Apps to use when running or walking outside during c-19

By Get Active, in partnership with the Sport Tech Hub

While many households choose to #StayInWorkOut during the covid-19 outbreak , government guidelines suggest that you can go outside for one form of exercise, such as walking or running – individually or with members of your household. 

Going outside to get some fresh air and get active can benefit your mental wellbeing, though it is advised that you always follow the official advice on social distancing if you are going outside. 

Working in partnership with the Sport Tech Hub, we have compiled a range of free/freemium applications that can be used when you are walking or running outside – from AI tracking to running an errand for a neighbour, these technological solutions will help to keep you active! 

Image taken from the TrainAsONE website.

TrainAsONE

The TrainAsONE AI (artificial intelligence) powered training app constantly adjusts your training plan according to you, your data and your goals.

Whatever the distance and target, be it completing your first 5k or podiuming an extreme ultra, TrainAsONE will work for you!

What do we like about this app? 

This app is great for beginners and expert runners – the custom plans really help to keep you motivated. Plus, TrainAsONE automatically adjusts for any missed or off-plan workouts, so if you’ve skipped a day (or three), it helps to you get back on track!

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Their unique adaptive Couch to 5k planning is now completely free.  For all other training, they have both free and paid options, with a 21 day free trial of all features for all new users.

Sign up on their website

Pace to Race

Pace to Race is a running app featuring an AI (artificial intelligence) running coach and virtual pacer that guides you to perfectly pace every run in real-time to help you achieve your goals. 

The app is fully customisable to your preferences, including km/miles and distance or time-frequency. Pace to Race also provides detailed post-run analysis with detailed charts on your pace, splits, elevation and distance. 

What do we like about this app? 
If you set-off too fast and run out of steam before the end of a run or race, this is the app for you. Pace to Race’s virtual buddy and pacer also adds an element of competition – especially if you’re one for wanting to beat the clock – pushing you to make new personal bests. 
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14 Day free trial to premium features. Access many features with the ‘free’ running mode, or upgrade to premium for more.

Image taken from the Pace to Race website

Image taken from the Running Heroes website.

Sport Heroes

Sport Heroes helps you to stay motivated with a daily dose of inspiration, weekly challenges and opportunities to unlock exclusive rewards from top brands like adidas and Under Armour.  

What do we like about this app?

The challenges help you to mix up your training or workouts, and a chance to also win some freebies; regardless of your fitness level or pace, each mile earns you points! In light of covid-19, you can now log indoor activities too!

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Free website and app that rewards you for running, with exclusive discounts and prizes.

Download for iPhone

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Run An Errand, by Active Things

Run An Errand help walkers, runners and cyclists to run an errand for those most at risk of coronavirus, including elderly people who have been advised to socially distance for up to 12 weeks. 

Safeguarding advice is also provided to those running an errand. 

What do we like about this app?

This app harnesses the power of volunteering! Little acts of kindness are important, now more than ever, and they go a long way in times of crisis. Running an errand (while you’re already running) will have a huge benefit to all parties involved. 

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Both giving and receiving an errand is free. It’s done by volunteers who want to run or ride their bikes whilst helping those most at risk. If the errand involves buying something, payment is coordinated between the runner/rider and the recipient with social distancing and safeguarding guidance.

Sign up on their website

Screen capture from the Active Things website.

Image taken from the Runnin’City website.

Runnin’City

Runnin’City is a smartphone app that allows you to discover over 200 cities around the world while running (or walking). You will also find it very hard to get lost with this app!  Runnin’City displays the route and provides directions to keep you on your way. 

New routes, points of interest and fun facts are added each week to keep you engaged during your activity.

What do we like about this app? 

The app will give you a daily does of culture! The audio guide tells you all you need to know about the city you are walking or running in – a great feature post covid-19 and if you are touring cities around the world. 

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Free to use app to help people discover new routes and explore their city.

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Go Jauntly 

Go Jauntly is an award-winning walking and way-finding app to help you discover walking guides, tours, nature and city trails to bring you extra happiness outdoors!

The app also points out nifty tips, such as things of interest and places to eat nearby. 

 

What do we like about this app?

We all know that walking outside in nature has a whole host of mental and physical benefits for you; with Go Jauntly, you can contribute to a community of fellow explorers/walkers by creating and documenting your own route with photos and detailing facts that other people may find useful or interesting. 

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If you require a free premium subscription to download their walking trails offline or to enjoy local premium walks, get in touch via their email

Download for iPhone 

Download for Android

Image taken from the Go Jauntly website.

Image taken from the Street Tag’s Twitter Account

Street Tag 

Street Tag reward physical activities such as walking, running, cycling and online fitness classes with prizes.

Virtual tags are placed on walking routes and areas with green space to encourage physical activities. Once you are near a tag you will receive the points which help your family/team to move up on the Leaderboard. 

What do we like about this app? 

This Monopoly-style virtual reality app encourages families and friends to get active in their community. The ‘Community Leaderboard’ promotes healthy competition and offers exciting prizes for winners! 

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Their app is free to use and in light of the covid-19 outbreak, families and individuals can earn Street Tag points and win prizes by being physically active at home.

Download for Android

Sweatcoin

Sweatcoin want a healthier you and a healthier planet. They achieve this by converting your recorded step count into a virtual currency. Using this app, you can spend sweatcoins on cool products and services, ranging from high-tech shoes to Apple Watches. 

What do we like about this app?

The higher the levels of activity, the higher your income – it’s as simple as that! 

Even better, Sweatcoin also allows you to use your sweatcoins to donate them to environmental, humanitarian and animal preservation charities via their crowdfunding function. 

 

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A free to download mobile app that rewards your healthy behaviours.

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Further resources 

If you would like to find out more about other technological solutions to help you with activities such as applications for women’s fitness, exercising with health conditions and more, check out the Active At Home database, here

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How can you help people stay active? 

The Sport Tech Hub have been working with health, sport and fitness industry leaders to collate a range of technological solutions to help people keep active during the coronavirus pandemic.  

If you would like you add your tech product to the database, click here