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Wendy Bumgardner

Motivate Your 2013 Walks

By December 27, 2012

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What will you do to jump start your 2013 fitness plans and keep you moving through the winter months? Here are apps, programs and walking tools to get you moving.

Virtual WalkVirtual Walk Android App: This free app for Android phones tracks your outdoors walks on virtual treks and city tours. It looks like a blast and I wish they had one for the iPhone!

Jawbone UP: This wristband plus iPhone app can motivate you in many ways, but what sold me on buying one is that you can set Idle Alerts and it vibrates when you've been sitting too long. I have it set for 15 minutes, so I remember to get up and move around more often. It also tracks total steps, distance, calories burned, and excellent sleep quality tracking. You can log your diet and other exercises in the app.

Idita-Walk: Marking their 15th year, this winter walking program from Nome, Alaska challenges you to walk 30 minutes per day for 35 days, from February through March. I've participated for many years.

AVA Centurion Program: This new program challenges you to walk 100 AVA-sanctioned walks in the USA each year. You will need to join as an AVA member, buy the Centurion record book, and pay the $3 registration fee for each walk. But you have over 1500 5K to 10K walking routes to choose from any day of the year, and hundreds of weekend walking events.

MyStride Million Steps Club: Start January 1 and log a million steps in three months to be entered into a drawing for a grand prize.

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