I am self-admittedly addicted to iPhone apps. And while I love apps, they are, most certainly, not all created equal. In my quest to be a healthier kids belt inventor, I stumbled across an app called Strava.
This app is like a lot of the fitness apps out there. It promises to keep track of your run, bike ride, etc…, as well as keep track of calories burned, pace, moving time and more. You can even link up with friends who have a Strava account (free).
The run detail is pretty detailed in that it shows you how well you did on each mile. That’s a pretty cool feature that a lot of the other fitness apps don’t include. The cycling app does pretty much the same thing, only for cycling, go figure!
Here’s the down side, the GPS function is very unreliable. Now, to be fair, I can’t say with any certainty that my phone isn’t the problem, but I haven’t had any issues before.
Why is the GPS important? Well, the way the app works is that it measures your distance and the amount of time it took you to cover that distance to come up with the amount of calories burned. If the GPS is off (like it has been the last 4 times I have used it) it will say that you ran 9 miles and burned 1,000+ calories when in actuality you ran 3 miles and probably burned about 400 calories.
I am the type of person that is results oriented, so I want to see approximately how many calories I burned and 1,000+ is not a good approximate number.
Also, in the cycling app, I think the calorie counter is WAYYYY off. Why? Oh, just because I biked 12.1 miles a few weeks ago and it said I only burned 154 calories. IMPOSSIBLE! Impossible, I say. I did it in about an hour (which meant in my world that I was booking it) and I had to burn more than 154 calories. I can walk our local bridge (1 mile) three times (about 45 mins) and burn over 400 calories.
Anyway, my point is that this app may be a little misleading, so if you are very interested in your actual time, calories burned, distance, etc… maybe you should opt for another app.