Apps that will help you get moving — and keep you moving
Running, for many of us, is hard work. Maybe it's a motivation thing. Maybe it's physical thing. Whatever. It's exercise, and exercise is a pain.
Apps make it better. As part of Mobile Nations Fitness Month — MobileFit, we're calling it — we're looking at apps that can help you grind through an exercise. Or, actually, apps that will get you up and moving in the first place And that's OK — we could all use some help.
Today we're looking at some of the best running apps for Android. And we've got a few different kids of apps here. Some are more of the hard-core variety, for folks used to exercise and who may be looking to increase and improve the way they do things. Others are more basic — simply tracking steps or basic movement. There's a place for all of these, as one may lead to another.
Can't go wrong with Runkeeper. It lets you sign in with your Google account, which is always a good thing. You get proper tracking of your workout, the ability to chose from a number of training plans (lose weight, train for a race, just get started, etc.) and has various levels for all sorts of exercises. You get audible notifications (as any app should do), and you can add friends for accountability and fun. The app is nice designed, easy to use and has pro upgrades (through an in-app purchase) that opens up more sharing features. Will connect with a FitBit and ANT+ heart-rate monitors.
Download: Runkeeper (free)