• Use a Mini GPS Tracker for your outdoor workouts



    If you use a GPS receiver for your outdoor workouts, one of your biggest decisions will be how to carry the GPS receiver. The simplest way is just to hold it in your hand, if it’s free. Of the number of other different ways to carry a GPS receiver, the best carry methods will Provide optimal GPS satellite signal reception: Where you work out might dictate how you carry your GPS receiver. If you live on the plains (flat) without any trees and have excellent satellite reception, you have more options than in the Pacific Northwest (heavy tree canopies).

    Be comfortable: Carrying a GPS receiver should not distract you from your workout. However you carry it, it should be comfortable, and you really shouldn’t notice carrying or wearing it. Here are some different ways to carry a GPS receiver while working out. How you carry a GPS receiver usually ends up being a personal preference. Try a few of these methods to see which one works best for you.


    Armbands, especially with smaller, lightweight GPS receivers, are one of my favorite forms of no-hands carry. An armband is simply a GPS receiver case mounted to an adjustable elastic band. When worn on the upper arm, the GPS receiver isn’t blocked by your body as much as wearing the receiver at your waist, which means better satellite signal reception. In areas without many sky obstructions, armbands can also be worn on your forearm, so you can look at the screen while you exercise. I use an armband with a plastic case that’s produced by Endless Pursuit. The case fits a Garmin Geko like a glove. After you adjust the elastic band, it’s hard to tell you’re wearing it. Not many armbands are built for small and mid-sized GPS receivers. Look for armbands designed for Family Radio Service (FRS) radios. If you’re handy with a sewing machine (or know someone who is), it’s relatively easy to make an armband out of nylon, elastic, and Velcro for your GPS receiver.

    GPS for race directors

    If you’re organizing and promoting a race with running, cycling, cross-country skiing, or just about any other activity that follows a set course, a GPS receiver can be a handy tool. With it you can

    Measure the course distance.

    Create a map of the course by overlaying tracks on an aerial photo or topographic map.

    Use waypoints to mark the precise locations of aid stations.

    Publish the course track log on the Internet for athletes with GPS receivers who want to train on the course before the race.

    If you bring a digital camera while recording course information with your GPS receiver, you can take photos at key points (such as intersections, extreme terrain, aid stations, or scenic views). Afterwards, The camera associates the time you took the photo with time data in the track log and gives you the coordinates where you took the picture.Some camera can automatically generate a Web page that shows the recorded tracks overlaid on both an aerial photo and topographic map. Wherever you stopped and took a photo with your digital camera (Just make sure your digital camera clock is synced with the time on your GPS receiver.) When someone views the Web page and moves the cursor over the camera icon, a thumbnail image of the photo is displayed in the upper-right corner of the window. If a camera icon on the map is clicked, the full-sized photo is displayed. Because athletes like to have as much information about a race ahead of time, participants will love you if you add this to a Web site promoting a race or an event.

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