This 16 wearable worked where a fitness tracker failed me

first_img Share your voice Fitness 0 1:13 High-tech fitness equipment for your home A simple wearable timer can help improve your workouts. Joshua Goldman/CNET So I ditched the watch, locked my phone and looked for better options to help hit my goals. For the most part, my tracking needs could be met with pen and paper and a simple interval timer, which lets you set timed periods for work and for rest and repeat those periods over and over again.Though not a fitness tracker in the Fitbit sense, the timer allows me to easily track my set and rest times without having to look at anything, as it beeps or vibrates when time is up. It can also be used in a number of other ways, like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or interval running, where you change your pace for different periods.Sure, there are interval timer apps for your phone, Apple Watch and WearOS watch, and Fitbit’s exercise app has an interval timer. But frankly, fitness trackers don’t excel at tracking many activities beyond running and other cardio anyway. Plus trackers work best if you put in the effort to find and maximize their apps and data, so you should commit to that as well.GymbossThe Gymboss’ removable belt clip has all the instructions you need. Joshua Goldman/CNET For me, my watch and phone proved to be more of a distraction than helpful. Again, while it might not be gathering data on me, the interval timer does keep my workout on track, so there’s no question how long I’ve exercised. It also means I don’t have to worry about breaking or losing an expensive device.The Gymboss Classic I use is simple, and at $16 it’s cheap, but there are others out there. You can program one or two intervals and repeat them up to 99 times, and there’s also a built-in stopwatch and clock. If you want more intervals and the option to save programs, there’s a $28 miniMax model. Both run on a single AAA-size battery and have four buttons for changing settings and starting, pausing and stopping the timer. A waistband clip is included, but you can buy a wrist strap (I typically clip it to my watch strap).I still carry my phone with me for music and if I need a refresher on proper form for a particular lift, but I keep it set to “do not disturb” to kill all notifications. Otherwise it’s just me and the timer, helping me push for one last rep before the buzzer. The best Google Home commands for health, nutrition and fitness The best exercise streaming subscriptions Heart-rate tracking is the secret to getting fit. Here’s how to use it See it All the gadgets for getting healthy at CES 2019 See It Samsung Gear Sport Mentioned Above Samsung Gear Sport (black) 21 Photos Post a comment Preview • Samsung slims down new swim-ready Gear Sport smartwatches $174 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The tech to get you fit Dell Now playing: Watch this: Late last year I joined a new gym and got a Samsung Gear Sport to optimize my time doing all the things — running, jumping, picking stuff up, putting stuff down.It was a mistake.Not the gym membership and, generally speaking, not the watch, which is fine. But between using my phone to track things like weight and reps and fiddling with the watch’s timer and other features, the tech was definitely getting in the way.Judging by some of the other gym members’ behavior — from the guy FaceTiming on a weight bench in the middle of the room to another stuck in some sort of infinite notification loop between his watch and phone — I wasn’t alone. $279 Also read: 10 YouTube fitness channels to help you get in shape Tags Fitnesslast_img read more

Gaza killings spark widespread condemnation of Israel

Gaza killings spark widespread condemnation of Israel

first_imgPalestineIsrael faced widespread condemnation on Monday after its forces killed at least 59 Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.Many countries including Britain, France and Russia had already slammed the US decision to move the embassy, while 128 nations have backed a UN resolution condemning Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.The US came to the defence of its ally Monday, blaming Hamas for the violence and blocking a resolution at the UN calling for an international investigation, according to diplomats.Here are some of the reactions from around the world following Monday’s violence:United StatesThe White House blamed the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in years on Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip.“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas,” said White House spokesman Raj Shah.TurkeyTurkey announced it was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel “for consultations”.“Israel is wreaking state terror. Israel is a terror state,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.“What Israel has done is a genocide.”United NationsThe UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said: “Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account.”UN chief Antonio Guterres said he was “particularly worried” about the developments.Rights groupsAmnesty International said the bloodshed was an “abhorrent violation” of human rights, and “appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes”. Human Rights Watch also denounced the “bloodbath”.European UnionEU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged “utmost restraint”.“Dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed and hundreds injured from Israeli fire today, during ongoing mass protests near the Gaza fence. We expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life,” Mogherini said in a statement.FranceFrench President Emmanuel Macron “condemned the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters” in a telephone conversation with Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. He also reaffirmed criticism of the US decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem.BritainBritish Prime Minister Theresa May urged “calm and restraint to avoid actions destructive to peace efforts.”RussiaForeign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia had publicly stated its opposition to moving the embassy “several times”.“The determination of the status of Jerusalem… must be decided through direct dialogue between with the Palestinians,” he said.CanadaCanada Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said it was “inexcusable that civilians, members of the media and children have been among the victims”.KuwaitKuwait requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, which diplomats later said the US had blocked.“We condemned what has happened,” the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UN, Mansour al-Otaibi, said.EgyptEgypt’s foreign ministry called those killed “martyrs” and warned against “this serious escalation”.Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest institution of Sunni Islam, called on “Arabs and Muslims and all fair and reasonable people in the world to stand by the defenseless Palestinian people”.Saudi Arabia“Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ gunfire against unarmed Palestinian civilians which has left dozens of dead and wounded,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said.Iran Iran decried “a day of great shame” over the deaths.“Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in the world’s largest open air prison,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.IsraelIsraeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu also blamed Hamas, and defended his country’s use of force, saying “every country has the obligation to defend its borders”.Palestinian reactionPalestinian president Mahmud Abbas condemned Israeli “massacres”, saying “the US is no longer a mediator in the Middle East,” and that the new embassy was tantamount to “a new American settler outpost” in Jerusalem.Hamas vowed the protests would continue. “We say clearly today to all the world that the peaceful march of our people lured the enemy into shedding more blood,” senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya said.last_img read more

WATCH A Discussion on Texas Healthcare System

WATCH A Discussion on Texas Healthcare System

first_imgGary Polland and guest host Dallas Jones lead a discussion on the Texas Healthcare System. They are joined by guests Dr. Umair Shah, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health; and David Balat, Director of Right on Healthcare, Texas Public Policy Foundation, as they analyze the state’s current healthcare systems and its impact on Texas residents. Original Air Date: April 19, 2019 Watch more episodes of Red, White and Blue.  Sharelast_img