3rd Mar 2020

3 apps that are great for walking

Amie Mills

By Get Active 

Walking can offer a range of benefits to people of all ages and fitness levels. It can help to prevent certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes and can reduce the risk of some cancers. Walking outdoors also offers positive health benefits as surrounding yourself in nature can have an uplifting effect

We’ve listed our top three walking apps to help get you started.

1. MapMyWalk

The MapMyWalk mobile app allows you to track your distance, pace, calorie burn, elevation, and more. As you walk, the route you have taken is marked in red. The map encourages you to explore your area and shows you the path you’ve taken so that you can find your way back to where you started. Some of its best features include:

  • The app provides audio feedback while you walk and can announce your distance, pace and other data every mile or interval.
  • MapMyWalk allows you to track over 600 different activities.
  • If you can persuade friends to get involved, MapMyWalk’s social feature lets you share routes and encouraging words with other users of the app.
  • You can also connect with other apps and wearables such as Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, and MyFitnessPal, if you use them.
MapMyWalk Screencapture from website

Screenshot taken from MapMyWalk website.

2. Fitbit App Mobile Tracker (no Fitbit required)

Did you know that you do not need a Fitbit device to use the Fitbit app?

You can download the free Fitbit app from your app store on your mobile device. After downloading the application, you will be asked to select which tracker you are setting up – choose “no Fitbit yet” and it will set up the Mobile Tracker with GPS.

Some of its best features include:

  • You can review your step count, distance, time, calories burned and many more after each workout.
  • Don’t miss out on the fun! You can participate in virtual adventure races and challenges with friends who also use the Fitbit app.
  • Listen to voice cues and updates during your activity.

Screenshot taken from Fitbit website.

3. Strava

Strava can be used to track and record any performance metric – from distance, time route (with the help of GPS), through to heart rate, if you sync the app with a heart rate monitor. The app promotes social activities, with hundreds of groups forming clubs on Strava to organise activities and build communities.  

Some of its best features include:

  • The ‘Beacon’ function allows you to share your location in real time with your friends, family, coach – anyone you would call in an emergency.
  • You can view heatmaps of popular routes in your local area.
  • Share photos and details of your activities with friends on the app and leave comments on each other’s activities.
  • The ‘Segments’ function marks popular stretches of road or trail and creates a leader board of times set by every Strava athlete who has been there before.
Screenshot taken from Strava website of their in-app social function

Screenshot taken from Strava website.


Being active is about finding out what works for you. We can help you find loads of great activities to choose from, however fit (or unfit) you think you feel.