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Friday, March 22, 2013

iGadgets- Endomondo

About a year ago I stepped on over to the Dark Side, and purchased an iPhone.  It wasn't what I originally set out to purchase, as there were other phones I had eyed up, but I was familiar with the device, from dealing with them at work, so I figured it was the best way to go.  Besides, my top priority was ditching my current provider network and switching to a new one.  A jazzy phone was an added bonus.

I learned of an app called Endomondo from a co-worker and friend.  He uses it on a regular basis to track his progress running and cycling.  While I'm not up to that level of fitness at the moment, I wanted to check it out, as I heard of several of its nifty features.  The Endomondo app can be downloaded, free of charge, from your smartphone's app store.  I soon discovered there was more to Endomondo than tracking my walks.

In its simplest function, Endomondo allows you to track your activity of choice, be it walking, running, cycling or whatever.  It will keep track of duration, distance and calories burned.  If you've purchased a heart rate monitor from the Endomondo store, it will monitor your heart rate.  You're also able to set a goal (I want to run five kilometers today), beat a friend (I want to cycle a mile farther than Joe), or even follow a route (I drove a route, and mapped it out to be a mile, now lets walk it).  These features are all available in the full version, with the "Beat Yourself" and "Interval Training" available in the Pro version. 


At the end of your activity, you're able to see the data compiled for that workout.  The display will show you when you started, the distance you went, how long it took, your speed and altitude data, as well as how many calories you burned.  The map tab will show you the route you took, marking your start and stop points, as well as mile markers.  The mapping feature is useful, as I know what routes I can take, depending on how far I want to walk.  Additionally, I'll take the time and calories burned and import the data into MyFitnessPal, which helps me in tracking how many calories I can consume in a day.

If you're into the social media revolution, Endomondo allows you to share your workouts with others via Facebook and Twitter.  You can add people to your friends list, and see how your exercise stacks up to that of others.  Even if you're not a fan of social media, the friends list could be a good motivation tool.  You can send and accept challenges.  Endomondo, itself, even issues challenges from time to time, and hands out some pretty cool swag to those who accept and complete the challenges.

All in all, I think this is a pretty cool app.  There's something to be said for seeing your hard work in statistical form.  Similar to the displays on the treadmill at your local gym, Endomondo does an excellent job in letting you gauge how well (or poorly) you're doing in your activity of choice.  It's social networking features are nice, if you're into that sort of thing.  Lastly, you can't beat free.  Endomondo gets two thumbs up from me!


Dave DeBaeremaeker said...

Looks like a cool app. I'll have to find an Android equivalent.

I, tho, cannot imaging ever sharing this information on Facebook or Twitter (I am very glad G+ isn't an option here). Not for privacy, but simple I cannot fathom a world where anyone but myself gives two craps of interest about anyones workout but their own.

Big_Dog1970 said...

It would have to be able to work negative numbers to be able to track me. [:D]

Gina Gao said...

This looks like a really cool app to have!

CrazyCris said...

Definitely seems like a very cool and useful app! And free? Yay! I think I'll download it and see how it does on my Sunday hike. ;o)

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