It feels quite incredible to realize that GPS technology just didn’t exist a few decades ago. Now, it’s used in everything from logistics to fitness – and today’s post is going to specifically focus on the latter.
In short, pretty much every serious runner in the land should be looking to tap into the advantages that these GPS trackers provide. Whether it’s in relation to the effects of their body, or just general running safety, the benefits are endless. Additionally, the days of cost being a barrier are long-gone – these devices are affordable to say the least, particularly if you opt for one which is savvy with its feature set.
Following on from the above, today’s post will take a look at the modern-day GPS tracker and show exactly how it has impacted the fitness industry, or runners specifically. Let’s now take a look at the topic in extra detail.
Let’s start with the factor that everyone loves to talk about; fitness. Or specifically, we all know that we deal in the currency of calories.
Some GPS trackers won’t provide you with this feedback, but on the whole most are starting to deal in such a language and can quickly tell you exactly how your run has impacted your body. You’ll find out how far you have ventured, the route you have been on, and ultimately, the end result to your body.
If you’re the type of runner who likes to venture off-track, and go into the countryside or another remote area, this next benefit is for you.
For a long time, runners have been advised to partner up when they head out. This is for the simple reason that if you become injured, and you’re on your own, you are left in a real predicament.
The GPS tracker can help this somewhat. It’s able to at least relay your movements back home, or to a person who you are happy to have information about your whereabouts. The upshot of this is that you will immediately feel safer – and some of you might even decide to venture out on your runs on less-busy times where stereotypically it’s not as safe.
Some of the more seasoned runners out there might be more used to this next point. Particularly if you are new to an area, there’s nothing worse than finding a route you like only to completely forget it when you attempt it again in the future. Granted, if you live locally, this is seldom going to occur. In the countryside, or in a dense urban environment, it’s quite possible and does happen a lot though.
This is where the GPS tracker comes into play. Most of them are able to show you exactly where you have traveled on a route, meaning that you can replicate it in the future. It sounds simple, but as we all know, good routes can fuel motivational levels when it comes to running.