As time proceeds, human life is being dragged into the monotonicity of extreme haste and discomfort. The need for being fit and healthy is slowly turning into a challenge for a major part of the society. Here comes the need for walking. This is something that does not depend upon the fitness level of the participating individual. Horton et al (2014), states that not just elders, but children and young adults should also be encouraged to take up this fitness regime. In this report, an app will be proposed that will be throwing light upon the importance of walking and will also document and notify its users about the details of their walks and benefits.
Designing a Walking Mobile App
In this busy schedule, smartphones have become the most attached belonging of any human being. It is this platform that should be brought into use in case of promoting the importance of walking inside the human society (Macias 2015).
Laurier, Brown and McGregor (2016), says that the application to be designed should consist of all the necessary details explaining the fruits and benefits of walking. The application should have graphical and or textual representations that will attract the users to give it a thought. Visual representations should be provided to aware the users about the practices of walking and the use of smartphone applications. The interface should be informative enough about the analysis results, also clearly depicting the paths walked on a map (Kim 2015).
New users will enter their updated health status into the app and it would further analyse the fitness routine that should be set. The application, on user’s permission, should be able to keep track of the user’s whereabouts and hence keep recording the walking distances. This can be done with the assistance of the smartphone’s GPS and accelerometer. Furthermore, the app needs to allow the users to add or alter their pre-defined routine for a day’s walk, the speed that they wish to achieve and the rests that they should take. The app can hence notify the user regarding their need to walk and fulfil their daily deficiency. These applications can be made to connect with fitness bands so as to record other health related data. This includes heartbeats, blood pressure and so on. The app should also calculate the steps taken, calories burnt regularly and then analyse these data to provide daily, weekly and monthly analysis reports to the user. These reports should consist of graphs and other data tools to alarm or notify the user about their experience of walking and fitness level.
Map My Walk is one of the heavily used walking apps. They allow their users to set routes on the maps and then ask them to walk around the same to fulfil the targets and to experience the surroundings. It also provides audio feedbacks to the users while in his walk. They have a simple user interface with only the necessary options available and detailed analysis area to guide their users to a healthy routine.
Charity Miles is another great application that enhances the use of smartphones for walking. Their idea is to allow the users to walk for a purpose. They donate 25 cents for every mile the user walks (Higgins 2016). The users can also keep track of the distances that they have walked, time taken, steps taken and other fitness information necessities.
It can hence be concluded that the development of one such application will enhance the way people regards the importance of walking. People will learn to analyse their day’s routines in order to lead a better and healthy life. The applications should in turn be enough informative and easily usable at times of stress. Also, sensor usage and notifiers should be accurately handled.
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Laurier, E., Brown, B. and McGregor, M., 2016. Mediated pedestrian mobility: walking and the map app. Mobilities, 11(1), pp.117-134.
Macias, C., Panch, T., Hicks, Y.M., Scolnick, J.S., Weene, D.L., Öngür, D. and Cohen, B.M., 2015. Using smartphone apps to promote psychiatric and physical well-being. Psychiatric Quarterly, 86(4), pp.505-519.