Forgetting your iPod is pretty much the worst, but a close second is when you've been at the gym a mere ten minutes or so, and already your earbuds are hurting your ears. Apparently, they're all designed for robots with perfectly smooth plastic aural orifices. Over on the blog mizzFIT, however, mizzFIT herself has found the solution: Yurbuds. Unfortunately, the name sounds to me like a euphemism for yak turd, but no! They're actually silicone earbud covers. They come in a range of sizes and funky colors. They're $20 - $50, depending on the style, and mizzFIT says they've fully won her over — they're comfy and they stay put no matter how much you jump around and head bang. Just a friendly FYI for earbud-pain-sufferers everywhere.
Do you hate having your ipod restrict you while you're running on the treadmill? Is it this bulking on your arm holding you back? Do you have an ipod shuffle? If so, my friend in CO has designed a "no-wire" headphones. I think apple has come out with their own versions, which I have never tried because I'm hooked on these! Check 'em out at arriva.com.More...
- For sale starting next week, Ear Vibe Headphones. The ear pieces literally vibrate in your ears, so it's like you have a teeny tiny car with a pimped out stereo system that shakes every time your music hits low frequency bass, and that teeny tiny car is sitting right atop your ear drum. Which undoubtedly sounds pleasant to someone out there...
- Biking and headphones (vibrating or otherwise) are a dangerous combination, but now you can still listen to tunes on your bike thanks to wireless speakers that attach to your handlebars. The New York Times reviewed a bunch and liked the Tommyca Bicycle Sound System best.
- Researchers at USC are developing super-trackers for weight loss intervention. Rather than just monitoring your activity and calorie expenditure like any number of movement trackers, these devices are hooked up with video cameras to track what you're eating, and if you're inactive too long or eating something bad, you'll get an intervention text message.
- The New York Times jumps into the debate over whether or not humans are really built to run long distances. Tentative answer, yes.
- Closely related: Edward Norton is running the New York Marathon with a group of Maasai Warriors. Celebrity marathoners are the best.
- Are you always cold? Maybe it's because you're a woman. Or maybe not, says the Times.
- If you have a pacemaker, iPod headphones can kill you, NPR reports. Magnets. Interference. This is only problematic if you rest headphones directly on your chest with the music cranked. Solution: Don't do that.
- A new study shows that the least healthy cereals are the ones most aggressively marketed to children.
- New research shows a diet of junk food dulls the pleasure centers in rats' brains, leading to compulsive overeating.
- Bad news: Research out of Loyola University shows that birth control pills nearly double a woman's risk of stroke. The pill also makes you sniff out guys who are least genetically compatible with you, says another oldie but goodie of of a study.
- New research shows only the first ounce of protein consumed in a meal goes toward producing muscle, so if you're trying to bulk up, you can quit eating all those extra chicken breasts for dinner.
Was supposed to do a four mile run this morning, but my gym buddy was way done and waiting at the end of my treadmill when I was only at 2.5. Unfortunately, though many of my friends are hardcore about the gym, they all go to a big fancy gym that I can't afford right now. I used to belong there, and I miss it desperately, but the Y is my domain for now.