Does MyFitnessPal Underestimate Calories – Targeting A Pound a Week Weight Loss

Weekly calorie deficit accuracy with MyFitnessPal

Tracking Calorie Deficit – The Common Trait of Diets There are hundred of various diet trends, but they all are the same in one aspect. They create a calorie deficit. If you burn more calories than you take in, your body will need extra energy, and it gets that by burning stores or fat or … Read more

Apple Health App A Year in Review

Annual calories burned chart in Apple health

The point of tracking health and wellness over time is to see trends toward continued or improved wellness. Many of the metrics tracked by popular fitness trackers take time to see trends. Small daily goals, like the often touted 10,000 steps, are good for keeping habits but it’s important to build long term habits. That … Read more

The Effect of High Altitude on Resting Heart Rate From An Apple Watch Wearer

Higher average resting heart rate shown in a monthly chart

One of the easiest to monitor health trends is resting heart rate. Most popular fitness trackers will just pull this in every day. Some, like Whoop, use it to help determine if you are having an off day. Many people have said that resting heart rate alone has been a leading indicator of sickness, including … Read more

One Hundred Mile Ride on Peloton – A Test of Endurance

Peloton 100 mile ride badge

Many Peloton riders make efforts to increase their workout count. Getting to major milestones is just plain fun. One of the more popular milestones is the 100 rides achievement. It comes with a cool badge, and Peloton even provides a t-shirt to those that make it to the milestone. But this article is not about … Read more

Health Mate Fitness Level – Health Mate App vs Apple Watch

Health mate fitness level improvement tips

These days every type of fitness or wellness tracker has its own measurement to tell you how fit you are. Usually this is some variation of a cardio, weight, or nutrition rating bundled into one number and compared across groups. The Health Mate Fitness score is no different. It appears in the popular Health Mate … Read more

Cue Health Review – At home Covid test accuracy, cost, and ease of use

Cue reader and test kit

How accurate are Cue Health Tests for at home Covid tests? For an at home test, a review needs to consider both the ease of use and how accurate are the results of the test. 96%! That’s the effectiveness of the Cue Health at home Covid kit effectiveness (according to the FDA filing). That’s also … Read more

Comparing Body Composition Techniques – DexaFit, Amazon Halo, and Withings Body+Scale

Amazon halo body fat scan

One of the most common devices used to track wellness at home is a standard scale. These days a simple and reliable scale can be picked up for around $10 online. But weight is only a symptom of other indicators when tracking wellness. Of course there are deluxe versions of scales that run well over … Read more

Vivoo Review – At Home Urinalysis for Hydration and Diet Insights

Vivoo test strips on white background

Vivoo As A Wellness App Vivoo began as a specialized testing tool for urinalysis, with little else it could do. Over time it has morphed into trying to be the one place to manage overall wellness. This includes aggregating step counts, sleep data, and heart rate. While a majority of the app features are still … Read more

Apple Watch VO2 Max Accuracy vs. Treadmill Lab Test

One year VO2 max chart decline

Many users of the Apple Watch have used it to track steps and stay active. VO2 max, a measurement of how much oxygen the body consumes during intense workouts, is also a watch tracked statistic. If your increased cardio activity is making you more fit, the Vo2 max should show this, assuming that Apple Vo2 … Read more