If you’re like many Americans under self-quarantine during this time of coronavirus, you are probably looking for opportunities to get out of the house. With gym’s across America temporarily closed, now is the perfect opportunity to pick up running as your new fitness activity. It’s free, easy to start, and you can set your own pace. Plus, it gets you out of the house! And with advances in modern technology you will always have electronic support systems in place. That’s why I’d like to share with you the 9 best running apps for 2020.
There’s no excuse not to download at least one of these running apps. Developers have created an application for just about every type of runner. No matter what category you fall under you can use this list of running apps to create a cardio workout that’s best for you and your needs.
5k Runner: Couch to 5k Trainer (iPhone, Apple Watch, Google Pixel, Android)
5k Runner is ranked on many “best of” lists as one of the better running apps for beginners. It tracks your running, gives you a pace to strive for, and more. Training is typically completed in 8 weeks for a 5k, but it also gives you the option to train for a 10k or half marathon. Other features include time and distance tracking, integration with music, and heart rate monitor support. My favorite part is that the app is free, but if you wish to go with “premium” features you only pay $9.99 for “lifetime access”. No pesky monthly or annual subscriptions.
Zombies, Run (iPhone, Apple Watch, Google Pixel, Android)
Do you find jogging to be monotonous and boring? It doesn’t have to be with the Zombies, Run app. It uses immersive audio to put you in the middle of a zombie apocalypse story. Each run becomes a mission to collect much needed supplies while outrunning zombie hordes. With over 200 “missions”, this is the perfect way to liven up your fitness routine.
Aaptiv (iPhone, Apple Watch, Google Pixel)
The benefits to the Aaptiv app is that it’s, well, adaptive to your needs. With over 1,000 workout videos (and 30 new workout videos added per week), Aaptiv aims to be the fitness app of choice that also includes customized music selections and training programs. Be warned, though, that Aaptiv is not free, but a 7-day trial period is available to sample.
Nike+ Run Club (iPhone, Apple Watch, Google Pixel, Android)
If you’re looking for a trainer to boost your performance and motivation, look no further. Nike+ Run Club is promoted as your “personal go-to run guide”. With over a dozen guided runs available, the Nike app is designed to help runners improve their speed, strength and endurance while maintaining a sense of fun.
Studio: HiiT Treadmill Workout (iPhone and Apple Watch only)
Let’s face it — many of us do not like to run outside. The weather can make you uncomfortable. Passing traffic can become a nuisance. Personally, I would run outside more, but the biggest obstacle is that running on a treadmill for a long period of time can soon become monotonous. The good news is that the Studio: HiiT app is here to add some variety to your indoor workout routines with inspiring instructors and prizes that you can redeem using Fitcoin. In addition, Studio HiiT offers pre-and-post workout stretch videos and outdoor run training on the go.
Map My Run by UnderArmour (iPhone, Apple Watch, Google Pixel, Android)
If encouragement from your friends and family helps to motivate, check out Map My Run. It provides “in-run support” to share your progress with friends and family on social media.
Spring Running Music (iPhone and Apple Watch only)
If music motivates, then I’ve found the running app for you. Spring Running Music syncs your footsteps to uplifting, personalized playlists to reach your fitness goals — whether that’s running your first 5k, burning more calories, or setting a personal record at your next marathon. You can try it for free for 14-days and then it’s $7.99 per month.
Adidas Running App Runtastic (iPhone and Apple Watch only)
Many running apps provide stats and running plans, but do you have an app that also provides “shoe tracking”? That’s right! Among the many features that Runtastic offers, you can also track your shoe’s mileage. You can also connect with other Adidas fans from across the globe and share your progress on their social “newsfeed”.
Google Fit (Google Pixel and FitWatch)
Many of the recommended apps are for Apple and Android users, but I wanted to provide a recommendation for those using the new Google Pixel phones and FitWatch technology. Google Fit worked with the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association to offer two unique fitness programs. Move Minutes tracks your resting activity and offers suggestions to stay active. Heart Points provide motivation for moderate activity, such as walking your dog, and double points for more intense activities like running. The best part is that Google Fit is compatible with other running apps, such as Nike+ Run Club.
Have you tried any of these apps? Did they work for you? If you’re interested in learning more about additional fitness apps, I encourage you to read the 7 Best Free Fitness Apps for last year. I’d love to hear your thoughts and progress with running at firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to subscribe below to our newsletter to receive more helpful posts straight to your inbox each Friday. Happy running!