With most gyms closed or reopened with restrictions, it’s no surprise that outdoor exercise is on the rise — and none more so than running.
Whether you’re an avid runner training for the next big race — and yes, it will likely be one of the many virtual ones happening right now — a casual runner who just enjoys staying in shape or someone who’s just taken it up in these unusual times, wireless technology can help you train more effectively. (It can also help you have more fun!)
With so many new devices and apps, it can be tough to figure out what will work best for you. Here’s a primer on the latest that can help you run farther and faster.
1. Running apps are a great alternative to the gym
More people are turning to running apps to stay in shape, especially in the last few months. For runners both new and experienced, two of the most popular apps are Strava and Nike Run Club, both of which can help you map and track routes, analyze progress and compete in challenges to push your limits. If you want to make things competitive, these apps also let you share your progress and achievements with your friends — or foes.
2. Virtual coaches can help you reach that new personal best
If you can’t have a personal trainer running every step of the way with you, you can get a virtual one tailored to your specific needs and goals. For example, Vi artificial-intelligence trainer gives you real-time, personalized coaching.
3. Smartwatches are just as capable as your phone
If you don’t want to carry a smartphone on your runs, luckily many of today’s smartwatches can free your pockets while providing you with the same activity-tracking benefits you get with a smartphone.
Just last week, Apple announced two new Apple Watch models — Apple Watch Series 6, delivering breakthrough wellness and fitness capabilities, and Apple Watch SE, Apple’s combination of design, function, and value. T-Mobile has an Apple Watch offer to match: Pick up an Apple Watch (Series 3 or higher) and activate it on a new line on any eligible T-Mobile Apple Watch plan, and get $200 off a second Apple Watch with 24 monthly bill credits. Head here to check out all the available Apple Watch models at T-Mobile.
With Apple Watch, you’ll have all your health and fitness tools right on your wrist: pace tracker, calorie counter, heart rate monitor and GPS — not to mention all your music, podcasts and texting and calling needs. You’ll be off to the races in no time!
Apple Watch Plan: Compatible phone required for initial device setup. $200 Off: If you cancel wireless service before receiving 24 bill credits, credits stop & remaining balance on all devices at full price on required finance agreements becomes due (ex. Apple Watch S6, up to $799.99). Tax on pre credit price due at sale. Max 6/account.