If you are like me, you’re probably not too fond of running or jogging, but that’s where technology comes in. It makes it easier and much more fun for us to do things we don’t want to do otherwise. If you’ve got an Android phone and are looking to get in shape running or jogging, you’re pretty much set. You just need a good app to keep you on your toes and keep you motivated with stats, reports and goals.
Today we’re going to look at 4 free Android apps runners and joggers must install on their phones.
#1. RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk
RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk is one of the most popular fitness tracking apps on Android and basically uses your phone’s GPS unit to track your movement, and then takes a measure of time to calculate your total speed. The app also has widget support and allows you to track your running, jogging, walking or cycling progress on the go. Music player integration is also available and the app is also compatible with Android wear and Pebble watches for your convenience. All in all, it is the best Android app for runners at the moment.
#2. Endomondo Running Cycling Walk
Endomondo Running Cycling Walk comes in second, but is no less than RunKeeper. The app works the same way and allows you to maintain a fitness diary for tracking progress. It also lets you set goals and review your relative performance alongside using social features to share your records and try to beat those set by your friends. Voice feedback functionality is also available so you don’t have to glance at your phone during your runs. Overall, it’s a great free app and a must try for fitness fans with Android phones.
#3. Run with Map My Run
This is another one of my favourite apps and has almost all the features you’ll need. It can also track all distance-based activities like running, walking or cycling and helps you sync your workout data with other apps like MyFitnessPal and Google Fit. The free version does have ads, but it also has over 600 activities to choose from and even lets you add your running shoes to the app and track their wear and tear over time and distance used.
#4. Nike+ Running
I personally love Nike+ Running app’s user interface, and while it lacks in terms of features and stability, it is still an app worth a shot, especially if you are a fan of the brand. The Nike+ Coach and Challenges are good for motivation and the app has all the basics working just fine. The number of phones officially supported by the app are few though, so you might want to check before you install it.
While there are tons of other running apps for Android available for download on the Play Store, the ones listed above have nearly all the features you will require whether you run, walk, jog or cycle. If there are any other apps you’d like to suggest, please feel free to comment below and let us know!