As you may have noticed, June is Fitness Month with the Mobile Nations community. That means you will be seeing more news, reviews and roundups on fitness apps for your Windows Phone, Blackberry, iPhone, Android device and other mobile gadgets.
This week's roundup falls a little early and will be focusing on running apps for your Windows Phone. This collection of apps are among the top rated fitness apps available in the Windows Phone Store and will help track, log and digest all your running activities. Some will cover additional activities such as bicycling, hiking and other mobility activities. These Windows Phone apps will help you get into shape and help you stay in shape.
As with all our roundups, if we've missed your favorite title let us know below in the comments.
Runtastic is a feature rich personal fitness app that focuses on outdoor and indoor activities such as running, walking, hiking, biking, treadmill and more. Runtastic does require a membership (free) to take advantage of the app's activity log features and signing up is a painless process when you first launch the app.
The main pages for Runtastic includes a Home page where you can time and track your runs, a Map page that will chart your runs, a Go PRO page where you can upgrade (more on this in a second), a page listing all the other Runtastic Apps and a Music page where you can choose the source of your tunes.
When you are ready to hit the track, Runtastic will let you set your activity (running, bicycling, etc.) and your workout style (basic, intervals, training plan or Story Running). When you have things set, tap the Start bar to begin tracking your activities. Runtastic also has the ability to manually enter your workouts should you have a bad GPS signal or left your phone in your gym bag.
The Story Running workout is an interesting workout style that puts you in the middle of a storybook to motivate your workouts. The Story Running books run in the neighborhood of $.99 a book via in-app purchase.
Runtastic will track your distance, speed, duration, pace, calories burned and maps out your runs. Runs are saved in the app's history to allow you to review the details, mapping and any notes on your workouts.
While Runtastic does a nice job of covering the basics, you can also upgrade to Runtastic Pro for the low cost of $4.99. Runtastic Pro will remove the ad support and open up the following features:
- Music integration with local playlists
- Voice Feedback
- Route finder
- Live Tracking to allow you to share your progress as you run
- Interval workouts
- Heart rate monitor support
- Split Table for comparing your distance information
- Geo Tagging to let you take photos during your activities and add them to your workout history
Runtastic, the free version, offers a nice set of basic features to help monitor and motivate you through runs, bike rides, treadmill sessions or any other motion activity. Runtastic Pro simply adds another layer of icing on the cake but without a trial, you may want to try the free version first before you take the plunge on the Pro version.
- Runtastic - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x - Free - Store Link
- Runtastic Pro - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x - $4.99 - Store Link
Total C25K is a Windows Phone app that boasts that it can get you up off the couch and running a 5K in nine weeks. Short for (Total Couch to 5K app), this Windows Phone app is a bare knuckles workout app that doesn't have too many bells and whistles but does a nice job of things as is.
The main page of Total C25K lists your workout days by week. The plan is to work out three days a week with a day of rest in between workouts. Each workout will have a plan of action that involves your warm up, workout and cool down periods. When you are ready to begin the exercise, tap begin and Total C25K will guide you through the workout plan, track your activity and map your runs.
Settings for Total C25K covers turn on/off your Windows Phone location services, allowing the app to run under a lockscreen, disable the lockscreen, turn on voice cues and more. The voice cues replace sound notifications with spoken notifications during workouts.
Once you finish your workout you can review the stats of each workout as well as view a map of your run. The detailed stats include the total distance run, elevation, pace, speed, calories and a projected 5K time. If you feel the need to brag about your progress,
Total C25K will also let you share your progress on Facebook. Total C25K is a free app and comes across as an effective, no-nonsense way to get into shape. The trick is finding the motivation to take that first step.
- Total C25K - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x - Free - Store Link
Running Mate is a GPS based Windows Phone fitness app that will help you track and analyze your workouts. The user interface with Running Mate is simple and easy to navigate around while on the run.
The main pages for Running Mate include a Stats page that will display details of your last run, a History page that will list your recent runs, a Medals page that list your achievements (good for motivation) and a Menu page that lists options to start a new workout, access the app's settings, view the help pages and send feedback to the developer.
Settings with Running Mate cover:
- Establishing your profile: Height, weight, and units preference
- Application settings: GPS sensitivity, speed threshold, lockscreen settings, etc.
- Notifications: Voice feedback, custom distance notification and custom time notification
- Live Tile options: Turning on/off updates and choosing what is on the back of the Tile
To start a workout you have to options, side-swipe to that general options page and tap "new workout" or tap the "Quick Run" control button at the bottom of the main pages. The key difference between the two methods is that the "new workout" option gives you the ability to choose between running, walking, cycling or offline (treadmill) workouts and the "Quick Run" focuses on running.
While tracking your workout, Running Mate will display the time, distance speed and pace of your workout on a black screen. You can swipe up at this screen to reveal a map view of your run that will also have your stats displayed.
Once the workout is stopped, it will be saved to your history where you can review all the data and mapping recorded. Your workouts can be backed-up to OneDrive and shared over social network sites, email or text.
