Every feature on Endomondo is meant to keep you motivated and help you reach your goals. Stats, training plans, audio coach…each has its own merits and we love hearing that you enjoy working out with them. There is one feature which we think doesn’t get enough attention, even though every time you get one, it’s sure to put a smile on your face. We’re talking about pep talks. For those of you who haven’t tried them out yet, pep talks are motivating, real-time messages read out loud to the person you send them to while they’re working out. Sending one is easy. All you have to do is go to your news feed and see which one of your Endomondo friends is currently tracking an activity. Then, type in your message which they’ll hear through their speaker (and have it posted as text on their workout too). If you could use some help figuring out how to send pep talks or are looking to learn more about them, check our our pep talk feature guide. Continue reading Pep Talks Make You Smile
Last week, we asked you to share your spookiest fitness story with us, and we received quite a few entries that have made more than one of us think twice about running on that dark trail and pack some more lights when we head out. Though picking a winner from the bunch was a challenge, we decided that this story by our user Dan Asquith, which we’ve dubbed “A Thrash in the Night”, was the one that gave us the most goosebumps. Here is his tale of an unusually eerie run: Continue reading Best 2015 Fitness “Horror” Story
Why runners need carbs – by Trinh Le, MPH, RD
You are a runner. You’re lacing up your new neon shoes, pounding the pavement and breezing past pedestrians. Sweat bands, water bottle, playlist, keys—you have all the essentials. But did you remember to get your carbs in today? Yes, they’ve gotten a lot of flack lately, but carbohydrates can be the most important nutrient on tough training days so it’s time to give those carbs the love they deserve! Here’s the low-down on how your body fuels up and uses carbohydrates for energy.
Carbs propel you to the finish line! Carbohydrates, specifically glucose, keep you going during a run. Glucose is converted into energy that contracts exercising muscles—the faster and longer you run the more glucose you use up! Key things to know about glucose: Continue reading Why Runners Need Carbs
Let’s face it. At some point in the pursuit of our fitness goals, most of us have had at least one less-than-memorable experience. Maybe it was that time you spontaneously signed up for a race when you hadn’t run in weeks that made you walk funny for days. Or maybe it was that night you witnessed a zombie tarantula come back from the dead while riding your bike home. It might even have been that time you ran past your doppelganger while on your morning jog. Even if that experience didn’t seem all that amazing when it happened, a story is usually better in retrospect. And with Halloween right around the corner, we think it’s a perfect time to share those weird fitness stories.
There is definitely a group of athletes out there who take their terminology seriously – the CrossFit crowd. Devotees of this discipline have a long list of lingo which would make listening in on one of their post-session conversations sound foreign to those who aren’t “in the know”. Incorporating CrossFit into your run training is a great way to mix it up and improve your overall performance. But before you head to your local gym to sign up, prepare yourself with our favorite CrossFit terms and phrases. Continue reading The Insider’s Guide to…CrossFit Lingo
Having a day where no matter which way you move, you hurt? Whether you’re an occasional runner or gym fanatic, you should consider recovery an essential part of your healthy lifestyle. But instead of just dealing with the fatigue and soreness, try one of these science-backed tips to help your body feel better, faster.
Continue reading 17 Scientifically Proven Ways to Speed Recovery