Running is one of the most popular methods of exercise in the world. Effective and free of charge, you can practically squeeze in a running workout anywhere you are, and with minimal equipment. Yet, we can’t deny that next-generation fitness apps have made sticking to workout regimens, like running, much more convenient and enjoyable. If you’re interested in using a running app to boost your workout, check out these three options for iOS and Android users.
Great for beginners, Pacer is a free app that basically functions as a pedometer. It’s an excellent choice for anyone looking for a tool that will help them move more every day, and from there, track their progress with running and walking. Join group challenges to stay motivated, or check out one of their many exercise plans, which are tailored to runners of all experience levels. Last, but certainly not least, Pacer can also connect and feed info to your Fitbit or MyFitnessPal accounts.
Three dollars is all you need to access the full features of this app, which – as the name suggests – encourages its users to go from a sedentary lifestyle to running a 5K. Use this app, and you’ll be guided through three 30-minute workouts every week for nine weeks, all while the app tracks your personal progress. Then, your routine will cultivate with a 5K (or 3.1 miles) challenge. Once you’ve conquered the 5K, up the ante with app creator Active.com’s other programs for a 10K and half marathon.
Nike+ Run Club
If you’ve mastered the basics of running and want to hop on what is arguably the world’s most popular running app, download Nike+ Run Club. Nike+ Run Club, or NRC, offers guided runs, free training programs, and plenty of other features, like challenging workouts and the ability to keep track of progress or compete with friends also using the app. They also offer athlete-guided routines, Spotify playlists perfect for keeping pace, and more.
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