Need an extra push while getting started with your running plan? These mobile running apps are the best options for taking your fitness goals on the go and easily making your workouts a part of your daily life. Track your progress and share it with friends by using these helpful mobile apps.
This free running app is perfect for beginners, and it can be integrated into several activities, like walking, hiking, or biking. Available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and Windows, Runtastic is designed to keep you informed of your progress, from average miles per hour (mph) to calories burned. One particularly fun feature of this app is the live cheering function, which enables your friends to monitor your real-time progress and show their support. You can even send them a photo of your activity and inspire them to get off the couch!
But Runtastic isn’t just great during a run. Afterwards, the data collected from your runs can be optimized to plan better future workouts. Onboard GPS mapping tracks your route and elevation and saves it for future use. This app is perfect for a beginner who’s testing different tracking solutions. See what you like and what you don’t like, and decide if you want to pay for more features in a more advanced application or GPS Running Watch.
Finally, an all-in-one app that manages your diet, fitness, and goals. DailyBurn Tracker has been featured on ABC, CNET, and the NY Times as one of the most integrated applications for healthy lifestyles. Your data is synced from your iPhone or Android device to your computer at home as you go, with no extra hassle.
DailyBurn combines training plans with food and calorie tracking. You can also get tips on how to cool down or what to eat for a healthy post-run meal. It even allows you to scan UPC barcodes for quick food logging and create custom diet goals to go along with your running plan. This app is backed by an online fitness community and is frequently updated with the latest fitness news and tips.
Winner of the Best Running App in 2012 by the readers of About.com, Map My Run has helped walkers, joggers, and runners on their journey to full-body fitness. Tracking your pace, distance, and caloric intake is easier with audio alerts for scheduled runs and stop times. Set a goal and, once you’ve reached it, the app will let you know.
Available for download on iPhone and Android devices, Map My Run can get you off the couch to start a regular routine or it can help you train for your first 5K. Go online and create your route or discover pre-tracked routes in your area, along with running groups and related events. Once you’ve become more experienced, upgrade to the MVP package. Sign up through Facebook and share your progress with your friends!
This app is great for monitoring calorie consumption and exercise. It also has an excellent mobile interface that allows you to easily record meals while you’re eating (or right after, if you’re eating with others).
Some days you have a run mix all queued up, and others days you need some help. Rock My Run is an excellent app that matches the beat to your pace (and sometimes a little faster to push you more). I highly recommend taking this app out for a spin – you’ll be surprised at what a positive difference music set to your pace can make on your runs!
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, a complete training program for runners. Steve is a RRCA / USA Track and Field Certified Running Coach.