A walking app is a good companion when you need to lose weight through walking.
You can track your walking as you carry out your normal day to day activities or when you are actually working out through walking.
Walking apps for weight loss come in two types:
- Those that track your actual walking working to show you speed, distance covered and route
- Pedometer apps that track your steps as you carry out your day to day activities.
Luckily, most of the walking apps today offer both functionalities allowing you to diversify your workouts and lose weight fast. These apps make use of the GPS and accelerometer features in your smartphone to deliver quality walking data.
Even better, most of these apps will connect to your workout wearables to track other forms of exercise such as your treadmill workouts.
1. Map My Walk
MapMyWalk is one of the apps in the MapMyFitness group of apps. The app has been in use for a couple of years and as such, it has stood the test of time. True to its name, the app shows you a map of the area you are trekking and marks the route you are following with red. This way, you can explore the area more as you walk. It also shows you the distance covered, time taken, speed, pace, elevation and the calories you have burnt.
After your walk, you have the option of storing your walking data on the app or on MapMyWalk website for reference. This way, you can analyze your performance since you started working out.
- App connects with wearables such as Jawbone, FitBit, Garmin and MyFitnessPal
- App allows you to connect with other fitness walkers in your area
- App allows you to track other fitness activities
- Available for Android and iOS
- Advanced features such interval training, mobile coaching, heart rate analysis and training apps are only available on the premium version of the app
2. Walkmeter by Abvio
If you are looking to improve your walking speed and distance, the Walkmeter app is designed for just that. It comes loaded with cool features such as splits and zones. The app uses the GPS on your phone to track the distance you walk. Even better, the app comes with audio to notify you of your walking stats. Through the audio, you can listen to replies your friends are making on social media about your workouts.
Just like the MapMyWalk app, Walkmeter shows you time elapsed, distance covered, speed and walking pace. To help you improve your walking, the app has some great free features where you can compete with others or with your previous workouts; it gives you updates on your performance. There are also great training plans that you can synchronize with your phone’s calendar.
- Available for iOS, Android, and also Apple Watch
- Comes installed with workout plans for weight loss
- Upgrading to the premium version is cheaper than other apps
- The app does not track other activities besides walking and hiking
3. Argus by Azumio
If you want to track walking during day to day activities, or you want to track walking workouts. It uses the motion sensor and the GPS in your phone to track your movements and your workout distance, speed and time. Its tracker is able to display time and distance and the map of your route. After the workout, the app will display stats such as elevation gain, calories burnt, steps, best pace, graphs, average cadence and map of route followed.
There is an integrated heart rate app that allows you to monitor your heart rate when you are working out and when you are resting. You can also link the app to your heart rate sensor band. Besides heart rate, you can also track your water intake by tapping on the app.
- Besides tracking your walk, the app features a food diary and a sleep timer
- The app is very easy to use and tracks many activities
- Can be installed On Android and iOS
- Most of the advanced features are only available on the premium version
4. Fitbit App Tracker
You do not need Fitbit device for this app; it works just perfectly with or without the wearable. This is a free app that you can use to track your walking through the GPS on your mobile phone. You can also track your day to day activities through the motion sensor. The app comes as a good replacement for those whose Fitbit is not working or those who do not want to use Fitbit.
After installing the app, set it up to track walking. Choose ‘No Fitbit Yet’ and the app will automatically set the MobileTracker. This way, the app is able to track all your daily activities through the built-in accelerometer in your phone. Besides tracking distance and time, the app also shows you step counts and hourly graphs. From its home screen, tap the + icon and choose whether you want to hike, walk or run.
- App gives you voice cues with updates at set times
- You can review your workout stats in future
- It is offered with a horde of free features
- You can install it in any operating system, including Windows
- Some of the features perfectly only the Fitbit device
Endomondo acts as a personal trainer in your pocket. You can choose between different exercises including walking, hiking, walking fitness and treadmill exercise. You can also select between different workout plans including basic workout, goal-based workout or set a given distance, time, calories or routes. When setting your workout plan, you can create a route or choose a route others have followed before. If you are a premium user, you can race your previous workouts.
