In Sweden, you can get a free bike if you use it three times a week

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 June 2014

In West Sweden, the city of Gothenberg has been dangling free bikes to residents in a bid to get its inhabitants to leave their cars behind. Incorporating the bike into their lifestyle for six months, three dozen such residents here have been showing the rest of the city how it’s done. The catch? Actually ride […]

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The skipping rope that changes colour throughout your exercise routine

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Wednesday 16 April 2014

You’re looking at the 2013 Red Dot Award: Concept Winner. It’s called the No Red No Stop and it works just as simply as it’s named, with the skipping rope informing you when you can stop exercising (when it turns red!). You can set your target number of jumps on the handles’ LCD touch screen […]

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Bicycle desk helps you lead a self-sustainable life, one pedal at a time

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 24 January 2014

So, about these spinning classes that gets you absolutely nowhere but a pair of sore legs. Such a waste of power, no? But how about a stationary bike that lets you pedal away while you sit – otherwise sedentary at your work desk – and channel that kinetic energy where you like, be it a […]

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Don’t sweat it, do a bike workout in the pool

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Thursday 20 June 2013

It’s summer again where I live, which means I will be battling ridiculously intense heat waves. It’s so hard to convince myself to go for a run or bike ride when the weather outside feels unbearably hot. But take heart fellow exercise enthusiasts: thanks to this new trend of placing spinning machines and treadmills in pools, you can stay cool this summer while getting a fantastic cardio workout.

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So this is how we used to exercise

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 29 January 2013

We recently found these ads for crazy vintage exercise gadgets, and now, thanks to The New Yorker, we have even more crazy documentation to add to the list: historical photographs of physical exertion. Mechanical tummy massages? Boxing with kangaroos? Swinging babies by their feet? Masquerade golf? Balancing on one leg while making the bed? Underwater ping pong? Yep, mankind has been there.

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These five Japanese houses will keep you fit

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Architecture on Thursday 15 November 2012

In general, the Japanese are a pretty healthy people. But besides eating healthy, some Japanese intertwine exercise with architecture. These five Japanese houses are designed to make exercise unavoidable for their inhabitants. One house has a built-in rock climbing wall, another features a mini-golf course, and another house has floor-to-ceiling sliding poles and undulating concrete floors. If you’re ever a guest in one of these houses, be prepared to break a sweat.

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Zuiikin English: keep fit and learn dating tips

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Thursday 8 November 2012

Who does their exercise routine to morning TV anymore? No one. It’s a shame. One of the greatest unknown pleasures of TV in the 90s is Zuiikin English, a 24-part Japanese television series where viewers can pick up a smidgen of English while executing the somewhat banal exercise moves of the Zuiikin Gals. If one […]

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