GOLDEN VALLE, Minn. -- America is experiencing a second running boom, according to Running USA, a non-profit organization that tracks the running industry.
Running USA projects that number will continue to climb, fueled by two key trends: increasing participation in charity running events and technology.
Brent Nelson of Verizon joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to talk about some tech apps and technology that will let runners or walkers track training and be motivated to keep on going.
His top picks:
- Runtastic - This free app for iPhone and Android takes fitness to a new level.
Map workouts in real-time with GPS and monitor workout progress on 3D maps, keep a personal workout diary and share you activities with friends via social networks. It can also sync with the Sony SmartWatch.
-Run Keeper - While training for a marathon, scenic views are half the enjoyment.
With this free app for iPhone and Android, runners are able to take photos and share them with their friends via social networks and see progress toward training goals with alerts on best times and milestones.
-Fitbit - Brent talked about his new favorite product called the Fitbit One™. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs climbed. Come nightfall, it measures your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better, and wakes you in the morning. It moves with you 24 hours a day.
According to Brent-
-Set up and sync with the Fitbit Zip or the Fitbit One Activity Trackers
- Background sync options allows you to sync the Zip or One even when the app runs in the background.
- See your latest steps and calories burned when your tracker syncs.
- See how many flights of stairs you've climbed in a day (Fitbit Ultra or One required).
- See your sleep stats (Fitbit Classic, Ultra or One required).
- See your latest weight and body fat.
- Log food, water, workouts, weight, or sleep times on the go.
- Use the app offline - your data will be synced the next time you're connected.
- Find foods in our database or create your own custom entries and access your favorite foods.
- Set a daily calorie target based on your weight goals.
- 4 intensity levels to match your needs.
- Unlike other calorie tracker apps, the food plan updates based on how active you are each day (Fitbit activity tracker required).
- See your Fitbit friends' real time step count to get your psyched to go a little more.
- Push notifications nudge you to achieve your goals and give you a virtual high five when you hit them.
The app is free on both iPhone and Android devices. The device itself ranges from $59.99 - $99.99 depending on the model.
Disclosure Note: Diana is part of a user program for Fitbit "One" from Verizon and has been wearing a Fitbit "One" since mid-February. The model Brent and Diana wear is $99 as it has more features like sleep tracking.