Murder: Fitbit Data Used to Charge Suspect

After examining a Fitbit Alta device that Karen Navarra was wearing at the time of her death, police investigators discovered that her heart rate dramatically increased before slowing decreasing and stopping all together – all during a visit with her stepfather, Anthony Aiello. Police investigators in San Jose, California, have recently used a woman’s Fitbit… Read More

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Cardiovascular Conditioning: Is Faster Better?

The first step in any conditioning programme is to build an aerobic base. This requires two to four sessions per week of continuous aerobic activity (e.g. jogging or brisk walking) for 15 to 30 minutes at a moderate intensity. The target heart rate for many people during this form of exercise is approximately 130 to… Read More

Physical Activity: Linking Emotion & Metabolic Heart Rate

Research Paper Title Improving Real-Life Estimates of Emotion Based on Heart Rate: A Perspective on Taking Metabolic Heart Rate Into Account. Background Extracting information about emotion from heart rate in real life is challenged by the concurrent effect of physical activity on heart rate caused by metabolic need. “Non-metabolic heart rate,” which refers to the… Read More

The Science Behind the Benefits of Fitness Boot Camps

Boot camps have taken the fitness world by storm, growing in popularity to an extent that there is a boot camp for just about everything – brides who want to trim down for their wedding, new recruits looking to get in shape for basic training, people seeking a prison-style workout taught by former convicts, the… Read More

Emotion & Exercise Physiology: Any Link?

Research Paper Title Real-time Physiological Emotion Detection Mechanisms: Effects of Exercise and Affect Intensity. Abstract The development of systems capable of recognising and categorising emotions is of interest to researchers in various scientific areas including artificial intelligence. The traditional notion that emotions and rationality are two separate realms has gradually been challenged. The work of neurologists has shown the strong relationship… Read More

Metabolic Workload in Elite British Soldiers Performing a Loaded March

Research Paper Title Perceived Exertion and Heart Rate Models for Estimating Metabolic Workload in Elite British Soldiers Performing a Backpack Load-carriage Task. Background Identifying field measures to estimate backpack load-carriage work intensity in elite soldiers is of interest to the military. Methods This study developed rating of perceived exertion (RPE) and heart rate models to… Read More

Navy SEALs: Inactivity & Deconditioning

Research Paper Title Aerobic Performance of Special Operations Forces Personnel after a Prolonged Submarine Deployment. Background The US Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Special Operations Forces personnel (SEALs) perform a physically demanding job that requires them to maintain fitness levels equivalent to elite athletes. As some missions require SEALs to be deployed aboard submarines for… Read More