Monday, October 19, 2015

Purdue Half Marathon & 5K



Congratulations to everyone that completed this year's chilly Purdue Half Marathon & 5K Races!!!

Journal & Courier Photos from this year's event

Also, check out the great stories behind some of the runners participating in this year's event. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New path completes West Lafayette’s trail loop

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — West Lafayette has more than 31 miles of paved trails around the city.


A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon to officially open a new three-quarter mile stretch of trail that connects all the paths together. The trail runs along Northwestern Avenue from Cumberland Avenue to Yeager Road.


Officials said people can now run, walk and bike around the Celery Bog without touching a roadway.


“Given the location of the trail, right here against Northwestern Avenue, it’s greatly increasing the safety,” West Lafayette Parks Board member Jeff Love said. “Anyone who was trying to come along this way on a jog, when this wasn’t here, faced road hazards.”


Love said this is an important piece to the city’s trail system.


“It is a small piece, but it’s a mighty piece because it helps connect part of our trail system to another,” Love explained. “The mayor said it’s important for our trails to be connected — north, south, east and west. This segment does that.”


The total price tag of the trail came in just short of $1 million, 80 percent of which came from federal funds.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Fall into Fitness Running Series starts today!!!

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What a great day to start your new fitness plan! Come out and join us for our Fall into Fitness Running Series. Our first run is tonight at Armstrong Park starting at 6:30pm! 

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

What Young Athletes Should Eat - Nutritionist Jill Castle





New Canaan resident and childhood nutrition expert Jill Castle has published her second book, Eat Like A Champion: Performance Nutrition for Your Young Athlete, a sports nutrition resource for young athletes aged 8 to 18 and their parents.
Eat Like a Champion showcases what young athletes need to eat, from calories, carbs and protein to meals, snacks and hydration. It answers the most common questions of youth sports nutrition such as: What should my athlete eat before competition? What should be eaten after a hard workout? Which supplements are okay and not okay to use? And, it tackles the tough issues of weight problems, medical conditions, and navigating the food environment in youth sports.
“Who could be better equipped to offer helpful nutrition advice to parents of young athletes than a registered sports dietitian who has raised four active kids?” sports nutritionist Dr. Nancy Clark said of Castle’s book. “In Eat Like a Champion, Jill serves easily digested, practical information to guide parents and coaches in helping their young athletes to eat like champions.”
Eat Like a Champion is available on Amazon and in bookstores.
Jill Castle is a registered dietitian with over 25 years of experience in pediatric nutrition. She currently shares her expertise as a writer, national speaker and nutrition consultant. Her first book, Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School is a popular resource for parents and professionals.
Find out more about her at www.JillCastle.com or follow her Just the Right Byte blog at www.JillCastle.com/blog.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fuel to Win - Purdue Sports RDs @BoilerFuel


College Recruiting Tips: Ryen Frazier

Jake Willard - College Recruiting Tips - July 27, 2015 - www.milesplit.com

We are back with more college recruiting tips. This week I caught up with the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Triple Crown winner and NC State commit Ryen Frazier. She offered some straight forward and extremely helpful tips for athletes of all grade levels who want to run at the next level.

Here are some things I learned in the recruiting process that I would definitely follow if I were going through the process again.
Guidelines:
1. Make the decision for you, not a parent, not a sibling, not a friend, because in the end you will be the one living with the decision.
2. If you get an athletic letter as a sophomore, junior, or senior, and you're interested in the school, SHOW your interest. Respond to the questionnaire. Email the coaches. Reach out. Even if you are highly ranked, if you haven't shown interest when July 1st comes around, do not expect your phone to ring off the hook.
3. Narrow down your list from freshman year. Do you really want the same things you did then? Decide what you really want and take out the schools that don't fit the criteria.
4. Don't take 5 officials if you don't need to. Take a few unofficials if you want to take a quick look at a few schools, but don't exhaust yourself on a university's dime at a college you know you won't attend. Additionally, if you visit a school and KNOW it's where you belong, cancel your other visits. They will be a waste of time, energy, and money.
5. Respectfully decline colleges you've been recruited by and choose not to attend. An email is a little cowardly. A call is more appropriate. Notify these coaches as soon as possible; they most likely do have other recruits waiting.
6. Signing in November may seem like a relief, but it is not required. You may wish to wait simply to see if anyone else shows interest. Perhaps you feel you still have much to prove - you could receive a better offer than you did in the fall. Fall signing is not synonymous with "elite" and spring signing is not synonymous with "the leftovers". Don't make a decision before you are ready and 100% confident with it.

