I wanted to learn more before signing up for it so sent them an email this is a copy of their reply
In terms of recording walking on the site, we always allow for people to record their walking as miles, minutes or steps walked so people can take part without the need for pedometers. We also ask people to state at what speed they are walking, the options being: slow (2 mph), medium (3 mph) and fast (4 mph). Obviously people’s walking speeds are relative so 3 mph may be somebody’s medium and another person’s fast but we are limited in scope to how much we can tailor it. In any case we combine the distance with the speed to calculate the final mileage, calories and carbon dioxide totals.
Through the site you can currently simply record how much walking you do without needing to reference it to walking to or during work. In May we will be running the Great British Walking Challenge where we are encouraging as many people as possible to do as much walking as they can and record it on the site. This will include any walking, such as walking to the shops, walking your dog, walking your children to school etc. During the month there will be national Walk to Work Week (14-18 May), which does specifically focus on walking to, from and during work but if this doesn’t suit you then you will still be able to take part through the Great British Walking Challenge – hope that makes sense.
I hope that this is useful to you. We do think that walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise though there will always be exceptions to this. Our national challenges do rely on their being a certain amount of competition as a way of engaging some people who might otherwise not initially be interested in walking but there is also a certain element of team work involved whether it is through taking part with colleagues or contributing to the walking recorded in your local area. So if your walking is limited we hopefully still encourage you to take part for your own benefit as well as for being part of a larger community interested in their streets and walking.
I signed up, it is free and a good way to help me stay focused as well. So along with Sparkpeople and this I will have lots of motivation to keep walking.
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