Do you want to have fun for free during the holidays? Try getting out into nature to exercise.
Recent studies suggest that middle-aged people should aim for 12,000 steps a day, rather than the 10,000 goal that’s been rumored for years.
With spring in full swing, get fit for less with these fabulous free walking apps. . .
STEP BY STEP : Download the Go Jauntly app for walking tours based on your location.
Photo guides point to items of interest and help you navigate.
Plus, you can add your own photos and notes and sign up for walking challenges or participate in circular routes.
CARD IT: Get Map My Walk and you can track your route, distance, pace, speed, elevation and calories burned.
You can also sync it with Fitbits or other wearable fitness technology. Do it with a friend and you can share your progress – and together you can really have a clear fitness goal for the summer.
TRACHECK YOUR PROGRESS: No Fitbit? No problem. You can still use his app. Simply monitor your steps with your phone’s motion sensor – just put it in a pocket or fanny pack when you’re walking.
Select the “no Fitbit yet” option and you can still see the route, time, distance, etc.
METER BY METER: The Walkmeter app is a fun tool to help you with your walking training.
It’s helpfully linked to Google Maps, and you can even set it to ‘race’, if you’re trying to do the same route a little faster, so you can compare.
It’s a bit more advanced and can track terrain and heart rate, but it’s a great app if you’re already a 10k-stepper and want to progress.
PUT THE BOOT IN: If you take your measurements seriously, you will need the equipment. Fortunately, there are currently very affordable shoe lines.
At Shoezone, the Ascot Shadow men’s lace-up hiking trainers cost £29.99, while his boots start at £39.99.
Meanwhile at sportsdirect. com, you can find boots reduced to £18 in its sale.
- All prices on the page are correct at time of printing. Promotions and offers subject to availability.
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