As we enter middle age, Nathan and I have begun to pay more attention to our health. Our Macs and iPhones are loaded with apps to track what we eat, when and where we exercise, and what we do.
After all, performance measured is performance improved. And what better way to track what we do than using a Mac and an iPhone? Nathan’s anniversary gift keeps on giving.
The Exercise Journal For Mac Users
In most marriages, romance takes a back seat to practicality. That might explain why I received a GPS device and a couple of apps for my Mac and iPhone for our anniversary.
Was Nathan hinting that I needed to watch my weight?
Or, was he telling me that we needed to fend off the advances of middle age in a more determined, decidedly digital way?
Either way, the end result is a healthier us, thanks to a Garmin GPS and rubiTrack, a Mac and iPhone app that tracks our exercises.
Since we’re avid bikers, hikers, and walkers, what better way to see what we’ve done, where we’ve been, and why it matters. It’s an exercise journal without the calorie counting.
Track It All Using GPS
First, you need a good GPS device, in our case the Garmin Edge 705. Whatever our activity, the GPS device records where we go, from beginning to end. The data gets sucked into your Mac and rubiTrack does the rest.
rubiTrack reads the data from a bunch of GPS devices. You get different views for different exercise tasks. The Calendar View displays your exercises in a growing calendar. The List View displays exercise data in a table view.
The Collection view is more details and provides date, duration, pace, distance, climb, speed and more, including an instant track view, and an elevation graph (we live in Chicago—not much elevation to worry about unless we jog to the top of the Sears Tower—or whatever it’s named these days).
rubiTrack supports a couple of dozen GPS devices (including the iPhone 3G/3GS with rubiTrack for iPhone), including Garmin, Polar, and others. It also tracks equipment used, an equipment list, and groups, handy for maintenance (good for bikes).
For next year’s anniversary we’re looking at a couple of all terrain vehicles, to avoid the biking congestion we run into with Chicago traffic.
The only real problem with rubiTrack is the complexity.
Using it is easy. Connecting your Mac to the GPS device is easy. Importing data is easy. Managing all the options and views and data can be a bit perplexing, so I advise you to start slow and add new functions as you can figure them out.
rubiTrack is fun, but a bit limited in colder winter weather (we don’t ski) when exercise activities go indoors. It’s the first gadget we’ve ever had that massages the pleasure zones of geek and jock at the same time.