs. Here at ShinyShiny we've been reviewing some of our favourite activity tracking gadgets and have plenty more to come over the next few…

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Becca CaddyBattle of the wearables: Jawbone Up 24 vs. Misfit Shine

Is Facebook making a move into health and fitness apps?

For those not keen on forking out the cash for a dedicated activity tracking device, the Moves app is one of our favourites for monitoring your steps throughout the day. It seems we're not the only fans, as it's been downloaded more than 4 million times since its launch last year. In an interesting, but…

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Becca CaddyIs Facebook making a move into health and fitness apps?

This insole could make you a much better athlete

The OpenGo Science is a super-thin insole that slips unnoticed into the shoes of athletes, monitoring the way they use their feet and serving up rich data about how they workout. Developed by German-based Moticon, this smart insole is packed with sensors and can wirelessly transmit accurate readings about the temperature of the foot, as…

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Becca CaddyThis insole could make you a much better athlete

Turns out your phone already has a heart rate sensor like the Galaxy S5's

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The new Samsung Galaxy S5 is packed full of new and very enticing features, but the one that's excited us health and fitness tech fans here at Shiny Shiny the most has to be the built-in heart rate sensor. But…

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Becca CaddyTurns out your phone already has a heart rate sensor like the Galaxy S5's
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Night vision contact lenses could soon turn us all into superheroes

It may sound like a power reserved for Superman or one of the X-Men, but according to new research from engineers at the University of Michigan, night vision contact lenses may soon no longer the stuff of sci-fi movies. According to Wired, researchers Ted Norris and Zhaohui Zhong have been working on an ultra-thin infrared…

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Becca CaddyNight vision contact lenses could soon turn us all into superheroes