This year, I have averaged 12,212 steps a day. It is one of my main goals of 2022 to get the required 10,000 minimum steps a day. And since rolling my ankle two weeks ago, it has also been the perfect low-impact workout for me. It has provided my body with movement when I would have otherwise preferred high-intensity workouts, pre ankle.
Walking is actually one of the most straightforward methods of cardio. And the best bit, it doesn’t matter if you go at a leisure pace or power walk with ankle weights. And what I’m finding is walking apps make my walks more interesting and competitive.
But what should you look for in a walking app? Similar to my Nike+ app and other fitness apps, walking apps have metrics, data, training coaches, GPS, calorie estimator, and pace-setting components. Ready to get your walk on? Ahead, we rounded up the 3 best walking apps to give you your best low-impact workout ever.
MapMyWalk is great for all level of walkers, but especially beginners. Like the other apps on this list, it tracks your walk with GPS and shows you the duration and burned calories. The app has a fantastic community that you can speak to in order to your motivation high.
The only con is you can only sync to Under Armour shoes, no other brands — as Under Armour is their sponsor. The cool thing is it will show you your average pace and cadence to your stride length. It even calculates your total distance and step count.
MapMyWalk also has personalized coaching tips for more guidance and form. But the thing people love the most is the way you can save your favorite routes and explore new ones — regardless of where you are in the world.
If you love walking and are looking to improve speed and distance, you’ll love Walkmeter. We love it because it’s seamless to use, has tons of data, including GPS, amazing training plans, a really cool voice-activation controls for hands-free use, and live tracking and messaging options.
There are some cons however, as it can be overly complicated for beginners, the GPS can lose signal in more remote locations (annoying), and elite features cost extra.
Walkmeter is a GPS-powered walking and hiking app for any and all bodies. It’s a great low-impact option and allows you to burn calories for a heart pumping walk. You can track where you are on the screen, see your step count, cadence, and the speed you are walking.
The app will record temperature and weather conditions and show you traffic in real time with its Google Maps partnership. You can also share your workout on MyFitnessPal, Strava, email and text messages. And lastly, they offer training plans for 5k, 10k, half and full marathons.
The majority of athletes you will speak to will tell you they have or had Strava at some point in their fitness journey. It is a standout app for all things fitness but especially walking. It has a tracker, health app and route suggestions for those that need a little more inspiration. The community aspect, audio cues, and easy to navigate dashboard keeps users happy on this app. However, like other apps on this list, we hate that advanced and premium features cost extra.
You mainly hear of runners and cyclists who use Strava, but it is just as great for walking too. It will help you work towards walking goals and alert you whenever you accomplish half a mile, it keeps your pace, tracks your elevation, and spilt times. It will also come in to help you stay in the zone if it notices you are drifting.
You can record every route and metric and even upload photos. With all this data, you can share with the app and your friends for a motivating and accountability aspect. Walkers can participate in challenges with friends or other users to keep happy.
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