3 Sites for… Planning an Outdoor Workout
Whether you're traveling to a new city and want to plan a run or walk, or you just want to actively explore your own town by foot, MapMyRun.com is a great tool for joggers or walkers. Sign up for the free service and you'll gain access to tons of routes in your city, as well as cool features like elevation maps and street views. Or use their interactive maps to mark your favorite routes and watch as the distance is calculated for you. You can also check out the local weather, figure out your average speed and keep track of how many calories you burned.Photo courtesy of MapMyRun.com.
Biking is the hot form of transportation right now, thanks to its environmentally friendly profile. It's also great exercise. Bicycling.TrimbleOutdoors.com helps you plan your ride before you take off, ensuring a safe and fun workout. Once you map your route, you can print out directions or send it to your GPS-enabled cell phone. If you aren't sure about where you want to go, search other riders' favorite routes in your area. You can also keep track of your favorite rides using their calendar or journal features, which let you enter in notes, photos, videos and maps.Photo courtesy of Bicycling.TrimbleOutdoors.com.
Thanks to uneven terrain and sloping hills, hiking is a great form of exercise because it requires balance and engages often neglected muscle groups. To find a trail near you, head to Trails.com. Enter your town or zip code and the free site will mark nearby paths on a map, along with clickable ratings, reviews, descriptions and recent photos from other hikers. You'll also get access to thousands of professional trail guides, topographic maps all over the U.S., reviews from real hikers plus photos, weather and more.Photo courtesy of Trails.com.
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