One of my goals for 2011, like most people who make New Year’s resolutions, is to lose weight. Earlier this week, I started a training program that will lead me to be able to finish a 5K. To track my progress and to assist with training, I’m using an application for my phone, RunKeeper.
RunKeeper Pro is free during the month of January, and I used the opportunity to enroll in one of RunKeeper’s 5K fitness classes. The fitness classes are an organized way to train, with people following the same instructions on the same days. The social aspects of the application allows people to communicate with others in the class.
With GPS, the application tracks your speed, pace, distance, and elevation, and presents a number of charts that are shared with friends or with the public.
My class calls for alternating periods of running and walking three days a week; today will be my third day. Because I don’t have a treadmill indoors, I’ll be running outside in the snow.
Here are some articles for weekend reading.
How to Take Control of Your Money in 2011. The steps I’m following for my fitness mimic this philosophy for financial success, and are based on what has worked for me financially.
Congress Can’t Beat the Market, Even When it Cheats. You would think that the insider information that public representatives receive, they’d be able to invest their money in companies they know are going to skyrocket, growing their investment substantially. That is apparently not the case.
An Introduction to High-Deductible Health Plans. I’ve decided to continue my HMO coverage under COBRA rather than switch to a lower-cost high-deductible health plan. For me, the point of insurance is to cover unforeseen (or unfortunate) expenses, particularly those that would beyond the ability to pay without going into debt. I’d prefer not to pay a premium for the privilege of paying more money when medical coverage is needed. HDHPs can be good ideas for some people, though.
Updated June 23, 2016 and originally published January 8, 2011.