Map Your Runs, Walks And Cycles With Endomondo

11/14/2012 5:45:12 PM

Recording your bike rides and runs with Endomondo is great fun and really simple

One of the best ways to get fit and healthy without splashing out on a gym membership is to take up outdoor pursuits such as running, cycling or hiking. You get plenty of fresh oxygen and vitamin D, as well as experiencing new places and sights. It’s great fun – but not everyone has the motivation to get up first thing on a Monday morning and go for a three-mile run.

This is where Endomondo comes in. It’s a sports tracker, which uses your Android device’s GPS to track your location, speed and time. On top of that, it offers pep talks, motivational phrases delivered via your device’s headphones. This gives you the boost you need to run that extra mile, or cycle for another 10 minutes.

1.    Beginning to Endomondo

Beginning to Endomondo

You’ll find Endomondo at Download it from here, and select ‘Accept and install’ when prompted to do so. It’s a good idea to turn on your smartphone’s GPS before you start the program – usually you’ll find it by pressing ‘Menu > Settings’ and ‘Location’, and then checking ‘Use GPS satellites’.

2.    Sign up

Sign up

Now find Endomondo among your apps and launch it. You’ll be asked to sign up with Facebook – if you’ve got an account – or with your email address. Signing up means that tracks are uploaded to Endomondo’s serves, so we definitely recommend it. If you’d rather not, simply tap ‘Remind me later’ and go straight to step 4.

3.    Registration


Enter your email address and password to register via Facebook or your email account. Once you’ve registered, Endomondo will offer to find friends who use the service. Being able to compare your times and distances to those of your friends makes things more fun, but it’s not an essential part of using the service, so you can choose not to do this.

4.    Get set

Get set

Tap ‘Done’ when you’ve found your friends and you’ll be taken to Endomondo’s home screen. From here, you can start a workout, but before you do, we recommend you tap ‘Settings’. Enter your weight for better calorie tracking, set your units to metric if needs be, and – if you’re on a low-data plan – turn off ‘Online Tracking’.

5.    Pause for thought

Pause for thought

It’s a good idea to enable Auto Pause, too. This works out when you’ve stopped moving and pauses your workout, resulting in more accurate times. Other settings include Endomondo’s cycling and heart rate monitor connections, and Peptalk and Coach, which provide audio motivation when you’re lagging. When you’ve finished, press the back button.

6.    Go!


You’re already for your first workout. Set the activity, such as running or cycling, at the top. The musical note lets you choose music on your phone, and the speaker icon mutes Endomondo. Choose ’10 Seconds Countdown’ for a brief intro, or just tap ‘Start’ to begin. You’ll see your statistics mount up as you exercise, and swiping to the left brings up a map of your location and progress.

7.    Stop!


When you’ve finished, tap ‘Stop’ and you’ll see a summary of your workout. If you disable online tracking back in step 4, you’ll have the option of uploading the track to Endomondo’s serves  now, too. You can return to each workout by tapping ‘History’ and selecting the relevant one. Swipe left and right for maps and laps.

8.    Go again!

Go again!

Now that you’ve set up an Endomondo account and got to grips with the basics of the software, you’ll soon find yourself using it all the time. It’s a good idea to monitor every outdoor activity you take part in – Endomondo can help you track everything from a walk to the corner shop to a kayak trip up the Ganges.


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