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Activity and Walking Tracking with Endomondo

By James Wise
web posted June 2, 2014

TECH TIPS Ė My apologies for the years that have passed since my last article. We had another child and work has been very busy. Iíll work on writing more in the future.
Today, I wanted to offer a tech tip related to a new passion of mine, walking. Last year, I decided to make some changes and lose some weight. I changed my diet and starting walking regularly and Iím proud to say that Iíve reached my goal weight now.

Along the way, I found that I really enjoy walking. Iíve been able to enjoy the outdoors, explore new trails and areas, and feel better about myself and my health.
Now you might wonder what sort of tech tip I could write about walking but in fact, there are multiple areas where tech and walking cross paths. Today though, Iím going to talk about Endomondo (http://www.endomondo.com/), one of my favorite smartphone/computer apps for tracking my walks.

I use Endomondo on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy S4) while Iím walking to track my stats (time, distance, pace, calories burned, elevation change, route walked, etcÖ). The program uses the GPS in your smartphone to track your activity (no extra hardware like a fitbit is necessary). Not only can I see stats on my phone while Iím walking but I can also opt for audible queues. For example, I get an announcement every half mile with distance and lap time. I believe that this has helped me walk faster and farther. Hereís an image of the screen you can see on your phone while exercising (this particular one is from Endomondoís page on the Google App Store though the rest of the screenshots youíll see in this article are from my activity).

I can also see my activity on my computer including a number of different stats. One goal I have set and maintained for example is to walk at least 20 miles each week. Iíve done that since December 1st of last year. I think having this visibility has allowed me to maintain my routine.

While you donít have to share anything with others, you can also add friends in Endomondo and choose what information you share. This allows for completion and encouragement for example. Thereís even a ďpep talkĒ option where you can send a message to a friend when he/she is out walking.

Personally, I pay for and subscribe to Endomondo Premium but most features are available in the free version as well.
This is just a quick summary of Endomondo as there are certainly a lot more features (heart rate monitoring if you add a sensor, etcÖ) and you can use it for more than just walking. Give it a try if youíd like. There are many other apps like this out there as well such as RunKeeper but Endomondo has been my favorite thus far. So get out there and enjoy combining tech and exercise. Just pay attention to what you are doing though and donít walk into a sign while you are looking at your phone!
You can find Endomondo on the web and in the app stores for Android and iPhone.

Oh, and get out there and enjoy our many fantastic local and nearby trails such as the Ten Governors Rail Trail in Edgefield, the North Augusta Greeneway, and the Augusta Canal Trail

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