If you walk around a track or do laps on a walking trail, you're probably interested in tracking the number of times you complete the circuit. If you use a long trail, counting laps won't be difficult. But it's easy to lose count if you're walking around a short trail or a quarter-mile track, especially if you're walking and talking with someone, or listening to music. To monitor your walking progress, make sure you're prepared with a foolproof method for counting your laps.
Purchase a lap counter, or put a free lap-counting app on your smartphone. Push the appropriate button every time you complete a lap.
Tally your laps using a piece of paper. Carry a small notepad and a pencil or pen, then place a mark on the top page every time you complete a lap. Alternatively, write down a number for each lap you plan to walk, then cross them out along the way. For example, if you're going to walk 10 laps, write down the numbers 1 through 10. Cross off the highest number each time you cross the starting line to tell you how many laps you have remaining.
Collect some popsicle sticks and place them in a paper cup. Make sure you have a stick for each lap you plan to complete. Put the cup at your starting line, then remove one stick every time you pass the cup. When you lift the final stick, you've achieved your goal. Or do the process in reverse by starting with a bunch of sticks, then placing one in the cup each time you pass the starting line. If you're walking an outdoor trail and don't want to bring anything with you from home, pick up one small stone or pebble for each lap you plan to walk, just before you begin. Toss one pebble back on the ground every time you walk past the starting line. Alternatively, stop and put a small pebble in your pocket after every lap, then count the pebbles when your walk is over.
- When your walk is complete, enter your daily statistics in a diary. If you're trying to walk progressively farther, counting your laps during each session helps you chart your progress toward the goal.