May 17, 2020

This Fitness App Will Make You Smarter About How To Workout

Rock My World
myBeat Heart
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RockMyRun streams music offline and in the background so you can use other apps to track your runs at the same time.
Music has the power to move us and Rock My World is proving that this is literal.

The creators of RockMyRun – a unique running app that combines...

Music has the power to move us and Rock My World is proving that this is literal.

The creators of RockMyRun – a unique running app that combines high energy mixes specifically designed for people working  out – is introducing a new beat to the mix: myBeat™ Heart.

The RockMyRun app already features myBeat™ Body Driven Music that responds to your body’s pace to adjust the mix tempo. myBeat™ Manual allows you to change the music at any time to experience the power of music matched to you while myBeat™ MatchMe Runner/Walker uses data from the accelerator in your smartphone to adjust the mix tempo to keep your pace consistent.

The latest feature, however, takes it to another level.

By measuring heart rate data transmitted via Bluetooth from any wearable heart rate device, myBeat™ Heart adjusts the tempo of the music you are listening to during your workout based on your physical exertion. It takes underutilized fitness data and uses it to create a real-time content-based response.

“RockMyRun is creating an experience that has never been done before by combining biometric data with dynamic, curated mixes specifically designed for exercise motivation to significantly improve people’s experiences,” explained Adam Riggs-Zeigen, Rock My World’s CEO and co-founder. “Everyone has felt the highs and lows of an exercise regimen. If we can constantly make exercise better and more fun, we have the power to help people stick with their goals and achieve things they never thought possible.”

Benefits of Running with Music

According to RockMyRun, there are major benefits that come from running with music that can be analyzed under a scientific and emotional lens.

There are numerous scientific studies that show that music can have a positive effect on runners and people working out. Here are four from the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport:

1. Listening to music increases your time to exhaustion up to 15 percent longer than normal.

2. It decreases your oxygen needs by 7 percent while exerting yourself.

3. The combination helps you cover 2.1 percent more distance in the same amount of time.

4. Including music helps you experience more positive feelings about the workout.

From a non-scientific perspective, listening to the right music can evoke an emotional response in people. From sad to happy to nostalgic or energized, music has the ability to alter an individual’s physical, mental and emotional state of being.

The Future of Health-Tracking Apps

The surge of smart watches and continued innovation from fitness tracking devices makes heart rate monitoring and training less intrusive, easier and more consumable for millions of people. Naturally, apps that are compatible with such devices will only continue to grow.

myBeat™ Heart appeals to runners and walkers and also brings the power of personalized, body-driven music to those participating in cycling, resistance training, and non-cadence based activities.

RockMyRun with myBeat™ Heart is available for free download and supported on iOS devices. RockMyRun alone is available for both iOS and Android devices.  

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Jul 27, 2021

 NHS care homes are better than private, report finds

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 NHS care homes are better than private, report finds
NHS residential care homes provide better quality care than the private sector, a new report by Kepler Vision Technologies has found

A new survey has found that 60% of people with parents in NHS care homes believe the quality of care has improved, compared to just 49% of respondents with parents in private care facilities. 

The survey was conducted by Kepler Vision Technologies, an AI-driven company formed at the University of Amsterdam. It was carried out among UK adults with parents over the age of 75. 

Respondents cited more capable care staff and better monitoring systems as being the main reasons for improvement. 

However those who do not have parents in assisted living facilities had a different viewpoint - in this case only 35% of respondents believe that NHS facilities are improving, compared to 32% who believe it is only improving in the private sector. 

Only 18% of people whose parents live with them or independently believe care home staff are able to look after residents to a good standard.

Kepler Vision say this difference in opinion is due to perceived budget cuts and financial pressures, with 67% of people commenting that a lack of funding has had a negative effect on care in both NHS and private care facilities. 

Other key findings of the survey include: 
 * Out of those who say quality has declined in care homes, 69% say the NHS is dealing with budget cuts and increased financial pressure, while 65% also said that the private system is dealing with these pressures too
 * 55% said that they or their parent have money saved specifically to pay for their future care
 * 35% said the idea of their parent in a care home makes them feel frightened, although 32% say it makes them feel secure
 * 52% are worried about their parent catching COVID
 * 47%  are worried about their parent being lonely
 * 46% are concerned they could fall over alone

The announcement of this research follows the UK government's decision to delay presenting its social care budget till the autumn

Commenting on the research, Dr Harro Stokman, CEO of Kepler Vision Technologies said: “While it is good to see that people recognise the importance of staff and face-to-face interaction in elderly care, the huge gap in opinion between those with parents in care and those without shows that there are unfair negative perceptions around the residential care space. 

"More can and should be done by care homes to give people the confidence that their relatives will receive the very best care - by highlighting the excellent work of staff and how well they are able to monitor resident’s needs with easy-to-use technology.”

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