Our third annual Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon is rapidly approaching. To gear up for the week-long virtual Walkathon, Healthy
LifeStars reviewed the latest mobile apps for those who might not have a Fitbit or Garmin. While there are many free smartphone applications that track steps, below is a list of our favorite selections for mobile users on the move:
Available for both iPhone and Android, MapMyWalk is more than just a navigation tool. This application documents walking, running, and hiking routes, and also details your fitness routine including pace, duration, and calories burned. The information can also be uploaded to your computer so that you can analyze your workouts and organize your fitness goals.
For the energy-conscious Smartphone user, Noom Walk counts your daily steps and alerts you when you’ve reached your goal all while using a minimal amount of battery power. While many other fitness apps deplete cellphone battery in a short span of time, Noom Walk uses only 2% battery power in a 24-hour timeframe. Additionally, the app allows users to interact and inspire friends to achieve their goals by syncing with social media sites such as Facebook. The application is also available for download on iPhone.
The Nike+ running application is designed to not only track your running and walking activity, but also serves as a fitness coach that helps you set goals and measure your success. In addition, the app promotes support and friendly competition with features like challenges and mobile forums. The application also allows users to post photos, statistics, and running routes and encourages social networking on the mobile app as well as through online channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
The Moves app is an activity diary for both iPhone and Android devices that automatically records a detailed summary for all activity conducted through running, walking, cycling, and various other forms of exercise. The app tracks duration, distance, steps taken, activity and idle calories burned and also maps where you exercise and the amount of time spent doing so. Best yet, the application is always running, which helps users track their fitness and make necessary changes in order to reach their activity goals.
The Google Fit application is designed to help users develop and maintain healthy habits and reach their goals by tracking walks, runs, and bicycle rides. Google Fit takes healthy living one step further, as it also tracks nutrition and sleep patterns. For easy retrieval, all activity — including detailed maps, statistics, steps taken, and exercise duration — are archived to help users measure success and set future fitness goals. As of now, the app is only compatible with Android devices.
No matter what application you choose to track your activity, the most important step you can take is the one out the door! Get moving today and mark your calendar to donate, support, and participate in the third annual Step Up 4 Kids Walkathon from April 17 through April 23.