Distance devices aid training

Fitness Q & A

February 18, 2005|By Gailor Large | Gailor Large,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I overheard a conversation about a gadget that calculates distance and speed when you walk or run. Where should I look for one of these gizmos?

The devices, which go by different names, have built-in GPS (global positioning systems). With this satellite technology they can calculate how far and how fast you've gone, as well as the calories you've burned. They aren't cheap, but are worth the cost if you're serious about your training.

Here are a few feather-light choices:

Garmin Forerunner 201 (www.garmin.com).

Timex Bodylink System with GPS (www.brook stone.com).

M9 GPS Watch by Suunto USA (www.suunto watches.com).

Can you recommend any books about re-energizing, specifically ones that deal with the relationship between diet and exercise and energy?

Lifestyle choices - nutrition, exercise, sleep, relationships, work and family commitments - have an enormous impact on energy levels. While there are people who seem to never tire, no matter how little they sleep or how much they have on their plates, most of us need to modify our lifestyles to boost our energy.

Here are a few books that may help:

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.

The Energy Balance Diet: Lose Weight, Control Your Cravings and Even Out Your Energy, by Joshua Rosenthal and Tom Monte.

Energy Addict: 101 Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Ways to Energize Your Life, by Jon Gordon.

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