Last Updated on April 11, 2016 by Michael Brockbank
Runkeeper is an excellent tool to track your walks, jogs and runs. While it’s greatest feature is the GPS logging from your smartphone, what can you do when you don’t have a phone available for the system? Luckily, Runkeeper can still track and log your activities through the use of the website. Using the web-based portal, you can still keep track of your physical activities while getting an accurate portrayal of your progress.
Using Runkeeper’s Website to Log Activities
Let’s say that you walked a specific route around your neighborhood but forgot your phone. As long as you keep track of the time you spent on your walk, it can still be tracked with accuracy while using Runkeeper. Here’s what you do:
- Log into your Runkeeper account at its website.
- Click the “Log” button near the top-middle of the page.
- Select your activity. Currently, there are 31 different things you can track and then an option for other. Click on the icon for “Walking.” Then, scroll down and click the green button on the bottom right for “Next.”
- On this next page, your able to create your route around a map of your neighborhood. Using the mouse, create the route you walked as closely as possible. Once you’re done, click the “Next” button.
- On the next page, you’re able to enter in other metrics. These include duration of your walk, time you started, your average heart rate, an override for how many calories you burned, sharing on social media and any notes you want to log. You can also add any friends who were with you during the walk. Once this information is entered, click on “Save” on the bottom of the page.
Runkeeper can track many different activities. Some don’t have a way to track distance such as swimming in a pool. If you completed such an activity that doesn’t need to keep track of distance, simply click the “No Map” button when you’re logging your activity on the map page. This is also useful if you used a treadmill or stationary bike. You’re able to enter in the distance manually after clicking “No Map,” so you can still keep track of your mileage.
Be As Precise As Possible
Like with any other fitness tracking tool, you’ll receive better results by being as accurate as possible. The more detailed your information, the more accurate the data. Fudging numbers on Runkeeper to make yourself look good does nothing but hurt your own efforts for getting into shape.
Sharing Across Fitness Apps
If you have Runkeeper linked to apps such as MyFitnessPal and Exercise.com, these manually logged entries will be shared and posted on those websites momentarily. You should always get calorie or point credit with those sites even if you don’t have a phone on your person.
That’s all there is to it. Runkeeper is a simple and easy-to-use application whether you have a smartphone or not. Just log an activity, fill out the information and you’re ready to go. This can be done whether you’re walking around the neighborhood or on vacation on the other side of the planet. Since it uses Google Maps as part of its tracking system, you can record and save specific routes you’ve walked or are planning to walk. Enjoy the outdoors and monitor your progress regardless if you have a phone or not.