Walking is great exercise, especially with a friend.
Walking is a simple, yet excellent way to get fit and stay healthy. In fact, the Mayo Clinic points out that a daily brisk walk can strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mood, help you maintain a healthy weight and prevent or manage Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If you need a little accountability, or you'd just like to keep track of how far you walk each day, you can take advantage of some popular fitness apps.
Map My Walk
Available at both the iTunes and Google Play stores, Map My Walk is a free app that focuses on tracking your route with an interactive GPS. Users can quickly see the distance they've traveled, how many calories they've burned and what pace they've been keeping. If you need to stop and take a breather or tie your shoe, the app even has a pause button. Those who are motivated by competition will love the ability to start challenges with their friends. The app is also compatible with the Apple Watch and the Samsung Gear S3 and Fit 2.
The Sweatcoin App
Sweatcoin calls itself the walking step counter that pays, probably because the company realizes money is always a great motivator. Users are welcome to download the app for free and then leave the program running in the background while they walk. Steps are displayed at the bottom of the home screen with the day's earnings accumulating just above that. When you're ready to cash in your Sweatcoins, simply tap the shopping bags in the bottom left-hand corner. The days offers will appear and you can select from the list. While the list varies by day, you could cash out for money in your PayPal account, a Samsung TV or a Delta Airways holiday.
Nike+ Run Club
Although the Nike+ Run Club app is geared toward runners, it's still an excellent tool for walkers to keep track of their distance, especially those who are looking for an app that's a little more sophisticated. The app is free for Apple and Android users and includes a GPS tracking of your walk. There's also the option to get an audio guided workout or a personalized coaching plan to meet your goals. You'll even be awarded digital trophies and badges to commemorate your accomplishments.
The Stepz App
Specifically designed for Apple users, the Stepz app utilizes an Apple Motion Coprocessor to collect your step data in the background of your mobile device while not using up too much of the phone's battery in the process. In addition to calculating your distance, the app will tell you how many steps you've walked in an hour, as well as how many you were able to get in by the end of the day. Users can also set daily goals and invite friends to join them to see who walks the most steps.