Keeping those New Year Resolutions
Often people are searching for something to make the weight loss or fitness programme that bit easier and more manageable, whether it by a calorie counting website, a low carb diet or online personal training advice.
If starting to run is your chosen way of lose weight, then one of the best ways to stick to a beginners running plan is being able to find an easy and fun way to track your progress, and if that method allows you to share your progress it with friends and family the accountability you will have and encouragement you will receive means you are more likely to stick with your plan and reach you goal.
About the Nike+ System
The system is aimed at the causal or amateur runner, so it comes at a much lower price point compared to professional running computers, but is also lighters, easier to use and fun to boot.
The sensor itself can be worn with any pair of running shoes but purchasing a small pouch that attached to the laces of the shoe but you can buy Nike running shoes with an integrated compartment for the sensor under the sole of the shoe.
During you run the sports band can display the time of day, the elapsed time for your run, your running pace and calories burned. These different display modes can be cycled through using the toggle button on the bottom of the unit.
After your run, the sportsband stores you last time, time this weeks and total time recorded.
The Online Account
(*note a download from the nikeplus website is needed to set up you computer to recognise your sportsband)
The online account allows you to look at graphs for each of your runs, to see your runs weekly, monthly or all your runs together and provides motivational goals, like getting past certain distances to go up a level in the running grade. Aside from some great community features and built in running plans, the goal setting system and social network interaction is the most useful for the beginner.
This allows you to connect your online account to your facebook and twitter accounts, to share your runs, the training goals that you set and the goals that you meet, allow you to use you online family and friends for ongoing motivation and encouragement.
The Nike+ Sportsband is an excellent and fun way to track your run and share you progress with people you know. Just heading out for a run to make sure you get the next tick on your weekly charts is a great way to stay motivated. Using gadgets that help you see what you are achieving one of the best ways you can find to stick with your training program and hit your exercise and weight loss goals, especially if you are a beginner to running.