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-CORAL- SparkPoints: (40,297)
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5/23/14 11:57 A

I use the Runkeeper app on my iPhone whether I'm walking or running. it's free. You can use it for hiking and biking, too. It uses GPS to map your route and calculate speed and mileage. Then just take that and put it into the mileage tracker on SP. No need to alter your distance or time to compensate for your options on SP.

Edited by: -CORAL- at: 5/23/2014 (11:59)
CDMYERS1 Posts: 950
5/22/14 9:55 P

Having a tracker is definitely a plus, it really helps me!

FRUGALISTA54 Posts: 260
5/22/14 8:47 P

Thanks for all your feedback. Hubby gave me a fitbit in December and it is EXACTLY what I needed. I love how I can sync my Fitbit with SP website and the system re calculates the number of calories I can eat in view of my exercising. Keeps me honest and often I laugh to myself " Good thing I took that walk!" emoticon

JUNKDRAWER Posts: 1,253
8/26/13 8:22 P

I figure it's all estimates anyway. So I guess, I just go for how long I walked and accomplished than to worry about calories or speed. If I really care about how far my route is, I drive it in the car and see how far it is. I'm simple and low tech, I haven't really met a gadet that was all that accurate either. Getting out there and doing it is the most important thing.

8/24/13 10:27 P

You could try 'Map my Run' for a tracking app...I find the mapping feature pretty good (it has the paths in the park by my house, for example) and you can also use the live tracking with a smart phone! The basic program is also free.
As others have said, I wouldn't worry about speed too much - I would concentrate on trying to increase your total time which should naturally lead to increasing your speed over time!

Keep up the good work!!

Edited by: ERINNDAYLE at: 8/24/2013 (22:33)
KAREN91 Posts: 1,653
8/24/13 9:55 P

Thanks for the encouragement, I'm going to keep at it so I can do better next time. emoticon

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
8/24/13 1:04 P

keep doing it, you'll get faster and be able to walk longer

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,211
8/24/13 12:01 P

when I first started walking I would have been ecstatic to finish a 5K in an hour. lol

KAREN91 Posts: 1,653
8/24/13 11:43 A

My walking speed is very slow. I finished walking a 5k today. I came in last with a time of just under a hour- 59 minutes.

SUNFLOWERGAMMY SparkPoints: (27,692)
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8/24/13 12:51 A

I am unable to find out at what speed I walk if and when I do because I use a walker due to multiple sclerosis.

FRUGALISTA54 Posts: 260
8/23/13 9:55 P

Thanks gang! I mapped my route and it adjusted for my extra time but I will look into the Fitbit I have an iPhone and I don't walk without it so having an app to keep it real would be a great help


144AUTUMN SparkPoints: (75,311)
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8/22/13 10:00 P

What's the minimum speed? Are you doing your walking on a treadmill? Maybe try finding a walking space outside and just do at your own pace each day and start making your goals from there, say maybe 10 minutes each day for 3-4 days then increase it to 15 minutes each day for the next 3-4 days and just keep increasing until you are up to 30 minutes a day sorta thing......most important thing is to start where you are at and make goals from that starting point!

KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,211
8/22/13 9:50 P

first off...way to go with the walking at any speed.

when I'm hiking uphill, I have to stop and catch my breath fairly often, so I cut down the time I say I was hiking to be more reasonable. when I first started out, it was walk a minute rest a minute walk a minute, rest a minute

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/22/13 10:38 A

Use the mileage tracker. You don't have preset entries, just enter your distance and time, and it will calculate the calories for you based on that.

CARRES1973 SparkPoints: (14,527)
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8/22/13 10:33 A

Agree with the FitBit suggestion, or if you have a smartphone, download an app that tracks your route, speed, distance, etc.


MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,459
8/22/13 1:41 A

It is distance rather than speed that is the major factor in calories burned.

So perhaps trim the time so that the distance matches.


GYPSYGOTH SparkPoints: (94,944)
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8/21/13 11:06 P

That is tough. I would really, really recommend a FitBit in your case, which estimates your calories burned existing + walking and you can just enter one daily total automatically on Spark. A gift to ask for perhaps?
I think it would be OK to drop a few mins from your total to make up the difference though.
Hope your legs give you less trouble... keep up the great work!

FRUGALISTA54 Posts: 260
8/21/13 9:23 P

My dilemma is tracking my walks I record my walking speed as 2 mph but many days I cannot reach even that speed due to leg spasticity. It sucks but should I track as the real time or should I reduce the time to compensate. I have mapped some of my routes but I switch often and some of my walks are not showing on the map because they are located in a national park.
I don't know if anybody else has this problem or if it really is a problem. I will appreciate any feedback you can provid emoticon e.

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