Total Score: 28.5
There are a lot of good fitness-related apps out on the market and ones that track your food as well. MapMyWalk is the first one I have come across that logs your walks, complete with maps, and offers you the opportunity to add other activities and nutritional information.
I am going to do something a little different with this review. I am going to log my activity, success and happiness with this app for the next five days. Some apps you can test and review in a short time. To determine if a fitness app is appropriate, you need some time on the road.
Price Rating = 5 $2.99. (Note: When I originally tested the app there was a free version. I can’t find it now.)
Ease of Use Rating = 5 It is not the easiest app I have ever used, but it is not difficult either. There are FAQs available to help you learn the app and website support as well. There is not an iPad optimized version.
Readability Rating = 5 Good size text and graphics.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 If you are serious about a fitness plan, then yes, you will use it.
Downsides Rating = -1 Some people may not like the fact that you have to sign into a website to activate the app. It does not bother me, but I took a point off because people complained in their iTunes reviews.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 There are over 1,700 reviews of the current version. It is rated higher than the overall. The fixes apparently made people happy.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and tracking your progress keeps you motivated and informed.
How does it work?
- Your first step will be to get a sign-on. You might find this easiest to do online, but you can do it through the app. You set your height, weight and fill in any of the fields you choose to fill in. Most are not required.
- You can determine if you want to connect to Facebook, Twitter or other social networks, or keep your information private.
- Once you have your profile complete, you are ready to log. You can click the Log Workout button and then set the type and sub-type. The date is added automatically. You save this information and then begin your walk.
- While on you walk you can see the stats at the bottom of the screen or click the stats button at the top right to see a bigger display of your stats.
- You can log a workout that is not route based. The app offers you many choices. You only need to add your start and stop time (or duration) and the app determines the calories.
- You can click on the apple to enter what you eat and drink, add your weight, and add the glasses of water you consumed. Your settings drive your calorie budget. One thing that I believe is missing from this is the ability to set a weight loss goal. This would reduce your daily allowance of calories. You can set a goal statement online, which is helpful, but that doesn’t circle back to reducing calories.
- From the nutrition screen you can swipe right to left and see other graphs including, daily intake of calories, fat, protein and carbohydrates, a weight tracker and history.
- You can set Live Tracking on and let your friends see your progress. You can send friend requests through the app.
- There is an indication you can set up a heart monitor with ANT with this app, but that might be something that comes with the enhanced version.
- In the enhanced version you can get the iPod to play during your workout. Since this app can work in the background, not having that feature isn’t that critical. You can just open your iPod and listen.
Tip: This app is full-featured and uses a lot of power. If you notice a decrease in battery life after using the app there are a something you can do. Engage the app’s screen lock feature (upper left of the record screen). This is just something to watch and manage
Through the website associated with this app you can also join challenges and be eligible for prizes. That adds just a little more encouragement. This app developer also offers an app targeted at running, cycling and general fitness. One last perk of this app is that each week you get an email summing up your workouts and the total calories burned.
Devices: This app is compatible for iPhone, iTouch and iPad. It requires iOS 5.0 or later. MapMyFitness, Inc. developed this app.
Now for the results:
Day One: Logging food is easy. I used this app and Nike+GPS to record my walk. Both had the same distance, Nike credited me for more calories burned. Judging by how I felt, I think Nike was most correct. The app did close a couple of times (not during my workout) and I had to reopen. My login stayed, so it was only a minor difficulty. I had one instance of it taking too long to add a food item. It did add it, but stayed on the screen churning for a bit. All and all, satisfied with an app that includes my workouts and nutritional info.
Day Two: Couldn’t fit in any exercise today, but did log all of my food. It would be nice if it stayed at the screen where you add your foods. As it is, you add one thing and it takes you back to the nutrition screen. Staying on that screen would save you a few clicks. It certainly does serve as a reminder to drink more water.
Day Three: I discovered that you can’t go back to a previous day to add a food item. Sometimes I forget to add my night-time snack. All is not lost, you can do this on the website. You can’t add exact amounts of water, it has to be in 8 ounce increments. And, more importantly, you can’t add your exact weight. It has to be in even numbers. While I’m thinking about it, you have to add a full serving for your food items – you can’t add a half serving. Having said that, most food items have different size options, so that might not be too big a barrier. On the positive side, you can add exact time and calories when you log a workout. I’ve had trouble in the past getting other devices to log my workouts because I had to change the time to get the calories just right. So, I like that.
Day Four: I’m encouraged to workout and add my stats to the app by the challenges offered by Shape Magazine and Quaker Oats. It brings out the competitor in me.
Day Five: I’ve tracked for five days now and find the app supports my fitness goals and looks like it will be something I’ll use for a good length of time.