It doesn’t take much to keep me going. A little boost to my workout, a new pair of running shoes, maybe. Fresh batteries in my MP3 player and a couple of new tunes. Really, I’m easy. And today I have a new toy that tickles me pink. An online pedometer.
It’s the work of a couple developers who decided to put a small online application on top of the wonderful new Google map to allow people to very easily route and measure their running and walking paths. www.sueandpaul.com/gmapPedometer/.
It’ll tell you how long you far your route is when you take the stroller out, give Fido his constitutional, when you walk to the corner market, or when you train for that big marathon in the Fall.
A calorie counter lets you record your virtue, and a URL maker lets you share your route with your training buddies.
Honestly, I can’t think of what would make this any cooler. Oh yes, I can: It’s free.
So. That was just enough to push me past a stressful week and provide me with plenty of ideas for routes I can take to explore my neighborhood while getting in my 3-mile minimums.
It let me plan walking routes for an upcoming vacation in an unfamiliar place, too.
And it let me establish some fantasy routes for the day when I’m in ultra marathon shape.
If your exercise program is starting to lose its pull for you, stop and figure out what will help inject some pepper into it for you. Do you need a new bit of technology, a fresh pair of socks, a different workout, a class, a coach? Then get that. Because keeping at it is so important, and boredom can be a real enemy to regular exercise.
I will if you will.