Smartwatch: The Benefits

Woman on a run checking her smartwatch screen

While fads come and go, here at Best Doctors we believe that the smartwatch is here to stay! For the past several years it has become more and more common to see people walking around with little screens on their wrists – what is it all about?

From Fitbits to Apple watches, smartwatches are available in all shapes, sizes, colours and price ranges. This hands-free experience is meant to blend into your lifestyle in as simple a way as possible. The unassuming act of wearing this technology can greatly affect your life in a positive way. Keeping track of your day-to-day behaviour has never been easier. Most smartwatch users don’t even remember they are wearing their monitor throughout most of the day. Therefore, the watch can help users obtain critical information about their lifestyle in order to make better choices and changes – without becoming obsessed. Resting Heart Rate One Read more

Slow and steady wins the race: an interview with Dr John Mayhew

a young woman jogging, followed in the distance by a young man

Best Doctors asks renowned sports medicine specialist Dr John Mayhew for key advice that everyone should keep in mind before heading out on the road or the treadmill. Whether you are a seasoned athlete or just getting started with a new sport, read on for insight on how you can lessen your risk of injury and reap the greatest fitness benefits.

Dr John Mayhew is an Auckland-based consultant in Sports Medicine who has served as advisor and consultant for a number of New Zealand sports associations and teams, including New Zealand Rugby and New Zealand Squash. Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Insurance Medical Association, he is currently team doctor for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League and is the former team doctor and chief medical advisor for the All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team. For how long has jogging been a popular exercise option, in your opinion? Is it something that has only recently become popular? Regular Read more

Fitness trends: mind over matter?

In today’s busy world, most of us want to get the most out of our time and effort. It is not surprising then, to see fitness trends responding to this need. Yet how much is science, and how much is driven by our own, interior, motivation? In today’s post, Best Doctors looks at two different exercise trends.

Amid the many fitness trends hitting gyms and parks the world over, two in particular stand out for their potential to give us more for the time we spend. In today’s post we analyse the reasons for their success, and get expert insight from Dr José Luís Zamorano, Director of Cardiology at Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, Spain and Chairman of Best Doctors European Medical Advisory Board. Compression clothing In increasing blood flow and oxygen to muscles, this tight-fitting sportswear is said to enhance exercise performance, with improved circulation also helping to eliminate lactic acid and toxins after a workout, easing Read more