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Which Fitness Gadget Is Most Important to You?

I don't know how I exercised before I got my heart rate monitor. All that data is quite motivational to me. I am also highly dependent, exercise wise, on my pink iPod nano my girls gave me for Mother's Day. What about you . . .

ches ches 9 years
my i-pod of course !!
AlkalineSteam AlkalineSteam 9 years
Love my Reebok Precision XT. I bought it for 19.99 on a clearance website. It has a chest strap which constantly tracks my heart rate and calories burned. I had one of those finger touch HRM's, but I hated that. A close second would be my Treo which I use for music.
kchealy kchealy 9 years
My Garmin 205 is my favorite training gadget. I'd like the new 405 since it's got a lot smaller of a profile, but that's a ways off since the 205 is still working so well for me.
fizzymartini fizzymartini 9 years
I'm an old-school runner - no music for me while outdoors. Gotta listen out for traffic, for starters... plus I get distracted when songs end (for some reason I don't like knowing just how long I've been running!). I hum in my head... that way I can make the chorus of that power song last 10+ minutes on loop ;) That said, I need my iPod on treadmills though. Those things bore the life out of me! I LOVE the idea of the Nike+ kit, but am NOT going to buy a Nano just for that. I'd consider their new Sportband, but maybe after they improve the technology (a few too many negative reviews for now). I'd also like a Polar for GPS/HRM, but am a bit intimidated by them...
I have playlists for the different distances I run. Short runs & long runs. That way when a particular song starts I know I have hit the 10 or 13 mile mark. It helps keep me motivated!
Geoffrey Geoffrey 9 years
I do not go faster than a walk without my Garmin Forerunner 305. For training and racing it gives me all the information I need to push myself when I need pushing, and to pull back when I am over doing it. The GPS mapping is a joy to work with and it, especially when you can compare your heart rate with elevations to see how you perform in various inclines/declines.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
My heart rate monitor for sure! It really helps me focus on my level of intensity and I use the stopwatch feature. It's also a great motivator. The Polar F6 I have keeps a weekly tally of calories burned, time exercising, etc. Every week, I strive to beat the total from the previous week. My ipod is a close second. I only use it when I run or bike, but the times I've forgotten it have been torture.
staticnoise staticnoise 9 years
i don't use any gadgets while doing sports.
doogirl doogirl 9 years
I love my ipod, I swear I sing love songs to it! I'm also a fan of my pedometer, it has really helped me getting off my butt!
ashante_l ashante_l 9 years
def.the ipod!
nobodymuch nobodymuch 9 years
nike+ is the best thing ever. Makes distance training so easy, so motivating, and integrated into the ipod, perfect. Cool tip from Consumer Reports: if you don't like nike running shoes, get one of those shoe wallets, put the chip thing in that, and attach it to your shoe laces. I have the non ipod one but haven't bonded with it in the same way.
darkoblivion darkoblivion 9 years
I love my ipod but I don't always use it. Sometimes I like to clear my head and think. I do, however, ALWAYS use my heart rate monitor.
car0linee<3 car0linee<3 9 years
ipod totally, how would i run without it?
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
Ipod, ipod...where would I be without you? I could not get through a workout without my lovely little electronic buddy.
kia kia 9 years
Of all these I suppose I use my heart rate monitor the most for a workout, but I'll use it about once a month and just use the watch function the rest of the month.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
It's a tie between my MP3 player and my Polar HRM. I need to see how much my heart rate's going up (the machines are always off) and being a runner, it's very difficult for me to get my HR up into an appreciable rate, lol. And if I didn't have my MP3 player, I wouldn't survive my 8-10 mile runs. I would get SO BORED.
seven7 seven7 9 years
If it wasn't for music, I wouldn't accomplish half as much on my treadmill. It really keeps me going, especially when I'm weakest. I also want to look into getting a good HRM that will tell me about what fat burning zone I'm in.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
Oh yeah. HRM are such a good investment, especially in the long run. The machines are way off on calories. I also like to know how many calories I'm burning. I've increased my workout calorie burn from 650 to 800. Plus, with a HRM you can tell what zones you're in for fat burning, which is especially good for interval training. So is the Nike + Ipod Sports kit any good? I've been thinking investing in one of those.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 9 years
My trainer told me if I ever broke my HRM to just look for one on ebay. They're supposed to be half the price.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I agree about Polar HR monitors. I have the F4 as well and it certainly does all the things I need it to do.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Polar HR monitors are a good brand! I have the F4, it's not the fanciest one but it gets the job done :-)
cutiekat88 cutiekat88 9 years
my ipod.
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
My iPod & my Nike+ kit. I need both of them if I'm running, even if I don't listen to the music - for the 10K I ran on July 4th, there were so many spectators I didn't want to miss out on their cheering, as well as live bands along the course. But just having that familiar bounce on my arm keeps me going. And knowing I can track my progress on running is so helpful!
yadiet yadiet 9 years
clemalum03 clemalum03 9 years
My plain old Ironman watch!
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