If you enjoy outdoor activities and want to track them for fitness purposes, there’s a great iPhone app called Runkeeper. The basic version is available free, but is very limited. For a few extra bucks ($9.99) you can get the “Pro” version that captures a lot more detail, and for an additional annual subscription ($19.95 – optional) you can delve more deeply into the analysis of your fitness data. I’ve looked at a variety of such apps and this one, IMHO, is the best. Very reliable and accurate measurement, with a great Graphic User Interface (GUI) both on the phone and on your computer. Runkeeper automatically sends your data to your personal page on the company’s web site, which allows you to track and analyze your performance in a variety of permutations.

Some of you may recall that a couple of weeks ago, I decided to no longer “exercise” for its own sake, but rather, to get back to enjoying the “real” activities I always relished: Biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and squash (each in its season, of course). I’ve been using Runkeeper Pro to track my progress and am pleased to report that in the last 14 days, I’ve engaged in one or more of the above activities on 11 days. Not bad for a couch potato, and the real kicker is that I’m having a blast and looking forward to each day’s outing. Today I went cross-country skiing at the Morgan Arboretum twice!

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