New Fitness Tech

The industry of fitness technology is booming. Everyone wants to incorporate the latest and most innovative gadgets into their workouts, but my question is … how are we supposed to keep up with and use it all? There are too many options, too many passwords. Even though I get a good glimpse at the most cutting edge and useful designs via my work with BodyMedia, I still get overwhelmed by the amount of apps, gadgets and emerging concepts coming at me in the fitness world. I decided to confront the situation head on, and dive in. One foot in front of the other, you have to start somewhere, yadda, yadda, yadda.

I alluded to my first new tech endeavor recently – I signed up for a RunKeeper account and downloaded the app onto my phone. I’ve only used it a handful of times (the GPS function doesn’t work in the basement gym at my office, so many treadmill jaunts have gone un-documented) and I’ve only used it in one capacity. I know that you can set up music and coaching, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. Right now I just log my runs (though you can also log biking and walking). It’s similar to my Nike application for the iPod Shuffle. It interrupts my music every five minutes to tell me how long I’ve been running, how far I’ve gone and what my average pace per mile is. Sometimes I’m not exactly sure of its accuracy, but I personally enjoy that kind of feedback and motivation.

At the end of every run, it asks me how I feel, which almost annoys me. How do I feel? Depending on how far I ran, I feel tired, lazy, sore, cold, hot, dehydrated or accomplished! I feel like most people just skip that step and use one of the stock phrases. I, on the other hand, always have to give it some thought and try to write descriptive phrases that will really bring me back to that moment. Here is an example: “Horrible! Tired and dead limbs. Lots of walking for this guy today.”

I also don’t sync my runs with Facebook. It’s none of your business how far I ran! I KNOW you can run faster and further than I can. I guess competitive social media fitness technology isn’t really for me. Which is odd, considering the other app I downloaded and started using this week … any guesses what it is?

More to come on that later. For now, a hieroglyphic for you.

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