The Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, happening on 1st December, is almost here. What better way to put in some last minute prep by taking the advice of fitness blogger Fay Hokulani? Here, she lists six gadgets every runner needs to stay on top of their game.
1. Polar Loop
Just how active are you? Stay in the loop with a fitness tracker that will monitor your daily activities - from how active you are at your desk, on the streets and between the sheets. Aside from tracking traditional exercise metrics, sleep patterns and giving you motivational feedback, this ultra-slick smart bracelet also comes with Bluetooth Smart support. Pair it with a Bluetooth heart rate sensor to accurately calculate calories burned based on your heart rate, activity, age and gender.
Price: $123 (approx)
2. Adidas miCoach Smart Run
Finally, a fitness tracker that does not require any apps to perform. And, it comes with a built-in heart rate monitor that measures the pulse on your wrist rather than requiring a separate accessory. The built-in accelerometer counts every step so you can monitor your stride rate while GPS tracks your speed, distance and route with greater precision. Pair it with your Bluetooth headset to get real-time coaching or groove to your favorite tunes while you move.
Price: US$399 ($496, released in November)
3. FuelBelt R30 Revenge Hydration Belt
The longer your run, the more likely you’ll need to hydrate on-the-run. This light-weight hydration belt sits comfortably around your hips and makes it super convenient to carry your fluids and some personal items such as your keys, ID, a little cash and a gelpack. A velcro closure makes it a snap to take on and off and once in place, it doesn’t annoyingly move around while you’re on the go.
Price: US$48 ($60)
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4. RunKeeper App
After deleting dozens of fitness apps because they were over complicated, cluttered or required too much effort to use effectively, I’ve finally found one that sets a higher standard of convenience. An interesting feature of this GPS running tracker is the use of Google Maps' Elevation API. It displays an elevation view of your run, overlaid with your pace or speed to help you understand how your running is affected by uphill and downhill stretches.
5. Jaybird Freedom Sprint Bluetooth Headphones
What’s a workout without some thumping beats to keep you company? Avoid tangling cords and run free with this totally sweat-proof Jaybird Freedom Sprint Bluetooth headphones. Putting it on is a breeze; you just slide each earpiece over the top of your ear and then wiggle it on for a tight fit. Once they are over your ears, you won’t even notice that you are wearing headphones.
Price: US$129 ($160)
6. Polar heart rate monitor chest strap
Any experienced runner knows that understanding your heart rate lets you efficiently analyze and improve your cardio performance. Keeping your heart rate in check during training is essential because specific heart rate zones accomplish different tasks such as recovery, weight loss or endurance. By knowing your heart rate and which zone you are in, you can effectively gauge you should pick up the pace or slow down - perfect for surviving a marathon.
Price: US$79.95 ($99)