BattleSteps is one of the best walking apps found in the iTunes store and in Google Play.
BattleSteps app has pretty much every feature needed to not only motivate you to get lots of movement each day, but it also offers the motivation to keep you moving throughout the day.
Each day, BattleSteps matches you with a different opponent. The app randomly chooses an opponent through the use of a smart algorithm based on your recent level of activity, your time zone, and your average daily steps.
You are then expected to compete with your opponent over a 12 hour period, which starts at 8 am and ends at 8 pm, although the starting time can be adjusted if you pay to upgrade.
Every hour, you are rewarded with a star for defeating your opponent. The reward includes 1 star for 50+ steps, 2 stars for 250+ steps, and 3 starts for 1000+ steps. At the end of the 12 hours, the overall winner is the person who archives the highest total steps over the day. The overall winner is awarded a trophy for every 1000 steps.
Having a new opponent every day and having both hourly and daily rewards provides a good motivation for getting more movement in. The suspense of getting a new opponent each day makes the app engaging, reducing the boredom.
The ability to message and interact with your opponent also makes the app fun and friendly.
Each day is different because each opponent will walk more or less then your previous opponent, creating challenging days and easier days. And you never know what you will get. This interaction makes it more likely to keep daily movement in the back of your mind., making walking more engaging and exciting.
The continual star rewards though out the day also provides you with motivation to keep moving. Through the hourly rewards, you get the excitement of defeating your opponent 12 times a day. Each of the hourly battles can be considered as a battle on its own, motivating you to fight small battles throughout the day and therefore win the ultimate battle by the end of the day. Further, you can look forward to the bragging rights you get after defeating your opponent at the day.
The app is free to download and play, but you have to actually hold your phone to get your steps it. I’m not a fan of keeping my phone so close that much during the day, and I often put my phone down and forget where it is, making me lose a number of steps throughout the day. For my husband it works great because he is on a job site, walking around. He keeps his phone in his lower leg pocket.
For me, because this app has motivated me like nothing else to keep moving throughout the day, I right away, traded my sister for curling iron for her Fitbit. lol
And upgraded for the month to try it out. I’m pretty sure I’ll upgrade for the year.
My new morning ritual is to jump up to grab my phone, send my new opponent a friendly taunt, and ask if they are ready to lose today. 😉
Most of the time it’s not too hard. Because I’m playing a few other games in other apps where I need to get at least 10,000 steps in. But some days I find a playing who really challenges me, then I add them as a friend so we can battle again another day.
So come join me on BattleSteps if you need some extra movement motivation.
Search for Casey S. I’m the one with the monkey. 🙂