I use the Runkeeper app on my iPhone.
JackieK - THANK YOU! Yes, I'm excited.
I'm enjoying this challenge. But if anyone wishes, I'm willing to start another one with just Primal folks. Seems like they are almost back from Mordor. I would even put posts together outlining where we are.
Wag more, bark less
Anyway, it's pretty cool. It's got a docking station & you can track your progress on the fitbit web site, which is free. It's also wireless, so it'll hook up to your wifi & update steps automatically, even if you don't dock it. Battery is rechargeable, so there's nothing to replace. It tracks steps, stairs climbed and gives you an 'activity rating' (expressed in flowers) for how active you've been, that gets harder to achieve the more active you get. It will also supposedly track sleep and calories burned, but, I'm not entirely sure that part is all that accurate. Seems to be reasonably spot on for my walking though (you enter stride length, and can tweak it; it works off of vibration).
I love it a lot, really. It's a good motivator to have a pedometer. I used to live in the city and walk probably 10,000 steps a day, then moved to the suburbs and now walk about 4,000 in an average day (my daily 2mi walk to the train station is gone). So, it's a good way to push myself to get outside after work and get to at least 10,000 steps again. The 'stairs' part will also count any hills you walk as stairs, so I use it as a general number, but one day I did about 46 flights of stairs through a lot of hill walking & some laundry (live on the 4th floor), so I went out and walked another 4 flights of stairs just to get to 50, etc. It's helpful that way.
Also, it'll convert your steps into miles traveled, so I can look at today and take 12,278 steps into 6.38 miles or whatever, and bang, I'm halfway to Rivendell.
I do have a feeling that in a few months it'll be down to like 4 people still updating, but, I'll try to hang in there as long as I can tracking it.
My office is currently doing a "walk the french riviera"... I might push on to Mordor after I hit Marseille in a few weeks.
What do you all think? Any ideas?
Wait... you didn't know about this adventure? You are all in for a killer treat.