If you want to keep track of your running in a totally cool technological way, you need to get the sports kit that links Nike running shoes with your iPod. Using this kit is like having your own personal trainer. The system is remarkably simple and easy to use. You can also upload your data to the web, which allows you to set long-term running goals and keep up with your progress and improvement.
The Nike-iPod sports kit is one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-it ideas. There are just two pieces of hardware to the system, a sensor for your shoes and a receiver for the iPod. If you own later versions of the iPod, you may not even need the receiver. The sensor is designed to fit into a special pouch on certain Nike running shoes. However, if you have other running shoes already, you can also buy an add-on pouch that attaches to your shoelaces and holds the sensor.
Using this system is like having your very own personal trainer running alongside with you. You set up some basic parameters, choose your workout music and go. As you run, a pleasant voice will let you know as you pass certain points in the workout, like reaching halfway or burning a certain number of calories. Several different exercise statistics are tracked and can be reviewed on demand.
However, the sports kit goes beyond every day workouts. You can upload all the data it collects to the web and track your long-term progress. Information is uploaded every time you sync your iPod with iTunes, or you can specifically connect to Nike. You can use the site to set goals and even challenge others for more competitive workouts.
The iPod Sport Kit and Nike running shoes combination is an excellent way to track your running workouts without really having to do a thing. And the easier we make it to have a successful workout, the more likely we are to just do it.