Using a Treadmill with Runkeeper & Your iPhone

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For the last few months I have been using Runkeeper to track all my activity. Originally this was to sync with My Fitness Pal to help me lose weight but has turned into a great tool to work with as my fitness picks up. Whilst Cycling/Mountain Biking is my preferred choice of activity, it is not always possible to get outside during daylight hours. I have a treadmill at home, so problem solved right? Well kinda but how do I log an activity that 1/ I’m not in GPS range and 2/ I’m not actually going anywhere to log? The good people at runkeeper have thought of this and do offer a solution to add your treadmill (or other non GPS) activity in thier software that will still sync back to apps like my Fitness Pal. However it is not initially all that straight forward.

Using Runkeeper to log your “non-gps” related activity is actually quite straight forward, however on the surface it does not appear so. Lets take the example of running on a treadmill. For me I can’t always get out in the daylight hours to run but I like the idea of centralising my activities and having it sync back to My Fitness Pal.

Open up Runkeeper as normal and got to the main map page. On the right hand side you will see the “Log” option. Touch it to open the side banner. Select the type of activity you have completed, in this case running and it will open the manual activity log.

Touch the more details option. Here enter any additional information you have but primarily touch the gym equipment option and select treadmill. Once done select back and input the duration, distance and calories. Add your notes if required and the “Save activity”

What this does not do is “track” the activity. So if you are using a heart rate monitor or similar you will have to enter it manually. But it still allows you to easily keep a track of all your activities.

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