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Scroll through your Facebook feed and you’ll be hard pressed not to see a growing number of friends participating in some type of running or endurance event. And why not? Signing up for your first 5km or going all the way and tackling a marathon is a great way to keep your health and fitness in check.

If the thought of getting out there and pounding the pavement is a little hard to bear at this time of year, it’s worthwhile getting online and taking advantage of the massive range of resources available to help motivate, train and track your progress.

Couch to 5K

So maybe you’re a bit out of practice, but don’t worry. You don’t need to start great, you just need to take the first step, and Couch to 5K is the perfect app to kick start your new hobby. The nine week program asks for just 30 minutes of your time, three times a week to get you ready for your first 5km race.

Available via the App Store or Google Play.

Run Keeper

As my preferred running app, I’ve used Run Keeper for as long as I can remember. It’s the perfect one-stop shop where you can track your pace, measure distance, count calories, set goals and connect to other runners from around the world… and that’s just the beginning! Don’t let the name deceive you, it’s great for tracking all your sporting activities like cycling, walking, skiing or hiking.

Available via the App Store or Google Play.

UP by Jawbone

Jawbone make some great wearable fitness gadgets and their app is just as good. It takes a lifestyle approach to achieving your goals and helps track your fitness, weight loss and sleeping patterns. Plus, you’ll receive regular personalised tips and hints for added motivation and support throughout the day. You can learn more about Jawbone’s awesome range of fitness gadgets in this article.

Available via the App Store or Google Play.

Strava 

Strava is suited to the slightly more serious runner. It’s easy to upload all your physical activity from your Garmin so you can take an in-depth look at your progress. Plus, you have the ability to watch back your race with the nifty Flyby feature. Not the most useful feature, but  good for a bit of post-race glory.

Available via the App Store or Google Play.

Fitocracy

A bit like Facebook for fitness fanatics, Fitocracy gives you points each time you run, walk or work out. Those with a competitive streak can compete against others in the Fitocracy community and work their way up the levels. It also offers all the coaching and motivation you’ll need to achieve your goals and has a neat newsfeed.

Available via the App Store or Google Play.

What are you waiting for? Lace up and start lapping everyone on the couch.

Have a favourite app we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo credit: Philo Norlund

 

Please note: nothing contained in this site is intended to be used as personal health advice. You should consult your own health professional if you have any questions about products or information on this site or any linked site.

One comment

  1. Lyn Williams says:

    Can anybody recommend an app for tracking Little Athletics Track and Field results for my son. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4. Many thanks.

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