Boulder health and recreation: Fitbits, human life expectancy and whiny cyclists

Hold up—Fitbits don’t actually do anything for your health?

Unfortunately, no. Fitbits are no more than measuring devices, according to new research. Sure, they may improve how many steps you take in a day, but there’s no evidence to support the brand’s big selling point: that a Fitbit will actually make you “fit.” Bottom line: fitness gadgets may help you lose a few initial pounds, but do nothing to improve your overall health in the long run. Save your money!

If you’re hoping to live to 116, good luck

Over the last few decades, people have been living longer than they ever have in the past.  But new research suggests that humans may have reached their life expectancy potential—the longest anyone will likely live from here on out is to 115 years old. But some scientists strongly oppose the idea that there is a “natural barrier to the human lifespan.” But one thing is for sure: only in this generation have people lived, on average, to be as old as they are.

Cyclists want in on America’s wilderness

There’s a bill in Congress that could lift the 32-year-old ban that currently prohibits mountain biking in America’s renowned outdoors. But leaders of many biking groups are opposed to the bill because they have a long-standing friendship they don’t want to jeopardize with important environmental groups. Only time will tell if Congress butts in on local governments to make cycling in the wilderness possible.


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