If you walk or run around your neighborhood for exercise, make sure to use the "Map Your Route" feature on the fitness tracking page to get the most accurate numbers for your log. Furthermore, click on the satellite view once in a while. I was surprised to find I was "jipping" myself about .2 mile on every walk because the route I was tracking on the map view wasn't quite right!
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My new passion since joining Spark People is to take bike rides. My neighborhood provides many routes which I like because it gives me variety. SP has a routing tool that lets you map your route to keep track of your course and calculate the distance you traveled. I love this tool! 332
I kept bemoaning that I didn't actually run or walk ever until I realized those lunch-time errands might help. I used the Fitness Tracker and mapped my route from my building to the CVS and back. I was able to quickly see that going around 2 blocks would make 1 mile.
I feel successful that I am intently walking.
The Fitness Tracker is a great tool. You can log how many miles you have gone in a day, a month or a year. You can map out routes around your neighborhood too. It's a useful tool to set a goal with.....for instance you can log enough miles to walk across the United States...652 or who knows......maybe to another country. Whatever you decide to do.....it's a great tool that is right at your fingertips.
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