What to consider (no particular order):
1. Academic interest (someday you will not be able to run)
2. Coaching staff (will they be there for your entire college career, attitude, male/female preference - try to know more about your coaches and prospective school than they know about you)
3. Program (how much, in the way of financial resources, does the school put into their distance program, facilities, scholarships - monies allocated for seemingly small things can make a big difference in your daily quality of life)
4. Team (you can't go somewhere where you will have conflict with the team, feel accepted/comfortable)
5. Weather (do you want to go where you may be forced to treadmill for a month…or more)



Fall into Fitness Run Series


Saturday, June 27, 2015

From Zero to Varsity: A Beginner’s Guide to Training for Cross Country

How to thrive in your first year on the cross country team. 
Liam Boylan-Pett FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015, 4:31 PM           Running Times story link


Is this your first year running cross country? Do you want to make varsity? Or do you simply want to become a better runner?  
Both goals are achievable if you approach your summer in the right way. No matter your sport background, you have all summer to get ready for the first day of practice and the fall season. 
Participating in cross country can be a valuable experience. By being patient, consistent, and a team player, you can have a very successful first season.
Start Slow
It’s not going to be easy. Running is a difficult sport—one that can take years to master. Don’t expect to bounce through fast intervals in your first workout.
“The most important thing for a new runner is not experience, but patience,” says Adam Kedge, the coach at Albuquerque Academy in New Mexico. His teams have competed in five NXN meets and won 20 state titles in track and cross country. “Kids who start early in the summer, don’t get carried away right out of the gates, and keep showing up every morning will ultimately succeed,” he says.
To start out, Kedge recommends doing two to three weeks of running at least four to five days in the 20–40 minute range. That will allow you to get into shape while not overdoing it.
If you’ve done another sport, keep doing it as a form of cross training. Go out to shoot some hoops or kick around the soccer ball—it can be a great supplement to your running.
Building Up
A lot of runners are worried about making sure they work up to big mileage weeks and tough workouts. But for someone who just started running, Kedge recommends focusing on time and adding more and more to your running after two to three weeks of getting in shape. Keep in mind: For a first-time runner, a 20-minute run is a workout in itself.
To build up, first, work up to five to six days a week. Then, go a little farther on your runs, getting up to 45­–50 minutes. On top of that, add indrills and a core routine, too.
If you do want to try some workouts before the first day of practice, do something like a simple fartlek run. Try 5 x 1 minute on, 1 minute off, and do it by feel, starting out slow, at 75 percent effort, and picking it up each “on” section only if you feel capable.
Be a Team Player
Making the varsity squad depends on a number of variables. How good is the team? How naturally talented is the runner? Can you stay injury free? But making varsity shouldn’t make or break your season. Being on the JV squad can be a good thing.
“Time spent cutting your teeth on the JV is usually well spent,” Kedge says. “Newcomers can take their time adjusting to the volume and intensity of cross country without the pressure of having to perform at a consistently high level.”
And remember, have patience. If you take your time building up mileage and getting better at workouts, you might work your way up to varsity by the end of the year or be called upon in case someone gets injured or sick.
Enjoy the team aspect of the sport and cheer on your teammates. You could form a special bond with them. “There is something magical about the daily toil, suffering together, and developing a sense of pride and a sense of family that comes with cross country,” Kedge says.
Even if you don’t make varsity, the friends and relationships you can build will have an impact on the squad. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Tri-N-Run Kids Camp

Tri-N-Run Kids Camp
$30 Registration Fee
   

Your kid/s should join our FUN program because:

  •  Running, Games, Cross Training, Lessons in  healthy habits
  •  Leaders are certified RCCA, USAT, or youth  strength and conditioning coaches. 
  •  Each kid will get a swag bag and a shirt
  •  Parents Power Hour fitness during the kids  camp (optional)

 * Parent Power hour is a FREE hour of walking along the Heritage Trail while adding in some workout stations.  Parent Power Hour is suitable for parents of all fitness levels.  


