I’ve been using one of the best apps in the Apple iPhone world….RunKeeper Pro. This app has gone through a wonderful evolution since its introduction last year. Basically, it tracks your exercise through its GPS capability and sends your results to the RunKeeper web site, where you can access your information and a multitude of reports about your performance and progress. It even maps your routes on Google Maps. It will track walking, running, bicycling, etc., and even allows for manual entry of exercise on gym equipment. And there’s even a free version that allows you to get a taste before buying the Pro version for ten bucks (a real bargain).
Since Runkeeper Pro also tracks your weight, speed, and elevation gain, it can provide some pretty accurate information on calories burned by type of exercise. It has made me acutely aware of the differences between certain activities. For example, bicycling and cross-country skiing burn more than twice the calories of walking. That’s significant for me because time and laziness are key factors in my inactivity, which means that if I can only spend 30 minutes a day on exercise, it makes sense to do things that either burn more juice or make it possible to go longer before burning out. Since making this realization, I’ve focused almost exclusively on the two activities I really love: Bicycling and cross-country skiing. I find myself doing both with greater frequency and less resistance to get me out the door.