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Free Pedometer Apps for Smartphones

Free Pedometer Apps for Smartphones

“Step right up, ladies and gents. Step right up!” Carnival barker Gabby Gilfoil (W.C. Fields) in 1927’s Two Flaming Youths, enticed passers-by to try a new experience. And we’d like to get you to step right up, too -- and get your free step-counter app for your smartphone! It can help you reduce your risk of heart disease; improve blood pressure, blood sugar and lousy LDL cholesterol levels; and boost happiness!

We’ve always suggested you get two pedometers -- one to carry, one to stash in the car. But a study shows these apps are an appealing and effective alternative -- they’re pretty accurate (plus or minus around 6%; a little less accurate than stand-alone devices), have cool extras and free you from carrying yet another device.

If you’re one of the many folks who are reluctant to tote around a conventional pedometer, look up Breeze, MapMyWalk, Moves, Pacer, Pedometer for M7, Pedometer++, Runtastic, Steps and Walker M7 to see what appeals to you. You can download them from Google Play or the app store on iTunes. They run on any smartphone (the new apps need an M7chip). And not only can they can count and record your steps by the minute, hour, day, week, month and year, they can give you your target BMI, show you where you’ve been walking, running or biking using GPS mapping and let you know how much energy (calories) you spent doing it. So step, step, step (10,000 of them is your daily minimum, no excuses) right up!

Medically reviewed in December 2019.

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