Plastic Fantastic Trainer: Get Stealth Exercise at Home


We all have interests outside tech—my main one is competitive running—and every now and then I find an excuse to check out some piece of tech gear while working on my fitness. My latest effort along these lines is the Stealth Core Trainer, which promises to give me a “lean, strong core” while playing games on my iPhone.

You might ask why, if I’m a runner, I’m worried about core work. We runners have long been told that a strong core is essential for avoiding injuries and running well. I don’t disagree with this, though a decently strong core did nothing to prevent my most recent 18-month bout of plantar heel pain. I also found myself nodding when I read “Local Man Starting to Think His Core Will Never Be Strong Enough for Runner’s World” on the satire site Dumb Runner (be sure to check out the motivational posters too).

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France to prioritize nursing home residents for vaccination


PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex said Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines will go to nursing homes residents first when doses become available in France, which is not expected before the end of the month.

France has purchased vaccines through agreements the European Union reached with drugmakers to secure shots for the EU’s 27 member nations.

“France will have a potential 200 millions doses, which means 100 million people” since each vaccine requires two doses, Castex said while outlining the government’s plans to immunize the country of 67 million people against the coronavirus.

The government has set aside 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion) for next year to make the vaccines available for free, he said. But Castex reaffirmed that vaccinations won’t be mandatory.

Health Minister Olivier Veran said the vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German company BioNTech, which is expected to arrive first, will go to

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Los Angeles mayor orders residents to stay home to avert a ‘dreaded scenario’


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at a Los Angeles County Health Department press conference on the novel coronavirus, (COVID-19)on March 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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The mayor of Los Angeles warned on Wednesday the city was nearing “a devastating tipping point” and ordered residents to stay in their homes and avoid social gatherings in new lockdown measures to rein in a surge in Covid-19 infections.

His order limits nearly all social gatherings of people from more than a single household, mirroring a directive by county health officials last week, but exempts religious services and protests protected by the constitution.

“Our City is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said late on Wednesday.

Los Angeles is the

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The Anti Diet Nutrition App Wellory Announces $4.2M In Funding To Help Consumers Stay Healthy At Home


Each year, 45 million Americans try dieting and fail; Emily Hochman, CEO and Founder of Wellory, was one of them. She built Wellory out of personal need, having struggled with fad and yo-yo dieting which led to several potential chronic illnesses, and the threat of infertility. Hochman decided to take her health into her own hands by enrolling in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where, with a balanced nutritional plan and the right support system, she was able to rebuild her health. As a certified health coach, Hochman also managed the customer success team at tech startup WayUp, learning the value that the intersection of technology and human interaction can bring to the ever-evolving digital world.

“At Wellory, we’re on a mission to make personalized nutrition accessible for all. We believe that everyone deserves a long-term, healthy relationship with food.” Hochman says, “It’s important that we address nutrition education

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S. Korea says stay home ahead of national exams


SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings large and small as around half a million students prepared for a crucial national college exam.

Vice Education Minister Park Baeg-beom says the 490,000 applicants so far include 35 virus carriers who will take exams Thursday at hospitals or treatment shelters. Education authorities have also prepared separate venues for some 400 applicants currently under self-quarantine.

Applicants will be required to wear masks and maintain distance from each other. They will be screened for fever and take exams separately if they have symptoms.


Park Yu-mi, an anti-virus official in Seoul, pleaded with people to cancel all gatherings of more than 10, and for companies to half at least one-third of their employees work from home to ensure a safe environment for Thursday’s examination.

A recent spike in coronavirus infections has made this

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The One Home Gym Upgrade a Fitness Pro Says You Need Happens To Be *Seriously* Discounted


We’ve all had those days when it was hard to trek up the stairs or even walk due to muscle soreness and tightness, and sometimes foam rolling and stretching just doesn’t cut it. If you need to up the ante on your recovery routine, The Theragun Elite ($399) will loosen your tightest knots. And in honor of Black Friday, you can score it for $100 off its usual price.

The tool acts as an in-home percussive therapy treatment, and has become a cult-fave among gym-goers for its ability to relieve tension. It uses targeted, rapid pulses, which helps to induce blood flow to your soft tissues. As a result, you get less muscle tightness and enhanced mobility. According to research, body percussion can lead to better physical and mental health, and one study found that it can decrease the levels of lactic acid in your muscles for up to

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‘COVID Chat’: Officials Urge Americans to Stay Home Over Holiday | Top News


By Susan Heavey and Maria Caspani

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials and politicians pleaded with Americans on Tuesday to stay at home over the Thanksgiving holiday and abide by constraints placed on social and economic life as record coronavirus caseloads pushed hospitals to their limits.

The chorus of public appeals intensified heading into a holiday weekend expected to further fuel an alarming surge of infections nationwide, while the daily U.S. death toll climbed above 2,000 – at least four deaths every three minutes. It marked the highest 24-hour loss of life from the pandemic since early May.

“We are on fire with COVID,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said on CNN, defending unpopular restrictions he ordered last week that included new limits on retail activity and school closures. “We’re just trying to do the right thing.”

More than half the nation’s governors have imposed – or reimposed – statewide measures this

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7 of Ohio’s biggest counties urge residents to stay home


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Seven of Ohio’s biggest counties on Wednesday urged residents to stay home and follow guidelines on social gatherings and wearing masks.

The counties said in a joint statement they want people to only leave home for work, school, medical appointments, or buying essential items such as groceries.

“Cases and hospital admissions are at the highest levels we have seen during this pandemic, by far. These county health advisories reflect the urgent need for all of us to protect ourselves and our families to stop the spread of this virus,” said Denise Driehaus, president of the Hamilton County Board of Commissioners.

The counties are Franklin, Cuyahoga, Hamilton, Summit, Montgomery, Lucas and Mahoning.


Cases in Ohio continue to spike. The state’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases has risen over the past two weeks from 5,049 new cases per day on Nov. 10 to 8,495 new cases

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Searches for home cinema DIY tools and exercise equipment jump as consumers dig-in for a locked-down winter


Consumers are buying home cinema equipment, exercise and DIY products to see them through a winter spent largely at home and indoors as covid restrictions continue.

Demand for exercise bikes has risen.
Demand for exercise bikes has risen.

Searches for home cinema projectors and treadmills have increased by 50 per cent, while searches for ‘Peloton’ and cross trainers have increased by 70 per cent, according to data from Google Trends.

Separately, researchers from GoCompare asked consumers what they were intending to buy to see them through a locked down winter and compiled a list of the 10 most popular purchases planned by UK consumers. Over half said they are buying due to potential winter Covid restrictions.

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Large TVs or full home cinemas topped the list, followed by laptops as

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Surge affecting Minnesota nursing home staffing


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A current surge of COVID-19 cases throughout Minnesota is affecting staffing levels at many nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

That’s forcing the state to send the National Guard to help out in some homes, while the administration is also asking state employees to consider volunteering in facilities with critical staff shortages.

The Star Tribune reports Wednesday that Minnesota Department of Health data shows 90% of the state’s nursing homes and 58% of assisted-living facilities have active outbreaks.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Tuesday that 47 long-term care facilities are in “a crisis staffing situation” and are receiving active support from the state, including help from federal health nurses.

Gov. Tim Walz’s administration is also taking the unusual step of e-mailing all state employees and asking them to consider volunteering for two-week stints in long-term care facilities, particularly in greater Minnesota.


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