Just the thought of getting out of the house for a workout is tough enough, which is why we need all the help and motivation we can get. Why not try switching up your ear candy from the usual playlist to one of these apps that keep your sessions fun and entertaining?
- Strava: Run, Ride, Swim (iOS) / Strava tracker: Record running, cycling & swimming(Android)
If you are a cycling enthusiast, this app is a must-have on your smartphone. Strava Cycling tracks every detail of your ride, including: speed, distance, elevation, duration and calories burnt. After a ride, the app will display this data in a handy chart so you can refer to your progress. What sets this app apart from the other cycling apps is how social it is. It not only allows you to share your ride directly onto social media, but also browse other riders’ profiles on the fly to discover new routes around your city.
Pros: This app has a comprehensive overview of your ride with a simple user interface.
Cons: The app has to be running and connected to your service provider at all times during the ride. If you are riding for a long distance, this may deplete your battery power.
Best for: Bicycle riding enthusiasts who like to keep tabs on their progress.
- Nike Run Club
Aside from mapping your runs, tracking your progress and motivating you along the way, the Nike+ Running app allows you to set the type of activity you are performing, the type of shoes you are wearing and the terrain that you are running on. That way, it provides a more accurate feedback on your distance, pacing, timing and calories burnt. The app will even give you audio feedback as you run, allowing you to keep track of your timing without checking the phone every 100 metres. A truly helpful running partner indeed!
Pros: Adjusts your stats according to the terrain and the type of running shoes you own.
Cons: Not suitable for other physical activities as this app is designed solely for runners.
Best for: People who need a beautiful, straightforward app to track their runs.
- Zombies, Run!
Now here’s a running app with a deadly twist – literally! Instead of tracking your run, this app integrates a gaming element to the entire workout experience. You start by putting on your headphones before the run, and the story and gaming instructions will be fed into your ears. After that, simply start running in the real world while the virtual zombies start chasing you. The best part is that the longer and further you run in real life, the more medicine, ammunition, batteries and spare parts you will collect within the game to build your fortress against zombies. So run for your life!
Pros: Addictive gaming element that will keep you running all the time.
Cons: Users need to upgrade to the Pro Membership access all full app.
Best for: Runners who are looking to inject fun to their routine.
As you can see, donning your exercise outfit and going for a workout doesn’t have to be a chore after all. In fact, with some of these apps on hand, exercising can be a whole lot of fun. The next time you head out of your front door for a jog or a bike ride, try one of these apps out and see how they can make positive changes to your life!