We’re starting a new series, “Best Exercise Apps,” where we will explain various apps to use for different ways to workout. Even if you like working out alone, it can be incredibly helpful to use an app for technique, timing and to see your overall improvement. We will mostly focus on free and cheap apps so you don’t have to break the bank to train!
First up in our series is running apps! Running apps seem to be the most common, so it can be overwhelming while trying to pick on that works for you. They each have something different to offer and some tend to be more accurate than others.
Map My Run
This is one that I have used personally while running, and it’s great! It all of the data for your run including duration, distance, speed, elevation gain and calories burned. It even keeps track of the route you ran so you can go back to it later if you want to remember that perfect 3 mile loop or where you ran while you were visiting your great aunt in another state. As with many running apps these days, there’s a social aspect to MapMyRun as you can compete and share your progress with others.
Nike + Run club
This app from Nike has a stylish interface and is great for tracking your results as you train to reach your goals. It will create personalized workout plans for you that will adapt to your needs as you progress. You can even get audio workout training from top notch coaches and athletes along with well known entertainers like Kevin Hart! How’s that for motivation?
With Runtastic you can compete with your friends and see who is on top so far with the leader boards. For Premuim members, 12-week training plans are available for weight loss as well as training plans for races anywhere from a 5k to a marathon. It also includes running technique videos. There’s limited audio feedback and the price can get to be expensive if it’s not something you use all the time.
Suited for more serious runners, Strava is a very accurate and encouraging running app. Instead of focusing on weight loss/calories burned, the app is more zeroed in on split times and running pace. There’s also a huge community for Strava, so if the social aspect helps you, it may be one to consider. The price for the premium membership is a little steep, but it could be worth it if you’re training hard and need to keep track of your workouts while staying motivated.
There are many running apps out there, and we’ve just covered a few of the main ones today. What do you think? Will you start using any of these? Do you use a different one that you think is the best? Let us know in the comments!