7 Great Running and Cardio Apps

By admin
July 11, 2014

Looking for a new app to help keep your workout on track? Check out the following running and cardio apps cited by Greatest.com in partnership with Whithings as standouts in the app market. To meet the criteria for selection for this list the apps had to meet the following standards:

• Is it highly rated?

• Does it offer something totally unique?

• Is it user-friendly?

• Is it reliable and not buggy?

• Can it continue to grow and innovate?

Boston Marathon World Run

What It Is: Regardless of ability or location, this app allows runners to get involved in the 2014 Boston Marathon community by pledging to run, walk, or wheel any distance over any period of time.

Why It’s Cool: Runners can pledge a distance, share photos, and interact with current Boston Marathon elite athletes while receiving digital incentives like a printable bib number, finisher’s certificate, and Facebook medal. Best of all, this app allows users to donate to One Fund Boston.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Nike+ Running

What It Is: Track distance, pace, time, and calories burned – then share those stats with friends. The app also now offers the guidance of a coach to motivate you to reach new goals.

Why It’s Cool: The app comes equipped with training programs, coaching tips, and daily workouts to get you 5K-, 10K-, half-marathon-, or marathon- race-ready. It also sends a daily motivational reminder to lace up and hit the pavement.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

PUMATRAC

What It Is: Track distance, pace, and calories burned while analyzing your personal behaviors so you can learn how to get the most out of a workout.

Why It’s Cool: PUMATRAC gives an absurd amount of insight into each run. There’s even a feature that tells you which days of the week you typically run your personal best, how weather can impact your personal calorie burn, and what tunes get your feet moving fastest.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

RunKeeper

What It Is: This app puts all your running stats (pace, distance, and time) at your fingertips in a bold format perfect for eyes “on the run.” It also organizes the data into neat charts so you can track your progress during your cooldown walk.

Why It’s Cool: Not only does RunKeeper track your running stats, but it also keeps track of the awe-inspiring sites along your running route by letting you share snapshots with friends. RunKeeper’s GPS can log walks, bike rides, hikes, and more.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS and Android.

Runtastic Pro

What It Is: This live-tracking running app is equipped with uplifting song features that act as surprising motivation when you least expect it (but need it most).

Why It’s Cool: Story Running! The latest version of Runtastic Pro lets you choose an audio story from a variety of genres written specifically to motivate runners. When the tension builds, so does your speed.

Cost: $4.99. Available for iOS and Android.

Spring/Spring Moves

What It Is: Founded in science, this music app operates on rhythm-based movement, pulling tracks for your personal playlist while tracking your run.

Why It’s Cool: You get the GPS and the distance, time, and calorie tracking, but you also get a playlist customized just for you based on your running rhythm! No more worrying about picking the perfect songs. Research confirms that listening to music can amp up our power and endurance during a workout.

Cost: Free. Available for iOS.

Zombies, Run! 2

What It Is: The story continues. The zombie apocalypse is still raging and this app is tracking your run, which just so happens to double as a mission to save the human race. The further and faster you go, the more supplies you collect in this game-based app.

Why It’s Cool: The app has added 100-plus more missions, along with a Zombie Chase interval training program.

Cost: $3.99. Available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

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