Best Walking App - Readers' Choice Awards

What app do you like best for walking? The finalists were nominated by readers and selected by our expert panel of walkers. Then the readers voted. The apps that were nominated are those that help map and measure your walking workout. For apps that focus on daily step counts, see:
Best Pedometer Apps

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Winner: MapMyWalk+

MapMyWalk
MapMyWalk. MapMyFitness, Inc. - Screen Capture by Wendy Bumgardner

MapMyFitness has apps for walkers, runners, hikers and more. Many of them have a free version. All of them allow you to map and measure your route, 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. By paying the small fee for the "+" version, you can geotag photos to add to your routes. You can also integrate a heart-rate monitor with an ANT+ dongle or Bluetooth Smart. MapMyWalk can integrate data with hundreds of other activity devices and apps. It comes in iPhone, Android and Blackberry 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. More »

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Every Body Walk!

Every Body Walk!
Every Body Walk!. © Every Body Walk!

The app is linked to a public awareness campaign about walking, sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente healthcare organization. It comes in both iPhone and Apple Watch versions. You can use your cell phone GPS to map and measure your walks, share them with friends. It's integrated with the Apple healthkit so it shares data with other health apps. You can set your walking goals. Save and view your history, stats and maps of your walking routes. You can share your walk summaries to social media. More »

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MotionX GPS

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MotionX GPS Icon. © MotionX GPS

A great feature of this app is that you can download and store maps for offline use - critical if you are going walking or hiking in an area that lacks cell phone service or WiFi. You have nine different kinds of maps to choose from - topographic, road maps, satellite view, Google and Bing maps, and NOAA experimental marine charts. View your position and live-tracking on any of them. 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 400 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 versions. More »

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Walkmeter for iPhone by Abvio App Review

Walkmeter Icon
Walkmeter Icon. © Abvio

The Walkmeter iPhone app uses GPS to measure the distance of your walks and hikes. It includes a voice so you can hear replies from Facebook and Twitter to your workout posts while you walk, which can be very motivating. You can also start and stop it 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. More »

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Noom Coach

Noom is a weight-loss coach app, great for walkers who have a weight-loss focus. You can track your walks, seeing your speed, distance, calories burned, route and graphs of your workouts. You can log your meals, set your goals and get suggestions for staying on track. It is available as an iOS, Apple Watch or Android app. More »

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Readers' Choice Awards

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