Human is a great app for beginners who need a strong motivator. The app works in the background, tracking the time you spend running or even walking and cycling. It nudges you to hit your “Daily 30” minutes of exercise each day. You can even see how you rank against your neighbors. The app is free for iOS and Android.
Strava is both for casual runners and pros alike. It offers in-depth GPS tracking and tracks all kinds of metrics, showing how you stack up against other runners on the same route. Premium users also get access to Beacon, a safety option allowing three designated contacts to monitor your locations while you’re out running. The app is free for iOS and Android.
Couch-to-5K is great for those who like to work toward a goal. The app guides you through three 30-minute workouts each week to ready you for a three-point-one-mile race in only nine weeks. It tracks and logs your time and distance via GPS. The app is 2-99 for iOS and Android.