Featured Partner: runtastic - Automatically Track Your Runs, Walks, and Rides
We recently partnered with runtastic as one of the new connected apps available in the MyFitnessPal App Gallery, and so we wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about the cool features runtastic offers to make tracking your fitness activities more fun.
runtastic has two apps for your phone that help you keep an accurate count of your calories burned - the original runtastic app for tracking running, hiking, cycling, and other exercises, and the runtastic Pedometer app for counting your steps as you walk. Best of all, both now seamlessly update your MyFitnessPal account.
For running, hiking, cycling, and other exercises, the runtastic app uses your phone's GPS tracking to automatically record your precise elapsed time, distance, calories burned, speed, and elevation. You can set specific goals and track your progress automatically. You can even compare your results against friends!
Upgrading to runtastic Pro will turn on additional features including voice coaching, an integrated music player, live tracking and cheering, Google Earth view (Android only), and auto pause.
At MyFitnessPal, we know that we all succeed best with a little help from our friends. One of our favorite Pro features is runtastic's Live Tracking and Cheering which allows your friends to monitor your real-time progress and support you with their cheers. You can even send them a live photo showing how awesome you are and what they are missing!
runtastic also recently released a new Routes feature that lets you create, edit, and save your own routes at runtastic.com and sync them to your phone. You can also look for other public routes in your area - especially great if you are travelling - and get new ideas and inspirations for your next activity. Android users can even retrace their route with Google Earth 3D video playback of every run. Pretty cool stuff!
And if walking is more your speed, the runtastic Pedometer app will assist you. All you need is a smartphone and the app's on-board accelerometer will track your steps. Distance and elapsed time during your activities are clearly shown thanks to a clever built-in algorithm. The runtastic Pedometer app can run all day in the background using little battery life. Bring your phone in your pants, jacket, or purse, and the app will track all your steps.
runtastic's apps are available on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and bada. Learn more the differences between their various apps here.
If you've tried runtastic, let us know what you think in the comments below!
Thanks, and hope you are enjoying MFP!
Mike, Al, and the MFP team