Tracking Workouts

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Tracking my workouts long term is one of the most motivating parts of getting me to workout! If you are walking or running outdoors, tracking can easily be done with free iPhone/smart phone apps like Map my Run or Run Keeper, or with a little more expensive option like a Garmin GPS tracker. I’ve compiled a few tools I’ve personally used to track my workouts. I have used Run Keeper for several years, and found it to be a really great free app, but I really like how Map my Run allows your loved ones to track where you are (if they are concerned about your safety).
RunkepperRun Keeper –

  • Add friends and share workouts on Facebook for extra encouragement
  • Set goals and track progress as the app keeps track of your mileage
  • Run reports and track your weekly, monthly, and yearly workouts
  • Calculate average pace, calories burned, climb, and viewable map of the track you just ran

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Map my Run –

  • Similar to Run Keeper, with different interface
  • Use food journal to calculate calorie intake compared with calories burned to assist with weight loss, maintenance or gain 
  • Set goals and track progress as the app keeps track of your mileage
  • Add friends and allow them to track where you are located while on a run (this is great for allowing loved ones to know when to meet you at the finish line!)
  • Share workouts on Facebook for extra encouragement

 

Garmin GPS –

Last fall I purchased the Forerunner 10, which is simplest of the Garmin GPS tracking watches. I decided to upgrade so that it wasn’t necessary to run with my phone, didn’t have to use my data plan, and the Garmin watch GPS is generally considered more accurate than a phone GPS. PS. I LOVE my Garmin watch!

  • Tracks distance, pace and calories. Set your pace on the watch and it beeps to let you know if you are on pace while running
  • Start running with the press a button
  • If used continuously with GPS, the battery life is 5 hours, which should be enough for a marathon
  • Identifies personal records
  • Virtual Pacer™ compares current pace to target. Also has a run/walk feature that’s helpful if you’re just starting out or your running plan includes walk breaks
  • Plan, review, track and share runs at Garmin Connect™. Garmin

What are your favorite tracking tools? What are you favorite features of your tool? Do you use an app on your phone or use a watch? I’d love to hear how you track your workouts, or if you need some advice on starting to track…