When it comes to cardiovascular fitness, people love treadmills! Not only can you get a great cardiovascular workout indoors (especially when the weather is cold, damp and miserable) you can also track time, distance and calories burned. The numbers are motivating as they track progress and overall work completed over time. But what do you do when you’re not on a treadmill, venture out on the open road, and want to track your performance?
You could open up your wallets and pocketbooks and invest in running gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand, Polar RC3 GPS with Heart Rate Monitor, and the Tom Tom Runner GPS Watch, or you could find less expensive (or FREE) alternatives that provide the same information. Several websites and online tools are currently available to help you gather accurate information about your run and track your progress after each workout, including:
- Planning out routes
- Tracking running distance
- Tracking the time to complete the run
- Determining calories burned
With the help of GPS (global satellite positioning), a smartphone, and the internet you have everything you need to stay motivated on a budget!
The surface area of the Earth is 510 million square kilometers (149 million square kilometers is covered in land; 361 million square kilometers is water). Regardless of where you live on this planet, that leaves a lot of options for your daily run. To help narrow down the options in your local area you can map out your route in advance using the following FREE online tools:
- RunningMap Trackometer (RunningMap.com)
- Google Map Pedometer (MapPedometer.com)
- RunMap by jog.fm (RunMap.me)
Should you decide to throw on your running shoes and go out without a route in mind you can also use these tools to measure the distance you completed (if you remember it).
Calories Burned Running
Running burns a significant amount of calories because of the use of the entire body during the exercise. Unfortunately, most people overestimate the calories they burn, making them feel more accomplished in their run. To ensure you get fairly accurate information pertaining to the amount of calories burned while running the following is a running calorie calculator. This calculator can be used for a run on the treadmill or outdoors.
If you do not have all the information required for the previous calculator, an alternate calculator determines calories burned using average heart rate (if you use a heart rate monitor).