It's Spring! Walk for your heart with Android.

It's Spring! Walk for your heart with Android.

Summary: There's an Android app that can help you find nearby walking paths, as well as create new ones on the fly.


Aah, Spring. When a not-so-young nurse's fancy turns to thoughts of getting out and spending some time in the fresh air. I hope you all had a Happy Easter, and that you are ready to walk off all those chocolate bunnies, eggs, and marshmallow Peeps!

Walking is an awesome exercise, doesn't require any special equipment beyond a decent pair of shoes, makes us feel more a part of our surroundings, and is great for the heart and lungs.

Good walking technique promotes balance, joint flexibility, and range of motion. Walking is a super way to take an active role in your health by getting that blood pumping in accordance with the American Heart Association's recommendation of half an hour per day of cardio exercise for a healthy heart.

Walking is also good for helping manage cholesterol and promoting weight loss, especially when used in conjunction with a healthy diet.

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Actual social networking

Walking on the buddy system has many benefits. Taking a nice walk and having a nice talk with a good friend can be a great way to catch up on socializing, as well as reinforce each other's good exercise habits. If you can carry on a conversation while taking a walk, that means you're not too winded. In other words, you're getting plenty of healthy oxygen into your lungs.

Sometimes, especially if you don't live in a particularly walkable area with good sidewalks, it can be a challenge to find fun places to get out and move your feet. To that end, visit the American Heart Association's Start! program's Find a Walking Path website. Just sign up (it's free), sign in, plug in your zip code and preferences, and search for walking paths in your area. If you like a certain walking path and want to share it with others, you can do that, too. New routes are added all the time, so check back often.

The Androids you're looking for

If you're partial to your Android phone -- and you may well be, because as this week’s Nielsen numbers show, fully half of all smartphones sold run on Android, a usage percentage that’s far more than any other mobile OS, including iOS, which has a comparatively paltry 25% market share -- you're also in luck.

Why? Because the new American Heart Association's "My Heart. My Life." Walking Paths App is available to download to your Android Smartphone.

You can find nearby walking paths, as well as create new ones on the fly. That way you can remember a good thing when you find it, and can repeat the joy later. It has a social networking aspect, as well, because the more people share, the more the database of walks will improve.

Unfortunately, I can't do a hands-on review, because I don't personally have an Android phone. If you download and try the app, let us know how it goes in the TalkBacks below!

What, no Apple for me?

If you (like me) are an iPhone user, and you'd like to be part of the walking fun, you also have something to look forward to. The app is coming soon for the iPhone. There's a banner up on the American Heart Association's "My Heart. My Life." Walking Paths App website that announces it's imminent arrival in Apple's App Store on May 2.

In the meantime, put on your walking shoes and use the online version. Or better yet, buddy up with one of your Android toting friends, and take a walk in the springtime sunshine while you argue the various merits of your respective smartphone platforms of choice. Fight nice, kids.

What's your favorite walk? Are you going to download the app and share it? Let us know in the TalkBacks.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Collaboration, Hardware, Mobility, Smartphones


Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.

Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • Will it have you walk across a busy highway?

    like that lady who is sueing Google at the moment for just that?
    John Zern
  • RE: It's Spring! Walk for your heart with Android.

    I wish there are walking/biking paths near Appleyard Dr. (I have a 3-speed tricycle, a Worksman Port-O-Trike purchased from, but I don't feel like walking in sidewalks near cars travelling in streets as I don't like cars.

    Well, that's Tallahassee, FL for me. I can't afford to move somewhere where there are great walking/biking paths. I'd like to ride my tricycle in the road, but due to traffic lights being small with lights being faint, I shouldn't be in the road but in sidewalks due to my visual impairment, but sidewalks are for walking.... This makes sense because in West Tennessee Street, there are light poles or poles that hold the wires up in the sky that have been placed in the middle of the sidewalk; plus, I saw sidewalks that are just so narrow that Tallahassee is almost pedestrian-unfriendly. Oh, and one last thing. In West Tharpe Street near North Monroe Street, if you're a cyclist, you'll have to watch out for a metal box that is placed in the pole near the fence, but the metal box is above the sidewalk. While I was walking West to get back home, my left part of my face where my left eye is blind almost ran into them, so I dodged it before I get hurt.

    Times are so tough for me and I feel like I'm so stuck in my apartment.
    Grayson Peddie
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