- They are designed to establish a routine: those who download them do so not only to keep fit or get back in shape but also to remember to do so. Sometimes a notification is enough to remind us that it is time to dedicate time to ourselves and our well-being.
- They allow you to define the activities to perform and usually act as a guide: they usually include training programs that the user can choose or allow you to define their own and establish rules and rhythms to follow. Whether it's outdoor training, home work-outs or gym sessions, there are apps tailored to every type of goal.
- They include the possibility to track all activities: consistency in training is rewarding, so one of the fundamental objectives to keep in mind is to keep constant track of your performance. It is the logic of quantified self: the collection and analysis of data regarding our lifestyle with the aim of improving oneself.
What are the benefits of apps for training?
Which are the best apps for training?
- Strava: this is the main app for tracking your running, cycling or swimming sessions, thanks to the use of GPS. Founded in 2009, Strava now has over one million active users and finds its strength in its claim: it is an app designed by athletes for athletes. And we can all become one.
- Runtastic: a great classic for running enthusiasts, which has also found its fortune in the possibility of sharing routes and results with their friends. An exponential success that in 2015 led the Austrian company to be acquired by Adidas.
- Nike+: More than just an app. It is a set of wearable technologies and applications that represent a clear attempt to position themselves in a market - the sports market - in which Nike already plays a dominant role.
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In the era of connected training, quantified self and shared training, the lack of time is just an alibi, or another challenge to overcome. Like real athletes.