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From Runtastic to Nike + Run Clun via Strava, here’s how technology helps us tracking our workout progresses.

Pedometer days are over. Even if it allowed us to ‘transform’ movement into something digitally traceable, it wasn’t a precise kind of device and it wasn’t possible to be perfectly sure about the distance we actually covered.

An old commercial for a famous smartphone said that “there’s an app for everything” and this is true. This applies to running as well, as there are apps WORKING WITH GPS helping us with measuring the distance we run precisely, and much more.


These are the top 5 apps for running



This not only monitors running, but also walks and rides. It gives us all the data we need: distance, time, pace, calories and heart rate. Statistics are archived to help us tracking performance across time. Over 30 million people all over the world use it, as it’s available for iPhones, Apple Watch and all Android devices.


Over 200 million people all over the world use Runtastic. Thanks to the GPS tracking, the distance, the speed, l’elevazione and the calories we burnt won’t be a secret to us anymore.

This app features a Voice Coach which follows our training session step by step and it archives all the data. There are several version of this app available, both as a free and as a paid for version, for iPhones, Android devices and Windows Phones.


To use Edomondo is like having a personal trainer there to motivate you while exercising at your fingertips. With over 25 million users, Endomodo tracks all distance-based activities, it measures heart rate and it can also track indoor activities when set manually. This app is available for both iOS and Android devices and Windows Phones.

Nike + Run Club

This app not only gives us all the details about our workout – such as the distance we covered – thanks to the GPS, but also customised coaching programs. Running data are monitored and archived, and the results can be shared on social media. For iOS users, Nike + Run club combines with the native app Health; the app is also available for Android.


This app monitors both runs and rides; it allows to plan the courses and it provides all the stats we need. Users can reach new goals by taking on monthly Challenges and the results can be shared on the socials. In addition to Challenges Strava shows, other than geolocation, the most popular places nearby. The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

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