Video games blamed for rise in rickets

Gaming is coming under fire once again. But before you brace yourself for the usual arguments concerning in-game violence and sexual content, be prepared for something of a Dickensian twist. For gaming is not being blamed here for a rise…

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Gerald LynchVideo games blamed for rise in rickets

YouTube Video of the Week: Moving treadmill

Okay – I’ve seen some stupid inventions in my time, but this really takes the biscuit. It’s a treadmill that – get this – moves along the road as you run on it. Like the treadmills-in-World of Warcraft video, but in real life. Your fake running gets translated to real movement. How’s that for a waste of time, energy and the planet’s precious natural resources?

(via Burbia)

Related YouTube videos: French bloke chain-surfing | Running through World of Warcraft on a treadmill

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Duncan GeereYouTube Video of the Week: Moving treadmill

A bitter pill to swallow: Scientists give mice effort-free exercise

Lazy bastards and fatties rejoice – scientists in California have gone and created a pill that does all the hard work of exercise for you, helping you lose weight AND get fitter. Great news, yeah? Well, no.. Because before you get all excited and go mad ordering an extra large stuff-crust pizza in celebration – you should probably note that the pill only works on mice.

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Ryan WeirA bitter pill to swallow: Scientists give mice effort-free exercise

Men's Health releases new iPhone-friendly workout videos

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Men’s Health Magazine and PumpOne, makers of online videos, have partnered to launch iPhone and iPod-compatible workout videos, offering a range of affordable videos that will show users how to get the most from their exercise regimes.

At just $10 (about £5) a pop, with some being free, the videos are cheaper than getting a personal trainer, and should ensure that you don’t bust something by trying to go it alone with those heavy weights you’ve seen glistening in the gym…

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Andy MerrettMen's Health releases new iPhone-friendly workout videos

Springflex: because your colleagues love the smell of sweat in the morning

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Bored of your office desk-cum-treadmill? Want to beef up your biceps instead of your thighs? Then I guess, err, you’ll be after the dubiously named ‘Springflex’. Sounds suspiciously like an infomercial product to me!

It can be screwed onto your desk, giving you the power to do well over 120 exercises, targeting your upper body…all whilst sitting at your chair, staring blankly at your RSS feeds, wishing it was lunchtime already so you can stare blankly at all the greenery in your local salad bar.

Here’s a word of advice, though. If you purchase…

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Katherine HannafordSpringflex: because your colleagues love the smell of sweat in the morning

Fisher Price aims to get kids out of the crack dens, and into exercise and gaming

fisher-price-smart-cycle.jpgThe things parents have to do these days to convince the kids to get off the darn couch and exercise already.

With recent reports that the obesity problem in the UK will be on scale with global warming in a few years time, the Smart Cycle from Fisher Price sounds ideal for provoking kids to develop an interest in keeping…

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Katherine HannafordFisher Price aims to get kids out of the crack dens, and into exercise and gaming

New ideas for Nintendo: The Japanese Push-Up Counter

Personally, we don’t have much of a need for this device, as counting up to four isn’t really that much of a struggle. But if you’re the exercising sort, or more likely, if you’re in the market for an interesting and quirky Japanese Christmas present for someone, the Push-Up Counter might well be your ‘thing’.

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Gary CutlackNew ideas for Nintendo: The Japanese Push-Up Counter