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Working Out With the Daily Mile

Updated on August 10, 2016

I'm Losing Weight

Are you trying to lose weight? Or get in shape? Me, too! Like many women, my weight loss journey has been on and off. I go for a while but then life gets in the way, and I tend to gain back the weight I have lost.

Since July of this year, I have decided to get serious about weight loss and have been using some tools to help me out this time. First of all, I am not rich. So, I can't really afford to hire a personal trainer, although I would love it if a fit, abnormally cheerful individual showed up at my house every morning at 7:00 a.m. and told me to get moving. (I'm pretty sure that Jillian Michaels is busy with other things!)

So, with no personal trainer in sight and the lack of a personal chef, like the one that Oprah has, I have had to find the cheaper, read: free, alternatives. One of these tools has been the Daily Mile. I discovered the Daily Mile while reading someone's blog on losing weight and thought the little orange box looked pretty cool. I then clicked through, signed up and put one of those cool widgets on my blog!


The Daily Mile Widget

The Daily Mile box on my blog.
The Daily Mile box on my blog.

Daily Mile Tracks Your Workouts

The Daily Mile is a program that tracks your workouts, using an online profile. You enter every workout that you do. The program then calculates your calories burned and your pace. There is also a section for your mood, the weather, gear, heart rate and even keywords.

You can use the tracking system for keeping tabs on most kind of fitness training but will not calculate calories for strength training, which varies widely according to the individual. Distance can be calculated using a map feature where anyone can map their route, even including off-road calculations for when you decide to take that little mysterious path and aren't sure how far you went.

There are several sections: your profile, where you can fill in some personal things about yourself. There is also a place for your blog link. There is the training section, where you can see your progress over the last few weeks or months. Finally, a community section allows you to enter challenges, find similar users and see how others are doing.

Training Mode of the Daily Mile

My training for the last 26 weeks.
My training for the last 26 weeks.

Five Advantages to Tracking Workouts Online

So why bother with tracking your workouts? Here are five advantages to using programs like the Daily Mile.

  1. Notice Improvements. Keeping accounts of your workouts lets you see your progress. This is encouraging.
  2. Stay Accountable. Entering your workouts means that you can see the last time you worked out. If other people follow you, they can see it, too.
  3. Track Distance. The mapping feature allows you to figure out exactly how far you have gone for each and every workout. You no longer have to guess if you went one or two miles.
  4. Share Struggles. If you don't have an exercise community where you live, tracking with this program can hook you up with some fellow exercisers who understand your struggles and achievements.
  5. Bragging Rights. You can set the program to automatically post your workouts to either Facebook, Twitter, or both. That way, your friends can see you're working out. The program does the bragging for you and your friends can be impressed!


Daily Mile Stats

Some fun stats from Daily Mile. (Click to see full-size image.)
Some fun stats from Daily Mile. (Click to see full-size image.)

Walking in the Rain Is Awesome!

The Daily Mile allows you to even keep track of the weather for your workouts.
The Daily Mile allows you to even keep track of the weather for your workouts. | Source

Why I Like the Daily Mile

In conclusion, I find the Daily Mile to be a useful tool in my weight loss journey. I use it alongside with Sparkpeople, which I have also written about in "Losing Weight With SparkPeople." Sparkpeople also has a fitness tracker, which is excellent. I use both programs simultaneously. I appreciate the widget found at Daily Mile and the ability to look at my workouts, separate from my eating.

I love keeping track of my workouts, with the pace and distance. My times would probably seem very slow to a seasoned athlete, but that's okay. I am only competing with myself and I use positive feedback with myself to keep going and not give up. Who cares if I am at the pace that a runner would be? Since July, my one-mile walking rate has improved by six minutes! And I know that from tracking it. I think that's one thing that's kept me going. In the past, I would be more apt to give up if I didn't think I was improving.

I have lost 30 pounds so far, and I have more to lose.

If you are looking for a tool to get in shape, track your workouts, or even lose weight, this might be a tool for you. Please note: This is not an affiliate link. The program is free and I do not receive any financial compensation if you sign up.

The Shoes I Am Wearing

ASICS Women's GEL-Kayano 16 Running Shoe
ASICS Women's GEL-Kayano 16 Running Shoe

These are the shoes I've been using. When I first started walking, I could not go very far because my feet got so sore. I spent a lot of time picking out shoes with an informed shoe salesman and he got me these. These shoes are amazing and were worth the investment for me.

 

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    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      HB Nurse, I appreciate your encouragement so much! It is a neat gadget and I thought it would be neat to share for people who don't know about these types of tools. Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on your wieght loss and commitment to healthy eating and exercise. Never heard of the Daily Mile Widget but it looks like a great tool. Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • prairieprincess profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      @Ktrapp, it is very motivational and does definitely help with accountability. Thanks for the comment and votes!

      @Cloverleaf, thank you so much for your kind words and for reading! It is a pretty interesting program. Take care!

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      Cloverleaf 

      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      prairieprincess - way to go! Losing 15 lbs is a great achievement, it sounds as though your target is very much in sight. The daily mile widget sounds interesting, I will check it out. Voted up / useful.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      I can see why this tool is motivational. I think I may have to take a look at it, as I need a nudge to get me going and for accountability. Congratulations on your weight loss. Voting up and certainly useful!

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