 

Pre-Registration required:  Register HERE


Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jeff wins Unified state track championship

Source: Journal & Courier   Story: Sam King   Photo: Sam King


BLOOMINGTON – For more than 40 years, Dave Howell sought a state championship.
On Saturday afternoon, the longtime Lafayette Jeff coach felt that thrill and the manner in which it happened far surpassed what he'd imagined the moment to be like.
Resigning after 41 years as the Jeff cross country coach in the fall, Howell coached the Broncho Unified track and field team in its inaugural season, which ended by raising the IHSAA state championship trophy at Indiana University's Robert C. Haugh Complex.
"This is something they will never forget the rest of their lives and that's what it's all about," Howell said. "These kids have so much in perspective. They just want to come out and have fun."
Warsaw won the first Unified state track title a year ago.
At last season's state finals, Howell inquired about Unified track, which partners high school students with and without intellectual disabilities to compete in a sanctioned IHSAA sport. West Lafayette finished second in the state finals last season and has since introduced the sport to Lafayette Jeff and Harrison.
"I've got to thank (coach) David Joest at West Lafayette," Howell said. "They are the ones that told me about this and got us started. Without them getting us started, this wouldn't happen."
Scoring is kept by heat in five events: the 100, 400, 400 relay, long jump and shot put. Champions are awarded by flight rather than event.
Last week, Lafayette Jeff finished second to Kokomo in the sectional. On Saturday, the Bronchos did one better.
"It's awesome," said sophomore Sierra Martin, who competed in the shot put and 400 relay. "This is really fun. We like coming out here and winning races."
Chris Lamberg and Lexi Seymour won individual championships in their flight, each scoring 10 points for the Bronchos, who edged runner-up Kokomo for the team title.
Lafayette Jeff team members include Robert Brown, Michael Brummett, Alicia Clayton, Alex Gray, Kaline Harden, Sara Hipsher, Kody Isenberg, Lucas McCalment, Mathew McCalment, Sylvia Mueller, Scotlyn Sunkel, Lamberg, Martin and Seymour.
Together, that group accomplished the ultimate thrill, showcased by the smiles none could seem to wipe from their faces on Saturday.
"I am happy for the school, for Lafayette Jeff," Howell said. "We have a special needs program and these teachers love these kids. This feels good."

West Lafayette girls 3,200 relay repeats as state champs

Source: Journal & Courier    Story: Sam King     Photo: Sam King



BLOOMINGTON
They wore pink to stand out, but their performance was an attraction on its own.

For the second year in a row, West Lafayette's 3,200-meter relay team opened the IHSAA girls track and field finals with a state championship.

"The spectators can spot the pink and when you are racing in a different uniform, it seems special," junior Kristen Johnson said.

It certainly was special.

ItoroUdo-Imeh, Kristen Johnson, Lauren Johnson and Susan Hubbard ran the ninth-fastest (8:58.72) high school 3,200 relay in the nation this year and the Red Devils became just the second squad in Indiana state finals history to break nine minutes in the event, joining Eastern's 2013 record-setting team.

The win was a springboard for West Lafayette, with an enrollment of 688, which traded blows with Indianapolis schools Pike (enrollment 3,160) and Warren Central (3,602). West Side trailed state champion Pike 43-42 entering the final event and finished third after Pike was third and Warren Central was runner-up in the 1,600 relay.

The third-place showing, WL's best since being runner-up in the first girls state finals in 1974, meant more given that track and field is not broken up into classes based on enrollment figures. Pike finished with 50 points, aided by sophomore LynnaIrby accounting for 37 of them, and Warren Central scored 48. West Lafayette had 42.

"For most of the big schools, this is a typical state meet and for us, it is atypical," WL coach Lane Custer said. "I am a single-class guy all the way. I always have been. We want to know what we can do against these schools. It's your perspective and how you compare yourself."

Regardless of the jersey color, Hubbard brought the large crowd to its feet as she dashed ahead of Carmel during the final 200 meters. Just like last year, Hubbard anchored the state championship relay.

Her split of 2:09.7 was two seconds faster than Plainfield's Samantha Woodford would run later in the night in winning the 800. Hubbard, who also competed in the 1,600 relay, was fourth in the 800 in a school record 2:13.37.

