Winter Indoor Training – TIVo plus iPod Nano = Big Hit
Going to the gym and keeping in shape during the winter for me is a chore but two things keep my interest up:
1. Shoveling snow – if I shovel I get the day off. So far this Winter that has meant a lot of days off. I can’t recommend shoveling for everyone.
2. Watching TV shows on my iPod Nano while I exercise at the Gym. This has been a great discovery.
My wife gave me a new Gen 3 Nano as a surprise present this fall. I had a Sandisk 8 GB Sandisk E200 that I had been using for Podcasts and audio books. The hardware was fine but I never really found good syncing software. I was using Juice and it was OK.
I am not an Apple fan and reluctantly use any Apple Product (a topic for a Rant someday) but have been surprised and delighted by my new Nano.
Here’s what surprised me:
1. The screen is terrific and just fine for watching most TV shows. I never though a screen that small would be useful for someone with vision as bad as mine, but I love watching TV shows and Video Podcasts on it. I wouldn’t watch football or basketball on it but for most TV shows it is amazingly good.
2. TIVO provides software (TIVo Desktop Plus) that takes shows that you have selected from your TIVO using your home wireless network compresses them for use on an iPod and sticks them into iTures automatically. You just set up a season pass on your TIVO for the shows you want to record and then pick the shows you want on your iPod in the TIVo Desktop software, everything else is done automatically for you. The next time you sync your iPod your shows are there.
I love watching Charlie Rose Interviews, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and Tavis Smiley, show that I never seem to get around to watching at home. But I have also become a big fan of Family Guy, Futurerama and Robo Chicken. Plus some great one shots like the PBS series on Democracy in Ancient Greece. I do convert movies I own on DVD to the iPOd but that is just for when I am traveling, in the gym I like shorter stuff that requires less visual attention. Most TV shows are just fine if you let your eyes wander occasionally.
So I get most of what I watch that way but also have discovered Dexter in iTunes and love that show. I had read the three Dexter books and really enjoyed them. I wasn’t expecting much from the TV show , but this show on Showtime is better that the books. It is a delight and I am eagerly waiting to see season 2. These aren’t free but to download a whole season of shows costs about the same as a movie DVD.
Next time I’ll talk about Podcasts, another great source of free entertainment that makes the time in the gym fly by and keeps you on the bike or elliptical machine longer.