Nike Fitness with Ipod Nano Review

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As part of a recent Christmas present to myself, I treated myself to an Ipod Nano.

As I was looking through the features, I noticed the Nike+ Fitness built in app. Apple have teamed up with Nike and now offer this app for free built into the Ipod Nano.

The app is designed to track either your walking or running workouts and has a built in pedometer feature that tracks your distance, time, pace and calories burnt. I usually use apps such as map my run for this purpose so I thought I’d give Nike+ Fitness a go and it would save me having to take my phone out with me.

Before I set out on my run I selected the type of workout I wanted to undertake:

Nike Fitness selection

Nike+ Fitness then asks you to set a goal based on the variable you want to measure such as time you run for, distance run, calories burnt or to simply just run with no specific goal. I selected distance as I like to have a mileage goal when running.

Nike Fitness selection type

The next screen asks how long you wish to run for, you can set a custom milage or chose one of the pre-selected distances. There is also a half marathon or full marathon option if you scroll down. Seeming as it was my first run in ages I wanted to take it easy so I selected the 2 mile option.

Nike Fitness selection distance

The next screen allows you to chose what you wish to listen to whilst on your walk or run, you can select your own playlists, listen to the radio or an audiobook you have downloaded on your Ipod. I like a mixture when running so selected shuffle songs.

It then takes you to the start workout screen, when your ready press the start workout button and your off! It will play your music and you have the option to cycle through your songs or choose your ‘power song’ if you need an extra boost of motivation. I thought this was a great option as I find when running uphill I really need a boost and a great song can really help with that.


Nike Fitness running

When you’ve reached half a mile a lady will speak in your ear over the music to tell you your distance, this carries on for every half a mile until the final 400 metres where she will count you down every 100 metres. I really liked this feature as I found it pushed me to run that little bit faster knowing I didn’t have far left to go.

Once you have completed your run you simply press pause on the music controls and it gives you the option of pausing the song or ending your workout. Once you’ve ended your workout you get a summary screen:

Nano Close up Summary

I was slightly sceptical of how accurate the distance would be so checked it on the computer when I got home. My Nike+ Fitness app said I had run 2.02 miles but the map reading was 1.94 miles, not hugely out so this didn’t bother me too much but it’s something to be aware of as this inaccuracy could get greater over longer distances.

As you can see I had a short, slow run and enjoyed trying out this new feature on my Ipod Nano. I’m definitely going to use it when going on my runs as I like to look at my stats and progress. Although the distance wasn’t totally accurate you do have the option of calibrating the distance to help with this. I’m very much looking forward to using the app more and analysing my run data!

Hydratem8 Water Bottle Review



Hydratem8 bottle limes close up

I mentioned in my fitness essentials post that I am terrible at getting enough water every day. It’s not that I don’t want to, or that I don’t like the taste of water – it’s simply because I forget. If I don’t physically have a bottle or glass of water in front of me I simply won’t even register that I need a drink. It’s even got to the point sometimes where I have a splitting headache and a dry mouth and I’ve realised I’ve hardly had anything to drink that day.

One of my Goals for 2016  was to drink more water and to help with that I decided to purchase a Hydratem8 water bottle to help encourage me to drink more.

It’s priced at £13.99 and is BPA free, something that was really important for me when choosing a water bottle as I don’t want my water to get contaminated from the plastic my bottle is made from. The capacity is 900ml and as recommended guidelines tell us to drink 2 litres of water a day I refill the bottle once and I’ve almost met my goal! Another thing that impressed me about Hydratem8 is that with every bottle purchased £1 of that sale goes to pump aid – a charity working to provide safe water and a decent toilet to the poorest communities.

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A great feature of the Hydratem8 bottle is the hourly lines painted on the side of the bottle to remind you to keep drinking, I find this really works for me as if I look at my water bottle and can see that I haven’t drunk enough that day then I will actively try and catch up. Hydratem8 bottle straw

It’s got a non-leak top and comes with a useful carry handle. I also like the fact it has a flip top straw, this makes one handed drinking a breeze and I like the design of the bottle.

Hydratem8 bottle limes

To make my water more interesting I’ve started adding slices of lime, this gives my water a nice citrus kick. I’m hoping that I will be able to keep up my good habits and can get to a point where drinking 2 litres of water a day becomes a natural thing I do, rather than something I have to remind myself to do.

I would recommend the Hydratem8 bottle to anyone looking to increase their  water intake. It’s brilliant for the gym too as it’s easy to refill and fits in the water holders on the machines nicely. I’m looking forward to trying out different flavour combinations in my water and am looking forward to the health benefits that come from drinking more!


My Fitness Essentials

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Today I thought I’d share the 6 things I use or reach for the most when it comes to health or fitness. I use the gym 4-5 times a week and I find that finding the right kit for me has made my experience of the gym a much more enjoyable one.
1. Adidas Niraya Trainers 
These are a very recent purchase from the John lewis sale, I used to wear my Nike Free Runs to the gym but wanted a shoe that would provide a little bit more cushioning. I have worn them a few times and I really like them! A good pair of trainers will last you and give your feet the support they need.
2. USA Pro 3/4 Leggings
For me, these are the holy grail of leggings, I’ve not come across a pair that are as comfortable as these bad boys. They are high waisted, with a thick waistband which means they sit comfortably across my tummy. They also stay put and don’t ride up or down, theres nothing worse than a pair of leggings that wont stay up!
3. Hydratem8 Water Bottle
I have to admit that I am terrible when it comes to drinking enough water throughout the day, we are meant to drink at least 2 litres and I hate to say it but some days I haven’t even managed half of that! I purchased this recently and have noticed that my water intake has improved dramatically, I know as long as I refill my bottle at least once then I’ve drank my 2 litres. I will be posting a review of this bottle later on in the week!
4. Fitbit Charge HR
My fitbit is my favourite gadget, I love to see how many steps I’ve taken and it encourages me to work towards achieving my daily step goals. I’ve previously reviewed my fitbit charge HR on my blog (you can find that here) and I still love using it every day. Fitbit recently released updates to the charge so you can now set exercise goals and it recognises what type of exercise your doing.
5. Bounce Cacao Mint Protein Ball
This is my go to snack when I’m rushing off somewhere after my workout and I want a quick protein fuelled snack on the go. Chocolate and mint is a match made in heaven and this way I get my chocolate fix whilst also re-building my muscles (one ball packs in 10g of protein) and getting a good dose of fibre.
6. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
When I’m working out in the gym I like to know what zone my heart rate is in and how many calories I’m burning. Polar are very accurate and are built to last. I also use my Polar watch to monitor rest breaks in between sets and to time how long I’ve been in the gym. I’m considering upgrading to the Polar A300 activity tracker to combine the activity tracker of my Fitbit and the power of my HR monitor.
These are the six items I will always have on me when I head out the door to they gym. I am always on the lookout for new things to try but these are the things I come back to time and time again.