2016 is fast-approaching! With that comes the dreaded new years resolutions. All too often, we start off strong with high hopes to reach that weight-loss goal or run a marathon, but within a few months (or, lets be honest, weeks) have fallen off the band wagon. Don’t fear, iRun is here to help. We’ve curated four days of training tools to help you reach your new year’s goals – from running apps to the top running races. Check in everyday up until new years day for running tips, motivation and training tools.
Tom Tom Spark Cardio & Music GPS Watch
The Tom Tom Spark allows you to carry up to 500 songs without carrying your phone; store playlists on your wrist and listen to them wirelessly during your workout.
Wear your Tom Tom Spark all 24/7 to track all your steps, active minutes, and calories burnt. With the TomTom MySports app, you can sync your stats and easily review your progress on the go. The MySports app is compatible with many of your favourite running apps (check out our previous post on running apps), including: Strava, Runkeeper and NikePlus.
Tom Tom has the ability to track all of your sports, including: running, biking, swimming – and with the new update: Indoor Cycling and the gym.
Sick of wearing your heart rate monitor strap around your chest? The Tom Tom Spark monitors your heart rate on your wrist. Heart rate-based training helps you get the most out of your training and achieve your fitness goals more quickly.
The Tom Tom Spark comes with interchangeable straps to fit your kit, with the ability to select the colour of your strap and strap wrist size.
The Polar m400 is perfect for urban and trail runners alike, offering a waterproof sporty design with advanced GPS and training features. Use your heart rate sensor and you have the ability to train at the right intensity within your personalized heart rate zones.
The Polar m400 syncs with the Polar Flow mobile app to automatically and display training data instantly. Plan, sync and share your training (pace, distance, altitude, calories and steps) with friends. The Polar Flow also allows you to set targets to with in-time update to top your personal best, receive alerts and notifications on your training updates.
Enjoy trying out new running routes? Unique to the Polar m400, you have the additional ability to find your way back home with the ‘Back to Start’ feature.
The Apple Watch measures all the ways you move, such as taking the stairs, walking your dog or playing with your kids. It even keeps track of when you stand up and encourages you to keep moving.
The Apple Watch provides you with a simple visual snapshot of your daily activity – three rings tell you everything you need to know (the “Stand” ring, the “Move” ring and the “Exercise” ring). With all of your daily activity at a glance, you can manage your personal goals based on distance, time or how many calories you want to burn.
The Apple Watch offers real-time progress updates during your workout and workout summaries once you’re finished.
Given the Apple Watch’s connection with the App Store, you can use your favourite fitness apps (including Strava) on your watch. It has never been so easy to stay connected and motivated while reaching your fitness goals!
Garmin Forerunner 15
The Garmin Forerunner 15 is simple, straightforward and effective! This watch is the most cost-effective GPS running watch, offering you the ability to track your distance, pace, heart rate and calories. The Forerunner lasts up to 8 hours on rechargeable battery life, and can saves training activity for 5 weeks.
The Forerunner has an auto lap function that automatically alerts you when you complete each mile, giving you a friendly beep and backlit screen that flashes your time for that mile.
When you complete your run, connect with the Garmin App on your computer or phone to review your workouts and track your progress!
If you’re planning to hit the treadmill during the winter months, opt for the Garmin “Foot Pod” to track all of your running specs while indoors.
If you you’re a tech and social media lover, the Fitbit Surge is for you! Connect to the Fitbit app to view your progress and analyze your trends with easy-to-read charts and graphs. With build-in GPS and heart rate monitoring, you can maximize your training, maintain intensity and monitor your caloric burn.
The multi-sport modes offered with the Surge allows precise tracking and real-time stats during your workout – you can also use “SmartTrack” to automatically recognize and record select exercises for you.
With Fitbit Surge also doubles as a lifestyle wristwatch, with features like text and call notifications, and music control! The Surge also automatically monitors your sleep, syncs your trends to the Fitbit dashboard and includes a silent, vibrating alarm.