Run smarter this summer

As the evenings start to get that little bit brighter (after all, the clocks go forward later this month), more and more people decide to take up running in their quest to keep fit and to beat the bulge.

In the past, the advice was simple: “Run as fast as you can, as far as you can and then run back”. Today however, the art of running is so much more advanced.

Technology in sportswear, including lighter trainers and breathable clothing, has combined with ever-changing advice and guidance from nutritional and fitness experts to change the way that many of us think about exercise.

The latest advancement for those training for a big run or looking to improve their fitness is the growth of electronic fitness programmes, GPS tracking and telematics. As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that” and, unsurprisingly, the technology has benefitted massively from the popularity of smartphones.

The technology is designed to track your progress throughout your running or fitness regime, providing you with key data such as your distance covered, speed, running time, calories burned and a host of other data. With that information, clever software can suggest improvements to your regime, alternative exercise and keep up with your progress and targets.

Both Nike and Adidas have released systems to do exactly that, with Nike launching Nike Plus whilst Adidas last year launched miCoach.

Nike Plus uses technology that is either embedded into your running shoes, such as in these Nike Luna Swift Plus trainers, which then links to your iPod Touch or iPhone.

The wireless sensor and receiver communicate to give you real-time feedback during workouts and let you track your performance on your Mac or PC. The system will record your running statistics, pace, time and calories burned whilst still allowing you to listen to your music.

The rival from Adidas, miCoach, works a little differently, tracking your heart rate and using GPS technology to track your activity. Whereas the Nike system is designed very much with running in mind, Adidas has designed miCoach around the different training needs of individual sports or activities. If, for example, you are using miCoach for football rather than marathon running, the plans and exercises that it suggests will differ as it builds a programme for your particular sport.

So if you have a big event coming up; perhaps a marathon run for charity or a big football match, or if you are just trying to improve your fitness regime, take a look at bringing your training into the 21st century with some smart fitness solutions.

8th March 2011
Written by Very_Lauren

Posted by: NATHAN J 23 June 2011