Walking is definitely one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy. However, it can be challenging to stay motivated to walk an optimal amount of time or distance every day. Keeping track of your walking progress might help to keep you focused and feel rewarded from completing your goals. Here are some fun gadgets and smartphone apps that record your walking routine for you.

MapMyWalk is a fitness tracking app that logs the details of your walking/running routine, such as the duration, distance, speed, elevation and calories burned. The app routes the path you traveled onto an interactive map with the built-in GPS on your phone, so you can get the most out of your walking routine by comparing the results of taking different routes.

 

The Nike+ Fuelband might be your best personal coach. This stylish wristband uses an accelerometer to measure the number of steps you take and calories burned each day. Set a daily goal for yourself, and your Fuelband will show you your progress throughout the day. The Fuelband synchronizes with your smartphone app, so you can share your achievements with your friends, as well as competing against them to reach the top of the list.

The Instant Heart Rate app created by Azumio was one of the winners of the Mobile Premier Awards 2011. This smart app can measure and record your heart rate by detecting the pulse from your fingertip. By gently pressing your index finger on the phone camera, the app detects the color changes of your fingertip as the capillaries inside expand and contract. It tells you the optimal heart rate for fat-burning and cardio. Pretty cool, isn’t it?