When you have a million things to do and feel you can’t excuse taking a break, your mental and physical health will begin to suffer. It is important that you remember to take care of yourself, scheduling relaxation and being vigilant about your mental state. The more stress you put yourself under, the more you will find your work suffering. Here are a few simple ways to keep stress levels low and productivity high.
There is no doubt that an active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. However, science tells us that during exercise the risk of a sudden cardiac arrest is a lot higher than during rest.
There are a number of people that would benefit from a smart garment that accurately tracks activity and accelerates their rehab process. No matter how slow they walk. This is why we created Sensoria Walk.
Unlike wrist worn accelerometer equipped devices Sensoria Walk can track activity of people suffering from Gait impairments, short stride length, slow walking speed and even people that use a cane, a walker or wearing a prosthesis.
The app works in conjunction with our electronic anklet, and textile sensor infused smart socks to help its wearer set goals, track daily activity including steps, cadence and distance during rehabilitation after a stroke or post-surgery—with the ultimate goal of speeding up overall recovery time.
Here’s what David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD; Professor of Surgery and Director, University of Arizona College of Medicine has to say: “For people going through rehab or those suffering from movement limitations, Sensoria smart socks is a major step toward the answer. You can now work with your patient to set goals in terms of time, steps or distance and they will be ready to go. This is true for "prehabilitation" before surgery or for postoperative care. This appears to be true if they use a walker, have a short stride or walk very slowly. These devices, leveraged with other wearables, allow us to get closer to dosing activity as accurately and effectively as we might have once dosed a drug.”
Sensoria Walk may help monitor activity in patients suffering from neurological diseases, as well. As an example, studies of Parkinson’s disease show that physical activity benefits patients’ balance, gait and motor condition. Every year, 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that causes tremors, slurred speech and limited mobility. A University of Washington (UW) Medicine researcher outfitted 30 Parkinson’s patients with wearable technologies – Fitbit's trackers and Sensoria’s smart socks – to gather data about activity levels and the disease’s progression.
According to UW Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, “In the past, people have used diaries to track activity, and people tend to overestimate their physical activity,” said Dr. Sujata Pradhan, who is leading the study. More exact information, she hopes, will enable earlier discovery and treatment of Parkinson’s symptoms. Pradhan thinks the sensors will pick up subtle changes in patients’ gait not evident to the human eye – data that could help her create assessments that identify disease symptoms at an earlier stage. “People are usually referred for rehabilitation only when they have difficulty maintaining their balance or start falling,” Pradhan said. “Usually overt clinical deficits in balance and walking appear later in disease progression. If we bring more awareness to these subtle early symptoms, people will start referring to physical therapy earlier.”
We are looking for a few forward looking physiotherapists and podiatrists that would like to leverage our system to conduct additional research with us.
“Sensoria opens the pathway for advancement in numerous clinical fields, such as rehabilitation medicine, fall prevention in geriatrics, and precision therapy for neurologic conditions like Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis.“ said Dr. Justin Schram, MD, MSc. who serves on Sensoria’s Board of Advisors.
I look forward to hearing your feedback!
Abby was particularly impressed with the level of comfort of Sensoria’s smart garments, Mara, the Sensoria Virtual Coach and the Virtual Shoe Closet, where you can select your training shoes and monitor their mileage and impact forces. Her conclusions? “I definitely think that these are really, really good high-quality products, very well made” and “I'm a big fan”.
Watch the video to hear directly from her about her experience with Sensoria!
I want to thank all of you who came by to see us at CES. Our booth was mobbed and my voice was gone for a whole week after the show.
We presented our Sensoria 2016 collection, comprised of heart rate monitoring smart garments with lots of different, fun colors and different styles.
Our Augmented Reality video and our Athlete 2020 smart suit were a hit.
The single biggest training mistake that runners make is the belief that the harder they train, the better they will get. Whether they are beginners or experts, runners have an inherently strong will and sometimes stubborn mind set when it comes to training. Any running, they believe, as long as it is harder or faster than the day before, is good training. However, the body does not have an infinite ability to heal itself and become faster and stronger without the proper balance between hard training runs and easy recovery runs. In fact, without incorporating recovery runs into your training routine, you risk losing all of the progress you’ve made to injury.
It finally happened; I knew it would, I just didn’t know when. What happened? Well, two things actually: First, I have been so focused on training for the challenge in February, I keep forgetting that I plan to run the Seattle Half Marathon at the end of November – and that is coming soon! And second, I got sick and could not run for a couple weeks. So based on these two recent events, how do I get back into training now that I can run again, and what do I do?
The start of something new is always fun and exciting; it’s easy to stay on task, complete your objectives, and meet your goals. The same thing is true for a training plan – the beginning of training for a new challenge is always fun and fresh; it’s easy and motivating to get out there for those first few runs. The mileage is low, the run time is short, and it’s a beautiful day for a run.
When running, each foot comes into contact with the ground 80 to 100 times per minute on average. In addition to that, studies show between 50 and 80 percent of runners are injured every year from overuse injuries associated with repetitive force being applied to feet and legs.