Indiegogo Campaigns You Should Support

Hi Folks,

so by pure coincidence I came upon two indiegogo campaigns in the last couple of days that I think are fantastic. The first one is the Sensoria Smart Socks that I talked about a few days ago. The other is Mad Skills exercise encyclopedia. I think that both will be very useful products so I wanted to share them with you.

If you don't know what indiegogo then I'll give you a short explaination. Basically if a small company or individual needs money to kickstart a product, program, or fundraise for any reason then they can run a indiegogo campaign. The idea is you go to the campaign page and donate money, most people offer some incentive for different levels of donation, such as a t-shirt for a smaller donation or a free product for a higher one. It all depends on the campaign.

I'd like for you to follow these links to the campaigns of the respective products and at least give it a quick read. I've embedded the videos explaining the products below for you and here are the links to the campaigns.

Sensoria Smart Socks Campaign

Mad Skills Exercise  Encyclopedia Campaign

Guest Post: How To Guarantee The Best Results From Fitness Programs

The following is a guest post and does not necessarily reflect the view of Exercise Basics.

What is the difference between a popular star’s body and your body? A personal trainer — using one tough fitness program. The combination of these two can whip any body into shape, from previously pregnant women trying to lose the baby weight in record time for some red carpet premiere to skinny men looking to gain washboard abs and Greek god strength in a couple of months. You, too, can achieve your own personal fitness goal. Here are some recommended approaches to help you maximize results from fitness programs.

Look before you leap. First, you will want to evaluate your fitness level. Doing this will help you determine the kind of fitness routines your body can take on and let you measure your progress. You will want to assess your flexibility, aerobic fitness, and body composition. So do a practice run or walk and see how far you are able to get without running out of breath or tiring out. Also, weigh yourself or find out about your BMI (Body Mass Index), as there will be a normal weight for a specific height.

Once you figure out your fitness level, you will be able to choose the type of program you can take on.

Train by design. Every body will be different, which means not all results will be the same for everyone, even though two people might take on the same fitness program. So what you need to do is pick out a gym that offers the services of a personal trainer who can design a program aimed at delivering your fitness goals.

Your personal trainer may combine running with strength training or integrate other routines like boxing with circuit training. Tailoring a fitness program will give more variety with routines while enabling you to target areas in your body that need improvement.

Pencil it in. Sometimes you need to see what your goals are in order to work harder at achieving them. So do not just think about it in your head, write it down. Consider it as a fitness to-do list with goals. For instance, you could put down one hour of running in the morning for two weeks plus one hour of boxing thrice a week for building strength, muscle mass, and flexibility. Make sure you indicate a “deadline” so that you never falter in achieving your goals.

Creativity kills the fat. The failure of some exercise routines is they become too much of a routine that you eventually get bored out of your skull. Boredom can lead to laziness. Laziness will encourage fat build up in your body. So get creative with your personal training fitness programs.

If running has lost its appeal, try weekend trail runs instead. If aerobic classes have become droll, go salsa dancing at night. If weight training seems to put you to sleep, consider rowing at a lake every morning. New and exciting activities will prevent you from losing motivation and allow you to meet your fitness goals and help you achieve the best results.

About the Author: Chelsea Sawyer is a nurse and a certified health coach who has been helping many people in changing their behaviors to keep them focused on achieving their health and fitness goals. She has great passion for writing; hence her hobbies include writing and sharing helpful techniques on topics like losing weight, achieving a healthy lifestyle through physical activities; and living healthy through proper diet and way of eating. She recommends for the best fitness resource for achieving fitness goals.

Sensoria Smart Socks

If any of you know me at all from reading this blog, or just know me personally, you know that I'm not one for gadgets, gimmicks, or fads. I make an effort to only promote a product if I genuinely see benefit to it. If asked by friends and family about certain exercise plans and the like I will always give my honest opinion. The reason I'm telling you this now is because I'm about to talk about a product that seems like a gimmicky gadget at first glance, but if the project gets off the ground I can see huge benefits.

The product is called  Sensoria smart socks and was created by former Microsoft employee Mark Esposito. You can read more about how he came up with it and that jazz by clicking on this link:

Smart Socks

There's also this video that kind of explains the technology and production of the socks. Fair warning, it  is a promotional video and they are looking for contributions to get the project of the ground and on to the market. If it so becomes you then by all means follow through to their website and donate. This isn't a sponsored post or anything, I get no compensation for any action on the readers part.

Ok, so I understand that not all of you will want to watch the video or will have clicked the link to read the article about the socks, so I"ll just give you the skinny on them. Basically, it's a pari of sucks that gives you feedback about your running/walking performance. It tells you cadence, pattern, how your foot falls, hell it probably even cooks you breakfast.

The physical therapist in me can see huge potential in such a product. as it stands now (or at least in my experience) gait analysis with this type of feedback requires bulky equipment and a fairly short distance with force plates, mat, or an elaborate set up with a treadmill. You're also very conscious of the way that you walk when someone is watching you. Imagine if you could get your patient to don a pair of socks for a week, go about their daily routine and you receiving information about their gait during they time between appointments? I think that would be very useful. Couple this with in the clinic observation and you would be able UNSTOPPABLE. That may be a bit overzealous, but you get my point.

I tell you one thing, I would have loved to have a pair of these in my undergraduate days. Doing research with a 12inx12in force plate is difficult when you're trying to get a participant jump up and down and land directly on it every time. The socks would have eliminated that problem.

What do you think?
Can you see any other applications for the product?

Do you see it being successful?

UPDATE: if you'd like to support Sensoria and help them get off the ground then follow this link to their indiegogo kickstart campaign

The Arthritic Car Metaphor

A few days ago a friend of mine asked me the difference between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) and I thought of a fairly novel idea to explain it.

I used a car as a metaphor for the human body and basically describe it in the following way.

source: Jr 88 Rules
OA is your basic wear and tear on the car. Over time components will wear down with use. Brake pads are the easiest way to see this. As time goes on and you use your breaks more and more then pads will eventually wear down and you'll get metal on metal when the pads are completely worn. If you want to liken this to your knee, as time goes on your cartilage will wear down and you'll eventually get a bone on bone when the cartilage is completely worn.

RA is the rust. While there will still be a wear and tear type thing going on, there's also another element at play. Rust will infiltrate a car and eat away at the components. RA is sort of like that, the body has an autoimmune response and will eat away at the cartilage.

Ok, so this is a very rudimentary analogy, but I think it gets the basic point across. Obviously there's a lot more going on with OA and RA than my simple explanation.

Do you find this explanation useful?
How do you like to explain injuries to your clients?