I was surprised last week when a normally sedentary friend messaged he would "brb...going out for a run". What gives? When he got back he informed me the reason for his newfound interest in logging in a few miles (okay, more like a mile) was an app, Zombies, Run! This totally made sense now, since my friend is both a horror film fan and an even more avid iPhone user...
Zombies, Run! works under the premise the city you're running across is filled with the brain-eating undead, and users are fed an audio narration revolving around post zombie apocalypse missions (collect water, food, medicine). It's one part audio book, another part video game, and a sly personal trainer, combining all three elements to create an entertaining workout which makes you forget you're actually working out.
Fans of The Walking Dead looking to get exercising/motivated again seem to love it, as proven by all the IMs and emails from friends asking me if I've tried it out (unfortunately not, because I'm on a Windows Phone). Maybe I'll need to borrow an iPhone soon.
The three-axis accelerometer LED bracelet tracks time, distance, calories, and taps into a similar competitive streak without utilizing the undead as motivation. The Nike+ website works in conjunction, providing visual feedback and motivation to keep at it (consistency, not distance or speed, is the making of a good runner!). I've used the Nike+ shoe sensor with the accompany site to train for races, and it's proved to be useful for an everyday, normal (aka slowpoke) runner like myself, and this band seems like an even easier way to keep tabs about activity rates throughout the day, albeit an expensive one.