Running Gadgets and Essentials
After running for some time or even when you’re starting out, you might be curious about certain wearable tech products to help you improve your run and keep you going further. Whether you’re completing another 10km, doing your first 5km or just hitting the road for the first time there’s a good chance you have seen some wearable tech that’s available on the market. At Intersport Elverys we have a number of gadgets, tech and essential products to keep you accountable and on track.
Smart Watches/Running Watches
Wearable tech watches can be categorized into two groups, smart watches and activity trackers but not everyone is sure what the difference is, as they are quite similar. A smart watch is similar to a regular watch but tracks a lot more than just time. They can usually be paired with a Smartphone, hence the name. However the smart watch doesn’t depend on the phone and can function quite well without one. They can perform a number of useful functions similar to a phone, such as playing music, answering calls and much more as well as fitness functions like measuring health and GPS tracking.
There are so many options for smart watches on the market right now and it can be hard to know which one is right for you. If you‘re a runner there are numerous watches out there to suit you and your favourite pastime. Running is probably the sport that gets the most out of running watches, as you’re constantly working so too is the watch. Read about two of our most popular smart watches below.
GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 3 Music
From running to playing your favourite songs, Vívoactive 3 Music is the smart watch for your active life. It features on-device music storage, so you can bring your tunes along for every run. This sporty smart watch has wrist-based heart rate and more than 15 preloaded sports apps, so you can choose how you like to get fit. It also features built-in GPS that lets you accurately record outdoor runs as well as other activities. This is a more expensive option that comes with countless features and is tailored to a number of sports.
GARMIN FORERUNNER 35
The Garmin Forerunner 35 is a light and comfortable watch perfect for both beginners and seasoned runners. It includes smart notifications & activity tracking to count steps, sleep and calories. With a built in GPS tracker you can see how fast and where you run. Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology monitors your heart rate all day and night. This is an easy to use affordable option which comes in handy if you’re only focusing on running.
Activity Trackers offer less functions and are designed primarily to focus on one goal and that is measuring and monitoring your health. They can be synced to some apps on your phone but won’t be able to perform as many tasks as a smart watch if you’re a runner that doesn’t need those features then a fitness tracker will do you just fine. Have a read about two popular Fitness Trackers below.
FITBIT CHARGE 3
Understand your health and take action to improve with Fitbit Charge 3 – an advanced health and fitness tracker that uses 24/7 heart rate and personalized insights to reveal what’s below the surface, learning from each run.
GARMIN VIVOFIT 4
Find more ways to beat yesterday with easy-to-use Vívofit 4 Activity Tracker. It brings you activity tracking and the freedom to keep moving without taking a break to recharge. With it’s 1+ year battery life, Vívofit 4 is perfect to wear 24/7, so you’re always tracking your activity.
One for the Kids
GARMIN VIVOFIT JUNIOR 2 - AVENGERS
Every kid has the power to be a hero with the Marvel Avengers Vívofit Jr. 2 on their wrist. This swim-friendly activity tracker is tough enough to make it through playtime, and with 1+ year battery life, there’s no stopping the action to recharge. Parents manage chores and rewards from the parent-controlled mobile app, while kids get to experience app adventures that let them save the day with Captain America and the Avengers.
OTHER ESSENTIAL GADGETS
Headphones are one of those products that some people cannot run without. Whether you’re listening to music, podcasts or answering calls they can be very beneficial when running. The ease and functions that come with headphones is always improving and at Intersport Elverys we have quality headphones to suit all your needs when running. Check out the Aftershokz we stock below.
AFTERSHOKZ TREKZ TITANIUM HEADPHONES
Meet the wired headphones that allow you to hear both your music and your world. Introducing Sportz Titanium with mic, the next generation of AfterShokz headphones. More comfort, better sound, at a lower cost.
POLAR H10 HEART RATE SENSOR - CHEST STRAP
The Polar H10 heart rate sensor is accurate and comfortable with ultimate accuracy. Compatible with Go Pro Hero 4 & 5, view your heart rate on your Go Pro recordings. Also compatible with Polar Beat, gym equipment and 3rd party apps. The H10 has an hour’s worth of memory to record data without the need of a wrist unit. The new Pro Chest Strap has one extra electrode to prevent interference.
Nutrition – Fuel Your Run
Energy gels such as Kinetica and High 5 are perfect hydrating gels that give you a great energy boost so you can concentrate on your run. These gels are ideal for distance runners, triathlons, trail running and marathons.
OPTIMUM NUTRITION 100% WHEY GOLD STANDARD
This protein supplement from Optimum Nutrition contains less fat, cholesterol and lactose and is made from pure muscle-building whey protein isolates. This top quality protein shake drink from Optimum Nutrition contains 90% pure protein by weight. Getting protein in after runs is a great way to ensure your muscles have recovered for the next run.
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