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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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!