October is Personal Health Technology Month

October is Personal Health Technology Month

Gregory Han
Oct 4, 2010

It's Personal Health Technology Month here at Unplggd and we're starting off by getting ourselves away from computer for at least an hour or two each day to test out a variety of technologies that might help you boost or monitor your fitness. We just picked up a new iPod nano and Nike+ system last week to aid in marathon training (we've run two half marathons, but have yet to tackle a full 26 miles and 385 yards), hoping the combination of music and distance/energy expenditure data will help us finish strong...or just finish at all.

We're no strangers to the Nike+ system; as first adopters, we've gone through several of the sensors partnered with a 1st generation iPod Touch. But we finally decided to upgrade to the tiny new nano for comfort/size, but also to test if the Nike+ system had improved in feedback an accuracy in any way. We'll report back after we put it through various running/hiking tests; our first trip out was a 9+ mile trail running ascent in the nearby Santa Monica mountains and the built-in pedometer was pretty accurate, so we're hoping the sensor system is even better.

How about you out there? Do you run, walk or hike with an audio accompaniment? We usually run listening to music here in the city, but forgo listening to music while hiking in a natural setting because we think the sounds of a trail are preferable even to our most favourite tunes. We've always said the difference between a walk and a hike is walkers go out to block out the world while hikers set out to enter into the world with each step. But we've noted more popular and accessible trails are often filled with people with earbuds visible. Guess it's the sign of the times...

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