"You always want to do better than the past, right?" Hubbard said after the opening relay, unable to clear a grin from her face. "You don't want to lower your standards."

The Red Devils claimed their title one day after the West Side boys won the same event. It is the first time the same team won both 3,200 relay races at the state finals since Carmel in 2001.

Trying to repeat on top of what their male counterparts did 24 hours earlier proved to pack the pressure prior to the meet.

"When the guys won, it became that the girls have to win, too, so two teams win in the same year," Kristen Johnson said.

Kaia Harris also gave the Red Devils an early boost with a third-place throw of 139 feet, 9 inches in the discus.

Harris continued her second-half surge this season with a throw that replicated what she'd been doing leading into Saturday's meet.

"I was throwing close to what I threw today in practices, so I knew I was capable of it, but I didn't know if I would actually pull through with it," the sophomore said.

As Harris was finishing the discus, Udo-Imeh was leading off the 3,200 relay. Just the fourth time she's run the event all season, Udo-Imeh performed as advised.

The freshman hurdler was challenged to open the race with a 2:20 split. Udo-Imeh hit 2:20 flat before letting Kristen Johnson close the gap with a mark of 2:15.2.

Lauren Johnson ran her 800 in 2:13.6, then came back about four hours later to finish runner-up to Anna Rohrer's record-breaking performance in the 3,200. Rohrer outran the field in 10:11.20. Johnson crossed the line in 10:54.43 and West Lafayette senior Rachel Bales wasn't far behind, finishing fourth in 10:58.51.

Sophomore Alex Deryn's fifth-place time of 44.71 seconds in the 300 hurdles kept West Side in the title hunt heading into the 3,200.

Hubbard and Bales graduated, but the third-place standing overall left a mark to show that West Lafayette will come back as a force next year.

"We had so many girls coming to state and we knew it was going to be like this," Bales said. "We were so well-rounded this year with a pole vaulter, hurdles, a thrower and we always have distance. This was great."

Friday, June 5, 2015

Professor Aces Extreme Endurance Challenge

In a race across the U.S., athletes help scientist gather data on adaptations to stress.

 Nelson Rice FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015, 10:57 AM      RUNNERS WORLd.com LINK
Alex Ramsey (left), ran most of the Race Across USA barefoot. Robert Young (center) was the overall winner, and Bryce Carlson (right) conducted research on how athletes respond to physical stress. 
PHOTO COURTESY OF RACE ACROSS USA
Bryce Carlson doesn’t let his research confine him to a lab.
Instead, the professor of biological anthropology at Purdue University, whose race log includes nine 100-mile races and a 2:48 marathon PR, took his study on the road.
Carlson, 32, is one of seven runners who just completed the Race Across USA. (Twelve began the race.)
The 3,098-mile event started back in Huntington Beach, California, on January 16. Runners averaged about a marathon per day—some days were a little more than 26.2, a few were a little less—and they got a day off every time they entered a new state.
After 140 days, 117 marathons, and seven pairs of running shoes, Carlson finished the last stage of the race, 27 miles, in 3:39 and reached the White House on June 2.
His total accumulated time of 512 hours and 10 minutes earned him second place honors.
Robert Young, 32, from London, England, averaged 9:20 pace for the entire journey and won the race by a 30-hour margin over Carlson.
Carlson had two motivations for the challenge: He was raising funds for the100 Mile Club, a charity that promotes physical activity for elementary school children.
And he did it in the name of science.
“I wanted to use this run to study how humans adapt to environmental stresses,” Carlson told Runner’s World Newswire. “How does the body adjust to the stress of running a marathon almost every day for five months?”
To help answer that question, Carlson monitored his fellow competitors’ cardiovascular health, dietary, and sleep patterns.
The seven athletes who completed the race represented a range of ages and geographic backgrounds. The finishers included Alex Ramsey, 30, from Hawaii, who ran most of the route barefoot, and Newton Baker, a 73-year-old grandfather of three from Vermont.
And Carlson noted that the runners’ responses to the extreme physical challenge were just as diverse.
“Everyone went about the recovery process on a day to day basis in their own unique way,” he said. “It reinforces the point that whether you’re training for a 5K or a race across the country, there is no one-size-fits-all answer or secret.”
In the next few weeks, Carlson plans to send all the data he collected, from blood samples to food journals to gastrointestinal biomarkers, to a dozen colleagues at universities across the country. The research team includes two Boston Marathon medical directors and experts in the disciplines of physiology, sports psychology, and public health.
You don’t need a doctorate to understand Carlson’s plan after he returns to his home in Michigan on Saturday.
“Rest and more rest,” he said with a laugh.   

