Best Walking Apps for 2017

Three Great Apps for Your Walking Life

What app do you like best for walking? While new apps debut constantly, some have stood the test of time. These three not only are great now but have been loved by walkers for over five years. These are apps that help you measure your walking workout. For apps that focus on daily step counts, see the best pedometer apps.

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MapMyWalk App
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MapMyWalk comes to you from MapMyFitness, which has apps for walkers, runners, hikers, and more. Walkers can choose from the free version or the MapMyWalk+ version that is ad-free. All versions of MapMyFitness apps allow you to map and measure your route (using your phone's GPS), see your speed and calories burned, and save and share your routes. You aren't limited to walking. You can track over 600 different activities.

You can get audio updates as you walk for your distance, speed, and other data, as well as seeing this data update in the app as you walk. If you're prone to getting lost, it's smart to start tracking your walk so you can see where you've come from, as well as where you can go. You can load saved routes if you want to repeat them and maybe even race yourself. Or, tap on Nearby to see routes that others have been using in your vicinity.

 MapMyWalk can integrate data with hundreds of other activity devices and apps. That means sharing data with Fitbit, Garmin, and Jawbone devices, among others. You can also integrate a heart-rate monitor with an ANT+ dongle or Bluetooth Smart. It comes in iPhone and Android versions. If you want to upgrade your free MapMyWalk membership to MVP, you also get heart rate analysis, personal training plans, audio coaching, and Live Tracking. It is available in several different languages.

MapMyWalk was one of the pioneers of mapping fitness routes online, as well as producing apps to take with you. Now owned by Under Armour, they continue to be a great resource for walkers.

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This app will track your walks and other outdoor activities, showing your time, speed, and distance and displaying your route on a map. It has an interactive stopwatch with live voice coaching.

A great feature of this app is that you can download and store maps for offline use. That's critical if you are going walking or hiking in an area that lacks cell phone service or WiFi, or if you are traveling abroad without a cellular data plan. They have worldwide maps, so you can explore away. You have 14 different kinds of maps to choose from, including topographic, road maps, satellite view, Google and Bing maps, and NOAA experimental marine charts.

You can view your position and live-tracking on any of the map types. See your time, speed, position, altitude, ascent, descent, and gradient data. You can add geotagged photos during your activities and share to Facebook or Twitter. You can save up to 300 tracks and 2500 personal waypoints. Want to know more about where you are? It has Wikipedia integration so you can "be your own tour guide." It comes in iPhone,  iPad and Apple Watch versions.

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Do you want a walking app that will not only do the basics but also can help you train for distance walking events such as the 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon? The Walkmeter iPhone app has features you used to have to get a fancy running watch and training coach to enjoy, such as splits, intervals, zones, and more.

It uses your phone's GPS to measure the distance of your walks and hikes. It includes audio and voice integration so you can not only be alerted as to your workout stats, you can also listen to replies your friends send about your workout posts from Facebook and Twitter while you walk. You can start and stop a workout with your earphone remote.

It maps your walk and you can view time, speed, distance and pace as you walk. It has many free training features. You can race against yourself or others on previous workout routes, getting updates on whether you are ahead or behind. They have training plans for 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon or you can design your own and synchronize it with your iPhone calendar. You can set up repeating intervals and tempo workouts and analyze your performance afterward.

While it is an iOS app only, it does integrate with an Apple Watch app.

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