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Go the distance!


November 2018

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Knowing how far you are going adds real interest to a walk

After years of information and advice, we should all know by now that getting out and being active is one of the most important things for our health.

Many of us love walking, it is one of the most popular forms of exercise in the UK; but then there is also running, cycling and a host of other outside activities that will keep us fit and get us out into the wonderful great outdoors.

Today there is a huge range of equipment and also gadgets that are available to help us get out and about, from pedometers and fitness trackers to sophisticated sports bands that will give heart rates and other health reports.

But one gadget LaterLife has recently been introduced to is

Especially for our age, it is a joy to find an online site that actually works quickly and easily without any complex setting up or input.

The GB Mapometer will give you the distance you are covering, your speed, even the energy you are using up in calories, all worked out instantly and taking into account the terrain, the distances - all the key factors apart from headwinds!

Even better, the map system enlarges so smoothly and well that it really is just a push of a button to put in your start location and your intended completion place. You can draw in a route or the Mapometer will work out a route for you. You can choose to follow roads or be more adventurous.

One of the big benefits of this site is that it gives an easy way to discover new routes and options for your outdoor exercise.

Walking especially can become monotonous; but using this site means you can vary your route for the same distance or work out a different route offering a harder or gentler work out.

It is also such a quick and easy way to work out distances which for older people can be very useful indeed. Walking from train stations to bus stops; walking the grandkids to the shops; whatever the planned excursion, you can find out exactly how far it is.

A new addition to the site is events, where various events such as fun runs and Christmas walks, are listed with full details.

The site might also give you the incentive to start a walking routine. A brisk 10 minute daily walk is enough to bring lots of health benefits...but it does need to be brisk. The recommended minimum speed is 3 miles an hour; below that it is just a stroll which can be hugely enjoyable but possibly not so beneficial for your health.


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