I have been introduced to some pretty cool apps on my iPhone recently that have honestly been making my life easier. For those of you who are also new to the app scene, I decided to do a mini series of posts and let you know about a few of my favorites.
Today's featured app is for runners. I may or may not be slightly obsessed with tracking my workouts. I literally used to drive my car around to find a perfect route or to see how far I ran. So, discovering the lovely world of free running apps was a blessing to me.
The built-in GPS allows you to track your run (or walk if you prefer) no matter where you are. Whether it be on trails, neighborhood sidewalks, or dirt roads. Whether you want an actual Google Map of your route, a calendar showing off the days you worked out, or to share your workouts with your friends on social media - there's an app for that :)
The Nike+ GPS app was the first one I tried. It maps out your run using the built-in GPS. This means no matter where you go, it can keep track of your pace, distance, calories burned, and map out the route you have completed. I like that the display is easy to read — I can quickly glance down and know how many calories I've burned, or tap the screen to see a map of how far I've gone. There are three workout settings to choose from: Basic (run with no set time or distance), Time (run against the clock), or Distance (run a certain mileage). This app is also compatible with your iTunes library, so it is easy to choose a playlist before you begin your workout.
If you've used the MapMyRun website before, you'll be happy to know they have a free app for your phone. It can sync with your MapMyRun online account, so you can automatically upload your workout info. During your run, it records your time, speed, distance. If you use a compatible heart rate monitor, it can also keep track of your heart rate. If you tap "Map," you can actually watch yourself (a little blue dot) travel along the road map, so it's great if you're running in a new area.
This is the newest one I have been using and so far, I really like it (although I do like all 3). One of the best things about this app is that it has just about every feature out there. The main features include GPS tracking, Measurement of distance, time, speed, pace, calorie consumption, map view, social media sharing, and more. Another cool thing is that it supports a long list of activities, not just running!
There you have it, a few a my favorite apps for tracking running and other exercises. Do you have a favorite exercise tracking app? If so, I want to hear about it!