Category Archives: Fitness Products and Services

Discussions on various types of products and services for running or general fitness including equipment, books, workout videos, etc.

How to Find a Local Running Program

When you start a new exercise program, a few workout buddies can make all the difference in the world. As humans, we all love to socialize and the same is true when it comes to exercise. The time goes by a little faster, the physical work is a little less tedious, and you have more motivation when you exercise with other people. This is why many women like to run with a running club.

Besides offering a social element, running programs can help you meet your fitness goals. Your fellow runners can offer you encouragement, tips, and support when you are trying to meet your goals. With the help of others, you will be able to achieve any running goal you set for yourself. Running clubs can also connect you with people who have similar interests and experiences in addition to a love for running.

Finding a Running Club

The first step to finding some local running programs is to look on the internet. There are many sites that will give you a list of all the running clubs in your area. Some running clubs even have their own websites where you can learn more about the program. These running clubs may only list meet-up times and give minimal information. Before you show up for the run, be sure that the running club meets your needs.

Running level

Consider your running level before joining any running club. If you are an advanced runner, it doesn’t make sense to run with beginners. You will want to push yourself and the best way to do this is to run with people who are at your level or even more experienced. Your running partners can give you helpful tips and also encourage you to run harder and faster.

Terrain

Some running programs may focus on a certain type of terrain such as: mountain, wilderness, urban, or track running. What type of running do you like to do? If terrain will make a difference, then be sure to investigate whether the running club is specialized for a certain type of terrain.

Formal/Informal

Formal running clubs often have structured leadership team including coaches, event directors, and club directors. These formals clubs may also be sponsored by a national organization such as the Road Runners Club of America. Some runners may not feel comfortable with this type of formal structure. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, then you should choose a group that is more casual and informal.

No matter your running level, interests, or preferences, if you have struggled to stay motivated in the past then running clubs could help. One of the biggest reasons women fail at achieving their fitness goals is that they don’t feel inspired or encouraged. Does this sound like you? The last thing you need is just another fitness failure. Find a running club that works for you and start running with your new friends. When you see the results, you’ll be happy you joined a running club.

How to Track Runs with a Running GPS

As fitness technology gets better each year, women want to have the ability to track data and easily access historical running information. Whether you run for fitness, pleasure, or to fulfill your competitive spirit, running GPS tools could add a new dimension to those daily runs. With new advances in technology you can easily track runs with running GPS.

Benefits to Running GPS

Advanced and beginner runners often want to know information such as: time, distance, and route. As you progress, you will probably want to compare this data over time. How many miles did you run last week? How long did it take you? These are all questions that can be easily answered using a running GPS system.

You can track runs quite conveniently by using one of these systems. Running GPS units are now available as watches, phone apps, or as a unit that can be clipped to your shoes or clothing. This makes running GPS easy and convenient to use.

In addition to being able to track run mileage and distance, running GPS systems can also track heart rate, altitude, elevation, longitude, and latitude. With all of these tools, you will certainly feel accomplished and ready to run more and more each day.

Ready to Track your Runs?

Now that you understand some of the advantages of using GPS, you can start running. The first thing you will need to do is determine how you would like to use your GPS. Since it has so many functions, it is important to select the functions that work best for you. The best way to do this is by matching your goals with a function that can measure the success of that goal.

For example, if your goal is to run 5 miles each day, use the running GPS to help you track mileage. You can start with 2-3 miles and then work your way up to 5 from there. Add more distance when you feel comfortable doing so. If you want to improve your endurance, you can use the GPS to try to beat a certain pace. Each day, you can try to run at a certain speed. When you feel you are ready, you can gradually increase the distance. If you are just starting out, you may want to simply run for a certain amount of time each day, using the GPS to track your time and distance.

Remember that you should always check with your doctor before starting any new fitness routine. Only your doctor can help you plan fitness goals that are right for you. If you are serious about exercise, running GPS systems are right for you. Solid data can help to improve your performance and help you meet your fitness goals. Sometimes, all we need is a little push in order to move on to the next fitness level. The ability to track runs makes keeping up with your data easy, fun, and convenient.

Tips for How to Buy Running Shoes

While I currently have a pair of running shoes that my mom doesn’t have use for anymore, they aren’t quite right for my feet. When finances allow, I will be buying a pair of running shoes fitted particularly for my foot type, weight, the type of use and terrain I will be putting them to, and other such personal preferences and needs. What I didn’t realize is just how much goes into selecting a good pair of running shoes.

At the outset of my research, I really didn’t know what to look for other than whether or not a shoe is comfortable when you try it on, but — what if you’re shopping for shoes online? While my small town does have a couple of good shoe retailers that have a nice selection of running shoes, among other things, their selection is needfully somewhat limited. If I don’t find what I need there, I will have to turn to online retailers to find the right footgear.

I have found a few good ways to determine foot type, shoe needs, and other determining factors to find what type of shoe will really work well for you. I have a written a guide to buying running shoes, which includes some tips for buying traditional running shoes. There are no provisions for the barefoot running sandals and similar types of footgear, that will have to wait for another article. I hope you can get some use out of this brief guide, and if nothing else gain a little better understanding of your feet and the way you step on them.