Exercise / running

Your Questions Answered on Technology and Training

Picture taken from www.details.comI was on vacation last week, so am a little late in pulling together a synopsis of advice compiled from Friday’s Ask the Expert session with Exercise Physiologist, Amanda Zaleski (Hartford Hospital). The topic was training and technology, so here’s a quick rundown of the take away points:

  • Apple and Samsung both have announce hubs that can sync ALL of your health, fitness and diet apps together. Both are slated to be released this fall.
  • Be wary of weight loss apps that don’t account for energy expenditure while training for an event. Your energy demands will be different than for someone not exercising.
  • Accelerometers worn on the wrist dramatically underestimate energy expenditure for top-body stationary activities such as cycling.
  • Apps such as MyFitnessPal now allow you to scan bar codes of products for entering calories with ease. Be sure to always upgrade software to use this app to its full capacity!
  • Always calibrate your equipment or app by both walking AND running a measured distance. The longer the distance, the better the calibration.
  • To minimize drain apps can have on phone battery, dim the screen brightness and increase “epoch length” in settings to not capture as frequently (e.g., 15 sec vs 5 sec epoch length will save battery).
  • Apps such as RunKeeper, Endomono and Nike (among others) all have “verbal cues” that talk to you during a workout, which you may find motivating.
  • Be sure to always check privacy settings and mix up your routes if you make your runs public in apps such as MapMyRun.
  • All apps to track mileage and pace are fairly equivalent, but if you want to predetermine a route and then follow point by point directions on your phone, MapMyRun is free and user friendly.
  • To check split times in the Nike Running App (and more options), turn the full screen horizontal!
  • The best app for you depends on your goals and what intrinsically motivates you. Programs with a social community are great, if you thrive off of being held accountable and garnering positive reinforcement.

 

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