I travel half of the United States on a smartwatch and coffee trips
As part of my quest to walk the distance of Route 66 in two years, I use fitness trackers to monitor every run and long walk I take – using the data from these portable devices, I can see how distance I am along the road.
Where am I?
Column number: 14
Drafting date: 09/16/21
Current location: Oklahoma City, OK
Distance traveled: 859.41 miles
Remaining distance: 1426.51 miles
Current tracker: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
As for the walks, I only follow the longer trips, like my one hour commute. I never envisioned monitoring my quick store visits, shipments that usually only take about 15 minutes.
It turns out that I may have walked a lot further than I thought. I use the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and when it detects that you’ve been walking for more than 10 minutes, it automatically starts monitoring your ride.
Sure, when you’re active like me, the battery is eaten like a brownie / cookie mash-up at the TechRadar office, but it has changed the way I think about my “no-workouts.”
Walk further than I thought
I have a coffee subscription service for a national coffee chain, and the distance from my home to my nearest outlet and from my office to the nearest outlet is about the same; in addition, when i am at home, my nearest store is near the cafe. Overall I would say I commute between three to five times a day.
Like I said, I wouldn’t normally consider using a smartwatch to track this trip – so for the purposes of my Route 66 adventure, every time I made the trip I didn’t move at all. .
I sometimes took the smartwatch with me for a day, like a trip to the beach that involved walking around, sitting in place, going to a restaurant, etc. but none of those trips were long enough to force me to notify my smartwatch – at least that’s what I thought. But thanks to the Watch 4 which tracks stays anyway, I realized I should have been doing it all the time.
Go the distance (for the coffee)
When I started looking at auto-tracked coffee trips, I was surprised to see that the distance I walked usually hovered around 0.75 km – and that climbed to 1 km, and sometimes even 1.5 km, if I combined that with a trip to the store to buy food.
It might not seem like much, but three trips of 0.75 km per day equals almost 16 km per week, or almost 10 miles. That’s not counting going to the supermarket, or the days when I have more than three coffees a day (my subscription service allows me to take up to five a day, but my body starts to complain. .).
If you’ve read the article about my Route 66 adventure linked at the beginning of this article, you’ll know that I have to travel an average of 38.19 km, or 23.73 miles, each week to cover the distance over the two years required. So – if you’re ahead of me on the math – if I keep that coffee pace, over two years I would run 1,139 miles or more 1,830 km just picking up coffees – that’s half the distance total of Route 66. Call me cappu-keen-o.
Sure, I probably won’t be going that many miles on coffee trips, but between those and my longer walks and runs, I should end my trip well ahead of schedule.
Further than you think
Between my run and my longer walks, I was fairly comfortably beating the required distance per week before I started using the Galaxy Watch 4; with it, I exceed the numbers I need and I am now several hundred kilometers ahead of where I should be after 200 days of adventure.
I now regret a little that I didn’t follow all of my coffee and store errands – I could be even further ahead. I’ve been using this coffee subscription for months now, which means I’ve racked up hundreds of miles of caffeine, using the numbers above.
But my trip on Route 66 requires me to record all my workouts on a website, using screenshots of apps or fitness tracking sites, and since I didn’t record these trips. at the time, I can’t use the numbers.
What all of this shows is that the short trips and errands we take help us exercise more than we realize. If you walk to and from school to pick up kids, or frequently descend stairs to pick up packages delivered to your home – or just have a serious coffee habit like me, you’re probably getting a lot. more steps than you might imagine.