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Would you run 117 marathons in 140 days?



So far, Bryce Carlson has run through the worst conditions imaginable — enduring the heat of the scorching sun, traversing icy roads and resisting stiff headwinds — since beginning his 3,100-mile trek across the country in mid-January.

But the experienced ultrarunner will not quit anytime soon.

"Humans are a lot tougher than we give ourselves credit for," said Carlson, an assistant professor of anthropology at Purdue University. "It's the mental component that's proven more difficult."

Carlson and 11 others started the Race Across USA fundraiser Jan. 16 in Huntington Beach, California.

The goal: Run 117 marathons in 140 days.

Read the full JC Online story at this link: http://on.jconline.com/1C6h1bg

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Marathon Relay Team: Fantastic Results!

On Saturday, March 28th, the Sunnyside runners that trained for 6 weeks competed in their event:  the relay portion of the Circular Logic Marathon. Every runner that committed to running on event day was in attendance at the start of the race: when it was 18 degrees. And, almost all stayed through the entire event: 4 plus hours. 

With this unique distance running event taking place on a 1 mile loop, all the event participants were able to see the Sunnyside runners on the course often and were they past our base camp many times (most of them 26 times) during the day. From those non-Sunnyside participants  I heard nothing but positive feedback about the Sunnyside runners; namely how positive they were, how much energy they brought to the event, how well they ran and how much fun it was to have them participate. I personally witnessed all of the same. 

The Sunnyside runners, as three separate teams, ran 26 laps on the one mile course, exchanging a timing device at our base camp mostly every lap, to complete the full marathon distance. This was truly an epic event when you consider how far each had to run in total, one mile at a time. The goal was to complete the event. But, there was a clock on the runners as well. Here are the time results: 

Sunnyside - Team White:    Finishing Time 4hr 27mins 24secs
Anna - Marianna - Marco - Jerry - Robert 

Sunnyside - Team Red:     Finishing Time 4hrs 22mins 9secs
Evan - Eduardo - Charlie - Lucas 

Sunnyside - Team Black:     Finishing Time 4hrs 16mins 52secs
Leo - Luis - Kaiah - Brett

Once again, this event was a success due to the hard work of Karen Beasley. As always, thanks Karen. 

Photos from the event can be found HERE



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Taking the Snow in Stride (literally)


Journal & Courier Staff Photog John Terhune strikes again!! Nice photo, John!

The Fitness Gear You Actually Need in 2015

Here is an article with a good summary of the basics of getting started in health tracking as it stands in January 2015.
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WIRED
Qardiobase Scale.
Qardiobase Scale.  Alex Washburn/WIRED

The consumer market is currently under siege by an arsenal of fitness trackers, smart accessories, and wearable computers intent on helping you whip your body into peak physical condition.
Truth is, you’re every bit as capable at shedding pounds armed with a veggie-stocked fridge, a pair of trainers, and a jump rope as you are with a fancy heart-rate-tracking smartwatch and a pair of $300 shoes packed with sensors. But even if you keep it mostly old-school, adding a couple of digital investments to your regimen can help. They’ll show you where you’re making gains even when it doesn’t feel like you are, and they’ll help you stay motivated enough to resist the constant gravitational pull of pizza and Netflix.
Last week at CES in Las Vegas, I saw a lot of new health-tracking wearables and fitness-minded products. These are some new tools for 2015 that will help ensure your health and fitness success in the coming year.

A Smart Scale

If you have $150 to buy only one thing, get a connected scale. Recent research has found that weighing in at least once a week is key to keeping hard-earned pounds from creeping back. If you spend a little more to invest in a scale that wirelessly transmits your weigh-ins to your smartphone, that’s one less niggling task you’ve got to do each day. Even better is a scale that also measures your body composition. Why? At some point you’ll hit a plateau in your weight loss, and that can be disheartening. What you can’t see is that while your weight isn’t dropping, your body is still changing: Your fat percentage may be shrinking while your muscle mass is rising. Which is great! Or maybe you weigh half a pound more because you’re super hydrated. Also great! A wireless scale like Withings’ Smart Body Analyzer ($150) or the Qardio Base(available this spring, $150) are great options for making this distinction.

