Starting from scratch is not easy. The body resists and puts all kinds of mental and physical barriers on us, but probably the most complex part is gaining enough physical shape that we feel everything is progressing and can encourage ourselves to keep doing it. For this reason, as in any other sport, we have to learn how to do it and there a mobile phone application can help us.

We have all kinds of accessories that help us in sports, such as watches, bracelets and other wearable devices, and we can complement them with an app that makes us a personal trainer. In the case of becoming a runner, “Start Running” can be very helpful to us, and we can pay the creator what we consider to be right for it.

Let this app teach you to run

In my particular case, I started July with the Adidas Training app to check if I had enough willpower to follow strict programs, and at the end of July I decided: it was time to run. After evaluating different options for my Android, I opted for “Start Running”. I use it since this week and I am more than happy.

In “Start Running” we find programs so that we can get up from the couch and, after four months, run for 60 minutes straight. Here nobody talks about distance, pace or speed, it just helps us to be able to run during the chosen time and that by slightly increasing the running time between sessions. For this, it uses visual signals on the mobile but also the voice to set the tone through headphones.

The app offers four programs to go step by step and records our activity and progress

The program is divided into four phases of four weeks each, I am currently in the first. So far I have gone from 6 minutes in 1 minute blocks to 8 in the third session. The program begins each day with a 5-minute walk and then begins to get in tune and, if desired, there are also pre-warm-ups before going out or getting on a treadmill. We choose.

Each four-week block has a progressive goal: 20 minutes, 30 minutes, 40 minutes, and 60 minutes

At the end of each session, the app analyzes our route based on GPS measurements, which also helps you know our maximum walking and running speed, and gives us the calories consumed (always an estimate based on physical data that we give it) and the length traveled. If we wish, we can sync the app directly with Google Fit so that it unifies our sports records. In my particular case, for example, I decided not to synchronize the app with Fit to be governed by the measurements of my connected watch and that the two registers are not trampled. Again, let each user choose what they think is most appropriate.

You can use the app without paying or unlocking the rest of the features for whatever price you think is fair

In addition to these guided “learn” to run programs, the app has a free run mode that simply uses GPS to save our records but does not perform any type of running tutoring. Like we said at the start, we also choose what we pay for. We can use the app for free with some blocked functions or choose to pay, and there we find three different rates to suit each user. Everyone pays what they consider fair, or simply chooses not to pay.

In my case, I run errands on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays while the rest of the weekdays (and Saturdays) I dedicate them to a strength training program through another app from the same developer. But this application, I will tell you another day. If you are looking for a running guide, ‘Start Running’ is very inexpensive and, so far, convenient. I’ll tell you if at the end of the fourth month I run what he says I’m going to run. So far the only thing I can assure you is that I didn’t expect to run 8 minutes, even in part, and I do.

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