I’m not always the most up to date when it comes to smart phone applications or the latest and greatest technology, so if you’re already using RunKeeper, this post won’t be anything new to you. I have always liked to run and have recently started walking for at least 30 minutes a day. Being able to track your miles is nothing new and can be done with GPS gadgets such as watches or the Nike + iPod Sport Kit.
However, if you have a smart phone and can install the RunKeeper app, you can track your workouts for free.
How RunKeeper Works
The application uses the GPS in your phone to track your route, distance, duration, average pace, and average speed. It also utilizes Google Maps to show you your route, displaying where you started, paused, or stopped along the way. As you perform your activity it notifies you with voice cues every 5 minutes which alerts you with your current distance, pace, etc. You can modify these alerts in your settings.
It will track your activity for as often as you use it and you can view a weekly or monthly report. You can also log your current weight and RunKeeper keeps track of the calories you burn as well.
Activities to Track
Although running is one of the primary activities to track, they have a nice list to include:
- Mountain Biking
- Downhill Skiing
- Cross Country Skiing
You can also post activities you’ve completed such as swimming, elliptical, treadmill, and rowing machines. Other features include the “Street Team” which is a list of other local RunKeeper users if you want to connect with them. If you’re not into the social media thing, you can skip it and you also have the option to keep your routes private.
Overall, I really dig it and if you have a compatible smart phone, definitely check it out on your next outdoor workout: