Archive for September, 2013

What is a Street Strider?

I was on a bike ride with my family a couple of days ago and got passed by a guy riding this thing called a Street Strider. The thing was bright yellow and really stood out but I was really intrigued even though you may look crazy riding one.

The really great thing is that it looked to move along really smoothly and the guy riding it seemed to really love his machine!

Here is a video on how to use one and what they look like

Riding a bike gives you some quiet time to think and after seeing this street strider contraption it made me think about the kind of exercise you would get. This is basically an outdoor version of an elliptical trainer except this is outdoors and has brakes (good thing). I can imagine that it would be a nice way to exercise and with the size of the wheels I suspect it would work even on a fairly flat trail.

Would a Street Strider be a Good Workout?

I would love to actually try one of these things but I can tell you from what I saw that they seem to move pretty quick and they would likely give you a great hip, leg, and upper body workout. You would feel great and tired after an hour on one of these I suspect and it would not be boring like an indoor elliptical trainer at all.

street_striderThe trouble is that these street striders are a bit expensive. The price ranges from about $1,000 – $2,000 which is a bit steep for me but I am sure would be affordable for lots of people that live in an area where they can exercise outdoors all year round (it snows here 5 months a year).

What do you think? Would you try one of these streetstrider things? Have you tried one in the past? I would love to hear opinions on this.


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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Over the last several year, probably more than 10 years now, professional athletes have been using Hyperbaric chambers to improve healing from bruising and injuries and it has worked fantstically for them. I am a big fan at leveraging the tech that professional athletes use for recovery from exercise but I was at the FDA consumer site today and saw that people have stretched the idea of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy into a new cure all for almost everything.

We see these kind of things often. A great idea is extended to be a cure all for lots of things that it was never designed for. Steroids for muscle weight gain, Acai berries for anything, and lately hyperbolic therapy for people with genetic diseases. Not sure how this can be extended to the following diseases but it looks like there is some research that may say it works.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy involves breathing oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared hyperbaric chambers for certain medical uses, such as treating decompression sickness suffered by divers.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has not, however, been proven to be the kind of universal treatment it has been touted to be on some Internet sites. FDA is concerned that some claims made by treatment centers using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may give consumers a wrong impression that could ultimately endanger their health.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves intermittent inhalation of 100% oxygen under a pressure greater than regular air pressure, so in a pressurized tank. Despite over a century of use in medical settings, hyperbaric oxygen remains a controversial therapy. The last 20 years have seen a clarification of the mechanism of action of hyperbaric therapy and a greater understanding of its potential benefit.

I have been able to find some reports of use for these things. Hyperbaric chamber treatment for Autism, and using it for treatment of  diabetic related foot ulcers, and even a treatment for Hypoxia?

As with other things that we see this looks like a technology that may be promising for some things but of course you need to be careful in what you read and be responsible to check the pros and cons of any therapy.

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