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If you follow me on any social media platform or read my race recaps you know that Nike+ is my running platform so it's a given that there's no way I could live without the Nike+ Running app (for iPhone); beyond that the app has always been good for any runner in my opinion and has only gotten better over the past year or so.
During a run it tracks your pace, distance, and your route similar to other running apps, however it also allows you to notify your friends/followers on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that you're headed out for a run and any likes or comments you receive will give you encouragement while you're running; this is a great motivating factor, whether you're new to running or you're headed out for that long run on a Saturday or Sunday morning.
The app has a lot of built in motivators to keep you keep going, especially through the winter:
~ there are Nike+ Running Levels - you start at yellow and the more you run the closer you are to hitting the distinguished Volt level (you have to run 15,000km to get there);
~ the app keeps track of your farthest run, longest run, and fastest times for 1k, 1 mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon, etc.,
~ and there are even trophies you can earn for running a certain milage in a month, or being active for a certain number of days in a given week, etc.
Adding friends through the app is even more motivation for anyone - you can keep track of how much they've run during the current week or month to make sure you stay at the top of the pack, or you can challenge them and try and get a win.
There is also a coach option built in for 5k, 10k, a half marathon, or full marathon; there are training plans for anyone - someone new to running, someone who wants to beat their personal record, or someone who wants to smash their personal record. When you start a training plan it allows you to put in your race date and then you've got a training calendar/plan built into your app. You'll be told which days you're running and how far you're going, you'll be given cross-training recommendations, and your recovery dates are built in.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! :)
Feel free to add me on Nike+ (username: sarabettencourt OR email: firstname.lastname@example.org)!
The Fitness Games
If you've been looking for something to get you motivated and offer a change with your workouts, this is the app you've been searching for - THE social media of fitness. Once I started using it, I found that The Fitness Games app is a one of a kind experience - it allows you to track your workouts and challenge your friends (locally or internationally) or yourself to a workout.
It's a great motivator if you don't have friends close to you that workout or friends that'll go to the gym along with you - it keeps you accountable, especially if you like winning. The pre made workouts list what exercises you need to complete, explanations of what the exercises are if you're unsure, and how long you have to complete them. Great for switching things up if you're getting bored of your current routine, or just simply unsure of what to do on your cross training days when you're a runner like myself. You earn points as you level up and can unlock/purchase additional workouts.
The app will track your workouts and even has an option for sharing that "Sweatie Selfie" with your friends once your workout is complete so you can show everyone how badly your fat is crying.
Feel free to add me so we can go head to head (username: chasing.clarity)!
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal has been an absolute life saver for me over the past year and a half, I truly don't know where I'd be without it. I started running back in 2013 to get healthy, but I knew I had to make changes with my eating habits if I truly wanted to make a lifestyle change.
When you first create a My Fitness Pal account you create a profile and from there you can set up your goals; at that point you're all set to start tracking your food and water consumed, exercise, weight, etc. This assisted me in managing what I was eating in terms of portions, but also had me reconsider a lot of the choices I was making. For example, I wanted to eat my calories rather than drink them, and didn't want to eat some chips when I could have a whole meal that would end up being less calories consumed in the end. I'm down roughly 84 pounds since this journey started and this app has been a big contributor to that - it keeps me in check and makes sure I have a balanced diet. At this point I still use the app because its become a habit, but when I'm out on vacation or don't have my phone on me I feel like I have a better idea of what I should be eating through what I've learned while using the app thus far.
There's also the option to add friends on the app and see how their progress is going, a great way to stay motivated. If you utilize the website platform (www.myfitnesspal.com) you can also access the My Fitness Pal blog where people discuss what they're struggling with and get support from others, where people post recipe suggestions, and where people share their before and afters which is great to see.
Feel free to add me on My Fitness Pal (username: sarabettencourt)!
Disclaimer: I did not recieve any compensation for publishing this post, however as a Sweat Pink Ambassador I did receive an upgraded version of The Fitness Games to review.