Three Necessary Android Applications For Runners

by Android Tips on October 31, 2013

One of the best and easiest forms of cardiovascular exercise, running has long been both an enjoyable activity and a necessity. In the past, hunters, gatherers and foragers had to be able to run in order to beat others to a great location from which to hunt, fish or gather. There was also the need to outrun potential predators and animals that would seek to maim or kill said runners. Fortunately, our modern civilization has adjusted and the need to run is no longer one based on survival, but rather health. There are plenty of forms of technology that offer advantages and improvements to our daily lives, but mobile applications are definitely at the top of the list. In the following article, we will analyze three of these apps for Android and explain why each one is a great choice when you go out for a run or jog.

Nike+ Running

When you go out for a run, wouldn’t it be nice to have an app that keeps track of your performance and measures it over time? The Nike+ Running app for Android does just that, and can be a great way to always be in the know about your running progress. Not only can you measure the distance that you traverse, the time you have spent running and the overall speed at which you ran, but you can also see your lifetime running stats, view your path via GPS functionality and even join groups within the app with family and friends. Available on Google Play, the Nike+ Running app is a free download and requires no special equipment to use – simply load it up on your Android phone, begin your trek and let it do the rest of the work. You can also enjoy MP3s piped in via the application and keep track of your stats via a home screen widget even when you are not running.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nike.plusgps

Orthopedics Dictionary

A runner needs to be aware of the potential problems that can arise with his or her feet after years of otherwise healthy cardiovascular activity. The Orthopedics Dictionary app for Android devices can help users understand more about their feet and joints. It includes hundreds of terms, interactive models and videos that show the potential deterioration that you may experience in your feet and joints if you do not use proper footwear and form. This application can be downloaded for free and can be found on Google Play.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.focusmedica.md.orthopedics

Happy Feet

Proper footwear will ensure support in your feet, legs and lower back, but you may also want to invest in a set of inserts to add even more comfort and support. The Happy Feet app for Android allows users to compare a variety of Happy Feet custom inserts that can help you mitigate the risks that long-term runners faces vis a vis joint, bone and muscle issues. Available via Android for free, this application can be used to shop for customized inserts, hear success stories from satisfied customers and watch videos that show the benefits offered by these products.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.happyfeet.app

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This guest post is by Nathan Skinner, a sales executive at Walk’N Comfort which is a well-known orthopedic shoe store in Toronto. He is a passionate blogger and likes to share his thoughts on latest mobile apps. Watching movies is his favorite pastime. Click here to know more.

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