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Four Running Apps to Consider

Posted by Jeff on

While technology has been blamed for contributing to decreased physical activity, they can also have a positive impact on your health. In fact, technology tools available for your smartphone can help you achieve your running and fitness goals. Here are four apps worth your consideration:

Map My Run

Map My Run is a solid, all-around app for mapping your routes, tracking your activity and sharing info with your friends and running partners. Training workouts and plans, nutrition information and calorie counter are included, as well as distance and elevation information. Choose from pre-selected routes or map your personal favorites! Click here for details: http://www.mapmyrun.com/

Runkeeper

Runkeeper is one of the most popular and comprehensive applications available. From 5K to Marathon distance running, it provides training plans and will track your progress. The versatile app shows real-time results whether you’re walking, running or many other activities. Runkeeper makes it easy for you to set goals, follow your plan and measure results, which is a great way to stay motivated. Other features include Bluetooth connectivity, integration with music platforms and partner apps.

Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! offers a unique and entertaining take on running tracker apps. A cross between a fitness app and a video game, Zombies, Run! offers a great way to make running fun. You play as "runner 5," a character caught in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. 

Through audio narration and GPS tracking, you will uncover the mysteries of the rising dead. You'll run to find supplies, escape from zombies and help other survivors in a virtual world while you tackle your daily run. The games and story line add an interesting dimension. More details available on their website: https://zombiesrungame.com/

Couch To 5k

A more traditional running app designed to get new runners quickly up to speed, Couch To 5k aims to take you from couch potato to running five kilometers in just nine weeks of training. Training is broken into sections of running and fast walking. As your training progresses, the running intervals will increase, while the walking time slowly disappears. Couch To 5k is a favorite of new runners.

With regular use, these applications can help improve your running and show the benefits of your efforts in no time. Whatever your fitness goals, these apps are a fun way to set goals and track results. And, best of all, they're as easy to use as email. 

Apps are available from the iOS and Android store, including pro versions which often include additional features.