Use The Google Pedometer to Plan and Track Your Progress

Google Pedometer Example

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.

Also known as the gmap pedometer or gmaps pedometer, the Google Pedometer is helpful for walkers, runners and cyclists. You can use it in two different ways:

  • Plot a route you’ve already completed and determine the exact distance and calories burned.
  • Pick any starting point and map the best route to your desired ending point. This is helpful for creating new routes or when walking in new, unfamiliar areas.

How to use the Google Pedometer

Google Pedometer Example 2

Click here to open the Google Pedometer Map

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.

If 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.

After 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 location.

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 down.

GMAPS Pedometer Example

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.

GMAPS Pedometer Example 2

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.

1. 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!

3. 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).

Calorie Counter: 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 counter”.

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 walking calories calculator that will give you a more accurate prediction of how many calories you can burn based on your speed, weight and time spent walking.

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 Favorites/Bookmarks.

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 usage instructions.

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.

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