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App-ing Up Your Fitness & Hikes

One of the positives that came from the quarantine is that more and more Torontonians are exploring their communities by going on walks or discovering hiking trails. There are so many paths and trails in the greater Toronto area and the entire province. Walking, running or hiking are great ways to enjoy the outdoors and fall in love with your neighbourhood. If you’ve got an iPhone or an Android-based smartphone and enjoy walking, downloading a relevant app could help you get the most from your outings. There are a variety of apps that can bring a new element to your adventure. Some apps have social and fitness functions, while others include geography resources like maps.

Fitness Apps

There are a plethora of fitness apps that can be used while going on walks or hikes. Fitness apps are able to count the amount of steps you take and calculate the distance you travelled and the amount of calories you have spent.

Furthermore, there are fitness apps that allow you to set goals for how much you want to walk or how much calories you want to burn. These apps will calculate your steps throughout the entire day, week or month and give you progress reports.

Fitness apps are great for runners too. Not only do they track your distance travelled, but they can track speed and heart rate as well.

A quick tip: Download an app that connects to wearable accessories like Fitbit, or a Google watch. This allows you to track your progress during the walk, without having to pull your phone or tablet out.

Hiking Apps

Hiking apps are great for newbie hikers. Many apps can simply tell you what trails are nearby. Not only do they give you options that are close to home, but they can also describe the trail for you and provide you difficulty levels ranging from easy, beginner or expert. Before exploring a new trail, download an app and get the details about the trail.

Many hiking apps go beyond just describing trails. They often have detailed maps. Some apps also include three dimensional maps, a compass, and weather updates. For those walkers or hikers who like to take the road less travelled and trail blaze there own paths, there are options to track your route so that you can share it with friends. There are a few apps that will track your water intake, and give reminders to drink and keep hydrated.

Some hiking apps are good for Instagram users, as they will pinpoint great places to take photographs.