A Calculated Walk in the Park

My exercise yesterday was shopping.  I know.  That doesn’t count.  Actually, it does.  I walked around the store for over 90 minutes.  For 90 minutes I was walking, not sitting,  While it wasn’t strenuous exercise for me, it would have counted had I been at the part; so, it counts when I was in Target.

Now, my walk in the park with the pups on Monday was considerably more strenuous.  We walked 2 miles at 3.7 mph.  Now, you know that math is not my best subject; so, how do I know that’s how fast we walked?  I have an app on my phone called Cardio Trainer.  The free version tracks how far and how fast I go using my phone’s GPS.  It gives me updates along the walk or run to let me know how far I’ve gone.  Using the weight I’ve input, it also tells me how many calories I burned and it equates those calories to something I can relate to.  The walk on Monday burned two pears’ worth of calories!

614501_10151061091178197_789753595_oIt allows me to input all my workouts manually to track everything I do.  It will also keep track of all my walks over time; so, in a month or so, it will tell me how far I’ve walked in total and how that relates to my region.  By the end of summer, I will have walked to Chattanooga and back, two or more miles at a time, without ever leaving home!

Cardio Trainer has an associated food diary app called Noom.  I downloaded that free version last night and will let you know how that goes.

As I told you earlier, I used LoseIt to lose weight before and I’ve been using MyFitnessPal this time.  The more I use MyFitnessPal, the less impressed I am, actually.  The food diary seems really random and disorganized.  That’s such a shame!  I had such high hopes for it.

I know there are tons of these programs out there.  What are you all using and what do you think of it?


3 thoughts on “A Calculated Walk in the Park”

  1. JonAnne, I love the Livestrong page, and their MyPlate tool. I have tracked my eating habits with that one for several years. Also, watch “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” video. It’s on Netflix and Hulu (and maybe youtube, not sure). I will inspire you!!

    1. I love that movie, Kathy! I was so impressed with how Joe and Phil took those first few steps, then more, and more, and more. I agree with you – VERY inspriational! “Forks Over Knives” is also a good one on healthful food choices. I don’t think I could ever go completely vegetarian, much less vegan (!), but there is always room in my diet for more vegetables and whole foods.

      Thanks so much for reading and I’ll be sure to check out MyPlate, as well!

  2. I use LoseIt to track my food and RunKeeper to track my walks, etc. I can manually log exercises also. It helps a lot. It let me set a goal so I could Run With Ronnie and I am 19% to my goal. The LoseIt app on the phone is really nice, it has a bar code scanner that really helps when I’m at work.

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