Last updated on June 11th, 2018 at 12:30 am
I wrote a humorous post a few weeks back about how technology changed the way we run. Kidding aside, the rate at which fitness technology is changing is quite rapid. If you love technology, why not take advantage of what’s available to help get motivated to stay active. Here is a list of 3 gadgets every techie runner should have to do just that.
1. A Smart Phone
Most people have a smart phone already, so why not leverage it. I am a big fan of the iPhone, but any smart phone will do. I recommend an arm band for your phone to make running hands free. You can use your smart phone to collect your stats using a running app, get motivated with a music play list, share your enthusiasm for the sport with fun pictures on social media or even get inspired with new stretches.
Running apps will collect your distance, speed, calories and other stats using the GPS on your smart phone. I’m using Nike Running, but there are many great options such as Adidas Train and Run or Runtastic Pro. You have to try them out to see which one suits your needs. Running apps are great because they record your distances and speed. Some apps can even go as far as coach you and lay out a training plan. I love looking back at my stats just to see how far I’ve progressed, I find that very motivating.
We all know that if you didn’t take a picture/selfie/sweatfie, it didn’t happen. So, using an app like Fitsnap allows you to add your activity (you can pic anything from Barre to Yoga) but I pick running. You can also add your duration, distance, and any more comments. Then you can post that image of your sweaty self to the social media site of your choice, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. Some people find that very motivating or inspiring! Don’t believe me? Log into Instagram, you’ll find many such photos !
Music is motivating when running. Select all of your favorites upbeat song and turn it into a running play list. If you are looking for inspiration to build your running play list, check out mine. You can even select songs with different beats per second to help you run faster or slower.
If you are either new, or lacking ideas for pre or post run stretches, yep, there’s an app for that! I’ve downloaded a couple, Stretch & Run and RunnerStretch. It gives me some ideas of what I should be doing before a run to stay injury free.Here are 3 Gadgets every techie runner needs. Do you have these items? #techie #run #Fitfluential # Sweatpink! Click To Tweet
2. Wireless Headphones
Going hand in hand with music comes wireless headphones. You can run with wired headphones, but it’s really annoying when you get entangled. Wireless ones are the way to go. I received a pair of Monster iSport Headphones for Christmas as a gift. You can read my review on my bluetooth headsphones. Do you research before you buy a pair. Prices vary greatly. You want something that will stay in your ears when you are bouncing up and down as well as have a great sound which won’t skip when you do!
3. GPS Watch/Smartwatch
If you have a smart phone, you don’t really need a GPS smartwatch to track your running, however, arm bands can fall off, get sweaty and be inconvinient. Smart watches are small and you can quickly glance at your stats on your wrist as you run. For me, it’s been a valuable toy (I’ll be honest, it’s really what it is). I have the Garmin Vivoactive and I LOVE IT. There are many great options, but research your needs first. I loved the idea of the Apple Watch, since I’m a huge Apple fan, however, it wasn’t waterproof so I couldn’t do pool laps with it. The TomTom Multi sportwatch is another great option, however, it doesn’t have a touch screen. The Garmin Vivoactive provides me with a touch screen and is waterproof, however, it’s not a full-fledged smart watch either. I really wish that it would also be an MP3 player. I suggest you specify your needs and research which GPS watch is right for your wants and needs.
When it comes to running, it’s a very basic sport, all you absolutely need is running shoes and the will to get yourself outdoors for some fresh air. The gadgets are not a necessity, however, they can be used to help you stay motivated, reach your goals and have fun, all of which will help you stay active.
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