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The capabilities of smartphones are steadily growing. Before the turn of the century, most handsets performed only the most basic of functions – calling, sending sms and emails, as well as a bit of GPS and WAP features. Today, however, smartphones can take high resolution photos and videos, play HD TV shows and movies, transfer money, create office files, and more. Some even have fingerprint sensors, as well as waterproof and dustproof ratings. Due to the convenience and assistance these gadgets bring, they are now used in a wide range of activities, whether professional or personal. In this article, the use of a smartphone for one personal activity that’s important to everyone will be discussed: exercise.
Among other things, the modern smartphone is utilised in monitoring calorie intake, workout support, and recording weight loss/gain progress. Additionally, there are numerous types and forms of exercise available to anyone, but the simplest of these is walking.
Granted that it can’t be formally classified as a type of exercise, research still shows that walking for a minimum of 20 minutes per day may increase your lifespan by 7 years. At the end of the day, the goal of doing exercise is to keep you healthy and improve your overall wellbeing, including longevity.
Furthermore, there are other benefits from walking regularly. These include improved moods and creativity boosts.
Using Your Smartphone for Walking
In an ocean of mobile apps available to users, it’s almost always guaranteed that you’ll find a program that will aid you on your interest. Combine that to the power of your smartphone, and you can make the most out of any activity – in this case: walking.
To start off, there’s a slew of pedometer apps that can accurately track the number of your steps. Given that it’s recommended for adults to have at least 10,000 steps per day to help maintain good health, apps of this kind will come in handy.
There are also apps for walking that provide info on routes, terrain, and other relevant data. Some even have extra features, such as iFootpath, which can give you full directions, a bit of history on the place as well as some of its images. Moreover, the comments and ratings section provide insight from other people, and this in turn would guide you on which places for walking are best for you and your companions, if you have any.
Lastly, due to the GPS capability of smartphones, most of these apps can show real-time progress on where you are on the track. Maps may be viewed and navigated on the screen as well. This is great for plotting your route or for finding your way in the middle of the trek, especially if it’s your first time in the area.
Make Sure You Have a Healthy Smartphone Too
In terms of hardware, recent and current smartphones will rarely have problems regarding tracking statuses and browsing or opening maps. Connectivity issues also vary more based on the location itself and your carrier, rather than on the phone model.
When it comes to software on the other hand, remember to apply the necessary updates. More advanced apps get introduced each month, and sometimes these require updated devices. Doing so will also enhance your mobile experience as these developments were designed to eliminate flaws and fix bugs.
You can either search for updates manually or you may register your device with your data provider to get notifications whenever an update is available. If it comes with an OS upgrade, then that’s even better. Even though issues sometimes arise on the first rollout of an OS upgrade, usually they get addressed right away through patch releases.
Walking is a great activity, aside from it being helpful to your wellbeing. Add the excitement of exploring paths with the help of your smartphone, and you have yourself a fun and worthwhile health regimen.
Written by Chel Aisha
Exclusive for iFootpath.com
Google Play 2018
Loving this app. Initially had a few glitches but these all went away after a bit of tweaking the settings. I have used the app for 6 walks so far and have discovered lovely local walks that I would have never known about. The walk descriptions and directions have been really accurate. The live map has been helpful in checking that I haven't gone off course.
Newsletter Feedback 2018
Just completed my first walk using the @ifootpathuk app on my phone. A nice walk and we didn't get lost (as I have no sense of direction whatsoever that is high praise!) #hiking #Snowdonia #walking #adventure
Twitter Feedback 2018
Google Play Review 2018
Super fast help to sort out my problem. Well done and nice friendly reply as well.
Help Centre August 2018
Super fast help to sort out my problem. Well done and nice friendly reply as well.
iOS Appstore November 2017
Great App - never get lost! by The Parallax View Best couple of quid I’ve spent in a long time. Walks are well described & it’s easy to see if you’ve wandered off the mapped tracks via GPS. Degree of difficulty is useful too - can choose a 2 Welly, 5 mile walk with a pub at the end for a relaxing Sunday.
Email November 2017
Wow what a lovely experience it was using your app worked perfectly from the off for the first time found walks nearby we would have never found, brilliant work guys and gals.
This is a great app. Easy to use. Great selection of walks and very uncomplicated instructions, good simple maps. Other walking apps I have tried can be very confusing, this one is just right. Thank you
I used the app for the first time this afternoon. I lead regular ‘Walking for Health’. The app is terrific!
I do a lot of solo walking...so always worry about safety and getting lost.....not anymore I don't...!!!!! The guides are always spot on....and that's what I do.just follow the blue spot...!!! Thank you.... It's my favourite app...!!!!
My wife and I did your Petworth and Shimmings Valley walk yesterday. It was absolutely beautiful and enhanced by the wonderful weather. Your instructions were the clearest I have ever used for walking.
Without doubt the best app that I have ever downloaded! - NT
This App is brilliant. It enables you to track your walks and download them for future reference. The Library provides you with a variety of walks and are supported by clear instructions and photographs along the route. This makes them very easy to follow. I have used the App for about two years and have found it invaluable. Should you have any queries about any aspect of iFootpath the support you get is second to none.
Absolutely beautiful walk, and a wonderful app. Thank you so much :)
I want to congratulate you on your web site/app performance, quick, reliable and easy to use. I have similar walking apps with OS Maps and ViewRanger but yours is best.
This app has totally changed my life, i absolutely love it. I did this walk yesterday, what a beautiful walk it is, i thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely do it again, in fact i met an older gentleman who was on his 100 and something time there!! My sister and daughter cant wait to come along. The noise mentioned about the motorway is negligible and for me did not detract from the overall walk at all, the view from the top was stunning!!
So far I have downloaded 5 walks and completed 3 of them, tomorrow will be No 4. I love your website The walk descriptions are the best I have used in the last six years of rambling since I retired. This is a website I would be more than happy to pay a subscription for, instead I'll donate a sum to my favourite charity. THANK YOU.
Have deleted Pokemon Go and downloaded @ifootpathuk which is much more 'me'
I love the illustrated descriptions of each walk section. Really helps to enjoy the walk and get to know something about what I'm seeing. So much better than apps that only provide GPS co-ordinates and no photos or description. Love it!
After trying out numerous other apps I came across this one: way ahead of any of the others in every way. Much more accurate and very easy to use with great features. Would highly recommend it as THE app to use for walking.
Just wonderful, with walks for everyone: the fit, the not-so-fit, short walks, long walks, through woods, up hills (and down).
I highly recommend it, as my mum and I use it to go for walks and finish by eating at a pub. Its detailed and sometimes humorous instructions lead us easily to our destination. Also, to top this, it has interesting facts about the area we're walking in
I don't review much but this app deserves it. Downloaded some really good walks and the combination of the good descriptions and the really useful map of the walk showing where you are make it a brilliant tool. Well done and keep up the good work.
Very enjoyable and well described route. Views over the river from the warren were stunning.
Fantastic walk and amazing views. Great directions though I followed the GPS map mainly
Great walk, instructions were very detailed, perfect!
This may be the best walk I've ever done. It was certainly the best directions.
Even on a cold windy day with it trying to snow this was still an excellent walk. We managed it with our 2 children of 5 yrs and one in a all terain pram (a defo no no with a normal pram). Will be doing this one again in the summer.
Used app while visiting (it was great!)--live in Texas. Thanks!
Your app and walks are a dream to use
Did this walk this morning with our three little girls and we all love it. Great day outdoor!