It’s a well-known fact that running is a very good exercise for the whole body that makes oxygen come to blood and forces blood to run quickly and flawlessly. It trains our heart making us less vulnerable to heart diseases. It makes our brain work fast and efficient giving it the O2 it needs. It brings us the pleasure hormone – dopamine. Some say that runners can sometimes reach a condition that reminds of being under the drugs – a euphoria that is accompanied by visions and who knows what else.
Enough with the science though. Everybody is also very well aware of the fact that running can be quite a drag. You know, you wake up in the morning or come home after a dreadful day at work and you just can’t motivate yourself into actually going out and starting to run. It needs a lot of a willpower sometimes to begin doing things. By the way, if you are a procrastinator, there is a myriad of apps for you to fight this 21st-century plague and boost productivity. Sweating and heavy breathing, which are indispensable parts of running for beginners, are also making us less willing to put on the trainers
Runkeeper – GPS Running(Free)
Everyone. Every run. Join the community that helps people get out the door and stick with running forever! Track exercise, set goals, sweat, and see progress along the way. Whether you’re working your way up to tracking a 5K goal or deep into marathon training, use the GPS app trusted by 50 million users and counting.
Runtastic PRO Running, Jogging, and Fitness($4.99)
Runtastic Pro is the app for tracking everything you need including running, biking, and other activities. The PRO features of this app include voice feedback during a workout, live tracking, iPod integration, a power song that you can activate for a boost, cheers and messages from friends, heart rate support, competitions, and so much more! There are several training plans available as in-app purchases varying in price based on your needs. Sync with iCloud, share your success story on Facebook or choose to save all of your workouts at www.runtastic.com
Track and map every run with MapMyRun. For every mile you go, you’ll get feedback and stats to help you improve your performance. Discover new workout routes and save or share your favorites, and get inspired to reach new running goals with a 40 million member strong community of runners
The Nike+ Running app is now the Nike+ Run Club app — Your Perfect Running Partner. Whether you’re just getting started or getting ready for another race, the Nike+ Run Club app surrounds you with everyone and everything you need to run better. With the motivation of millions of runners behind you and expert guidance around every turn, we’ll help you reach your goals—and have more fun doing it
In addition to being a top-notch running tracker, Strava Running and Cycling adds some pretty neat competitive and gamified features to the usual run-tracking recipe. The app records your running speed, distance traveled, time and course taken for both useful metrics and tracking, but combines all that with leaderboards, achievements and challenges as you race against your friends. Strava supports a variety of running trackers in addition to Android Wear and Apple Watch
iSmoothRun Pro is an extremely feature-packed running tracker app that works fantastically well on its own, or in combination with a variety of wearable devices and fitness apps and services. iSmoothRun Pro uses GPS and the iPhone’s motion sensors, effortlessly switching between the two as needed while tracking your runtime, cadence and more. Users can log and display a variety of running metrics, such as speed, distance, time and intervals. You can export data to a variety of formats and fitness services.
Sports Tracker (Free)
Once a Nokia exclusive, Sports Tracker now brings one of the first mobile sports trackers to other platforms. The app uses GPS to track your progress when running, cycling, or skiing, providing you with a map track of your exercise route, as well as average speed, estimated calories burned, heart rate (with a heart rate monitor) and other exercise metrics. You can record a workout diary and track your progress, set weekly fitness goals, and participate in optional social features. Those include sharing your exercise progress and route, following and commenting on other users and participating in weekly leaderboards.
Endomondo is a fitness app that allows you to record and track progress with just about any distance-based sporting activity, such as running and cycling. Endomondo Sports Tracker tracks duration, distance, and calories burned; it also displays your route on a map. Schedule exercises and goals, complete with feedback, from an audio coach. An added social dimension allows you to post workouts, compare progress and send and receive pep talks. Users can keep a training log and analyze their progress at the end of the day. A premium subscription includes personalized running plans, more detailed stats, and an ad-free experience.