Although we all are technology enthusiasts and like to spend a significant amount of everyday time in front of our computers, we also don’t forget to stay fit and exercise regular for a healthier body.
Unfortunately, there aren’t many sports tracking applications available in Gnome, so chances are that you either using Windows to do this, or you are not tracking your athletic activities at all. The recently updated SportsTracker could be the solution to this.
SportsTracker is free software published under the GPL version 2. It doesn’t use the GTK toolkit, but it gives the option to get the same GTK optical feeling from the preferences, so it won’t stand out in a bad way on your Gnome Shell environment.
When launching SportsTracker you have the opportunity to add your usual athletic activities with their subtypes. For example I entered 2 different subtypes for the sport “running”.
After you finish adding your activities you can start putting/registering them on the calendar. This will allow you to enter more specific details of your athletic session like the distance covered, the time period of the activity, the intensity and the average speed.
Apart from this basic info, you can also enter some optional information like the Ascent, Average Heart Rate, the Calories that you consumed and even insert a comment about the session.
This will show you how you did, calculate the total distance of every week and allow you to study the corresponding graphs that can be generated based on the data you have entered.
Heart Rate Monitors
If you are using a heart rate monitor watch, you will be pleased to know that SportsTracker supports many of them. ExerciseViewer supports Polar, CicloSport, Garmin, Timex, Oregon, HOLUX and Kalenji heartrate monitors. This is the current compatibility list:
- Polar S610(i), S710(i), S720i, S725 (tested)
- Polar S510, S520 (tested)
- Polar S410, S625x (tested, HRM files only)
- Polar RS200SD (tested)
- Polar RS400, RS800 (initial support)
- Polar CS600 (tested, HRM files only)
- Polar F6, F11 (tested)
- CicloSport HAC4, HAC4Pro, HAC5 (tested)
- Garmin Edge (tested with Edge 500 and Edge 705, FIT and TCX files)
- Garmin Forerunner (tested with Forerunner 305, FIT and TCX files)
- Garmin Oregon (tested with Oregon 450, GPX files)
- Timex Ironmen Race Trainer (tested)
- Timex Ironmen Global Trainer (tested)
- Oregon Scientific SmartSync WM100 (tested)
- HOLUX FunTrek (tested with FunTrek 130, GPX files)
- Some Sony Ericsson mobiles (tested with W580i)
- W Kalenji 300, CW Kalenji 700 (tested, GPX imports)
- All devices recording GPX files (tested some models)
SportsTracker itself is not able to download the exercise files from the heartrate monitor. You need to use one of these tools for it:
- s710 for many Polar models (S6XX, S7XX, …), you need at least version 0.19
- rs200-decoder for the Polar RS200 monitor
- RS400 Tools for the Polar RS400 and probably RS800 monitor
- F6 Split Tool for the Polar F6 monitor (also needs ‘rs200-decoder’)
- SonicRead for the Polar S510 and S520 monitor
- HAC4Linux for the CicloSport HAC monitors
- SonyEricsson Importer for some Sony Ericsson mobiles
- kalenji-gps-watch-reader for Kalenji GPS watches
Statistics – Diagrams
You can view many different diagrams on SportsTracker for every activity and data value that exists in the application database. Here you can see an example of a stacked diagram showing the distance covered during a year, and a diagram showing the average speed for each of the three activities I entered separately.
Under the condition that your tracking watch can trace your position and record the whole session route, you will be able to view it later on the SportsTracker exercise viewer!
SportsTracker may not be the best athletic activities tracking application that ever existed, but it is one seriously good effort that tries to offer an option to the linux lovers who like to stay fit. If you are one of them, definitely give it a try!
To run Sports Tracker you will need to have Java SE Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or greater installed.