Health tip of the week

Let tech help you get up and go

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Health Lifestyle - ■ Health Tip of the Week is spon­sored by Pfizer as part of its HealthyTown ini­tia­tive. Ev­ery year Pfizer se­lects a town to take part in a unique ini­tia­tive aimed at show­ing you – no mat­ter what age you are, or where you live – sim­ple steps to im­prove your

Tech­nol­ogy has made life a lot eas­ier in so many ways – in­clud­ing the sim­ple act of ex­er­cis­ing, as th­ese days you can stay fo­cused and on track with the help of a mo­bile phone app.

But things can and do go wrong, so to help you reach your fit­ness goals dur­ing the Pfizer Healthy Towns pro­gramme, run­ning coach Mary Jen­nings of­fers a cou­ple of tips and sports psy­chol­o­gist Can­ice Kennedy has some ad­vice on how to keep mo­ti­vated as we head into au­tumn.

“Make sure to keep an eye on your bat­tery when ex­per­i­ment­ing with run­ning apps,” ad­vises Jen­nings. “With GPS and the apps con­stantly look­ing for your lo­ca­tion, some can hit your bat­tery power and a phone app is no good if the sec­ond half of your run is not recorded be­cause there is no bat­tery power left. This is the rea­son many long-dis­tance run­ners even­tu­ally use a run­ning watch as well as their phone.

“Al­ter­na­tively, if you are fol­low­ing a train­ing pro­gramme from a book, coach or on­line, pro­gramme your ‘home­work’ into a sim­ple app like In­ter­val Timer. Lis­ten out for the beep, which will guide you as you al­ter­nate be­tween walk­ing and run­ning.”

Jen­nings also says a stan­dard mu­sic app such as Spo­tify will do a lot to help you through your run/walk as your favourite tunes will take your mind off the ‘burn’.

And if sim­ply get­ting out the door is an is­sue, Can­ice Kennedy has some ad­vice:

“Be clear on your rea­sons for train­ing, set spe­cific and mea­sur­able goals and write them down,” he says. “Find a train­ing part­ner or group and sched­ule train­ing in your di­ary at the start of ev­ery week. Also go pub­lic by telling friends or col­leagues and ask them to mo­ti­vate you.

“Have a mo­ti­va­tional speech ready for your­self when you are re­luc­tant to go out on cold morn­ings and re­ward your­self when you achieve key mile­stones.”

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