If you want to get into shape or at least maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s no secret that running is probably the most popular solution.
I don’t disagree that running is a very practical choice and has amazing health benefits, but some of us have the grace of a baby giraffe taking its first steps. Flailing around on a treadmill, track or trail, really does not appeal.
Last month, I decided to give running another try. After many failed efforts of adopting running into my exercise regimen, I finally found the trick: an app called Nike+ Running.
If you have an iPhone, you are familiar with an app called Nike + iPod. While I’m sure that Nike + iPod can be just as effective, the problem with Nike + iPod is that you are required to buy a sensor in order to use the app. For people on a budget who want to see the same results, but don’t want to buy the equipment, Nike+ Running is the app for you. I haven’t stopped running since.
Nike+ Running uses GPS technology to keep track of your location, how far you are running and your pace. You can create your own running playlist or just put your music on shuffle. It also keeps track of your records, like your longest run, fastest mile and how many calories you burn. Nike+ Running motivates you to keep pushing your limits by featuring a trophies section which will award you for things like running three times a week, or even running twice in the same day.
What better way to show off your progress than gloating to your friends about it? With Nike+ Running, you can share your progress on Twitter and Facebook. Put those 2,000 friends on Facebook that you hardly ever talk to to use. If a friend on Facebook has downloaded the Nike+ Running app, you can sync your Facebook account with it, and it will display their progress as well. Don’t forget to do a victory dance when you run more miles than that one person from high school who you never really cared for anyway. They won’t catch you slacking at the reunion, will they?
Haven’t had chances to explore everything on UNC Charlotte’s campus yet? If you don’t like to run indoors on treadmills and tracks, try running on the greenway. You can enter the greenway from the path across from Belk Hall.
Safety first. It’s always better to run with a partner, but if you prefer running alone, try to run during daylight hours. If you run at night, stay close to well-lit areas, wear bright clothing or reflective running gear and keep your music at a safe level that allows you to still be aware of your surroundings while you get into your groove.
Nike+ Running is a free app available through the Apple’s App Store and Google Play.