Exercising Outdoors: Walking and Running Safely

Exercising Outdoors: Walking and Running Safely

Exercising Outdoors: Walking and Running Safely

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.

Recently, I was in Denver , Colo. , to attend the American College of Sports Medicine Meeting. We went to Colorado early so we could hike in the Rocky Mountain National Forest .

I happened to see that there was a 10K race in Boulder called Boulder ! Boulder ! on Memorial Day in the Sunday newspaper. According to the article, this Memorial Day tradition generally has around between 42,000 to 50,000 participants. Even though it was at a high altitude, it sounded like a good idea to run the race. But then set in —traveling from Denver to Boulder (about an hour drive) early in the morning, trying to find the start, reconnecting with my husband after the race. Forty two thousand participants meant at least 42,000 screaming fans in the small town of Boulder . They had buses all over Denver to catch, buses all over Boulder to catch but I decided it was going to be less stressful to just run down Cherry Creek Trail in downtown Denver for 6 miles and spend the rest of the day vacationing rather than looking for my husband in the masses all morning in Boulder . But before I made this decision, we went to the SportsExhibit on the mall in downtown Boulder to register. That''s when I spotted the little gem I am about to tell you about. In fact, I had thought this gizmo would make it easier to contact my husband after the race.

Jim McGrath, an inventor with JAMinnovations, had designed a Hold-a-Phone cell phone holder. The Hold-a-Phone cell phone holder comes in different sizes and an assortment of colors. Sometimes when I have run in large races like the Chicago Marathon or the Walt Disney miniMarathon, I have put my cell phone in my RaceReady running shorts'' back pocket. While this has been effective in the past, as I run, the cell phone does move up and down and I have to be concerned in the past that it might get lost.

So, I decided to try the Hold-A-Phone cell phone holder to see how easy it was to wear the holder. Even though I didn''t run in BoulderBoulder, I did use the holder when I ran in Denver . This holder worked very well for me. While I am not in the habit of running with my cell phone when training in the safety of my home neighborhood, I think using this holder when I am traveling will be helpful for safety reasons.

The Hold-a-Phone is primarily worn on the wrist to eliminate the need to carry a cell phone on the waist, in a pocket, briefcase, purse, or fanny pack where the phone is inaccessible; and can also be worn on a belt, or the strap of a carry bag. The Hold-a-Phone has distinct advantages over other style holders because the Hold-a-Phone allows the user to send and receive calls, and have the caller id number clearly visible while the cell phone remains in the holder, attached to a bag, belt, or arm. This provides for easy access and visible caller id without picking up the phone, and because the cell phone is inside a pocket, money, an id, credit card, or hotel key can also be placed inside the holder. Unlike other holders, the Hold-a-Phone will hold 95 percent of the phones on the market. My Razr cell phone fit into the holder very easily.

While exercisers can benefit from the cell phone holder, the elderly may also benefit from using this holder by helping them keep their cell phone accessible and visible for safety reasons.

For more information contact: Jim McGrath with JAMinnovations at Tel/Fax 617-424-7673, e-mail jim@holdaphone.net . The retail price of the Hold-a-Phone is $19.95. The Hold-a-Phone is offered only at www.holdaphone.net .

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