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MapMyWalk Instructional User Guide

How To Use MapMyWalk To Track Your Fitness

5 Minute registration process

With MapMyWalk, the registration process is actually about as simple as you can expect from a service that’s designed to track your fitness based on location and physical attributes.

Although you’re also able to register via your Facebook or Twitter accounts, we’re going to quickly walk you through what to expect from the manual registration process.

6 Profile creation steps:

  • 1. Adding a profile picture

    You may actually want to jump to step 3 first, as linking your profile to social network accounts does (at the time this guide was created) seem to lose any information you haven’t saved in the other sections if you haven’t explicitly clicked ‘Save’ after completing the steps.

    But as long as you click save after each stage, you should be fine. Saving the information entered at a particular step will also automatically progress you through to the next.

    A stage that I’m sure we’re all familiar with by now, but adding a profile picture lets you upload a photo. There isn’t a cropping function after uploading, so it’s worth doing any resizing before the upload.

  • 2. Finding your friends on Twitter and Facebook

    One of the main benefits of using the MapMyWalk service is that you can become part of an online community of walkers and runners, many of which will share similar personal fitness goals to your own.

    Twitter authorization is required to connect with your followers
    Twitter authorization is required to connect with your followers

    Although you’ll have to authorize access to your Twitter account, this isn’t anything to worry about, and no tweets will be sent without your knowledge. It’s simply to allow you to see which of the people you follow on Twitter or Facebook are also using the app.

    By connecting my Twitter account, I can now see a selection of people I follow also use the service, and I’m able to add them as friends to my profile.

    MapMyWalk lets you connect with people you follow on Twitter
    MapMyWalk lets you connect with people you follow on Twitter and Facebook

    This won’t automatically add them as a friend though, and should be considered more of a friend request, in much the same way as the request process works on Facebook.

    If your Twitter follower approves your request, then they will be added as a friend, and you will be able to communicate with them directly through MapMyWalk. You will also see your friends’ workouts and routes completed via your activity feed.

  • 3. Setting your location

    MapMyWalk uses your current location to make plotting routes a lot quicker, and creates a much more personal, tailor-made experience when planning your next walk.

    The location stored in your MapMyWalk profile is used as the default start point in future route planning
    The location stored in your MapMyWalk profile is used as the default
    start point in future route planning

    The information requested is fairly standard, allowing you to enter your street address, city, state, postal code, and country.

  • 4. Display units

    Being a personal fitness tracker, there will inevitably be times when your weight and distance will be used to calculate metrics such as calories burned and walking speed.

    You can specify which type of unit you would like distance displayed in each time you create or edit a route
    You can specify which type of unit you would like distance
    displayed in each time you create or edit a route

    This is exactly what the ‘Display Units’ step allows you to do, with fields for specifying Metric or Imperial measurement units, and which day you would like to signal the start of a new week.

  • 5. Height and Weight

    One of the most frequently requested items of feedback for any personal fitness tracking service is an accurate representation of the number of calories burned.

    By entering your weight, this can be factored into a calculation that will then determine as accurately as possible, the number of calories you burned during a particular walk.

    Height and weight are used to improve the accuracy of the feedback for calorie expenditure
    Height and weight are used to improve the accuracy of the
    feedback for calorie expenditure

    Although there’s no option to enter your age, this tends to be unique to the maximum heart rate calculation, which isn’t a factor in the information fed back to you via the MapMyWalk service.

  • 6. Activities

    The final step in the registration process is entering your activities. Fitness content available through MapMyWalk is customized to your selection, with options that range from walking and running, right the way through to workouts on specific machines, such as the Bowflex Treadclimber.

    A comprehensive list of activities are available, helping build up a more accurate overall fitness plan
    A comprehensive list of activities is available, helping build up a more
    accurate overall fitness plan

    Whilst you are free to select all of the options shown by default in the images, the dropdown list only lets you select one additional activity option at this stage. If you would like to add more, this can be done once registration is complete.