11 Free apps to make running fun (Android & iOS)

No matter if it’s good or not, but running is super popular today, thanks to the mass media. By the way, running has its points – it’s much cheaper than going to the gym (you can just run on the street), doesn’t require a coach and the whole process totally depends on you. Moreover, it contains only one exercise – running itself, so you don’t need to stress your memory for another time.

Still, who has never felt tired and bored of all these exercises? Most people are not athletic by nature and in our days when motivational quotes and stuff are literally everywhere even they become less and less effective. At the same time, we all want to improve our running routine or find a reason to start running every day. Luckily, the developers understand usual people’s needs so they made a number of interesting running apps which would seem interesting even for those who never actually run.

RunGo – Voice Guided Running

This is the app which will not only assist you in your daily training but also will provide useful information about the place where you running. This way you can combine two developments: physical and informational. You have probably guessed how it works – you run and hear the voice in the background guiding you. The scheme of your running path will always be displayed on the screen of your device.

It offers turn-by-turn directions for thousands of running routes, also it includes races and city tours. What is more, you can create your own routes and add them to the program. You will get access to the library of run routes with advanced voice navigation. Besides, you can download routes and then have access even with no Internet. The app tracks and logs your runs.

As always you also will be having common options which every running app has: the information on time, distance, and calories. There is also speech feedback on distance and place. So this way you can turn your run into an exciting quest and learn tons of useful and interesting information in the process. The app has more than 70000 routes worldwide, so whenever you are, you have something to explore without losing shape.


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This app is made not only for runners but also for cyclists, kids, hikers, walkers, skiers and basically anyone not glued to the couch. Its main feature, besides the casual fitness training, is its navigation which will provide you the connection between you and other people even when you’re running.

Get it and you’ll have safety and peace of mind in the palm of your hands. This is also very useful to track children on their way to school and home. making sure they’re all right. What is more, here you can send your family a notification that you have stopped moving. By the way, to track your route, the people in your contacts won’t have to install this app.

All they gotta have is a web browser and they can find out your location just using any digital map. Moreover, you can create your own lock screen which will contain 3 most essential contacts in case of emergency. So even in case if you need to prove your route to someone – the app will prove it for you!


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Nike+ Run Club

This is the running app from the world famous brand. So in fact, it is made not for simple run sheer, but you’re also joining the club of the big runners family. You will be able to monitor the results of others to stay motivated and inspired, and experts’ advice will enhance your progress. The app itself is claimed to be to make the process of your running training more fun.

The app will save all the data about your races. You will get access to the personalized approach to your type and, therefore, more effective training program. For your achievements, you will be getting various awards. There is also a possibility to share your achievements with friends via social networks. Along with that, you will get a set of funny stickers.

During your running friends can send you support. After all, you can compare your results to others and compete with your friends. All you have to do is to tag your races. For each new personal record, which will be marked with counterpoints, distance and time, you will be receiving an award. It is also interesting since it will give you a chance to monitor how many days you can go running every day.



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Zombies, Run!

You can be a person who is super lazy to do running and you still cannot find any motivation to start (all these competitive things and motivational quotes just don’t work when it comes to you). Believe, there are thousands of people who feel the same way. To solve this problem, the developers of this app created a super funny program which will make you finally RUN!

And you’re basic motivation is going to be survival. How does it work? You go outside, take a run on a little distance when suddenly you hear zombies are chasing you. Get ready for the exciting adventure that you are going to experience in just a single race. By the way, the app was developed by award-winning novelist Naomi Alderman. You will feel like a movie hero on a complicated mission, and in your headphones, you will hear a real drama which will put you in the center of a zombie apocalypses.

While you run to the perfect mix of heart-pumping audio drama and pulse-pounding songs from your own playlist, you’ll collect supplies to grow your base back home. The app was acknowledged by a number of respected media sources, such as BBC, WIRED, CNN and many others.


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Pokémon GO

Ok you may say this is not exactly a fitness game, but actually, you can combine it with your running workouts -why not? For sure, a couple of years ago everyone was hearing of this game literally every day – so popular it was. Still, let’s recall one more time how it works. You are viewing the worlds through your smartphone which displays different Pokemons.

You go for them and catch them. They appear in their native environment – look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Of course, in order to catch more Pokemons, you should go to interesting places, such as museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments – but those are dubiously places for running. Again, as it’s been mentioned before, this app can be a cool addition to your workout, not its purpose. As you’re getting more Pokemons, you are able to catch more-powerful Pokemon to complete your Pokedex.

You can catch many Pokemons of the same type in order to help them grow. There are also Gym Battles where you have to join the team and battle for the ownership of Gyms with Pokemons on your side. It can be really exciting since the game includes all our favorite characters from childhood – Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu – and many others.


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RockMyRun – Workout Music

As you have probably guessed, this app is made to assist your run with the best kind of music. This app can help you in a various way. First of all, it has a unique technology One-of-a-kind Body-Driven Music™ which synchronizes with your steps of heart rate and picks up the right music for it.

