I don’t know about you but I am so ready for fall. I live in the DC area
and if you haven’t been paying attention it was pretty much three
million inches of snow immediately followed by six months of equatorial
I am only exaggerating a little bit.
Really I love the fall and now that the weather is cooling down I am psyched to start working out in the great outdoors once again. I spent my summer workouts downstairs on my elliptical which was great – I got caught up on all of the teen vampire movies and indie girl flicks that my husband didn’t want to watch with me – but I am so ready to just be outside.
I don’t care if you hike or run or cycle you are going to need some workout clothes and other accessories for the new season. Besides, I fully admit that cute new sweatshirt and my new iPod playlists are the things that keep me motivated to get out there in the first place.
Okay, fine. My sweatshirt, my playlist and the fact that my jeans are all too tight, but I don’t want to talk about that. I want to focus on the positive. High tech workout gear!
These are totally expensive, but if you are big into backpacking or hiking you should check out this Garmin GPSMAP.
I know! It is adorable! But cute isn’t the half of it. This baby offers handheld color mapping and is good for land and water use. Garmin offers several versions ranging from about $275 to close to $500. The highest end one comes with barometric altimeter, 3-axis tilt-compensated compass, photo navigation and preloaded 100K topo mapping. Crazy! I don’t even like camping and I want one of these.
This next item is a different kind of high tech.
This Airflyte hoodie from REI is pretty cool looking but it is also made out of a special material that both keeps you warm and wicks moisture away from your skin. I love these because this way you don’t sweat and freeze at the same time. I also like the thumb holes that keep your sleeves where they are supposed to be and keep your hands warmer as a bonus. This one has a zippered pocket with a headphone portal and is amazingly comfortable.
I bought one (fine, two) last year and I wore them around the house all winter. This particular REI version costs $ 59.50, but you can find similar items at other outdoorsy type stores or around the Internet.
Seriously, the internet has every thing.
Nike and iPod (Apple) teamed up and made a kit that will connect your shoes to your MP3 player.
At first I thought it would just check beats per minute and play a song that fit your running pace, which would have been awesome, but this is so much cooler than that. There is a sensor that goes in your shoe that can actually track your run. You can set an open ended run or you can set your work out for a specific time, distance or even number of calories burned. When you get home you can sync and store all of the information from all of your runs and there is even an attachment you can buy that will track your heart rate.
The kit itself only costs $29.00, but you will also need a pair of shoes and an iPod or an iPhone to make it work.
These are only a few of the super cool high tech things available to help you with your workout this fall.
What are you using that I should know about?
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