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A Film For Runners By Runners

Rachel Daily : August 28, 2014 2:12 pm : Blog

A cinematic documentary exploring the inspiration and motivation that modern cultures associate with running & fitness is now on Kickstarter. Check out their trailers below and see what you think. Why do you run?

 

Told from the point-of-view of runners from all walks of life “What Moves You?” is a feature-length documentary that captures the heartbreak and euphoria of “every runners” as they break through the pain barrier in search of the joy of running.

Featuring spectacular aerial footage of some of the most scenic running events in the world, as well as interviews with running favorites like ‘The mayor of running”, Bart Yasso; 9-times Comrades King, Bruce Fordyce; Ultramarathon Man, Dean Karnazes and many more.

 

Back this film on Kickstarter: bit.ly/wmyks

 

Kickstarter – What Moves You? from What Moves You? on Vimeo.

 

 

 

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The Top 5 Reasons to Update Your App NOW

allison.glass : August 28, 2014 11:02 am : Blog, News

With a global community of more than 28 million members, it’s safe to say MapMyFitness (MapMyRun, MapMyRide and MapMyWalk included) is rapidly growing. In our busiest months of activity, we see 40,000 new people sign-up A DAY. That’s a lot of workouts.

We have a little more than 100 team members working hard everyday to ensure we’re able to bring you the best fitness tracking experience – both on the website and in your mobile apps. Here’s where things get a little tricky: updating new features and improvements to our websites is easy – it’s inputting these changes to our mobile apps that requires a little help. Your help, to be exact. A mobile app update takes less than a minute and can sometimes make a world of difference, especially when it comes to your workouts. Listed below are the top five reasons to update your app regularly.

Update your iOS app.

Update your Android app.

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1. The most obvious reason to upgrade is new features. As a mobile-first company our team of engineers are constantly building new ways to improve your in-app experience. Most of these new features can be found in the Version descriptions, but we also include a handy in-app tutorial with every upgrade so you never miss out on what’s new.

2. New user experience (UX) and functionality. Are you familiar with our Activity Feed? How about the Record Workout screen? Both of these app experiences have been introduced, altered and improved to align with our community’s user behaviors. As a data-driven company we look at the numbers to make sure we’re bringing you the most simple and rewarding workout experience.

3. We’ll admit it. We make mistakes. This is known in our world as finding “a bug.” Bug fixes are common in app updates and are typically covered in “revision” or “bug fix” releases. Usually these fixes don’t change the structure or feature set of an app. Instead, these updates make sure that the app is working as designed.

4. Improved security. As our products and services mature, our back-end storage is becoming more sophisticated and advanced. We have always valued our members’ privacy and strive to make sure your health and fitness data stays where you want it. Each update, specifically forced updates, have improved security at the forefront.

5. Help us keep learning. The only way we get better is with your help. As we continue to innovate on the product side, we depend on you to let us know how we’re doing. What do you like / not like about the current version of our app? We are always looking for feedback and app updates usually include requests from our most loyal and active members.

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What We’re Reading: August 28, 2014

allison.glass : August 28, 2014 9:27 am : Blog, News
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4 Unexpected Ways to Train for a Marathon

Rachel Daily : August 27, 2014 1:35 pm : Blog

Ah the marathon. Finish one mile…run 25.2 more of them. Get the sticker. Put it on your car. We all know the basics of marathon running but there doesn’t seem to be any one answer when it comes to training for one. If you’re looking ahead to marathon season, you’re likely starting to research which tips and tricks you think might work best for you. Below are 4 seemingly surprising tips for those just getting started via SHAPE. What do you think of them? Do you agree or disagree with the suggestions? Let us know in the comments below! 

 

via – SHAPE

Logging 140 miles per week may make sense for an Olympic marathoner. But training for 26.2 doesn’t necessarily require seven days of running, 20-mile long runs, or giving up your other favorite sports. In fact, for most recreational runners, it’s probably best to trade the running-only plans of yore for a schedule that mixes things up. Cut boredom—and help prevent injury—with one of these alternative training plans.

RELATED: Your 12-Week Marathon Training Plan

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The Truth About Fats & Oils

Rachel Daily : August 26, 2014 11:14 am : Blog
The article below is via Refinery29
 
Great news for all who love food that doesn’t taste like wood: Oil is not the Anti-Christ, andeating fat will not make you fat. Time to say “goodbye” (and good riddance) to that non-stick cooking spray, and “hello” to the wide world of cooking with actual oil. Vitamins A, D, E, and K are called “fat-soluble” because they need fat in order to be absorbed. “Oils are a critical piece of a healthy diet,” says Dr. Charles Carpenter, MD. They “contain nutrients in their own right, and help us utilize the nutrients in the rest of our food.” So, if you don’t have some fat in that lovely green juice you’re guzzling, you’re flushing key vitamins right down your own drain. 

But, before you go throwing any old fat into the pan, you probably should know that all oils are not created equal. There are some you should cook with, some you shouldn’t, and some you should probably never eat again. 

“Saturated” means “stable” 
We now know that saturated fat is not the silent killer it was believed to be for the last half-century. In fact, saturation is not only not dangerous, it’s downright beneficial. Here comes the science: A fat is monounsaturated if it has one double bond within the fatty-acid chain. A fat is polyunsaturated if it has more than one. Saturated fats have no double bonds. What does that mean? The more double bonds, the more vulnerable the fat is to oxidation, which happens when the fat is exposed to light, air, and especially heat. 

When it comes to cooking, “The first thing you need to know is degree of saturation,” saysDr. Cate Shanahan, MD, author of Food Rules: A Doctor’s Guide to Healthy Eating, and Nutrition Director for the Los Angeles Lakers. This is because when you cook, the more saturated a fat, the more stable and less likely to oxidize it is — making more saturated fats a better choice.

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