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People exercise for different reasons, and everyone should be exercising regularly. That's easier said than done. You definitely have to have a few tricks up your sleeve to help you stay motivated. Here's one of mine.

I bought an iPod Nano ($150) and Nike + iPod Sports Kit ($30) and I use it every time I go for a run or walk. Basically you plug the receiver into your Nano, and attach the sensor to your left shoe. Nike makes special Nike + sneakers (of course), and the sensor fits snugly in the shoe under the foot bed. I like to wear whatever brand of sneaker I want, so I just use a RunAway ($7.99) - it's a waterproof capsule that holds your sensor and attaches to your laces.

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When you go for a run or walk, the sensor on your shoe monitors your time, speed, distance, and how many calories you've burned (just wish it had a heart rate monitor too). If you hit the center button on your Nano, you'll hear a voice tell you all that info (very cool). Then when you get home, just plug your Nano into your computer and all your data automatically gets sent to It keeps track of all your runs, so you can track your progress.

You can even set goals for yourself, like run 12 times in 4 weeks, or run 20 miles in 4 weeks. I set a goal to burn 1800 calories in 4 weeks and when I reached my goal I got a "Congratulations," and a little award in my virtual trophy case. It's kind of like those gold stars I put on my calendar - a little silly maybe, but very motivating.

The bottom line is you need to find what motivates you. Tracking my progress online really gets me on a regular exercise schedule, and because I can see my stats in stone, it motivates me to keep pushing my personal limits.

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rrnrios rrnrios 9 years
I own this running kit too! this is awsome...well, only if you do practice regularly and see the progress on otherwise, you'll only get more disappointed, seeing the charts empty! My fav feature is the voice giving you stats about your run... you don't have to worry about checking your watch or Garmin all the time and can listen to your power songs at the same time!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
I absolutely LOVE my nike+ kit. There's just something about seeing that virtual runner graphing all your workouts that just gives you the feeling of accomplishment =)
lintacious lintacious 9 years
i agree!!!! This thing gave me the best motivation ever and unfortunately, when i lost the sensor i stopped running for a few months. see, im not going to buy a pair of ugly nike shoes just for this sensor. so i tucked it into my shoe laces and never had a problem. until it fell out and even though its BRIGHTORANGE i couldnt find it in the street. i think there is a 3rd party plastic thing you can snap to your shoes to hold it. other than the whole losing-the-sensor-thing, i LOVE the product. is great but just the sensor itself is amazing because as you listen to music it TELLS YOU OVER THE MUSIC how far you've ran or how many minutes you have left. amazing!!!!!!!!!
Supermom Supermom 9 years
I started working out more and dieting after I was running around with my two year old and just couldn't keep up. That is when I found fitsugar (thanks). For Mother's day I asked for the Nike + ipod to go with my Nano, I got what I asked for and my hubby get me the Nike shoes too. With the help of exercise and eating health plus all the cool tips I get here, I have lost 32 lbs. This system is great and the goal setting is nice to push yourself.
maryamrose maryamrose 9 years
I really wish this worked with the video. I know that using the video for running is a bad idea, but I walk and listen to my iPod a lot and it would be handy. Oh well.
vogue92 vogue92 9 years
I can't say enough great things about the whole Nike+ system! I love the fact you can set goals for yourself online. As FitSugar said, when you complete your goal you get this virtual trophy. It sounds crazy but I look forward to getting my trophy lol. It's weird but definitely motivating. And of course Nike+ tracks my times, which is the most useful feature for me. Ahhh.. I remember the day I use to have to wear a watch to run.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
paize - it's not a separate sensor you buy - the sensor comes with the Nike+ Sports Kit and you can either put it inside the special Nike shoe or get the holder (the RunAway) that hold the sensor and attaches to the laces of any sneak. Yes - Very cool!
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Wow, that's very cool!
paize paize 9 years
cool, i didn't know you can get a separate sensor instead of buying the sneaker. I was going to buy the sports kit 'cause I already have the nano, but the sneaker they had looked really cheap and not well made.
rubialala rubialala 9 years
That's really cool.
girlboy girlboy 9 years
oh cool
helenette helenette 9 years
want it!
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