Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Apps can help you increase the impact of your workouts with HIIT

The workout du jour is high-intensity interval training, and this is one format that might be here to stay. It requires only a few minutes of (really) hard work to cover all the major muscle groups.

HIIT, as it’s called, alternates short periods of all-out activity with even briefer breaks. Just how short is short? Typically 20 to 30 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of recovery — spiking metabolism and tricking your body into thinking it rested.

Parents invent a social network app for children

Ah, parenthood. It’s an umbrella term for so many jobs: scheduler, social secretary, chauffeur. ... But in the digital age, can some of those tasks be outsourced to an app? That was the original idea behind KidMix, an app Lisa and Clay Goldberg of Maryland launched in May). The couple started developing a way to let youngsters plan play dates, which evolved into creating a social network for children.

Hotels Partner with Big-Name Chefs to Elevate Both Their Brands

It used to be that hotel restaurants served food that was underwhelming and overpriced. But in recent years, renowned chefs have been attaching themselves to the dining choices at similarly renowned hotels. Now, hotels new and old are cooking up ways to get a known name in the galley.

Mark My Gourd: 18 Local Pumpkin Patches and Festivals to Pick-Your-Own

‘Tis the season for ghosts, ghouls, goblins and, of course pumpkins. It seems the latter is everywhere, pervading coffees, pies, even cereal. (Have you been to Trader Joe’s lately?!) Perennial pumpkin fun abounds around the D.C. region. Farms transform into playgrounds full of fall frills, such as hayrides, giant slides and pick-your-own future jack-o-lantern. Whether you’re looking for straight pumpkin pickin’ off the vine or something with activities to kill a day with, there’s a farm or festival to meet all tastes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Can an app replace a personal trainer?

Fitness apps designed to serve as surrogate personal trainers are a dime a dozen — except, of course, for those that cost $29.99 per year. That price is steep in the app world but is much better than a trainer’s hourly rate of $50 or more.

Such cost savings are a big reason people are turning to apps that show videos, pictures and diagrams of weightlifting moves, yoga poses, running techniques and cycling routines. Another is time. With an app, there’s no worrying about scheduling appointments; the trainer is right there in your pocket, ready whenever you are. Another benefit is that apps can be less intimidating than human trainers.

“If it does anything to get you off the couch or get you motivated and get you moving in some way, shape or form, then I think that’s a pro to an app,” said Isiah Munoz, personal training manager at Vida Fitness.

D.C. Aims High with Rise of Hotel Rooftops

In D.C., the places to be are movin’ on up. For too long, D.C.’s streets have had all the fun. Now it’s the rooftops’ turn. Until recently, most hotels didn’t make use of the space above the top floor, but that’s changing now — and rapidly.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

How ID can move out of the wallet and onto the smartphone

Now that we’re all comfortable with smartphones (read: can’t live without them), companies are making it easy for us to pay for items with a device already in our hands. It’s no surprise, then, that the next item to move out of the wallet and onto the smartphone might be a digital ID.