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How Wearable Fitness Trackers Work: Smart Watches to Fitness Rings

Fitness trackers were first invented in 1965 by Dr. Yoshiro Hatano, while he was researching ways to combat obesity. He proposed that walking 10,000 steps a day would provide the correct balance of caloric intake and activity-based calorie expenditure to maintain a healthy bodyweight. Fitness trackers still tend to use 10,000 steps as a benchmark today. So, let’s get into the nitty gritty of how fitness trackers actually work and how accurate they are. How are steps measured? A fitness tracker senses the movement of the body on a 3-axis accelerometer which tracks movement in every direction. Some trackers also come with a gyroscope to measure orientation and rotation, which is helpful in accounting for more complex motions. The altimeter...

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Mushroom Coffee – What is it and is it worth trying?

By now you’ve probably seen artful pictures of mushroom coffee populating your Instagram feed, but if you haven’t, here’s a quick intro. Mushroom coffee is a blend of ground mushrooms and coffee beans, which supposedly tastes pretty similar to regular coffee. Mushroom coffee tends to use medicinal mushroom extract as opposed to the culinary mushrooms you might be used to, like Portobello. The coffee is made by extracting the fruiting bodies of the mushroom which are compressed into an organic powder, free from additives. The mushrooms are then dehydrated and ground into a fine powder mixed with ground coffee beans. The most popular mushrooms used include: Chaga Lion’s Mane Reishi Cordyceps Chaga – The Chaga mushroom is a type of...

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