It's that time of year! The weather is getting nicer, the grass is greening, the trees are budding... and we are more than ready to take our exercise OUTSIDE!
Whether you bike or walk or jog, exercising outside can be a refreshing and invigorating option. One of the challenges of exercising outside, however, can be tracking your distance.
Even if you have a fitness device or smart phone that tracks your distance AFTER your workout, sometimes you want to plan a route BEFORE you get off and running. For an easier method than driving your potential route in the car to track the distance, check out G-Maps Pedometer.
Using Google Maps technology, G-Maps Pedometer allows you to map out a route before your workout. Thus, if you're training for a 5K, building up your mileage for RAGBRAI, or just have a set distance goal in mind, you have a mapping tool to help you plan for your workout success. Or maybe you just want some variety from the route you've mapped out with your car years ago!
To use G-Maps Pedometer, go to the following website:
1. Enter your city/town in the "Enter Starting Point" box.
2. Use the Zoom buttons as necessary (the +/- in the bottom right hand corner of the screen), or drag the map to position over your proposed route.
3. Click the "Start Route" button. Double-click along your proposed route. Your distance will be added up as you go along.
There is the option to save, share, or print routes, but I don't have much experience with that (if you give it a try, let me know how it goes!). I usually use G-Maps as a resource to help me plan a variety of routes for an activity for which I personally may be training or to map out a route a personal training client and I may take for a nice day's exercise session.
I hope you will enjoy using this resource as well!