How excited am I?!
I decided that I really wanted to get serious about my fitness, and finding easier ways to keep track of my exercise - especially as at this stage, I really enjoy walking the most. And I want to try running. But carefully, because of my dodgy knee. And lack of fitness.
I was doing some research about 1 1/2 months back about mp3 players - I was going to buy one as a reward for completing my walk-100km-in-August-Challenge. Well, I didn’t meet the 100km goal, but I decided I did like the idea of the iPod Nano! It comes with the nike+ fitness app, so I can track walks/runs, time myself, and get a step count.
The iPod Nano also allows me to play music as I workout (obviously, being from the iPod family), I can download podcasts (Robert Ullrey's Couch to 5K anyone?) and the absolute selling point for me? It comes with a clip! I know this sounds stupid, that this was the high point, but really, this is why I got it.
Many of my trakkydaks or workout pants don't have pockets, so the fact that the Nano comes with a clip was a huge bonus for me.
I took it out for a spin yesterday and OMG!! So excited and in love with it!! : ) I only went for a 30 minute walk to the park down the road and back. In order for the app to keep track of things such as distance, speed, steps taken, calories burnt, I turned it to the "run" function. I've yet to fully explore the 'walk" function, but from what I read online before I purchased the Nano, the walk setting is designed to be used as a pedometer/step counter.
There are four choices within the run function -basic, time, distance or calories. So, because I only wanted to go out for 30 minutes, I set the app to 'time'. It then prompted me to pick a playlist or shuffle my songs. I could have also chosen to listen to the radio (oh yeah, it comes with an FM receiver!), an audiobook or podcasts.
I picked my songs, hit start workout, and then I was off!! Walked away, all fine and good, and then! Suddenly, my music dimmed and a disembodied voice told me that I had completed 5 minutes. It was startling to say the least!! But then I got second verbal encouragement at 10 minutes and again at 15 - "Great work, you're now half-way through. Just 15 minutes remaining".
I decided I liked this voice!
I decided she needed a name! If she's going to be my own personal cheerleader/encourager, then she has a personality and needs a name. I tried to think of movies or TV shows or anything which included a disembodied voice. The best I could think of was the computer from Star Trek - which was only ever called Computer. Then, inspiration struck! I was using music from the computer game Portal to accompany me on my walk. I decided that was a pretty good link to a name. I'm still tossing up between Gladys (a play on GlaDOS from Portal), or something else on that variation. Names I've played around with include Glynnis, Glenys, or randomly, Lynda. At the moment Glynnis seems to be winning.
Maybe I need to go for another walk, just to test the name out, hmm? See what suits best : )