When we say smartphone most people will probably not think about sport and exercise. It is more likely that someone connects a smartphone with being lazy, a lack of exercise, not moving much, etc. Smartphones are being improved every day, new sensors and possibilities are being added and these technological improvements can be put to good use when it comes to exercising your body and maintaining healthy life habits. We recommend you to try using your smartphone as a motivation to exercise if you plan on starting or to make training more interesting and challenging if you are already doing sports. There are a lot of fitness and exercise applications out there. The best way to find the best one for you is to do a research and find the one that suits you best. Some of them are specialized for one type of activity, while a great deal of them supports a large number of activities. Whether you are walking, running, cycling, swimming, going to the gym, etc, you will find an app for yourself. GPS sensor in your smartphone is used to calculate the progress of your activity and track your movement on a map. Most of the apps have social options and integration with social networks where activities and result are shared. There are options to compare your results with other users or your friends and let people know about the progress of your training. Some apps are available for more than one operating system, while others are available only for the Android, iOS and/or Windows Phone phones. There are a lot of “Top 10 reviews” of fitness and exercise apps on the internet, you will find them helpful. We will mention a few of the most popular apps here.
Endomondo Sports Tracker is without doubt one of the most popular fitness apps on the market with many users all over the world. It packs a ton of features besides the usual ones such as time and distance. It also boasts an audio coach whose role is to provide motivation to keep going when it becomes difficult. You can compete with your friends and other users and there are challenges with valuable prizes every month.
MapMyRide is another popular fitness app. One of its cool features is audio alert which is telling you about the progress of your activity, distance and time, etc. By using the app, users can unlock different achievements and see their ranking on a number of leaderboards in different categories. You can choose from more than 600 activities. MapMyRide can track your weight and diet and it also provides nutrition and food tracking information.
Strava is becoming more and more popular every day with its unique features. One of the most popular features of Strava is the ability to make segments of your activity. When someone else passes the same segment when, for example, cycling, his or her time will be added to the table and so on for every user who passes the segment. The same thing happens when you pass through other user’s segments. It is interesting to see people competing to be the fastest on certain segment, especially on the ones which include a steep uphill or other interesting challenge.
Grab your smartphone, download a few fitness and exercise apps and try them out as soon as possible on different activities. You will love them as they will make your activity more interesting and challenges will motivate you to do better and achieve better results. Afterward, share your results and motivate your friends to do the same.