You can also manually manipulate music to match your ideal BPM (beats per minute). The app includes music from the most famous Dj’s in the world, such as David Guetta, Zedd, Afrojack, Major Lazer, and many others. You can be sure that your running experience is going to be exciting and interesting with music like that. As a rule, you can track your distance and enjoy the music you love, everything in one app.

This app was tested by EPARC, an exercise research laboratory, comparing people who listen to the playlists from RockMyRun and those who listen to their casual playlists.  This app was proven to increase motivation and results for up to 35%. The app has stations which will help you to keep up with the most suitable music at any moment of your exercise.


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Charity Miles: Walking & Running Distance Tracker

With this app, you can bring the benefit not only to yourself but also for other people. It works the following way: you start doing a workout, run or walk – and the longer you’re doing it, the more money you gain for charity. After you have earned a sum of money, enough for spending, you can choose a charity foundation to send your assets to.

The users of this app have already earned more than $2.5 million for charity. A great feature of this app is that you can use it anytime – while walking with your dog or morning jog. The main motivation for you will become the movement with a purpose. The knowledge that you’re not only improving your health and body but also helping others will make you go another extra mile.

What is more important, this purpose is totally real, unlike those fantastic ones which were created mostly for entertainment.  This is why Charity Miles helps so many people lose weight and get in the best shape of their lives. The app sends money to such funds as Stand Up To Cancer, ASPCA, Habitat for Humanity, Alzheimer’s Association, The Nature Conservancy and many others.


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Spotify Music

This is a famous music app which almost everyone uses nowadays. You ask how would it make your running more interesting? The thing is, this is a giant music world where you can find the music of any type. You can not merely listen to it, but also create your own playlists and listen to the playlists of others. And here is where you can find really good music for your races.

Seriously, why not try to run to someone’s playlist, improving your sports skills and, maybe, discovering new tracks? What is more, Spotify now is the app where the number of plays is counted for an artist to mark their positions in music charts. So in case you want to support the artist you like you can listen to their songs while running. When you browse through the Genres and Moods tab on the app, you’ll find the Running Mood.

Click in and you will get something a bit similar to PaceDJ—the app prompts you to start running in order to “detect your tempo.” You can choose from about twenty different playlist genres to run to, and music that matches your running speed with shuffle through your playlist.


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Ninja Fitness Free: Strength, Running, Yoga and Meditation Workout Program

Another interesting fitness app for iOS. Here, by doing different physical activities, including running, you’re upgrading your 3D ninja. You’ll be following the legendary ninja trainer Grandmaster Old Beard as he shows you the way of the fit ninja through his unique and fun workouts. All the workout represented in the app don’t require you to use any additional equipment, you can accomplish everything with your bodyweight. You have to be ready to feel like a real ninja!

This is definitely a new look at fitness motivation. The first thing you do is creating your ninja, male or female. Gradually, as you do workouts, your ninja also changes with you. Later you will start gaining ninja stars by performing workouts to trade in for harder workouts, outfits, armor, and weapons for your ninja. All the workouts are classified in accordance with their type: Strength, Agility, Endurance, and Zen. Moreover, you get win ninja bels by improving your skills in all skills section. Before doing each exercise, you will get access to a video where it is explained how to do that.

Despite all the fun and entertainment, the app has a pretty decent approach to your training by even saving and monitoring your progress throughout time. You will find running workouts in the Endurance section. There you will regulate your running speed and distance. As always, you will start from the beginner level and gradually will be moving to a pro. The app will adjust to your rhythm.


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PaceDJ: Music To Drive Your Running Pace

Now you got a chance run longer, faster and more effectively than ever. This app called Pace DJ modifies music to your running pace with the possibility of creation interval workouts. You don’t have to create your perfect playlist for running or switch the music during your races anymore – this app will do everything for you.

What is more, this app was recommended by such authoritative sources as New York Times, Washington Post, Health Magazine, Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Women’s Health and many others. Its users say that the app really improves their productivity during their races since the music doesn’t distract and helps to maintain their rhythm. It also helps to stay focused.

If you speed up, the app plays more intensive beats and slower, if you slow down. You can create custom interval workouts or choose from pre-programmed templates. You can use as songs from your phone library or choose from more than 35 million songs in the app. This app also allows you to share your workouts on Facebook. What is more, it has an extended list of settings so you can personalize the work of the app on maximum for your workouts.


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Run An Empire

Not enough motivation to start running? Run An Empire will help you find it! You will also be able to explore new places and areas.

It doesn’t matter if you’re going to work, walking or jogging – take over the areas you visit! With your activity, you can build entire civilizations from scratch. Initially you are in a small Stone Age camp, but you can reach great heights.

Hire new people, invest the money earned in the application in investments. In the course of the game you will discover powerful warriors who will be your assistants in conquering the territories.

The whole territory is presented in the form of a thermal map. Where you are most often – grow whole thermal “mountains”. Fight your neighbors for territory and prove who owns the empire.

By taking pictures of the streets you walk on, you can incorporate them into your possessions. Run An Empire records your jogging routes on a map, capturing the tempo and energy you’ve wasted. Running has never been so exciting!