NEW Heads Up Mobile App For iOS

NEW Heads Up Mobile App For iOS

Heads Up has invested over a million dollars into developing the new mobile app and we have completely rewritten the app from the ground up with the powerful native base code called Swift.

And today, we have officially released the new Heads Up iOS app for apple iPhones and iPads!!!

Right now, you can download the latest version 5 here.

Apple iOS app version 5 is now live!

This mobile app has been a labor of love and we are proud to finally share it with the world! 

The mobile app is a crucial part of our connected health platform. It allows users to track their health data, connect with their care team, and access information and resources on the go. It will even help people take control of their health, see the impact their lifestyle has on them and improve their outcomes like never before. 

What’s new?

  • Improved integrations with Garmin and Withings. We can now support all the advanced metrics from these devices.
  • New integration with Strava to track Relative Effort (aka Suffer Score)
  • New list view for the dashboard metrics
  • Automatic dark/light mode based on the iOS settings
  • Improved messaging experience for users who are connected to their healthcare professionals

The latest version 5 of the app isn’t perfect yet, but the upgraded foundation has been engineered and implemented.

Right now, we still have some features to add in such as the photo food journal, messaging, fasting timer, and a couple integrations that are coming soon. If you use these features, don’t worry, they are still available on desktop and mobile browsers. (We will be adding these features in the next release.)

We have received wonderful feedback from early users and are looking forward to continuing improvement on the app based. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and let us know.

The iOS app has come a long way and we are truly grateful for your support! 

A big shout out and thank you to our developers for making this dream come true. 

If your clients’ are using the mobile iOS 4 app, please send them a message to let them know they can upgrade! 

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Here’s the link to download the new Heads Up Health Mobile iOS 5 app right now

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Strava Integration – Relative Effort Score

Strava Integration – Relative Effort Score

One of our leading performance sports coaches Dr. Kevin Sprouse, from Podium Sports, requested we build an integration with Strava; one of the world’s most popular and leading running and cycling apps. 

Strava has many powerful features but the one Dr. Sprouse wanted was the infamous Relative Effort variable. 

What is Strava’s Relative Effort? 

Relative Effort measures how much cardiovascular work went into any activity that has heart rate data or Perceived Exertion

Why is it a powerful variable to measure? 

A short and hard workout can require just as much effort as a long and leisurely one.  Relative Effort makes it so you can compare the two! 

Going even farther, different activity types are weighted so that your efforts can be compared across sports, and your values are personalized to your own heart rate zones. Now giving you the ability to compare with other athletes.

If your clients both ran their hardest 10K effort, their Relative Efforts would be similar even if their finishing times are different. Similarly, if one client rode a bike as hard as they could for the same amount of time, their Relative Effort would be comparable.

Bringing this data point gives you a comparable variable to assess one of the most important factors in sports performance, effort. 

With Heads Up Professional, you can now import your clients Relative Effort variable from Strava to see how much effort they are putting in their training.

No more slackers or excuses!

With Heads Up, you can compare your athletes relative effort with their oura HRV and readiness, sleep metrics from oura, Garmin, Withings, Apple Health and dozens of more wearables and health apps.

Giving you context on performance like never before! 


Example: Our VP of wearables Chuck Hazzard uses Strava’s Relative Effort & Oura’s AM Readiness to see his effort and recovery scores, helping him tune his training for peak performance.

Chuck typically only runs one long run 18+ miles on weekends, but you can see the one exception to that where he ran a tough mountain run on Saturday followed by a half marathon at race pace (good to run on tired legs from time to time).

If you have Heads Up ‘Signals’, seeing your team cohort analysis is even more helpful. The signals feature will allow you to run effort challenges, see your teams performance variables stacked against each other. 

Create effort leaderboards. Identify team trends. Incentivize growth. 

If you can’t improve what you don’t measure, isn’t it time to measure team effort? 

On top of all this amazing technology, Heads Up Signals further unlocks the ability to create your own health and performance algorithms to run with your teams and clients. 

The Strava integration is just one piece of the performance puzzle. Heads Up helps you put all the pieces together to unlock peak performance, health, and longevity. 

Don’t just work harder, work smarter. 

Get the cutting edge technology to unlock performance insights that help your athletes become champions.

Want to try using Heads Up & Strava? Try it out here for free.

Episode 27 – 10 Longevity Lessons to Extend Your Health Span | Peter Bowes

Episode 27 – 10 Longevity Lessons to Extend Your Health Span | Peter Bowes

Peter Bowes is a reporter for the BBC and the host of the podcast LLAMA (Live Long And Master Aging). Through his podcast, he has interviewed both professionals studying human longevity as well as everyday people, including centenarians, to find out what drives them and keeps them living to a ripe old age.

What does your health span have to do with your quality of life? What’s the difference between health span and life span when it comes to human longevity?  What is a long life worth if you’re riddled with disease by the time you achieve it? These are the questions Peter asks.

In this podcast, you’ll hear Peter Bowes share with Dave Korsunsky the top 10 longevity lessons he has compiled through his research and podcast interviews so that you, too, can get to live your best and healthiest life — and master aging!

