Why Walking is Important for YOU!

 

Walking can be one of the best ways to reduce your stress levels and improve your health.  Also walking is the ideal form of exercise, to get started with a exercise plan.  Walking will build a foundation for running and will keep you healthy and injury free.  Now get up and get out of your office to enjoy the KU's lovely campus.  Or get off campus to explore what Lawrence has to offer. 

If you are interested in tracking your progress over time you can download one of the following apps for your smartphone. Here is some information that may be able to assist you.

Walkmeter GPS - Walking Hiking Running Cycling Walk Tracking

Cost: $4.99

 Requirements: iPhone, Android, Windows Phone

Description: Walkmeter is the most advanced application for walkers and hikers ever designed for a mobile device. Built from the ground up for iPhone, iPad, and iCloud, it makes your iPhone a powerful fitness computer — with maps, graphs, splits, intervals, laps, announcements, zones, training plans and more.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: “Very easy to use app. Works great while playing iTunes, and has a bunch of auto-post options that will let people know when you start, finish, etc. My wife likes that feature because she can make sure I'm still moving and haven't passed-out into a ditch. Or maybe so she can find the ditch... Anyway, this feature can be easily turned off, too. Works well for walks, runs, and bike rides. Great info, including calories (estimate, of course) and map.”

 

EndoMondo  

Cost: Free

  • Track your Fitness
  • Analyze your Performance
  • Challenge Yourself
  • Be Social

Cost: $2.50 monthly

  •  Reach your running goal with a personal training plan - 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon distance
  •  Analyze heart rate zones for every workout (requires compatible HR monitor)
  •  View weather info in workout summary
  •  Enjoy an ad-free experience

Requirements: iPhone, iPad, Android

Description: Use your mobile as a free personal trainer and fitness partner! Using the built-in GPS, Endomondo Sports Tracker tracks your fitness - running, cycling, walking and any other distance based sport. On top, you get audio feedback on your performance during your workout and your friends can follow you live and send you peptalks in real-time.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: "Super App. Very easy to use app that tracks my walks. The "history" button is awesome for tracking multiple work outs by dates"

 

RunKeeper

Cost: Free

Requirements: iPhone, Android

Description: RunKeeper uses GPS to track your fitness activities, including distance, time, pace, calories, heart rate, and path traveled on a map. RunKeeper also provides audio cues, customized interval workouts, manual entry for treadmill and other cardio equipment, integrated RunKeeper Fitness Classes and no advertising.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: "Unlike other trackers, this one lets you play your iTunes while walking etc. Tell you how long you have walked and at what pace, tracks, walking, running, biking, etc."

 

Mapmywalk

Cost: Free

Requirements: An iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android Smart Phone

Description: Map your running, jogging, walking or hiking with GPS. Record your time, distance, and speed. Voice feedback, customizable splits, in-workout pictures, online access to your workouts and tons more, free. iRunner also tracks your weight, blood pressure and sleep information for a true sense of overall health. Not only is it a great running and cardio app, it gives you a great Dashboard for Healthy Living – automatically syncing everything to our great online portal!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Review: "I am not a person that writes review but this app is fantastic.  You can play your music and the app keeps track of how far you goes. This is like having your own trainer and motivator. I also use walk your dog app that is great also. Download this one and see how much you really walk each month. I give this one 5 stars for sure."

 

iRunner | Running, Jogging, Walking GPS Tracking & Heart Rate Monitor Training

Cost: Free

Requirements: iPhone, Android, Blackberry

Description: iMapMy is a fitness tracking application that enables you to use the built-in GPS of your mobile device to track all of your fitness activities. Record your workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled on an interactive map. You can even effortlessly save and upload your workout data to any of the MapMyFITNESS websites where you can view your route workout data, and comprehensive workout history.

Rating:  3.5 Stars

Review: "I have been using this app for over a year. I love the "coaching" it provides, the reminders it gives me as the weekend nears, and the way in which it compiles statistics on my workouts."


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