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4 great running apps you should download before heading out this weekend!

4 great running apps you should download before heading out this weekend!

Running is considered to be one of the best workout routines to stay fit. Though, it has other benefits as well. It not only helps people maintain health and immunity, but also boosts confidence, triggers weight loss while also eliminating stress and depression.

In this era of smartphones and applications, where everything can be accessed with just a click. App developers have made several apps to guide you and monitor your health. If you are an avid runner and love to track your health and progress over time, you can have a look at some of the best apps listed for running.

1. Strava

Strava is one of the best apps for running and monitoring your performance over time. You can track your performance and set your personal records.

Unlike other applications, it doesn’t focus on weight losing goals. Strava is for professional runners who focus more on improving their interval timing and pace distribution.

Features of Strava :

  • Get key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burnt, as well as an interactive map of your activity, during and after activity
  • Follow friends, training buddies to view each other’s activities and encourage them and send comments.
  • It also allows you to share activity details on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • It showcases the best moments of your run or ride.
  • It works with almost all GPS running watches, cycling computers and activity trackers.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • You get a detailed observation of activities performed.
  • You can set personal records and compete with your friends.
  • Follow pro from all over the world and join challenges with them.

Cons

  • You don’t have full control on what should be shared.
  • Some of the good features are limited to paid premium version.
  • The membership is very expensive

Get it on Android and iOS

2. Nike+ Run Club

The Nike+ Run Club App is one of the best running app. It tracks your run and helps you reach your goals.

Features –

  • Doesn’t matter, what is your track, trail, treadmill, or streets, MotionX® ‘combines your phone’s GPS and accelerometer and provides accurate tracking of your distance, pace and time. Measure your progress every mile with in-run audio feedback.
  • Compete with your friends and try and top the leadership charts, as healthy competition is the perfect motivation.
  • Looking for a coach and your goal is to run 5K or Marathon. Nike+ Run Club Coach provides you with a training program, coaching expertise and daily workouts to get you race ready.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Detailed logs that helps you identify the pace and distance covered.
  • Provides motivation through music and an online community
  • It is free.

Cons

  • Some users have claimed the GPS mapping is inaccurate.

Get it on Android and iOS

3. Runtastic

Runtastic is a good running app and it is free. It is not just a running app, it has more to it. It can track running, jogging, biking & walking. It can track distance, time, speed, elevation, calories burnt and more.

Features:

  • This app has a built-in coach which trains you to attain the goals that seems unachievable.
  • It not only tracks all the fitness activities in real-time, but also maintains a detailed log of all your workouts, which encourages you to compete with yourselves and track your progress.
  • One of the best feature of the app, it shows weather, temperature and sunset/sunrise information to help you pick tracks and schedule training sessions accordingly.
  • It has Running Leaderboard: to see where you and your friends stand.
  • It has Powersong ( music player which helps you to enjoy and stay focused while running) and Live tracking and Cheering (Upload photos, share location and send/receive thumbs up from your friends in real-time)and more.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Real-time tracking of your fitness activities.
  • Live Tracking & Cheering is a good feature to stay connected to your buddies and compete with them
  • Addition of Powersong, an integrated music player boosts your performance.

Cons

  • The Pro version is expensive
  • Don’t have complete access on Wearables.

Get it on Android and iOS

4. RUNKEEPER

RunKeeper, yet another best application when it comes to running. Track your fitness regime, stay focused, set goals, sweat, and see your progress.

 Features –

  • It accurately tracks the distance covered, pace used.
  • Track your workouts – running, jogging, biking, any activity really. With GPS, you’ll get a real time view for your training.
  • A motivating voice that can be customized to stimulate your pace, distance, and time
  • Personalized routines to fit into person’s busy schedule with helpful reminders, just in case.
  • Participate and challenge yourself, get exercise rewards, and share procurement with your friends

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Accurate tracking whether it is calorie intake or pace, distance, steps taken.
  • Maintain detailed workout history and share your progress with friends

Cons

  • Paid version is expensive.
  • Sends you notification to upgrade to Pro every now and then.

Get it on Android and iOS

Source: https://blogs.systweak.com/2017/06/10-best-running-apps-2017/

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