Apps For Running: The 5 You Should Download Now

If you lose motivation easily when jogging or just want to up your fitness levels, download one of these great apps and gain a personal trainer in your pocket.

Nike+
iOS and Android
Free

Map your runs, and track your distance, pace and time, as well as the number of calories you’ve burned through your phone’s GPS. The app motivates you through audio feedback as you run, while the Powersong function blasts your favourite songs when you need a boost. You’ll also receive positive feedback from Nike’s top athletes.

Runkeeper
iOS and Android
Free

Track your runs using your phone’s GPS, see detailed statistics for pace, distance and time, and get coaching through your headphones. View a detailed history of your workouts and get notified when you hit personal bests and milestones. You can also follow detailed plans to achieve specific fitness objectives.

Strava Run
iOS and Android
Free

Track your runs through your phone’s GPS, analyse your performance, complete monthly Challenges designed to push you further and see how you stack up against friends, locals and pros. View maps of your runs and receive audio updates. You can also measure how many calories you’ve burned and set personal records.

Map My Run
iOS and Android
Free

Find new running routes in your area, map your routes, track your activity and record what you’re eating alongside your workouts to get a fuller picture of your health. You can even check out local routes uploaded by other users. There’s also a competitive edge – the app’s leaderboard showcases top performing users. 

Couch to 5km
iOS and Android
£1.49 on iTunes and £1.30 on Google Play 

This app will get you running 5K in 9 weeks, with a step-by-step programme that starts off with walking or light jogging, and aims to gradually increase your fitness to take you from a beginner to a confident runner.

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