The Google Pedometer is a handy tool to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals. You can use it to track how many miles you’ve walked and how many calories you’ve burned. You may even use it to plan out new walking routes for future walks.
Have you ever wondered just how many miles or kilometers you cover on
your daily walk through the neighborhood? Or what the distance is to
the playground or grocery store? This software takes the guessing out of
it and gives you exact, precise information.
Here you’ll find step-by-step instructions for how to use this fun and helpful tool.
known as the gmap pedometer or gmaps pedometer, the Google Pedometer is
helpful for walkers, runners and cyclists. You can use it in two
Step 1: Find a starting point.
Option 1: I
think the easiest way to find a starting point for one of my walking
routes on the map is to type in an address or street name and city in
the box above the map that says “Jump to:” Then click the “go” button.
you live in China, Japan or the United Kingdom, type in an address or
city and click on the “more options” link next to the “go” button.
Select your country from the drop down box. Then click the “go” button.
clicking the “go” button, you’ll see the map narrow down to the
location you’ve inputted. You may continue to zoom in to see the exact
area you’ve inputted.
To zoom in, click on the dropdown
box next to the “go” button. The default says zoom: 12. Choose zoom: 16
or higher to really narrow down on the exact area you want to plot as
your starting point. Click on the “go” button and the map will zoom into
your desired location.
You can click anywhere on the map
and hold down (on the left button on your mouse) and drag your mouse to
move around on the map to get an even better picture of your desired
Option 2: Instead of typing in a city or
address, you may use the arrows in the top, left-hand corner of the map
to move around. To zoom in or out, drag the marker on the scale up or
Step 2: Plot a starting point
After you’ve found your desired location on the map, you’ll want to set this as your starting point. Click on the “Start Recording” button. Then go back to the map and double-click on your desired starting location. You will notice a red balloon appear to indicate your starting point.
Every additional double-click on the map will record a point and the
Google Pedometer will measure the distance between the points. Once you
have more than two points on the map, the total cumulative distance will
be tallied between all the points.
That’s it! Now you have the exact distance for any walking route!
Here are a couple more helpful features of the Google Pedometer for fitness walkers:
Draw Route: You have three options for how the Google Pedometer will create your route.
automatically (for runners) – creates a route that will follow the
streets on the map. This means it will go around corners or even curves.
2. automatically (for cyclists) – this option draws the
same route as it would for runners, but it won’t send you the wrong way
down a one-way street, which could be very dangerous for a cyclist!
manually (straight lines) This option will draw a straight line from
point to point. You might use this option when creating a route for
walking on trails or in a park (in a place that doesn’t have streets).
Note: As a walker, leave the “Draw Route” feature on the default setting - automatically (for runners).
This is a great feature that will estimate the number of calories you
will burn on your route! Click the “on” link on “Turn on calorie
Enter your weight and it will automatically
calculate the number of calories you will burn. This is the number of
calories a runner will burn, not a walker.
Unless you plan to walk at a very brisk speed, don’t expect to burn as many calories as this feature says you will. Here’s a
calculator that will give you a more accurate prediction of how many
calories you can burn based on your speed, weight and time spent
Save Route: Click the “Save Route” button
to save any route so you may use it at a later time. It will save all
of the information you input. After you save it, you will see a url that
you can click on to open up your saved route, then add it to your
Clear: Once you’ve
started plotting a route, you can undo it. There are two ways to do
this. The first is to click the “Undo Last Point” button just under the
“Start Recording” button. This will clear the last point you plotted. If
you want to clear every single point and start over, click the “Clear
points and start over” link.
I’ve described the features
most helpful for fitness walkers. But the Google Pedometer does have
more features. For a complete explanation of each feature, read the
Use the Google Pedometer to track your mileage and create new walking routes. To keep track of your weekly progress, download this free walking log to help you meet your fitness and weight loss goals.