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How metrics tracked over time allow you to see trends for longevity [5:11]
  • Peter discusses ten items that are important to track for longevity [6:25]
  • Lesson One – Simplicity is Good. What you feel from clutter surrounding you physically to how you organize your life alters how you make other decisions. Chaos in your life can lead you to overeat or distract yourself with other things. (Think twice before clicking buy online: “Do I really need it?”)  [7:05]
  • Lesson Two – Be Precise. Precision in the things that we’re doing such as keeping focus with Intermittent Fasting – ex. do you do it daily, weekly, monthly? [13:00]
  • Lesson Three – Fasting is Good for Us. (Disclaimer: you should check with your provider to see if it’s right for you right now.) [15:45]
  • How the different types of fasting affect you and how only through tracking your data can you see which way is best for you right now. [17:13]
  • Lesson Four – Stop Eating at 6 pm. Peter talks about Satchin Panda’s work regarding the circadian rhythm. [20:00]
  • How rising with the sun and winding down with the sun setting, and eating your last meal at 6 pm can help you get to sleep and stay asleep better. [21:00]
  • About how the Oura ring can track when you reach your lowest resting heart rate in the night to help you figure out what is working for you regarding the last meal of the day and more [22:00]
  • About N=1 Experiments and how they are really beneficial; as you share with your friends who are doing the same things, you’ll start to see patterns that are more universal [23:20]
  • Lesson Five – Never Stop Having a Project. Keep doing what you love whether you get paid for it or not. (Ex. Megastar Herb Albert is still working well into his early 80’s as a sculptor, artist, painter, and musician.)[24:25]
  • Lesson Six – Keep Moving Every Day, Every Hour. There is no reason why you can’t do that in any job. Just get up every hour and walk around for a few minutes [27:57]
  • To get moving, park further away from the place you’re going and take the stairs if you’re able to. Walk around the building before going into it and you’ll get your steps in every day. Take the long way there! [31:45]
  • How Dave noticed that being in a metropolitan area he got more exercise when everything was within a 6 block radius, versus living somewhere where things were further apart and more driving was required [33:15]
  • That being active isn’t about weight loss per se, but about the movement that benefits your muscles, cardiovascular system, mood and more.  You don’t need a device to achieve that, but tracking it can motivate you to keep consistent [34:00]
  • Lesson Seven – Moderation is Not Everything. But what does moderation actually mean? “Moderation is that word you use when you don’t want to push yourself to the limit” – Joe De Sena. It doesn’t really mean anything. Do it precisely, not wishy-washy. Go all in! [35:40]
  • Play the game of life full out. Some days are good, some days aren’t. [37:00]
  • Lesson Eight – Enduring Discomfort is Good for You. Take a cold shower instead of a hot shower, and you’ll feel great coming out of it. Everything is appreciated more when it’s infrequent [37:45]
  • The good will feel so much better after you’ve endured some discomfort regularly like a cold shower vs hot or really healthy food vs. a very occasional treat. It will be so much better than if you had access to that treat every day [40:30]
  • Lesson Nine – Eat Clean, Eat Simply. Choose clean vegetables; homegrown is great! The appreciation of freshly harvested food is so beneficial. Appreciate food and eat simply. You don’t need gourmet food to lead a good life. [41:45]
  • Lesson Ten – Simplicity is Good. – How you run your life/day/mind and environment (decluttering).
  • About the reward circuits of hyper-palatable foods of modern culture [44:00]
  • The number one reason that people want to be able to live to a long age? They want to do it for their children and their grandchildren. Family and connectivity and sharing wisdom is the main reason for wanting to live to an old age with a high quality of life. What’s yours? [46:09]
  • Extending life is important to share the wisdom that is gained in a life well lived [49:45]

References

Valter Longo 

The Circadian Code by Satchin Panda

Dr. Felice Gersh on fasting

Joe De Sena

Cold water immersion video of Dr. Limansky and Dave Korsunsky

Wired to Eat by Robb Wolf

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Low-carb Lab Testing — Part 8: The CAC Test – A Better Way to Evaluate Cardiovascular Health

Low-carb Lab Testing — Part 8: The CAC Test – A Better Way to Evaluate Cardiovascular Health

What is the CAC test and why should you care?

If you’ve been following a low-carb or ketogenic diet for a while, there’s a chance your cholesterol has gone up.  And not just your HDL, but also your LDL—the so-called “bad cholesterol” (even though that’s a total misnomer).  Maybe your cholesterol has actually gone sky-high, and your doctor not only wants you to start taking medication immediately but she’s also ordered you to quit your “crazy” high-fat diet.  Even if you follow some other kind of diet—Paleo, vegetarian, low fat, or no special plan at all—maybe your cholesterol is high, and you’ve been told you need medication, or that you should exercise more.

Your doctor is only looking out for your best interest, but if they’re not up on the latest research, they might not know that your cholesterol level tells you very little about your risk for cardiovascular disease or a heart attack:

There’s “a growing volume of knowledge that challenges the validity of the cholesterol hypothesis and the utility of cholesterol as a surrogate end point.” (DuBroff, 2017)

It’s possible to have low cholesterol but massive heart disease, or to have very high cholesterol but be in great cardiovascular shape.

If you don’t want to start a war with your doctor, but you also don’t want to abandon a way of eating that’s helped you lose weight, have more energy, and maybe even reduce or eliminate diabetes medications, you can experiment with lowering your cholesterol by using the Feldman Protocol, which we featured here at Heads Up Health.  But there’s a much better way to evaluate your cardiovascular health than just looking at cholesterol.  It’s called the coronary artery calcium test (CAC).  We’ll explore it in detail in a bit.  First, let’s look a little closer at the problems with using cholesterol as an indicator of heart health.

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