Monday, January 31, 2011

Gadgets

I have just a few gadgets that help me along my journey of becoming a better runner and improving my overall fitness.
My favorite gadget is my BodyBugg. I love it and it was the best gift I have ever received. It has helped me lose 76lbs over the past year and half. I am sure that other programs work great for people, but this has been amazing for me. It really shows me where I am at each day. I don't have the calorie display watch, but all I have to do is plug it in and sync it up to see where I stand on calories burned. They have a great online food tracking system that I track about 90% of my food in. I am trying to get better, but there are days where I just don't bother.

Next is my iP0d, which I really like for when I am outdoors. I love listening to music and it just helps keep the negative thoughts out of my head while I am running. If I don't have music, I tend to listen lose mentally and give up sooner then if I had some tunes blasting in my ears.

I also love my Nike+ it helps me to keep track of my mileage and when I train for a run, I can use the online coach to determine the distance I need to run to train properly. Right now I am not loving it as it has messed up to of my workouts, but I am dealing with it. A lovely friend is sending her's as she never used it so hopefully I will have better luck with the next one.


Lastly, this weekend I pulled out my Polar Heart Rate Monitor this was the first fitness related gadget I owned. I received this as a gift many years ago and used it religiously. The battery died and it was put on the shelf until yesterday when my husband replaced the battery for me so I can start using it again. I know that I can tend to slack off in my runs or workout, so I look forward to keeping my heart rate in the right range going forward.

Hopefully someday I can combine some of these gadgets and invest in Garmin Forerunner. I have heard great things about the Forerunner 305, but the 205 is blue and that is my favorite color. Either way I need to prove myself a little more before I invest in a new toy.

2 comments:

  1. Buying the Garmin 305 a.k.a. Edward was the best thing I bought for my running and so is my Ipod. The battery was so bad last year, it didn't last longer than 30 minutes which is annoying on long runs so bought a new one.

    The Polar was the first "gadget" I bought too and still use it when I do strength training or Pilates in the gym. I love to track everything.

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  2. Yes as Fran said - the garmin is like the best investment I ever made. Though, I loved the nike plus too! I just love knowing exactly how fast I am going and pushing myself harder based on that. And yay for your body bugg. That would be a purchase I would love to make someday!

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