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Get in shape with Nike+iPod: Day 4

Now that we've focused a bit on the music available to "help" you through your workout, let's move onto one of the most-used type of accessories for the Nike+iPod kit. For those of you who are unaware of the functionality of the Nike+iPod kit while running, the device gives you a good deal of on screen information. Shown on the screen at any given time is your pace-per-mile, total time, and the distance you have already run. When I first started running again, all this on screen information appealed to me, but it wasn't until recently that I discovered that the information was more of a distraction than a motivator. 老域名出售

When I first picked up my kit, I have to admit that I took a look at the Nike armband hanging in the same display. For me, I just couldn't bring myself to spend $30 on something to hold my iPod to my arm, especially when I wouldn't be able to see all the statistics. It wasn't until recently that a friend of mine told me that the Nike armband was on sale at TJ Maxx for a mere $15.00. At the time, I dismissed the information knowing that it was the first-generation armband–the one without the clear window.

About a week or two later, I found myself in TJ Maxx, face-to-face with the aforementioned armband. However, I had forgotten that it was the first-generation model. It wasn't until I got home when I realized what I had bought. I considered returning it, but honestly, heading back to TJ Maxx seemed like too much work so I decided to give it a try.

The pleasant thing about the armband is that it is lightweight and feels pretty comfortable while you run. The material breathes fairly well and is a composite of polyester, nylon, and spandex. Sliding it on to your arm is fairly easy once you figure out that you need to "buckle" the Velcro, then slide it on to your arm rather then trying to "buckle" it while it sits on your arm. All the buttons work fine while your Nano is in the band, and even the volume scroll wheel works fairly well. I had no problems fitting the armband to my arm although your results may vary.

What I thought might be an undesirable lack-of feature (the lack of a screen "window") turned out to be a nice thing in the long run (pun intended). It turns out, at least for me, that the inability to see the screen was a good thing. I realized that I was checking the iPod far too often, to the point where it became almost like the clock-watching phenomenon that happens at schools and offices everywhere: time just seems to slow down and my runs just dragged on.

There is a downside to the armband, however; the setting up and, in turn, the careful slide you must do prior to your run. Since you can't see the screen, you must set your run up outside the band and then ever-so-carefully slide it into the tight-fitting pouch so you don't accidentally start your workout prematurely. It is somewhat a pain but its nice to be able to grab my sides again without dropping the iPod.

Your results may vary, but the arm band has, thus far, improved my runs.


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