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February 14 2014

Heat Maps Reveal Where People Run in Major Cities

Many people jog in places they consider beautiful, but these running maps look more like works of art themselves.

Statistician Nathan Yau, Ph.D., at FlowingData sampled public data records from workout app RunKeeper to map where people run in 22 cities across America, Canada and Europe. The result is a series of gorgeous and intriguing visualizations.

These maps reveal areas with the most foot traffic, indicated with thicker, darker lines. Other, less traveled routes are fainter and harder to see. It comes as no surprise that parks, waterways, and other more picturesque areas tend to be the most popular courses people take. Read more...

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January 30 2014

How to Exercise During Winter's Brutal Cold

Sure, school is canceled and you've started referring to a forecast of zero degrees as a heat wave, but the polar vortex doesn't need to disrupt your workout schedule. Exercising outdoors can be safe, even exhilarating, experts and outdoor advocates said.

Chris Tripp bikes a few miles to work every morning in Minneapolis (so far this winter, he's skipped only two days).

"I've ridden in minus 20 and if it's fairly calm it's really not that bad," he said. "On days when it's snowing out and it's not terribly windy and the city is quiet, it gives me time to wind down after work. And in the morning, I get some cardio in and I feel ready to work. My heart rate is up without caffeine; it's a nice bonus." Read more...

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January 08 2014

The Top 10 Fitness Programs You Researched After New Year's

Remember that New Year’s resolution you made to drop some weight and become more fit? Well, tons of other people made that resolution as well, and turned to the Internet to hunt down workouts that would help kick off a year of fitness

People are looking for way to train — searches for gyms like "Bally Total Fitness" and "Equinox" jumped over 100%. They're also seeking the most accommodating schedules, with the phrase "24 hour fitness schedule" spiking by 280%. Cleansing is also in, with the phrase "juice cleanse" surging a whopping 405%. Read more...

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January 20 2012

Hands-on With the Nike+ FuelBand [PICS]

Nike+ FuelBand

The Nike+ FuelBand is a new wristband that tracks a metric that Nike has developed called "Fuel," which measures all physical activity across sports.

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Nike unveiled the Nike+ FuelBand Thursday, a new wristband that aims to track all physical activities and provide a common metric for tracking performance across sports.

I had an opportunity to test out the device for several hours, taking it from Nike’s press conference in New York City to a tennis training session and a lunch.

The device performed as promised – after syncing with an iPod touch after each stop, the Nike+ FuelBand app charted my progress and allowed me to share it on Twitter and Facebook (although those features won’t work in full until the device goes live next month).

Not surprisingly, it charted a huge spike in activity during the tennis session (I earned about 500 fuel points in 45 minutes), was fairly flat during a bus ride between locations, and picked up slightly while casually walking around.

The FuelBand itself features only one button, which lets you sync with the iPod touch or iPhone and cycle through the metrics that it tracks: Fuel score, calories burned, steps and the time. It comes in three sizes and fit to my wrist snug; it’s also waterproof, which means you can take a post-workout shower without removing it.

To get a closer look at how these features operate, as well as some shots of Nike’s star-studded press conference, check out the slideshow above.

More About: exercise, fuelband, Nike, sports

November 04 2010

5 MP3 Players for Pumping Up Your Workouts

Whether you finish a triathlon before breakfast, speed walk around the block at lunch or do 50 laps before dinner, one thing that makes exercise so much more enjoyable is some music.

We all love listening to music to get us in the “zone,” but it can be a hassle to lug around a whole music library, or have your music player bouncing around in your pocket. If you’re looking for a new MP3 player, or an alternative to taking your expensive phone into the danger zone, we’ve got five options that are ideal for sporty types.

Have a look through our top five choices below and let us know which device you liked best — or if we’ve missed a model you love — in the comments below.

1. Sony Walkman W Series NWZ-W252

This wearable MP3 player from Sony fits neatly around the back of your neck, so there are no cables to get tangled. Lightweight and water-resistant, it’s ideal for joggers who run the risk of getting caught in the rain.

With up to 2GB capacity, it’s not the most capacious option out there, but that should be enough space for around 450 tracks; more than enough to see you through a run. File transfers are drag ‘n’ drop easy.

The W series claims to have an 11-hour battery-life, but even if you’ve forgotten to charge the device, there’s a very handy quick-charge function that will give you 90-minutes of juice from a three-minute charge — a very useful feature.

Cost: $59.95

2. Cowon iAudio E2

The stunningly good-looking iAudio E2 from Cowon proves that practical audio-on-the-go doesn’t have to be dowdy.

It gives the iPod shuffle a darn good run for it’s money with up to 4GB capacity, minimalist controls, brilliant file support, an 11-hour battery life and audio wizardry in the form of some proprietary tech to make your music sound amazing. All that tech snaps on with a metal ring that can be attached to a belt loop or your clothing with an optional extra clip.

Available in a rainbow of colors — white, black, orange red, violet, mocha brown, lilac silver, sky blue and pink — it’s the perfect audio player for people who dress up to go to the gym.

Cost: From around $50

3. Finis SwiMP3.1G

Doing endless laps can get tedious, so an investment like the SwiMP3 player might help you stay in the water longer.

Designed from the ground up specifically for swimmers, this completely waterproof player uses bone conduction technology — sending sound vibrations through the cheekbone to the inner ear — to avoid the muffled noise problems other underwater players can experience.

With 1GB storage (good for around 240 tracks), it attaches to your goggles or mask and offers basic controls. The 8-hour battery is rechargeable via USB.

Cost: $149.99

4. SanDisk Sansa Clip+

SanDisk’s Clip+ players (indicating a microSDHC memory card slot) are a popular choice in the budget MP3 marketplace.