MyFitnessPal

Tracking your daily food intake is also a must, and MyFitnessPal makes it a snap. The free app runs on multiple mobile platforms and has several features that make it a powerful tool. First, MyFitnessPal can share its data with (and collect data from) apps like FitBit, Strava, and Apple Health. So no matter which app is your main vessel for tracking calorie count, it’s armed with the most complete and accurate information possible. Which brings us to MyFitnessPal’s incredibly vast selection of foods you can log into your daily food diary. You can choose the exact brand and amount of bread, peanut butter, and jelly for the sandwich you just made, or the precise configuration for that Chipotle burrito bowl you inhaled (no judging).
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If you have a favorite recipe you cook up, you can input that once and save it for quicker selecting in the future. It also remembers your most recent items, so if you’re on a grapefruit and steel-cut oats kick this week, you can add those with just a tap. Your daily intake is broken down into an easy-to-read pie chart of carbs, fats, and proteins that you can monitor to make sure you’re twisting all the knobs in the right directions. I find this feature really illuminating. For example, some foods I thought would be ideal for my low-fat dietary needs are actually very high in fats.
Withings’ products (like its smart scale) sync with MyFitnessPal, and Qardio anticipates integrating its scale with MyFitnessPal in the near future.

Some Sort of Fitness Tracker

You don’t need to meticulously track every step, lap, or burpee to get fit. But having some degree of activity tracker, whether it be your phone or a wearable, offers three main benefits.
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Fitbit Charge HR. Josh Valcarcel/WIRED
First, it can monitor your intensity. If you don’t have hours to spend running or lifting weights, you can make sure you’re getting a quality, efficient workout. Second, by tracking your activities, you can build on what you’ve done in the past, and gain a sense of accomplishment. “Wow, I walked six miles today! I could barely huff up one flight of stairs a month ago!” It’s a powerful motivator. Third, many fitness trackers (or rather, their apps) offer some degree of community. If you need additional motivation, want to meet up with other people with similar goals as yourself, or if you have a competitive edge, digitally communing with others will help keep you on track.
Level 1: Smartphone tracking To keep it simple, just use your phone. Almost every modern phone has an accelerometer inside that can count your steps, and aside from that, all you need is an app that syncs with MyFitnessPal—there are 60 to choose from. I’d recommend Runkeeper if you don’t know where to start. Available on iOS and Android, it has a robust user community, goal-setting features, and lets you track all kinds of different workouts.
Level 2: Workout tracking A step up from that is Wahoo’s $100 Ticker X heart rate monitor and workout tracker. In conjunction with the company’s Wahooligan app (coming very soon), you can strap it across your chest and track not just heart rate, but the reps of each exercise in the 7 Minute Workout, which is useful if you don’t have time for long workouts. Or, if you hit the treadmill or stationary bike, it’ll track your workout for you, displaying stats like your heart rate in real-time over Bluetooth LE. And if you don’t have your phone in hand, you can sync and upload your activities later.
Wearing a heart rate monitor (HRM) is convenient because you strap it on and forget about it, and should you decide to upgrade to a more expensive Bluetooth-capable smartwatch or fitness tracker in the future, you can still use the HRM during workouts. If you don’t need fancy rep counting features, you can grab a Bluetooth HRM for under $100.
Level 3: Constant activity tracking If you really want to nerd out, or you want constant motivation, go with a 24-hour activity tracker like the the Garmin Vivofit 2 ($130), the Fitbit Charge HR ($150), or the Withings Activité Pop ($150). The Vivofit 2 has visual and vibration alerts that remind you to get up and get moving throughout the day, in addition to general sleep and activity tracking and a superb battery life. If you want something more colorful, multi-colored and patterned straps will be available soon. The Fitbit Charge HR features 24-hour heart rate monitoring, which is useful for getting more exact calorie expenditures during the day and while working out. The Activité Pop is the best option if you want a tracker that doesn’t look like a fitness tracker. It tracks walks, runs, and sleep, and has an eight-month battery life.