The Very Best Running Apps To Help You Get Back In Shape

Spring is right around the corner, and some of you probably can’t wait to get back to exercising. Well. running is one of the most popular ways of getting back into shape, and what better time to start running again than now, when winter is more or less behind us (depending on where you live, though), and Spring is knocking at our door. If you’re one of those people who loves to run, or uses running to keep in shape, but you stopped doing it over the winter, this is the time to start up again, and we’ve chosen some applications that can help you keep track of your progress. There are quite a few applications for running in the Play Store, fitness is quite popular for app developers, so that’s not exactly surprising. In the list down below, you will find a bunch of applications which are either made exclusively for runners, or feature a running aspect that can help you.

Runkeeper

Runkeeper is one of the most popular applications for running in the Play Store. This app focuses on running, but it can also track some other workouts, such as walking, jogging, or biking. The app comes with a well-designed UI, while it allows you to set goals or your workout, and it will make sure you follow them. This app can provide you with audio cues regarding your pace, distance, and time, while you can also set routes to follow prior to your workout.

Strava Training: Track Running, Cycling & Swimming

Strava is also extremely popular in the fitness community, and there’s a good reason for that, this is one of the best fitness-oriented apps out there, and it’s great for running. The design of the app is quite simple, and yet efficient, while the app will record your running and analyze it afterwards. This app also allows you to check how much calories you’ve burnt during a specific run, while you can join various communities through Strava.

Run with Map My Run

Run with Map My Run comes from MapMyFitness company, which has a number of separate fitness-oriented apps, this one happens to be oriented towards running. Audio feedback is enabled in this app as well, while you can set routes for your run. This app actually allows you to sync data with Google Fit, Wear OS, Garmin, Fitbit, and so on, which will certainly make things easier for some of you. The app is free, but a premium membership is available.

Runtastic

Runtastic belongs in that “popular” category as well, as the app has been downloaded well over 10 million times to date, according to the Play Store data. This app focuses solely on running, and in addition to audio feedback, this app allows you to analyze your training patterns. You can set yearly running goals with the app, while various fitness groups are available. Syncing with Google Fit, Garmin Connect, and so on is possible, while there are a ton of additional features available here.

Endomondo - Running & Walking

Endomondo is one of the best out there, and no matter whether you’ll use it for running or walking, it’ll get the job done. It will track your workout using GPS, and in addition to walking and running, various other sports are supported. You can sync it with various services, get audio cues, set workout goals, and various other challenges. The UI o this app is quite minimal, and navigating it is really easy, actually.

Running Distance Tracker +

Running Distance Tracker + can track your distance, pace, calories, and much more. The company claims that this is one of the most accurate running distance / time trackers in the market, and its interface is actually quite nice as well. If you prefer dark UIs, you’ll be right at home here. This app will also track how many calories you’ve spent during your workout, while it has a music player access as well.

Sportractive

Sporttractive lets you select from more than 25 indoor and outdoor activities to track, and it does a wonderful job when it comes to running. This app allows you to set personal goals for duration, distance, categories, and even interval training. Monitoring heart rate via Bluetooth is also a possibility here, while statistical post-workout analysis are also available in the app. You can check out your workout history via this app, and so many more features are included.

Start Running. Couch to 5K

Start Running. Couch to 5K is focused solely on running. This app is not as popular as some other ones from this list, as it’s much newer, but it’s a really solid application. This app offers you four levels of training sessions, while you can create custom workouts as well. Pedometer function is included, the same goes for a calorie counter. This app even allows you to customize its theme, just in case you don’t like the default one. These are only some of its features, of course.

Running to Lose Weight

Running to Lose Weight app comes with a rather self-explanatory name. The main goal of this app is to help you lose weight, and it mixes running, jogging, walking, and sprinting in order to help you do that. There are several workout levels that you can choose from, while the app will map your workout as you go. The app will also track your calories, distance, time, and pace in real time, while workout reminders are also available here, along with a ton of additional features oriented towards weight loss.

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