10 Best Running Apps 2017

10 Best Running Apps For iPhone And Android in 2017

Running is considered to be one of the best workout routines to stay fit. Though, it has other benefits as well. It not only helps people maintain health and immunity, but also boosts confidence, triggers weight loss while also eliminating stress and depression.

In this era of smartphones and applications, where everything can be accessed with just a click. App developers have made several apps to guide you and monitor your health. If you are an avid runner and love to track your health and progress over time, you can have a look at some of the best apps listed for running.

Best Running Apps for Android & iPhone  2017:-

1. Strava

strava app for running and monitoring

Strava is one of the best apps for running and monitoring your performance over time. You can track your performance and set your personal records.

Unlike other applications, it doesn’t focus on weight losing goals. Strava is for professional runners who focus more on improving their interval timing and pace distribution.

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Features of Strava :

  • Get key stats like distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burnt, as well as an interactive map of your activity, during and after activity
  • Follow friends, training buddies to view each other’s activities and encourage them and send comments.
  • It also allows you to share activity details on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • It showcases the best moments of your run or ride.
  • It works with almost all GPS running watches, cycling computers and activity trackers.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • You get a detailed observation of activities performed.
  • You can set personal records and compete with your friends.
  • Follow pro from all over the world and join challenges with them.

Cons

  • You don’t have full control on what should be shared.
  • Some of the good features are limited to paid premium version.
  • The membership is very expensive

Get it on Android and iOS

2. Runtastic

runtastic running app

Runtastic is a good running app and it is free. It is not just a running app, it has more to it. It can track running, jogging, biking & walking. It can track distance, time, speed, elevation, calories burnt and more.

Features:

  • This app has a built-in coach which trains you to attain the goals that seems unachievable.
  • It not only tracks all the fitness activities in real-time, but also maintains a detailed log of all your workouts, which encourages you to compete with yourselves and track your progress.
  • One of the best feature of the app, it shows weather, temperature and sunset/sunrise information to help you pick tracks and schedule training sessions accordingly.
  • It has Running Leaderboard: to see where you and your friends stand.
  • It has Powersong ( music player which helps you to enjoy and stay focused while running) and Live tracking and Cheering (Upload photos, share location and send/receive thumbs up from your friends in real-time)and more.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Real-time tracking of your fitness activities.
  • Live Tracking & Cheering is a good feature to stay connected to your buddies and compete with them
  • Addition of Powersong, an integrated music player boosts your performance.

Cons

  • The Pro version is expensive
  • Don’t have complete access on Wearables.

Get it on Android and iOS

See Also: 10 Best GPS Tracking Apps For Android 2017

3. Nike+ Run Club

Nike+ best running app

The Nike+ Run Club App is one of the best running app. It tracks your run and helps you reach your goals.

Features –

  • Doesn’t matter, what is your track, trail, treadmill, or streets, MotionX® ‘combines your phone’s GPS and accelerometer and provides accurate tracking of your distance, pace and time. Measure your progress every mile with in-run audio feedback.
  • Compete with your friends and try and top the leadership charts, as healthy competition is the perfect motivation.
  • Looking for a coach and your goal is to run 5K or Marathon. Nike+ Run Club Coach provides you with a training program, coaching expertise and daily workouts to get you race ready.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Detailed logs that helps you identify the pace and distance covered.
  • Provides motivation through music and an online community
  • It is free.

Cons

  • Some users have claimed the GPS mapping is inaccurate.

Get it on Android and iOS

4. RUNKEEPER

runkeeper app for tracking

RunKeeper, yet another best application when it comes to running. Track your fitness regime, stay focused, set goals, sweat, and see your progress.

 Features –

  • It accurately tracks the distance covered, pace used.
  • Track your workouts – running, jogging, biking, any activity really. With GPS, you’ll get a real time view for your training.
  • A motivating voice that can be customized to stimulate your pace, distance, and time
  • Personalized routines to fit into person’s busy schedule with helpful reminders, just in case.
  • Participate and challenge yourself, get exercise rewards, and share procurement with your friends

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Accurate tracking whether it is calorie intake or pace, distance, steps taken.
  • Maintain detailed workout history and share your progress with friends

Cons

  • Paid version is expensive.
  • Sends you notification to upgrade to Pro every now and then.

Get it on Android and iOS

5. MapMyRun

mapmyrun running app

MapMyRun is also good app for running and tracking your fitness regime. Track and map over 600 types of workouts including running, walking, cycling, gym workouts & more.

