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You Don’t Need A Pedometer To Know How Far You Have Run

November 26th, 2009 · No Comments ·
 
 

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Google has created its name as one of the online trend setters. It has a free web mapping service application called Google Map. Few days ago, my friend showed me a special website created with Google Map. This website, Gmaps Pedometer, allows runners to track millage of their daily trek.

How To Use Gmaps Pedometer:

  1. Zoom into the location by using the slider or the + or – keys. You can click on the top right button to show different modes of the map – map, satellite or hybrid.
  2. When you have found the location, click the “Start recording” button. At the site, double click the starting point. A point will be shown on the map.

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  3. Thereafter, every double click will draw a point on the map. The distance from your last point and cumulative distance will be shown.
  4. If you make a mistake, click the Undo button to go back to the previous stage.
  5. Before you save the route, the map is red. Once you have saved it, it becomes blue.
  6. To calculate how many calories you may burn, click the Turn on calorie counter link, and enter your weight in the Weight box.
  7. Printing feature is also provided.

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What I Like About Gmaps Pedometer:

  • I realized that I am able to save my routes. Once the route is saved, you will be given an URL to bookmark.
  • Though the accuracy of the data may be questionable by some people, it is still handy tool to show you how much calories you have burn by completing the route. In fact, the site requires your weight to calculate the calories and therefore reducing the margin of error.
  • Unlike other similar website, you do not have to register any account to use this Gmaps Pedometer service. So, no need to remember another set of user name or password for login purpose.

Things To Be Aware Of:

  • The elevation of the map is not taken into account in calculating the distances. So, whether you are going uphill or running downhill, the website may show you the same amount of calories burnt.
  • If you really want to have a better estimate of the actual distance and calories burn, a real pedometer is still a better solution.

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