The probablity is high that Strava is the #1 app for runners, cyclists and many other sporting activities – read on….
You can use Strava on 24 different sporting activities. Google lists 100 (one hundred!) activities you can use their app for anything from Aerobics, Back-Country Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Biking, Calisthenics, Cross-Country Skiing, CrossFit, Ergometer/ Indor Rowing, Golf, Hiking, Meditating, Mountain Biking, Pilates, Rowing, Running, Strength Training, Swimming, Surfing, Walking, Weight Lifting, Yoga, Zumba and many other…
Google Fit gives you also a great deal of useful data (click on any screenshot below to enlarge it):
How to install
On the Google Play page search for ‘Strava’ on your desktop computer or laptop. When the page opens click the ‘Install’ button. Do the same on your smartphone.
On the Google Play page search for ‘Google Fit’ on your desktop computer or laptop. When the page opens click the ‘Install’ button. Do the same on your smartphone.
When setting-up Strava on your smartphone, enable the box that allows your Strava to sync with your Google Fit. This way, whenever you ‘start’ a new activity on Strava the info will sync automatically to your Google Fit.
Note: syncing to Google Fit can be immediate or take an hour or two (but it is worth the wait).
Do you need a Fitness Tracker?
If you are wearing a smartphone during your activity, you don’t need a fitness tracker and vice-versa. If you are using a fitness tracker you don’t need to carry a smartphone with you. Once you get home, Strava and Google Fit will sync to all your other devices.
If you have a smartphone you don’t need to invest in a fitness tracker. You can carry your smartphone in a Smartphone Armband/ Cellphone Holder. From US$5.89 on Amazon. Or alternatively keep your smartphone in a Running Belt. Also available on Amazon. I prefer the running belt option.
For anyone who prefers to wear a fitness tracker, they are light-weight and you won’t even feel it when you go for your run or other sporting activity. You will find different Fitness Tracker brands at your local sports-store or on Amazon.
I have installed both Strava and Google Fit apps. They are Free! Once you start using these apps you ask yourself: why am I using them only now?
Below, stats I got from today’s run. Highland Road has got only a few flat sections. You are either running up a steep hill or you are on a down-hill. One hour to do 8 Km? I need to up my game.
Once you are using these apps you will have a great deal of Stats at your finger tips – no need to get overwhelmed, just use the data that is important to you.