Even if running isn’t your favourite sport, these entertaining apps will have you lacing up and pounding the pavements in a minute.
Running is a therapeutic experience for some of us. It serves as a stress outlet and leaves you with that boost of feel-good endorphins at the end. But for others, it can be a boring affair, especially if you’ve been sticking to the treadmill or the same running route for years.
Switching your view by exploring other scenic outdoor running routes is an easy way to keep yourself motivated. But if you’re still struggling to overcome that mental barrier, download these running apps that come with missions, storylines and virtual trainers to inject some fun into your run. Who knows? You might end up surprising yourself and running farther than ever before!
If you want a fitness tracker that’s easy to use and pretty straightforward, Human is the perfect app for you. This all-in-one app tracks all your activities from running to bicycle rides and only has one goal in mind: to keep you moving for at least 30 minutes a day.
All you have to do is download the app, set up an account and take your phone everywhere you go in order to track your activity levels. Your activity data will then be tracked and you can view how active you were throughout the week through the app.
If you’ve got an Apple Watch, Human also has a watch app available.
Another fun and easy to use app, Pacer comes inclusive of a pedometer so you’re able to use it even when you’re not running.
The app’s user interface is easy to understand and operate — all you really have to do is download it and make sure you take it with you wherever you go. The app is as easy as it comes so really, if you’re looking for something no frills, this is the best app for you.
Map My Run by Under Armour
Under Armour’s offering for the fitness community online expands beyond its My Fitness Pal app. Map My Run is the brand’s comprehensive fitness tracker that tracks every aspect of a run to deliver more accurate results.
On top of tracking your running distance, the app clocks in your pace, elevation and calories burned so you know how well you’re doing. You can then sync the app with My Fitness Pal to see how your diet and fitness data work together.
Serious runners who want to up their game should consider downloading Run Coach. The app provides a tailored training approach for runners looking to compete in a marathon or any sort of competition by helping them meet their running goals based on their schedules. Besides running, the app can also coach you on drills to prevent injuries and keep your reflexes sharp.
Another great app for serious runners, iSmoothRun goes above and beyond when it comes to tracking accurate data for runners to perfect their performance.
With most of the basic tracking necessities covered, the app works to provide custom interval workouts, shoe mileage tracking as well as your heartbeat.
At the end of your training, you’re also able to export your data to track your progress over time.
Available on the App Store.
This gorgeously designed monochrome app is from sportswear brand Puma. While it can be used for running, Pumatrac can also track over 30 types of activities. You can also sync your Spotify playlists and other social media accounts with the app. Best of all, it provides you with customised workouts, much like a personal trainer.
One great thing about the app is that it provides insights into your running behaviour so you know how to improve on your runs.
Turn your outdoor runs into a game with this immersive running app, which will certainly kick boredom out of the way. As you listen to your own heart-pumping playlist, dramatic narration pours through the audio, prompting you to sprint when zombie mobs are near. With over 200 missions available and collected supplies to build your base, it’s bound to get addictive. Best part? It works anywhere – even treadmills. They’ve also got a 5k Training version with an eight-week running program designed for beginners.
Story Running by Runtastic
This podcast series within the Runtastic app puts users in interactive 40-minute runs. With a wide range of chapters to choose from, you’ll be able to go on a different adventure every time. Plus, the engaging storyline and imaginary battles behind you will motivate you to run faster and farther.
Strava is one of the many community-based running apps out there that track your location and share your routes with your friends. This injects more social fun into boring runs so that it’s more than just a workout. You’ll be able to track your progress, try your friend’s running route, and dabble in some friendly competition.
Nike Run Club
Between audio guided runs with Nike coaches and in-run cheers from friends, you’re never running alone with this app. Joining a weekly or monthly distance challenge earns you achievements after you’ve gone the distance. Plus, there are milestone badges to celebrate with along the way. We also love how you can create a Spotify Pace station that customises a running playlist according to your desired pace and music genre.
Yes, we had to include this fan favourite because of how popular it still is. Covering a distance of 2km, 5km or 10km is key to hatching various eggs collected. So what better way to do that than on a run? Head to popular spots and you might just catch a rare Pokemon along the way. The same developer recently released a similar game for Harry Potter fans, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, where you are tasked to run around, collect magical creatures and battle hostile beasts.