4 Smartphone Apps That Make Running More Fun

The smartphone has become more than just a call and text accessory. The modern smartphone has revolutionized the way we live and has even influenced the things we do. Modern technology has not just changed the world but it has changed how we interact with each other and how we interact with ourselves.

In one way modern technology has made us more lazy and more reliant on the easy option. We get less exercise and engage more in low-calorie-burning activities due to the easy access of things and the allure of digital entertainment.

In many ways modern technology is responsible for the unfit nature of our society. But, what if we could use that same technology to help us get healthy and fit. And, what if we could use it so that the whole process of getting fit and healthy became fun…wouldn’t that be good?

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How Modern Technology Can Help You Get Fit

If you are bored with the usual running at the track or the cardio machine training that you have been doing at the gym why not try a new approach.

Instead of using your smartphone to get some fast-food use it to have fun getting fit.

Here are some fun applications that you can download onto your shiny-new smartphone.

There are some fantastic good free workout apps. But if you want something a little more different then check out the apps below.

Let the workout begin.

Five Apps to Make Running More Fun

#1. Zombies, Run!

Zombies Run - running appCan you imagine how it feels like to run because there is a zombie gaining on you?

Now this zombie is not the slow type that someone with a walking stick could get away from – like those in The Walking Dead. These zombies are more like World War Z zombies or those from 28 days later!

They can really shift.

Zombies, Run! is a smartphone app that you can download free onto your smartphone.

It is a fun little app that can help you keep up your pace so you don’t get caught by the gaining zombie that wants to eat your brains.

It may not make you feel the way you would if a real zombie was chasing you but it is a great way to get some exercise by making your run-time a little more fun.

While you run you are chased by a virtual zombie, or at least the sound, from a zombie.

A complex story is told as you workout and you will be alerted if there are some virtual zombies nearby.

It is available for free for both Android and iOS.

#2. Nexercise

Nexercise is a free app available for iOS and Fire phone users that transforms your exercise routine into real-world rewards.

Nexercise is an app that is designed to help you meet your fitness goals by providing you with real-world incentives.

You can get rewards through points earned based on your activity. Basically you run for points. These points can be exchanged for discounts at Home Depot, Sephora, CVS, and more.

The only drawback to using Nexercise is that the discounts are only available in store that are located in the United States for now.

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You can download Nexercise for free on iOS and Fire Phone.

#3. Fitocracy

Fitocracy tags itself as a social fitness network.

Many of us are addicted to video games and social media, so the designers of Fitocracy thought they would combine the two and then twin them with fitness to help people get into shape.

The app will help you connect to a network of runners that already achieved the goal that you have set for yourself.

If you want to run your first 5K you will have no trouble connected with a member that can help you realize your goal.

This social networking has been shown to be very beneficial in the fitness world.

Fitocracy has a many very useful features that go beyond just running.

The designers have made it very easy to enter and track exercises that you perform.

The app deign makes it very easy to add exercises, reps, sets, weights, routines and even your daily weigh in.

Once you’ve completed whatever workout routine you usually do then you can also submit it to their web service.

You can use the app completely free or get additional help from a fitness expert for $1 per day.

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Fitocracy  is a free app that is available for both iOS and Android devices.

#4. BattleSuit Runner Fitness

BattleSuit Runner Fitness is another great fun running app that is story-based.

It is similar to Zombies, Run! mentioned above but with a more futuristic twist.

When you are suited up in your virtual battle gear you will not be battling the undead but instead fighting to protect Earth against alien invader scum.

You need to speed or to slow your pace when you have to activate different features on your virtual suit depending on the current predicament you find yourself in.

BattleSuite RunnerA great thing about this free app is the element of choice that has been built into the storyline.

At various points during your mission you will be given a choice.

You can either slow down your running to help guide the hostages back to safety or you can speed up your running in order to chase down those pesky aliens for immediate dispatch to the netherworld.

The results you get in-game are dependent on the choices you make during your run in the real world. This makes the app a little more interesting and interactive than the Zombies. Run! alternative.

Battlesuit Runner also includes some interesting combat situations. Your success in these alien encounters will depend on the current state of your battle suit.

You can upgrade your battle suit using iridium, the game’s currency. Iridium can be earned through the completion of missions or you can buy upgrades with real money.

The design of the app is extremely basic but this is no big deal as you will not be looking at your phone as you run. The audio-narrated missions however are fun and delivered with enough enthusiasm and reality to make an average run much more fun.

This app is available for fee eon both Android and iOS here.

Summary

Getting your daily run in has never been more fun.

You just have to get the right apps for your smartphone to do it. Exercise can be a drag but with these apps you can make running entertaining.

If you want to stay fit while enjoying every minute of your exercise regimen, go ahead and download one or more of these free apps to your smartphone and make your run more fun.