Since I like to see the number of miles I've put on my feet in a week or a month, I use the "add mileage" tab and enter my time and distance, and whether it is a walk/run or cycling. (I think you have to have a weekly mileage goal for that tab to appear- not sure.)
From there, Spark decides for me whether it was a walk or a run depending on the speed.
And sometimes even if I ran, it will tell me it was a walking pace- and that just burns my toast because I KNOW I ran the distance, but I was just really, really slow that day! It's okay!
I use an app on my phone when I run, walk, or do intervals. It uses the GPS to determine how far I've gone and it calculates my calories based on my body weight. Personally I use the Nike running app although there are many others out there. When I log my exercise (I don't log on SP), I made up a new exercise called "Run Intervals" and input my calories burned there.
Fitness Minutes: (169,945)
6,769 2/21/13 7:28 A
Some of us never get faster. That you are doing it is what counts.
I just started going to the gym to walk/run on the treadmill. I am working up to being able to run for 30 min at a time. my walking pace on the treadmill yesterday was between 3 and 3.5 and my running pace was between 4 and 5mph. DO NOT feel embarrassed by your speed. Feel proud that you are making strides (pun intended) to become a healthier you! Keep up the good work!!!!
Oh goodness me, nobody makes fun of anyone for going slow here! :) You're out there and you're moving, and that is what counts.
As stated, using the 4mph entry (15min/mile) is perfect for you.
Running and walking really are two different movements and your body does burn more running than walking. But right now, while combining the two, it's not a whole lot more and not worth bothering about.
Remember that all figures are only an estimate anyway. So you're probably going to in reality burn slightly more than you track - which is a good thing! We like to understate exercise rather than overstate it so there's a buffer for mistakes we're making. Burning a little more without counting it is better than not burning as much as we think! :)
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 2/20/13 10:10 P
A 15 minutes per mile is a 4 mile per hour pace. Even if you do some running in your walk, I would still use the walking 4 mph pace as that is the distance you would cover if you walked for an hour. And please do not worry about your speed. It takes time for your body to build up to increase your speed.
I hope this helps!
Fitness Minutes: (2,976)
349 2/20/13 9:55 P
This sounds ridiculous I know but I am having trouble calculating how many mph I run and so I don't know if I've been logging it correctly.
First, I don't run the whole time, it is more a run/walk combination and I do it for one mile. Since I am with my dog I sometimes have to stop and let him "go" and do his thing, but not that often that I would think it interferes with calorie burning. It takes me about 15 mins.
Ok maybe I'm asking this wrong. I guess I can easily figure the mph with that info but my question is how do I calculate the calories burned when it isn't a full on 15 min run or full on 15 min walk? Most of the activities on the tracker ask for an amount of minutes but I don't know what activity is half running (or more like 3/4) and the rest walking.
Same question for when I do 2 miles in 30 mins. Anybody do a run/walk similar to this? And please don't make fun - I know 2 miles in 30 mins is not very fast, it's just what I do :)
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