The Clip is a great all-around player — there are no nasty file support omissions, it boasts good battery life (up to 15 hours) and performs well. At just 2.2 x 1.4 x 0.6 inches big, it’s small enough and cheap enough to throw in your gym bag and forget about.

The Clip+ is great for the gym. The clip on its back makes it easy to attach to clothes, and the small but bright display helps in navigating your song selection mid-workout. There’s even an FM tuner if you get bored of your own tunes. Though, with the capacity for around 2,000 songs on the 8GB model, you might never need it.

Cost: From $39.99 to $69.99 (but the 8GB model is currently $56.79 on Amazon.com)

5. Ryobi TEK4 AllPlay Jobsite MP3 Player

This rugged player comes from a tool manufacturer and is designed to withstand the rigors of a jobsite. Those qualities also make it ideal for extreme sports enthusiasts.

If you need an MP3 player that will not conk out if it comes into contact with dirt, water or suffers the odd drop or knock, the TEK4 is worth consideration. With all that action, its large buttons mean its also easy to control on the go.

It offers a 2GB storage capacity with file support for all common music formats. It also comes complete with a spring loaded clip as well as an armband and, best of all, boasts an impressive 72 hours of battery life per charge, which should see you through most outdoor sporting adventures.

Cost: Approximately $70

More Health and Exercise Resources from Mashable:

- 10 Essential iPhone Apps for Runners
- 8 Best Android Apps for Health and Fitness
- 5 Ways Social Media Helps Promote Good Health
- 5 Amazing Infographics For the Health Conscious
- 10 Free iPhone Apps to Help You Go Green

Reviews: Amazon.com

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February 23 2010

10 Essential iPhone Apps for Runners

For people who enjoy running, there’s nothing like lacing up the Nikes, heading out the door and hitting that stride. But every runner hits a wall at one point or another and day after day, run after run can soon become monotonous. Sometimes a little jolt to the routine is welcomed.

Whether you want to try out new routes, strive to be faster, have better endurance or even lose a little weight, runners (and want-to-be runners) can turn to the following 10 iPhone apps for a little more variety in their training regimens:

1. RunKeeper Pro

RunKeeper Pro is probably the most well-known of the running apps on this list. This is a feature-rich app that enables GPS tracking, distance, speed monitoring, caloric output and activity history for any number of activities you partake in including sports such as running, cycling, hiking, skiing and swimming. You can also sync all the data to RunKeeper’s website to monitor progress and share publicly. RunKeeper also offers a simplified version of the app for free.

Cost: $9.99

2. Ghost Race

Sometimes, the best motivation is competition and who better to compete with than yourself? Ghost Race enables you to track your times on various routes and compare your performance from day to day. The app’s audio function also keeps you updated on your progress against your ‘Ghost’ in real-time.

Cost: $0.99

3. Livestrong Calorie Tracker

Assuming most people who run regularly are also health conscious, the Livestrong Calorie Tracker boasts more than 625,000 foods in its database and is a great app to have to monitor caloric/fat/carbohydrate/protein intake. You can also monitor your progress based on daily caloric goals that you establish and track your weight loss goals.

Cost: $2.99

4. Get Running (Couch to 5K)

Targeted more for beginner runners, Get Running provides users with a specific training regimen over the course of nine weeks, with the end goal of being able to run for 30 minutes. Audio prompts guide users through each workout and even provide encouragement along the way.

Cost: $1.99

5. iRace

iRace is a comprehensive app for locating road races near you or in any city that you choose to search. The app also enables you to preview the race route (if available) and send “challenges” to contacts, inviting them to run the race with you.

Cost: $0.99

6. Fitnio

Fitnio is another GPS-based tracking and monitoring app for walking, running and cycling. The app records your activity and then displays distance, pace, caloric burn and also keeps an ongoing log of all workouts and also syncs with its website. Fitnio also provides an emergency contact option in the event that immediate help is needed during a workout.

Cost: $1.99

7. Run Coach

Run Coach is a good app for both seasoned and novice runners who desire a little more motivation for running success. With a variety of training plans to choose from, a 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, etc., Run Coach provides personalized plans and enables you to track your progress along the way. Running and nutritional tips are also offered for quick reference.

Cost: $0.99

8. iMapMyRun

If you want a GPS-based route tracker and activity log, but don’t want to pay for one, iMapMyRun is a good alternative. Similar to some of the other tracking apps, this also enables you to save your data to the app’s website where you can monitor progress and share publicly, even via Twitter. For more features like iPod integration and photo geo-tagging, there’s a more comprehensive version available called iMapMyRun+ that costs $4.99.

Cost: FREE

9. Interval Run

For runners who like to mix it up with interval training, this app is a good way to integrate a little variety into your workout. With training plans including Tabata, Couch to 5K, Gateway to 8K and a One Hour Program, the recorded voice tells you what to do and when to do it.

Cost: $1.99

10. UltraTimer

UltraTimer is a great app to have on hand for use as a precise timer, whether it is for circuit training, sprints or just for general use. The app comes with a couple example training plans, but any desired timing schedule can be inputted and multiple timers can be run simultaneously as well.

Cost: $1.99

More iPhone resources from Mashable:

-10 Best iPhone Apps for Dog Lovers
- Top 10 iPhone Apps as Judged by Mashable Readers
- 10 Fun iPhone Apps for Beer Lovers
- Mashable’s New iPhone App: Download Today!

Image courtesy of iStockphoto, blublaf

Tags: exercise, iphone, iphone apps, Lists, Mobile 2.0, mobile app, running

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