I just started exercising again.

After spending all of 2015 doing CrossFit 2-to-3 times a week (and LOVING it), I decided that my career needed more attention so I quit going on January 1, 2016.

Horrible New Year’s resolution, right?

For the first 3 months of 2016, I didn’t exercise. I spent most of my days trying to learn JavaScript, staying later at work to learn from other developers, and putting a lot of extra time just trying to learn to code in this new (to me) language.

In those 3 months, I gained 20 pounds…of fat.

My clothes got tighter, shopping for new clothes (in a bigger size) was depressing, and feeling exhausted doing the same physical activities as before was frustrating.

The Motivation to Change

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie “We Are Your Friends” and while the movie isn’t anything to rave about, Zac Efron was shown running multiple times throughout the film.

You know the feeling when you watch a movie and the main character is in really great shape and you think to yourself…

Maybe it’s time to drop a few pounds?

Those were my exact feelings.

MapMyWalk App

Since I didn’t feel like I had time (or extra money) to go back to CrossFit, I started walking.

To ease into it, I tried taking my dog on slightly longer walks/trips to the bathroom. That turned into doing the occasional walk/run around my neighborhood after work. I set my alarm for 5:30am last Friday to walk before work. Today, I’ve already been on 3 walks during my work breaks and I’m looking forward to doing at least 2 more.

Walking is [‘fun’, ‘relaxing’, ‘enjoyable’].

I’ve read that walking burns almost as many calories as running. Is that true?

To track my distance, speed, and length of walks, I downloaded the first walking app that caught my eye (Map My Walk), added my height/weight/age details, and started tracking my “workouts.”

The app does a great job at motivating me enough to keep walking. Here are a few screenshots of the different pages on the app:

mapmywalk screenshots

From left to right we have:

  1. The initial loading page
  2. The page to start your workout, see your location, and more
  3. The feed where you see your post-workout blog posts

Here are some other screenshots:

mapmywalk screenshots

Above, we have:

  1. Challenges offered (win prizes, get coupons off exercise stuff, etc)
  2. A log of all completed workouts
  3. The quick menu

As you can see, this app offers a lot. And it’s free.

To download this amazing app, click here.

The (brief) App Review

I’ve only been using this app for a few weeks now but it does a great job at performing simple tasks.

My favorite feature is that you can control your music from within the app which helps from having to open iTunes Music and play/pause, skip songs, etc.

Some other great features of the app are:

  1. Displays split times per mile
  2. Syncs data with other popular fitness apps
  3. Tracks calories burned
  4. Shows distance traveled (visually)
  5. Ability to play/skip music within the app
  6. Offers contests/challenges to join for free

If you’re looking for a free app that tracks walking, MapMyWalk is a great choice.

I hope this very brief review has helped and if you end up downloading and using the app, let me know if you like/dislike it in the comments below!