Walking has been and will always be a great form of exercise for everyone. Whether you’re hiking a mountain or doing laps of your local park walking is incredibly beneficial. For me the biggest positive of walking is the accessibility, unless you’re going up a mountain pretty much everyone can go for a decently long walk and gain all the benefits from the exercise. Doubly so if you have a dog…
As such finding a walk might well be the hardest part of the challenge, unless of course you’re planning a 10 mile hike… So, how do we find a walk to do? How many is that walk and when we do the walk, how many steps did we take?
Well, like all things in this world, there’s an app for that. Let’s have a look at the different apps that help us with our walking and which to choose for your walking needs.
Best walking app
All trails is an app that I personally use, maybe not right now as I sit here with snow outside my window but in the summer I love this thing. Just going out for a walk is great but with this app you’ll get a decent idea of how far the walk is, how long it will take, and most importantly for me, the scenery.
I love getting out in the sun and just enjoying nature a bit so an app that gives you an idea of what sort of nature you’ll be walking through is ideal. There’s even a comments section for each walk so you know what others liked and thought of the walk. A rating system too so you can really see which are the good ones in a given area.
The app even has a pro version which is around £30 annually. By no means necessary but it comes with added features such as the ability to download apps so you can use them offline in case of no signal. You can post the routes you’re doing on social media and even get information such as air quality, pollen, and weather details. I don’t use the pro version myself and still get a lot out of the app but if you are particularly into your walking then this may be an option for you.
Fitbit is an app that comes with a device, I was unsure whether to mention it here but with so many using it I feel it deserves a mention. The Fitbit is a exercise tracker, as such if you’re goal for the app is to measure your daily exercise and you don’t need an app that tells you specific routes then this will be the pinnacle of what you can use.
This of course comes with the purchase of Fitbit device itself so that’s slightly on the pricier side of things, but this is the most effective means of tracking your health on a daily basis.
With a free version and a premium version, the app that comes with the device has a fairly in depth level of tracking.
The selling point for me on Fitbit over other alternatives is that it will give you an all encompassing idea of your health. As it tracks everything in your day to day it will give you the most accurate report on how you’re doing, where you may need to improve and even when the best time is for you to do your exercise.
MapMyWalk is the next app we’ll have a look at, this app is a tracking app that tracks where you go, how far you’ve gone and how many steps you’ve taken. Emphasis on creating and searching for current routes allows users to either forge their own path or follow in the footsteps of others.
This app is very simple in its design and is aimed at allowing users to set their own goals and then track whether they reach those goals. You can choose to do this as you like, tracking parts of your day to day or even go out and do specific walks that others have made, this way you’ll get an idea of where you’re going and if you would like to walk a specific distance then you can select those walks that best apply.
If you happen to have Under Armour smart shoes you can even sync the app with the shoes, this will give you in depth statistics about pace, stride length and even cadence. According to their site you’ll even get coaching tips along the way!
In conclusion there are a whole range of walking apps out there and the ones we’ve listed here I would consider the best in their field. You have All Trails for finding walks and hikes. Fitbit for tracking your exercise and other health related stats and then MayMyWalk which specialises in tracking every aspect of your walking. Especially if you integrate with the Under Armour shoes.
If I had to pick an app that would be considered the best for walking it would have to be All Trails, having used this app for a while now I discovered a whole range of walks to do that I didn’t even know existed in my area. That’s for me alone made the app so worth it. Just 10 minute drive down the road from me was all this amazing countryside I never knew existed.
Fitbit is an incredible device and has an emphasis on being a fashion accessory close to a watch as well as its obvious health tracking benefits. If you’re looking for a device and an app that will give you an idea of how healthy your day to day activity is then a Fitbit is perfect.
Finally, MapMyWalk is a very simple app that tracks your walking, it does exactly what it needs to do an if you’re looking for simplicity that will tell you how many steps you’re taking and how far you’re going then this will work perfectly.
We hope this article has helped you decide which walking app you’d like to use and enjoy your next walk or hike!