Whether you are a seasoned runner or are just getting started, there are hundreds of helpful tools to make running a little more interesting and a lot more fun. In the last few years there have been hundreds of mobile apps designed specifically for runners and some that, while not originally intended for runners, have been modified for them. Here are 5 apps for runners to help you keep moving.
5 Apps for Runners
Tracking your exercise and your caloric intake is one the best things you can do to understand your weight. Whether you are trying to get to a goal weight, maintain your current weight, or just want to check out what tracking looks like, MyFitnessPal is the perfect tool.
Once you open the app, you’ll be introduced to a homepage very much like the Facebook newsfeed, except in this one you’ll have health and food articles to keep you focused. This app is great for runners, because if your phone will track steps for you, you can have MyFitnessPal automatically count them as calories exerted.
I am sure that you have those friends who sport their Fitbit on their wrists like classy watches, but did you know that if you have a Fitbit you can also download an app designed for the type of Fitbit you have?
Most Fitbits track just steps and sleep, but if you have the Charge HR Fitbit it will also keep a running tab on your heart rate. Since there are the Fat Burning Zones and the Cardio Zones within the your run, the HR feature will enable you to look more closely at what your heart rate is looking like when running.
Also, I can’t forget to mention that if you add your friends on Fitbit you can challenge them to Workweek Hustle’s or Weekend Warriors to see who has the most steps at the end of the challenge. It’s great fun and keeps you on your feet to win the challenge.
I use an Apple Watch, not a Fitbit but I have many friends who use and LOVE their Fitbits!
As a product of MyFitnessPal, mapmyrun is very easy to navigate. The app, in simple, can track your workout for you. Just hit go, start running, and then end the run when you are finished. You can save the route you did to compare times if you run it again.
If you live in a city, this app is especially fun, because you can check out nearby routes that were run by other people and see if you can beat their time. You are able to set running goals and join one of the pre-set training plans the app has ready for you. If those plans don’t work for you, the app also allows you to create your own.
If you’re running just for exercise or your training for a race, RunKeeper is the app for you. Just like mapmyrun, it can track where and how fast you’re running. The difference between mapmyrun and RunKeeper is it’s more personalized in goal setting and the different training plans that you can set.
Plus, all the goal settings and training settings are free! The best part about this app is that there are nationwide challenges where you have real potential to win a prize or a discount for awesome running gear.
This is my favorite running app and I use it with my Apple Watch as well!
Now you may be thinking, one of these things is not like the others… Although that is true, I am a huge proponent for Spotify music as a runner. If you don’t have Spotify, go get it. Obviously the endless, free music is great, but the coolest thing about this app is that if you go to “Browse” and get to the section called “Running” on your phone, click it, select a type of music within “Running” and the app will adjust the songs you hear to the pace that you are actually running. I have used this at the gym countless of times and I highly recommend it!
So, load up those apps and get running!