Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2013 about Fitness

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Friday 8th March 2013

  • The Comfy Chair! Are We Sitting Too Much?

    by Clayton Aynesworth and Jason Levitt

    I'll bet you're sitting in a chair while reading this. In fact, the time spent sitting in chairs (office desks, cars, trains, planes, movie theaters, eating) has increased substantially over the past 30 years. And related health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and musculoskeletal disorders (back, knee, and hip pain) are also on the rise. This is an area of concern for all who sit in chairs a lot, especially those in the computer and media industries. Medical research has only seriously focused on this area for the past 15 years but already some commonly-held perceptions about fitness and wellness are changing. In this session, we'll discuss some of the recent research and tools available. Bring your ideas, experiences, and concerns.

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 8th March

    In Capitol View North, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Saturday 9th March 2013

  • Good Form Running Meetup

    by Cara Griffin and Paul Carrozza

    Meet Up and chat about everything from running shoe technology to proper running form. We'll fill you in on some of the best local running routes, too. Hosted by Formula 4 Media and Austin's hometown running store, RunTex.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Saturday 9th March

    In Meet Up Tent

  • Cali Yost - Book Signing

    by Cali Williams Yost

    Cali Yost will appear at the South by Bookstore to sign copies of “TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day” following her panel session.

    Called "one of the smartest" and "sophisticated thinkers" by The New York Times, Cali Williams Yost has been shaping the global dialogue on work+life flexibility for nearly two decades. Yost is the CEO and founder of Work+LIfe Fit, Inc., a research and consulting firm that develops and implements the broad-ranging organizational and personal flexibility strategies that have become a strategic imperative for global business success. Clients range from BDO Seidman, LLP and Quaker/Tropicana to the United Nations, Ernst & Young and the U.S. Navy. A former commercial banker and graduate of Columbia Business School, Yost is author of the critically acclaimed Work+Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You, the first "work+life "fit" handbook for individuals. Since 2007, she has served as an expert blogger for Fast Company magazine.

    At 5:00pm to 5:20pm, Saturday 9th March

    In Ballroom D Foyer, Austin Convention Center

Sunday 10th March 2013

  • Health & Fitness Social Media Meet Up

    by Lucy Danziger

    Does your smart phone keep you on track with a fitness, healthy eating or weight loss program? What apps and social media tools do you love? Come chat with the editors of SELF magazine - including Editor-In-Chief Lucy Danziger, a competitive triathlete who recently completed the Ironman in NYC! We'll dish on Nike +, Fitocracy, Zombies, Run! (pretty rad), Pocket Yoga, Yumee (great for vegetarians), MealSnap, and more. We can share fit tips and talk about our favorite gadgets. Whether you're training for your first marathon, want to drop 10 pounds, or are simply looking for some new ways to amp up your existing workout routine, we want to meet you! We'll tweet, tout, take pics for Facebook and Instagram, and hey, maybe we'll throw in a little You Tube too. See ya on Twitter: #SelfMagMeetup

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Driskill Ballroom, Driskill Hotel

  • Biology of Weight: What Men Need to Lose the Gut

    by John La Puma

    What if the biologic differences between men and women determined their body weight?
    Most of the recent rise in US obesity is in men; women have stayed stable. Men's average weight has risen from 180# in 1990 to 196# in 2012. About 35% of men are obese; another 35% are overweight.
    Most men don't know that their belly fat converts testosterone that their testes make into estrogen.
    Or that hormone-disrupting toxins affect sperm, that obesity cripples fertility, and is one reason for erectile dysfunction.
    Or that men are more likely to die than women of the most common cancers. Obesity is a reversible cause of many cancers.
    Men have not had a dietary approach to drop the gut, because men don't diet--they refuel.
    However, they can boost testosterone naturally. They can get the toxins out.
    This session will describe the weight-related crisis in men's health, the gender gap and a solution: a no-nonsense beta-tested (data to include group text-response and online video) lifestyle approach.

    At 3:30pm to 3:45pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Room 616AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Wearing Your Health on Your Sleeve (Literally)

    by Christine Robins

    Part of the problem in changing health and fitness habits comes from a lack of information about where you're going wrong. Did you burn 800 calories in spin class instead of 1,000? Miss your 10,000-step walking target? Have a restless night that threw a monkey wrench into your metabolism?

    Body monitors that are the size of a wristwatch – and soon as small as a quarter – are now capturing this data and more. Already, overweight people can easily track their daily progress by computer or smartphone. Shortly, insomniacs will be able to monitor their sleep patterns at home instead of a sleep lab. Diabetics will see how lifestyle choices affect their blood sugar levels. Physicians, wellness counselors and children of aging parents will check key vital signs from miles away.

    This session will explore how these developments will help consumers take control, reduce healthcare costs, enable earlier intervention, and create a healthier population.

    At 4:00pm to 4:15pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Room 616AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Workplace Fitness Flexes the Mind

    by Anne Reeve

    Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's admission that she works a 9-to-5 schedule ignited a firestorm in the tech world over work/life balance. Mashable founder Pete Cashmore nailed it when he said, “It's up to both employers and employees to make living a healthy life socially acceptable again.”

    The proof is there: Fitness and a healthy work/life balance can improve employee engagement and lead to increased productivity, effectiveness and creativity.

    So what can employers do to help?

    VP of Global Talent Management, Anne Reeves, for Brooks Sports reveals tips for incorporating fitness into the work day and inspiring a work/life balance.

    At 5:15pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 10th March

    In Room 616AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

Monday 11th March 2013

  • CrossFit Meet Up

    by Jeff Mckinney

    CrossFit is the world's fastest growing fitness phenomenon and is well suited for the SXSW festival. This is a great opportunity to meet with crossfitters from all around the world and exchange ideas regarding the business and competition. CrossFit gyms are beginning to spring up all over the globe and the community of athletes they represent grows every day. This Meet Up will provide a medium to meet new friends, business partners or fellow competitors.

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 11th March

    In Meet Up Tent