Product Type: Apple digital audio accessories
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Nike+Apple = Fun Run
Apple Nike + iPod Sport Kit
Member Name: hillbillypete
Apple Nike + iPod Sport Kit
Advantages: Records all workout data. Introduces you to a community of runners. Makes running easier.
Disadvantages: Requires Nike+ Running Shoes
I've always been quite an active person and a keen runner. Recently I have been upping my game and starting to take running a bit more seriously. I would be mapping my runs and timing how long it takes me to cover the distance with the trusty stopwatch. This isn't always practical and doesn't really give you an accurate account of the exercise you have been doing.
Enter the Nike+ Sport kit. It comprises of a wireless sensor that you place in the sole of your Nike+ running shoes and a small attachment that fits onto the bottom of your ipod. There is also a CD that contains the software required when it comes to uploading your data. You also need to create an account on the Nike+ website. It's as simple as that.
You choose your music and off you run. The sensor records all the data of your run including the time, distance, fastest mile/km, and calories burnt. You can set it up so that your workout ends after you have run a specific distance, amount of time, or burned off so many calories. When you have finished the run you attach your ipod to your computer (just as you do when loading music) and upload the data.
You can view all your running data on the Nike+ website. It will tell you the total distance and time you have run. It will also work out averages for you. It saves all your running history. The website isn't just about you though. It's an entire community of runners. You can compare stats, create goals for yourself and even challenge other people to reach certain goals.
One of the cuter features of the site allows you to create a mini runner in your image that you can use for a screen saver and encourages you to go out running! You can also link this with social networking sites such as Facebook.
Overall, this is a product that has been screaming out to be invented for years. It's not just for people who are fit or good at running. It's for those people that want to make exercising more enjoyable and more fun. It really does inspire you to run. You will find yourself creating a play list of music just for running. One of my favourite features is that you are able to nominate a 'power song' for that part of the run where you feel like you need to stop and need that extra bit of motivation. The key word here is motivation and the Nike+ Sports Kit gives you that little edge and helps you hit those targets.
Summary: Makes Running Fun