Not So Happy News
In the news today on #fitnessfriday 26 August 2016
McDonald’s is recalling millions of Happy Meal fitness trackers following reports of skin irritation and burns.
It has received more than 70 reports of incidents involving the Step-It Fitness bands, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
These include seven people who reportedly suffered blisters after wearing the gadget, which was distributed with children’s Happy Meals in America and Canada.
“The recalled wristbands can cause skin irritation or burns to children,” the CPSC said on its website. From Sky News
Xbox Fitness Fades
Microsoft Fitness debuted in 2013 as a launch title for the Xbox One. Using the Kinect motion sensor, it tracked players’ movements as they worked out along live-action video on-screen. It also featured workout celebrities like Jillian Michaels and Tracy Anderson.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it would be shuttering Xbox Fitness, making all previously purchased content unavailable, but it looks like the company is now trying to make right by users. All content had to be purchased through an app, which will also disappear.
Here’s some good news for users who purchased Xbox Fitness: It looks like refunds are being sent out. From Digital Trends
Singapore-born Australian Heng also observes that more Singaporeans are health conscious now compared with when she last lived here in 2005 to 2009, which could have led to the gradual diversification of fitness options here. “We are lucky to have such cool options in Singapore. My friends in Australia and Dubai all saw the Surfset Instagram posts I made and want a similar workout. I also think (fitness pass apps) such as Guavapass make exercising more varied and I am all behind anything that gets people to love working out and have fun.” From Todayonline
With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before your favorite fitness trackers got a major fashionista-friendly makeover. Queen of all things cute, Kate Spade is launching a line of adorable fitness trackers this fall that you’ll be itching to wear outside of the gym. Unlike previous fashion-meets-fitness tracker collaborations, the Kate Spade trackers aren’t just skins or cases that you can pop your existing band into; they’re a total design overhaul.
As part of the wearable tech collection (which also includes a couple of smartwatches that look like classic leather timepieces) the brand is releasing two styles of fitness trackers: a cuter alternative to the standard black silicone band featuring the brand’s signature kitty motif and a super fancy mother of pearl bangle that looks worthy of any cocktail party. From Shape Magazine
Fitness Stock Drops
Investment bank Goldman Sachs on Wednesday lowered its rating on Garmin (GRMN) stock to sell from hold on concerns of slowing growth in its wearable fitness device business.
Garmin stock fell 5.7% to 50.59 on the stock market today. Shares had hit a six-month high above 56 on Aug. 1.
On Tuesday, Garmin rose nearly 1% to 53.67 after retailer Best Buy (BBY) called out wearables as one of its hottest product categories. Goldman has a price target of 46 on Garmin.
“We expect shares to underperform from here as the key Fitness/Outdoor segment slows from 29% growth in Q2 2016 to (an estimated) 7% in Q2 2017,” Goldman analyst Simona Jankowski said in a report. From Investors