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Walk of a Lifetime

written by: Finn Orfano • edited by: KJ Fitness,Ink • updated: 12/8/2010

Ever wanted to walk across America? Now you can without ever leaving your neighborhood. A national exercise study developed by scientists, called Transamerican, allows walkers, runners joggers, and bikers to track their fitness routines in a fun way.

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    Walk this way

    Thanks to the researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, we can now all log in those countless miles of our workout routine and have them count towards a trip across the good 'old US of A. An online program, dubbed Transamerican, logs miles for runners, walkers, joggers and bikers and generates a progress chart for a virtual "trek" across the United States. Starting from a specific geographical location given by the program, as the user logs in miles, his or her exercise is represented on a map as distance made across the U.S. The fitness records are also part of the National Health Survey. One has the option of setting weekly fitness goals, and competing or choosing to exercise with teams or individuals that are also part of the fitness training program.

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    What is it?

    To start, one must create a profile with the fitness program. Your e-mail address is linked to the account to receive updates and reminders when you're slacking off and not reaching your exercise goals. In addition, you will receive e-mail alerts when a partner, if chosen, has passed you up or when you complete a state.

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    The fly-by

    The fitness training journey begins at Yorktown, Virginia and finishes in Florence, Oregon. An exercise log is included, and you can even choose competitors to turn it into a race. A map is included for a visual representation of your exercise. The program actually includes genuine satellite screen shots of your exact virtual location, adding to the fun of "traveling" the continental U.S.

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    Get moving

    The program has been used by exercise groups such as the fitness social networking site, SparkPeople, which recommends using a pedometer when going on your workout routine. You can also track your destination on map programs on Google or Yahoo, or note the distances on treadmills or markers at local parks.

    Please warm-up properly before you exercise and stretch after your workout. If starting a fitness routine for the first time, take it easy! The mileage will build up fast once you grasp the fundamentals of physical fitness. Take care to always stay properly fueled and hydrated and don't forget the sunscreen.