How to Measure its Speed Racing
Several equipment to measure speed and distance racing or walking: application downloaded to a smartphone, GPS watch, pedometer … Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Applications For Smartphone
The App Store (iPhone) and the Play Store (Android) are full of mobile applications followed sport .The best known are Runkeeper, Runtastic or Endomondo. These apps rely on GPS and 3G / 4G smartphone to track your route on a map. Available in their free basic version, they offer enhanced features once you go to the paid version. Thus, free version, the application displays the current speed, distance, activity history, the course or calories burned. A vocal coach tells you about your performance during the race. Some offer more features, such as the wear tracking shoes or planning a workout. To go further, a premium version (40 € / year) lets you schedule workouts, set goals (speed, lose weight, etc.). Some applications also offer specific training plans (preparing a 10K, half marathon, marathon, etc.). By paying, you will also delete advertising, sometimes a little too present.
These applications are very precise. But privacy side, it is a disaster: they are remarkably indiscreet. They know where by definition you are, and those who offer them to the public reserve the right to use the data collected to target the advertising displayed. If you do not reconfigure, some applications default inform your friends via Facebook, your workout of the day. It is sometimes playful – a form of competition among athletes may be born – but in the long run, it’s boring.
Endomondo, Runkeeper and others are generally well thought out, clear and simple to use.
Most often, they also measure your speed bike or on skis or skates. Disadvantage: it is quite difficult to follow its instantaneous speed, at least to hold the smartphone in hand. It is easier to see a show (see below). And you obviously run with his smartphone, a compact camera which implies buying a bra (15-30 €).
The entry price of GPS watches has melted. You can shop this GPS watch at cheap price on http://www.localtimezone.org/2016/cheap-gps-watch-for-runners.html. There are now 70 models €, against € 150 a few years ago. Count to 500 € for a top model incorporating a heart rate sensor. GPS chip requires several tens of seconds, sometimes more, to track satellites. Without the signal, your journey can not be recorded on a map. In the reception conditions deteriorated (narrow street, cloudy sky or dense forest), it does not work. Furthermore, autonomy is limited to a few hours. then it must be recharged on a base sold with. Garmin, range of the entries are quite bulky and not very aesthetic.
However, this also has serious advantages. First, it is multi-sport: running, biking, kayaking, skiing or cross country skiing, kite surfing, moto … it works in all configurations. The waves of the GPS signal are not under water, but if the watch is waterproof, you can use it in swimming in the sea or lake, by sliding in your cap. Measurement accuracy seems excellent. If you run in the forest, from the time the satellites were spotted in advance by the watch, the measures will be reliable. Obviously the GPS reconstructs the course without difficulty in case of temporary stall signal. In elaborate version, the watches also function altimeter. Valuable for a trail or mountain hiking.
GPS watches are usually shipped with software that provides access its courses on PC. A mobile application installed on his smartphone also syncs the device.
It can also pair a heart rate monitor belt for the GPS watch to monitor his pulse (often sold as an option). Some GPS watches display connected smartphone notifications (incoming calls, SMS, Facebook and Twitter notifications, etc.).
However, a limit: Unlike mobile applications that rely on the smartphone accelerometer, all GPS watches are not usable gym. On most models must be used in addition an accelerometer placed on the shoe.
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>> Our test of connected watches
The Connected Pedometer And Bracelet
There are still some pedometers, but these small devices clipped to the belt took a shot of old with the rise of connected bracelets. A pedometer counts the number of steps, estimates the distance traveled and calories burned. Eventually, it measures your pace (number of steps per interval, ie your pace), but not your speed. The bracelet connected offers similar functions (some models are even equipped with a heart rate monitor), and goes further, since the user can synchronize with Bluetooth smartphone. One application is the interface to view its data. Some bracelets work, such as pedometers, with a lithium battery. In this case the autonomy exceeds several months. But most incorporate a rechargeable battery. These devices are destined to measure their daily activity, not to evaluate its performance in running.
My Smartphone, a Real Coach
The smartphone has become an ideal companion for race fans on foot, but their potential with sports goes beyond. The App Store and the Google Play Store devote an entire section to applications related to the well-being and fitness. Hiking, cycling, swimming … Many sports are represented. Fitness some applications also offer exercises to keep fit, specific training programs ( “7 minutes per day for 7 months”) and others to eat healthier. The most interesting are generally paid. But few euros to get in shape, it’s cheap! Unless weariness overcomes the only motivation
The challenge “7” offers daily exercises for 7 minutes per day for 7 months. But as often, you have to pay for specific exercises: Count € 2.99 to work the upper body, especially for a special program “fat-burning”.
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