App of the Week: Strava

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By Jacob Dubé

With spring coming along soon, and the warm weather with it, it’s about time that we start shedding our winter layers. And I’m not talking about clothes.

The hardest part about exercising is getting started; TV marathons and Kraft Dinner seems like a much better alternative to jogging. But Strava can help you out.

Strava is a fitness app centered on running and cycling. You pick your preferred method of exercise, and the app helps you make a profile. Then you’re in the circle. It’s like exercising with thousands of people that follow your progress and support you.

The way Strava works is by connecting runners and cyclists to each other through their social media program. New challenges are added every week, like finishing a half-marathon or running 10 k.m., and users can join and share their results for a chance to appear on the leaderboards.

The site has an option to create running or cycling tracks to follow. And if you’re just starting out and don’t know the best routes around your location, the app has a route-sharing feature to let you try out other users’ favourite spots.

Strava is compatible with some smartwatches as well. With the watch, users can track their steps with the pedometer and measure their heart rates.

The premium version at around $8 a month gives users access to several training videos, as well as the option to keep track of their progress and distance traveled.

The app is also compatible with several GPS devices to track your routes that way.

Strava is available for the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play.

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