In just tinkering with Running Mate for a short time, it comes across as a very capable, easy to use running app for your Windows Phone. The trial version is fully functional but limited to ten workout sessions.
- Running Mate - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x - trial / $1.99 - Store Link
Endomondo is one of the older Windows Phone running apps available in the but has kept a nice pace at staying amongst the higher rated fitness apps in the Windows Phone Store.
This GPS based app will track your running, cycling, hiking, rowing, skateboarding and other movement related activities. Endomondo will track your duration, speed, distance, calories, pace and more. Along with your basic workout mode, you can set a target/goal for your workout or challenge a friend to see who can perform the best.
Endomondo's layout is simple with your activity tracking/timer on one page and a tile menu page with options to view your newsfeed, workout history, friends, map and settings. Settings are fairly basic with options to enter your height and weight, set your units of measurement and turn on/off location services, pep talk (real-time audio peps from your friends), audio coach, and lockscreen options.
Tracking your workout can be done one of two ways. First you have the main page that will display your duration, distance, pace and calories burned or you can tap the map tile and view your route as you run with the duration and distance displayed at the top of the map.
Forget your Windows Phone at home? Endomondo also has the ability to enter your workouts manually so you don't miss a step.
Endomondo does require an account (free) which will allow you to tap into the friend's network for pep talk messages, challenges and bragging rights. You can also view your profile online at Endomondo's website.
Endomondo's layout lends itself to easy access while on the run and does a good job of tracking your activities. The Windows Phone app has plenty of features and is an attractive fitness app option worth considering.
- Endomondo - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x - Free - Store Link
Caledo Runner is one of the more feature rich options available for a Windows Phone running app. For starters, key features include:
- Supports the Zephyr Hxm Bluetooth Heart Rate monitor
- Integrated with RunKeeper's HealthGraph
- Nokia Mix Radio integration
- Offline maps
- Advanced Activity Charts that show altitude and speed
- Facebook and Twitter support for sharing your activities with others
On top of all that, Caledo Runner will track your fitness activities and record detailed stats that include pace, distance, time, calories and more. Activities tracked by Caledo Runner include running, bicycling, hikes, walks, ski runs and more.
It should be noted that the heart rate monitor support, Nokia Mix Radio integration and advanced activity charts are all in-app purchases through the Caledo Store. These features do help Caledo Runner stand out from the crowd but will increase the overall cost of the app.
While feature rich, the layout of Caledo Runner is a little on the busy side but with a little use, you can get used to it. The main page has a series of tile buttons to manually enter activity, access the settings, visit the Caledo store, view your stats, view the about screen, rate the app and contact the developer.
Settings covers setting up your Runkeeper, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts, establish your profile, set your audio cues (audio progress reports on your workout), choose your music, and setup your heart rate monitor.
At the top of the main page, you will find a narrow tile button to start your activities. Tap the start tile and you can choose your activity (running, cycling, hiking, downhill skiing, etc.), choose any equipment you'll be using (treadmill, stationary bike, etc.). Once you have completed your choices, all that is left is tapping the "begin outdoor activity" button, which will prompt you to another "Start" button that will appear to begin recording your activity.
While one can easily appreciate all of Caledo's features, it is a little cumbersome to get the app to start recording. A quick start option, that would get you to your activity recording faster, would be a nice option to include in Caledo's feature set.
Without the premium features, Caledo is a solid running app for your Windows Phone. The premium features do add a lot to the app and it is nice that you can pick and choose which of these you need to improve Caledos' performance.
- Caledo Runner - Windows Phone 8 and 7.x - Free - Store Link
Track Runner is a great running app for Windows Phone enthusiasts. It's an exclusive app, only available for Windows Phone and has some really crazy GPS technology inside. It recently won a Nokia Create contest and has been slowly been growing a devout following of Windows Phone fans. It's a full featured running app, that has been made free for everyone. There's no in-app purchases or ads. Just a really nice running app.
Track Runner has all the features you'd expect in a running app. Here are some features you get with Track Runner:
- Super accurate GPS tracking
- Intelligent track and lap recognition
- Gear mileage tracker
- Live tracking and live cheering
- GPX import and export
- Live tile
- Pacer to help keep a set pace on runs
We really like Track Runner on Windows Phone and think you will too. It's free, functional and beautiful. Not much else you need in a running app.
- Track Runner - Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 - Free - Store link
First, a few quick observations on all five of these apps.
- If you are looking for a running app that lends itself to easy navigation while on the run, Endomondo, Running Mate or Track Runner may be your best options.
- If you are looking for a healthy amount of features, take a gander at Runtastic PRO or Caledo Runner but be prepared to pay for the premium features these apps offers.
- Need a more structured routine to get you into shape? Total C25K may be your cup of tea.
While each of the highlighted running apps do a commendable job, we are going to let you decide which Windows Phone app is the best of the bunch.
Just sound off below in our poll, back up your choice in the comments below and on Friday, we will tap one of these four as a Reader's Favorite. This will be format for the fitness app roundups this month with roundups of gym, diet and sleep apps to follow in the coming weeks.
We'll highlight the best apps at the end of the week. Make sure you vote to promote your favorite!