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Runkeeper an app Review

Updated on July 10, 2013

A while back I saw a video on youtube for the new nikefuel band, and at the moment never gave it a second thought. The other day I was on twitter and since I follow Nike I was getting tweets about the band so I thought to check it out. I don't want to get your hopes up, seeing as the band costs some $150 and I don't have that kind of cash lying around at the moment I was turned away from the whole Nike + program. But after seeing the program I was determined to find something that would help motivate me to go out and exercise.

Finding a good alternative to Nike+ has not been easy. I spent a few hours on the google play store looking at different apps. The problem is that since apps originated on the iPhone and iPod many programs Nike+ included only run on the iOS. For now I have found what appears to be a very decent replacement, it is called Runkeeper.

My only real issue with this app is that is does not have all the glitz and glam that Nike put into their app, but what should I expect from a free app? The opening screen is very simple with a large green button welcoming you to start your activity. It does have a nice graphic depicting how fast you are moving and how long you have been in motion for.

As for the website just from looking at the Nike+ website I know that the runkeeper site is behind the times. The graphics on the website like those of the app are very simple. The best part of this app is the integration of all the other apps to keep track of your health. By adding the sleepy app, I can track my sleeping patterns and running/walking habits on a single website as opposed to before when I was using sleepbot to track my sleep and my tracks by Google for running and walking.

It is so nice today how simple it is to get motivated to go out and exercise. Within runkeeper I am able to set goals and it will track my progress towards this goal. There are also fitness classes that one can take within the app, say you want to train to run a half-marathon, or even a whole marathon runkeeper has trainers to help you get there. Right now my current goal is to walk 50 miles before the end of July. This morning I got a message from runkeeper that I am 2% of the way there.

If you are someone that needs even more a push to get out there and exercise, especially when things like Jawbone and Nike Fuelband cost upwards of $100. These apps have made working out fun. Something that we could all use to make us more active.


Update:

Within the past month or so runkeeper has announced that they have joined together with gympact (the app that pays you for going to the gym). This means that if you are a regular runner or attempting to become a regular runner runkeeper has become much more worth your while. All one has to do is run or walk with the runkeeper GPS app running on your phone or iPod and gympact will credit you for "going to the gym"! I find this a very big improvement on the already brilliant app because since I do not have a gym membership but am a frequent runner I and many like myself have not been able to take advantage of this incredible app. Hopefully i will be writing a review of the gympact app in the very near future when my schedule opens up again to more time for writing.

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