- Nov 30, 2015
Finding the right mix of tech to get the most out of your training runs.
Summer is winding down, and by
The Moov Now fitness tracker
If you've been following along with this column, you'll know that I previously advised against buying an expensive fitness tracker if you're only looking for something to track your steps, and I stand by those comments.
But the real fun begins with the in-ear coaching. Moov offers a selection of workouts and activities that work with the Moov Now to monitor your body's movements and provide instant coaching feedback via your headphones. By strapping the Moov Now to your ankle, it's able to not only monitor your time and distance progression, but also specifics related to your stride and how your feet land as you run.
Moov offers a selection of workouts and activities that work with the Moov Now to monitor your body's movements and provide instant coaching feedback via your headphones.
There are several different training modes for running and walking, which help you to train different aspects of your stride. There are programs for improving your form and run more efficiently, improve your pace and distance, or work on sprint intervals to burn fat. The feedback it provides is surprisingly accurate and helpful, offering quick tips on maintaining a steady breath, feedback if you're stepping too heavily or landing on stepping heel first, or encouragements to pick up the pace a bit. As someone who's definitely injured himself because of bad form in the past, it's nice to have a subtle piece of tech looking out for me.
It doesn't track calories or offer advanced metrics, but
Other necessary apps for a solid run
I've personally settled on
That fourth app and final app?
Armband and Bluetooth headphones
I recently did a round up of the
For headphones, I follow the same buying philosophy as buying sunglasses: I know I'm going to drop, smash, or lose them eventually, so there's no point in spending too much money on a pair.
As such, I've settled on the
Are you ready to run?
What workout tech have you tried? All combined I spent around $100 for my three running accessories — a modest investment towards improving my running stamina and endurance. Have you found any accessories that work especially well for you? Let me know in the comments!
Next time, I'm going to be looking at body weight workouts you can do around the home using minimal equipment — plus a little help from the Internet!