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    How to set up Strava and log your walks

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    Strava is one of the most popular exercise tracking apps. Here's how you can Strava configuration to record your walks. Tracking your progress can be a great motivator for you, pushing you to do more. Especially when it comes to walking, it can be fun to record various walks over time, try different routes, and challenge yourself to walk farther than before.


    Using the free version of Strava on your phone, you can easily track your activity and use some great features. Let's take a step-by-step look at how to set up and start using Strava to record your walks.



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    How to set up Strava and log your walks

    Strava allows you to track a wide range of exercises including walking, running, swimming and cycling. You can also plan routes, participate in community challenges, add your friends, and more. It comes with a free version and a paid version and is available on your web browser, iOS and Android.

    While the paid version of Strava offers more features, of course, the free version of Strava is quite sophisticated and great if you're new to exercising and looking for an easy way to track your walking progress. What's great is that setting up Strava and getting started is quick and easy! So, let's dive in.


    Create an account and create your profile

    After installing Strava you will need to create an account. You can use your Facebook account, your Google account or your email address to do this. Once you have created your Strava account, you can access it from both your phone and your web browser on your computer.



    After creating your account, you will automatically be taken to a basic profile creation page, where you will enter your name, date of birth and gender. You can add more details to your profile in the section Profile main Strava.

    You will then go through a few introductory pages, after which you will be asked if you would like to start recording your first business now or later.


    By choosing Later it will take you to a few more tutorial pages, which will introduce you to syncing your contacts, finding friends to add and following athletes, so you are free to explore the app. There is also a useful menu to start which you can use when you want to control more of the app.

    The choice of Let's Go will take you to the record page. You can reach this page later by tapping on the section Register at the bottom center of the app.

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    Record your first walk

    Once you are in the section Record, allow Strava to access your location; this allows it to accurately track your walk, measuring factors such as distance and speed. Then select your business by using the shoe icon at the bottom of the screen and selecting Walk.


    When ready, press Start and start your walk. Strava will work in the background, allowing you to use your phone freely while you walk, such as changing music, making calls or taking pictures of your walk, which you can then upload to the finished activity.


    You can check your progress at any time during your walk, noting your distance and speed, which is perfect for any goal you set for yourself. Touching thelocation icon next to the stop button you access a map where you can view the current route and better visualize how far you have walked.


    You can either end or pause your business if you need to take a break with the Stop button.

    Once the walk is done, you can save your activity with a number of optional areas to add. Here you can give your walk a title and description, add images, rate how easy or difficult it was, and set who can see your business.

    Your saved activities appear in yours Feed and in the section Activities of your Profile. You can edit or delete your activities at any time and add anyone else who has walked with you as long as they are on Strava.

    Consider joining clubs and challenges

    A great way to keep yourself engaged and motivated on your walks is by joining one of Strava's many clubs and / or challenges.

    Located in the section Explore, you can select specific challenges for the walk and keep track of your overall progress and stats, as well as see how your friends and people around the world are doing, if they've taken part. The challenges can vary and come with different rewards for your efforts.


    Joining local or global clubs can keep you closer to the walking community by reading posts, discussing with other club members, and attending group events.

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    Follow your friends and walk together!

    Another great way to keep walking is to work out with friends. Strava allows you to follow and invite your friends viaFind and Invite icon located at the top right of the screen.

    Here you can sync phone contacts or Facebook friends, as well as search for specific friends. Plus, the more people you follow, the more people Strava will recommend, saving you time and effort in finding all the people you want to follow.


    So how was setting up Strava… easy isn't it?

    The free version of Strava is a great way to introduce yourself to the world of social fitness apps. If you find this to be something you really like, you could get a lot out of the subscription-based features.

    Strava's subscription is priced at € 59,99 per year and € 7,99 per month, but it's not the only subscription-based social fitness app out there. Whether it's Strava or another social fitness app, going premium could take your exercise to the next level.

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