Features –

  • After every GPS-tracked run, you will get audio feedback for stats like pace, route, distance, calories, and elevation.
  • Enlist your running shoes and track mileage with Gear Tracker and it will notify when it’s time to get a new pair of shoes to avoid injuries.
  • With Routes, you can find places to run, save your favorite ones, add new paths, and share them with others.
  • The app lets you sync with your data with fitness apps & devices like Apple Watch, Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, Withings, Android Wear, Google Fit.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Best for almost all the fitness activities.
  • Maintain detailed workout history and share your progress with friends

Cons

  • Too many pop-up ads makes it irritating.
  • Many of the good features are added to paid version.

Get it on Android and iOS

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6. RockMyRun

rockmyrun best tracking app

Running with all your concentration, but have to stop just because the track played is not of your choice. With RockMyRun, you will not face this issue.

Features:

  • Just as the name suggests, it plays motivational tracks to enhance your performance.
  • Unlike other apps, the app has especially selected and seamlessly blended music, to create a unique workout experience
  • Choose any genre: Pop, Rock, Hip-hop/Rap, House, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, 80’s, 90’s, Oldies, Christian, R&B, Latin, Reggae, Seasonal, Country, Bmore, Classical.
  • It works well with all the other fitness app, while the fitness app tracks your progress, this app lifts your mood and motivates while training.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Motivation enhancer
  • Workout mixes from some of the most talented DJs like David Guetta, Afrojack and more.
  • Body Driven Music adjusts music tempo to match your steps.

Cons

  • Paid version is expensive.
  • Limited access to the features in free version.

Get it on Android and iOS

7. RunGo

RunGo top running app

Running on a track, lost your path, don’t worry, RunGo is an app which not only tracks your fitness regime but also gives turn-by-turn voice directions, so that you concentrate on running only.

Features:

  • Along with keeping track of Time, Distance, Elevation, and Calories Stats, it has real-time voice navigation to suggest the best routes.
  • Once Routes are downloaded, it can work Offline.
  • Audio feedback of your distance and pace after every run.
  • No need to sign in if you don’t want, just download and go for run.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Real-time voice navigation keeps you on track and concentrate on your run.
  • Stores your fitness statistics locally.
  • Once the route is downloaded, can work offline, therefore saves mobile data and battery of your phone.

Cons

  • No integrated support for music

Get it on Android and iOS

8. Endomondo

endomondo fitness app

Simple and user friendly interface makes Endomondo, one of the best applications for running and keeping your fitness stats.

Features:

  • It can keep a record of 40+ fitness activities which includes running, walking, cycling using GPS.
  • Keeps a track of duration, speed, distance, calories, and more on your workout summary.
  • Audio Feedback on distance travelled and pace used.
  • It can be paired with Apple watch and Fitbit and similar fitness devices.
  • Share your achievements and workouts on your favorite social networks Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Clear and simple interface makes it easy to use.
  • Keeps track of fitness regimes, calories etc accurately
  • Commit to fitness goals and let your friends motivate you

Cons

  • Pricey for monthly Premium subscription. No special twist or features

Get it on Android and iOS

9. Running for Weight Loss

running for weight loss app

The only app especially designed for Weight Loss, so all you out there, who want to lose weight and maintain your fitness, Running for Weight Loss is for you.

Features:

  • Unique interval plans of running, walking and sprint intervals for maximum calorie burning.
  • Six training programs available with a total duration of 48 weeks with three levels of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced;
  • Keep records of every workout and track your overall progress.
  • 1000+ mixes from talented DJs to listen while working out to improve your results.
  • As diet plays an important role while losing weight, the app also offers a rigorous diet plan.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Advanced training with audio coach.
  • Diet plan to maximize the effect of your workout.

Cons

  • Has a negative effect on battery of your phone.

Get it on Android and iOS

10. PumaTrac

Pumatrac best fitness app

One of the simplest and unique running application, PumaTrac is available for iPhone and Android phones with user friendly interface.

Features:

  • The app’s simple yet advanced functionality motivates the runners to get the best of the workout and also provides insights of the weather conditions to plan accordingly.
  • It also has an in-built Social Leaderboard that connects you with runners around you, and let you be a part of the local running community.
  • While travelling, the GPS locator indicates the best running routes in the current city.
  • Finally, when you are done, PUMATRAC will display your score, distance, personal insights, and weather/time conditions.

We have also listed some of the pros and cons of the app:

Pros

  • Simple and clutter free interface
  • Inbuilt integration with iTunes and Spotify library
  • Connects you with the runners in your neighbourhood.

Cons

  • Has a negative effect on battery of your phone.
  • It doesn’t provides you with privacy as it shares stats with others.

Get it on Android and iOS

Everyone in the world should take time from their busy schedules and indulge into a fitness activity to stay clean and fit. And if you have decided to do so, you can download the apps from this list.

Srishti Sisodia

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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