Other features include audio feedback including workout stats such as distance, duration, lap time and pep talk. If you have a heart rate monitor device, you can connect it with this app. At the end of your workout, you can see the route you followed clearly marked. If you have friends who use Endomondo, you can connect with them.
- Allows you to connect to social media and other Endomondo users
- Great for regular workouts and day to day activities
- Features a horde of great features
- The regular account does not offer Step Counter
6. Charity Miles
Do you want to walk or run for charity? If yes, this app might be a good option for you. When you install this app, you will be prompted to choose a charity. When you start working out, either walking, running or cycling, the charity of your choice will earn money. When you walk or run a given distance, in miles, your charity earns 25 cents and when you cycle, 10 cents. As you exercise, you can see the distance covered in miles and time elapsed.
You can create teams through the app to increase the amount of money you earn for your charities. After your exercise, you are required to post on Twitter or on Facebook to enhance sponsorship and earn money for your charity.
- With this app, you walk with a purpose
- Easy to connect with other fitness walkers
- Apps is easy to use
- The app has minimal fitness features and does not allow you to track calories
7. Walk The Distance
Virtual walk gives you a chance to experience walking in your favorite trail virtually. This spices your walk indoors or outdoors as you can picture yourself walking down or up the Appalachian Trail, the Grand Canyon, monuments in Washington DC or the Pyramids of Giza among other trails.
At different checkpoints along your virtual trail, you view photos and details on sights you are trailing. Most of the routes are available on the free version of the app but some you will have to upgrade to the premium version. After the walk, you are handed a medal.
- Makes the walk exciting thanks to the virtual trails
- Can install on Android and iOS
- Tracks most of your walk stats
- Most of the trails you would really love to walk are on the premium version of the app
8. World Walking
This app is designed the same way as the Virtual Walk above in that it offers you a virtual trail to follow. This makes the walk more interesting. Some of the virtual routes on the app include Inca Trail that takes you to Machu Pichu, and Cinque Terre National Park. You can also create your own trails on Google Maps.
The app records all your daily activities and gives you updates to keep you motivated. You can also create walking groups with friends and family to make the walks more interesting.
- Let’s you link with other walkers on your trail
- Gives frequent updates on your workout progress
- Lest your choose your own virtual trails
- Works best on iOS only
9. Walk Workouts & Meal Planner by FitMeUp
This app lets you tailor your walking plan to meet your fitness level. The app tracks the route you follow and offers useful insights such as the amount of water you need to drink to stay hydrated throughout the whole trek. It also gives you audio tips on how to improve your walk. Even better, the app helps you make the right food choices to combine with your walk.
- You can get help from professional trainers from the app
- Gives a horde of meal plans for enhanced health
- The app is easy to use
- Limited fitness functionalities
Picking the Right Walking App for Weight Loss
Android, iOS or Windows?
Most walking apps for weight loss are developed for Android and iOS with only a few being created for Windows. If you have a Windows device, check for apps that installs on a Windows device such as the Fitbit App Tracker.
Free or Premium?
Most apps are free but with limited features. The free version, besides having limited features, comes with ads and in-app purchases. The premium version comes with a wider range of features and does not have pop-up ads making it a better deal. If you are just starting, download a free up and upgrade it to premium later.
Range of Features
Walking apps have the same basic features; they track time, distance, and route. Some have added features tracking calories burnt, monitoring heart rate with integrated devices, connecting to wearables, offering audio walking tips and more. A simple walking app is good enough for any fitness walker. However, if you want to engage in and track other activities, you will need an advanced app that can track different activities.
Some apps come with walking plans you can follow while in others, you have to create your own plans. In conclusion, pick an app that perfectly runs on your mobile device and falls within your budget and your exercise routine.