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Motivation to exercise can be hard to muster, but as the days are growing longer, now’s the ideal time to venture outdoors and get active.

Forget cardio is hard-io and don your best activewear to hit the streets for the cheapest and easiest way to get fit – running. Whether you conquer a 5K before breakfast, or you run slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through drying cement, going for a jogwill ease stress, give you a dose of ‘me’ time and leave you with a ‘runner’s high’ (it’s not a myth!).

Lace up and plug in to our favourite running apps to turn your smartphone into a fully-fledged fitness tracker!


Swedish for strive, Strava is the social network for athletes. Boasting the biggest online running and cycling community, users can track and analyse their performance while inspiring each other to strive to improve.

Strava ignites the competitive flame in its community, as it encourages its users to compare and compete their effort with athletes who have ran or cycled the same trail.

Nike+ Run Club

Whether you’re running your first race or setting a new personal best, the Nike+ Run Club app will help you reach your fitness goals. Using the best technology, Nike+ can track the distance, pace, time and even the elevation of your run. Every kilometre it will supply you with in-run audio feedback!

Need a little something extra to keep you motivated? Cue: Nike+ Coach! This built-in feature gives you training programs, coaching expertise and daily workouts to ensure you’ll be race ready. The app also allows you to keep things social by sharing your runs with your friends. You can also bring out your inner champion by competing with your pals and go head-to-head with them in a Nike+ Challenge. Just set a distance, invite your friends and race to the finish.


Join a 40 million-strong community of runners who track every journey with MapMyRun. For every km you run, you’ll get feedback and stats to help you improve your performance as you discover new running routes, and save or share your favourites. MapMyRun offers an in-depth insight into every workout, with detailed stats measuring pace, distance, duration, calorie burn, and elevation – you’ll be hitting PBs in no time!


Step away from the TV and into the rhythm of running with Coach to 5K This award-winning app boasts more than 4 million users, all finding success in the eight-week program to get into shape – one stride at a time!

If running flat out doesn’t sound like your idea of a good time, this program consists of alternating walk/run intervals to help you build up to your 5km target. Over the weeks, the run segments gradually increase, with the human coach telling you when to run or walk.


From sprints to yoga, Runkeeper will help you discover the joy of exercise. With over 45 million users, Runkeeper will turn your phone into a GPS, tracking your jogs. Dedicated to bringing the fun and the motivation you want into your workout routine, this app monitors your pace, speed, route distance, elevation and calorie burn for any fitness activity – including cycling. You can follow pre-planned routes, try out a training plan, or create your own with audio coaching.

The verdict is in – you don’t have to be born an athlete to become a runner, all you need is a little push. Oh, and a killer workout playlist! Don’t forget to #RunSelfieRepeat and check in at UQ Sport!

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