Adding Value And Technology to Your Daily Run

For the fitness-freaks who love to find news ways to either enhance their daily work out which could be something as simple as run on a treadmill or Jog by the sea, here are a couple of things that can add a little more value to your run.

One of the biggest names in the sports accessory business and possibly (it’s always a debate) one of the biggest names in mobile entertainment – Apple, we have the Nike+ set up. With inputs from Nike fitness trainer Ajinkya Kale, let’s take a closer look at this product.

What is Nike+
Nike fitness trainer Ajinkya Kale explains that Nike+ is not limited to the devices alone. “Nike+ helps runners and athletes monitor their run, their average pace, calories burnt and the distance they covered. It’s not just a gadget, but a worldwide community. With these Nike+ enabled devices, you can join the Nike+ community online. After that, you can compete with other runners across the world, set challenges and monitor you progress too.” The shoes have two variants - Nike Free Run+ and the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit.

Nike Free Run+

Nike Free Run+ is a range of Nike+ products crafted specially for those athletes who prefer to run without music. It consists of the Nike+ wrist band - the sensor for your Nike+ enabled shoes and the receiver.

The Nike+ iPod sport kit
Made for athletes who like to run with music to keep them company, the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit can be used with Nike+ enabled iPods or the iPhone 3G and 3Gs. It comes with all the devices mentioned in the Free Run+ kit but also includes a specially crafted receiver device. The receiver has to be plugged into the charging port of the music player to gather the running information.

How does it work
The first thing you need of course are a pair of is the Nike+ enabled shoes, indicated by the Nike+ logo located on the outsole of the shoes. Simply hold the sensor button for three seconds to turn it on. Once the sensor is on, lift the sock liner from the left shoe and place the sensor in the small pocket provided for it. After you replace the sock liner, your shoes are ready for your run. Once your shoes are ready, turn your attention towards the device. On the Nike+ device, press the center button for three seconds and begin your run after ‘RUN’ appears on the screen. Clip the device to your arm through the wristband. As you walk or run, the data is sent wirelessly from the sensor to the receiver device, where the data is recorded. The button at the base of the device lets you start, stop, and pause the information being sent during your run. A toggle button on the device enables you to check the details of your run on the device itself so you can track data while you’re running.

To recover your data from the device, just unplug it from your wristband and insert the device to the USB port of your computer. A free plug-in from nikeplus.com helps you to upload the data directly from the device to your account on the website. You will be presented with a graph of your run on a daily basis, giving you a statistical analysis.

Using Nike+
The Nike+ range of products is not really recommended for beginners, these shoes and gadgets are perfect for fitness enthusiasts, runners and athletes who need to monitor their runs. You can use the shoes for regular use even without the gadgets; however it is recommended that you use the gadgets every time you run to get a better idea of your progress.

Price
For details on the Nike+ community visit www.nikeplus.com but the sensor chip is priced at Rs.2,000 and the shoes that are compatible with the same range from Rs. 5000 - Rs. 11,000. If you walk into a Nike store look for the Nike+ option or just ask the attendants.
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The second option for the frequent runner is by Adidas and is called the miCoach Pacer which serves as a fantastic monitoring and guiding tool as you go about your daily fitness regime.

What is the pacer
Besides being small and compact, the Pacer serves the purpose of a fitness expert who would otherwise charge a premium at the gym just to give you a few simple workout tricks. The Pacer guides you along your workout schedule and provides you with audible instructions on what you need to do and whether what you’re doing is correct or wrong.

What does it include
The ‘Pacer’, which is the main piece, can be connected to your computer via USB connection. It connects and picks up information from the other two devices that come in the package. It also accommodates an MP3 player so you can listen to music during the audible instructions. The ‘Heart-rate Monitor’ comes along with a belt that has to be worn around your chest so as to record your heart rate as you run. The ‘Stride Sensor’ can be worn by hooking it onto your shoe laces.

How does it work
The main Pacer unit is the one that is responsible for communication with the Heart Rate Monitor and Stride Sensor. There is some amount of storage memory in the miCoach Pacer that is used to record all the workout information. You can either attach it to your armband or to your shirt with the help of a clip that is present at the back of the device. You can also use it to listen to your favorite songs via a portable music player. As soon as you open your miCoach Pacer package, make sure that you charge it. Visit the site www.adidas.com/in/micoach and sign up with them. Set up your email account online and select your running plan. Also synchronize your workouts with the
workouts on the website.

Next comes the part where you have to get geared up and ready for your first run. Wear the Heart Rate Monitor on your chest using the belt. Attach the Stride Sensor to your shoe. It can be clipped on to your shoe laces. Next you have to clip the miCoach Pacer and turn it on. Select your workout and take to the jogging track. As you run the miCoach Pacer will guide you with audible instructions that let you know when you’re going too fast or too slow. This, of course, depends on the type of routine you have selected. Once you’re done with your run, get back home, log on to your miCoach account and sync your track progress online by connecting the pacer to the computer via USB.

Price

The miCoach system is available in two variations – The Pacer priced at Rs. 8,999 is the in-shoe system that’s compatible with three pairs of shoes viz. the Adistar (Rs.8500), Supernova (Rs.7000) and the Response (Rs.5,700).

The second option can the miCoach Zone that can be used with any pair of running shoes as it’s an external system that consist of a heart rate monitor and a watch priced at Rs.4,999.

If running is not you thing, at least the both pairs shoes look cool enough to wear as is.


Published Date: Jun 18, 2010 04:50 pm | Updated Date: Jun 18, 2010 04:50 pm