I’m a nerd and I’m (trying to be) a runner. So it’s really no surprise that I’m combining the two. Fitness technology is a big money-maker for consumer product and services companies and the current crop of devices and web-services make adding a technological twist to exercise a lot easier than it was just a few short years ago.
Here are some of the tools I use to plan, track and motivate myself into being a healthier me.
First and foremost is my iPhone 4. I use it to track my food, exercise and just about everything else in my life. Without it, I’d have to manually map routes and use a stop-watch to time runs. Which means I’d probably not do anything.
I use Strava, Daily Mile and Runkeeper to track running. At the moment, I’m using the Runkeeper iOS app and exporting the .gpx files to Strava and Daily Mile. I’m not sold on any of the three services, so I’m using them all until I figure out which I like most.
I use MyFitnessPal to track calories and weight. Whether it’s food or exercise, it all goes in there.
I use Google Calendar to keep track of my workout for the day (I have a dedicated calendar to the half marathon training plan I use).
And, though it’s not directly fitness related, I use WordPress to help keep track and motivate myself.
I’d really like to get a Garmin fitness watch (It’s a toss-up between the Forerunner 210 and it’s much more capable younger brother the 610), but right now they’re a bit out of my price range.
What tech do you use to keep active? Am I missing a key app or gadget?