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The Dragonfly Tandem Project: Biking from Bangkok to Paris

tandem1There are times when ordinary just doesn’t cut it. You feel a need to do something different…extraordinary…life-changing. Two of our amazing users proved that by setting out to do something that’s completely unexpected and kind of wild, it can lead to the experience of a lifetime. These guys are anything but ordinary when it comes to getting the most out of life. They’ve taken “carpe diem” to a whole new level, while making sure to help others along the way. After a stint as volunteers for a French NGO, one day Victor and Timothée got up and decided that they would take the leap and bike their way back home from Bangkok to Paris. Because, seize the day, right?

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As they prepared to embark on their six month journey, spanning over 16000 kilometers, they couldn’t begin to imagine what lie ahead. It turned out to be the ride of their lives, and after chronicling their incredible expedition from Bangkok to Paris, they finally had some time to sit back and reflect on their awe-inspiring road trip. We reached out to hear all the highs and lows from their experience. Read more

Making excuses for not working out? Take a hike!

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Think becoming a new parent means that you have to put your training on hiatus? Think again. We came across one of our users, Anca, a trailblazing member of “Hike it, Baby”; an organization whose mission is to “get families on the trails with their new little ones, with a special focus on new moms”. Their main rule on every hike is “leave no mama behind” to foster a feeling of safety amongst all the hiking parents.

Anca reached out to us, telling us about her impressive post-baby fitness regime. “I’ve used Endomondo for every walk & hike I did with my baby since he was born and while it took a while to get back into shape, after one year I was finally at the fitness level I used to be pre-baby.”  She is an amazing user, and we are in awe of her dedication to staying in shape and of how she included her baby boy in her fitness. As a contributor to Hike it Baby’s blog, she has also been a great ambassador of our app, and she filled us in on Hike it Baby and their activities. Read more

Now on Android – Pebble and Jabra Pulse Support, and More!

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A few months ago, we announced our Pebble integration on iOS. The response was great, so we’re really excited to announce that we now also support Pebble on Android, along with some other cool features in the latest Android release – version 10.5.

Pebble on Android:
Connecting your Endomondo app with a Pebble watch is easy. Simply go to ‘Settings’ in the app , then ‘Smartwatch’ and then ‘Pebble’ to connect with your Pebble.

Our Android app for Pebble lets you start, pause or stop a workout while exercising, just like the iOS version. You’ll be able to control the app directly from your Pebble watch without having to reach for your phone. The app will also display up to three different stats on your Pebble, such as distance covered, heart rate or workout duration. Your Endomondo app sends vibrating alerts to your Pebble at a given distance or duration you’ve covered (same intervals as your audio settings), and will briefly display a performance summary.

Endomondo and Jabra Pulse:
We’ve integrated our app with the Jabra Pulse headset to help you enjoy your beats as well as all your Endomondo stats at the touch of a button. To connect your headset to your app, simply go to your app settings, then click on ‘Accessory settings’ and then turn ‘Headset Controls’ on (make sure you’ve enabled Bluetooth on your phone, and paired it with the headset).

Once you’ve connected your Jabra Pulse with your app, you’ll be able to start, pause and resume a workout by pressing the ‘Sports’ button on your Jabra Pulse headset. With one quick tap of the ‘Sports’ button, you’ll get the data that’s on your Endomondo app workout screen read out loud instantly. If you want to hear different stats, just change the fields that appear on the screen by tapping on them. When using the Jabra Pulse, you’ll also be able to get the HR data from your workout on your app.

If you’re planning to get a Jabra Pulse on Jabra.com soon, you’re in luck – we’re giving you a year of Premium membership with the purchase of a new Jabra Pulse headset!

New Challenge feature:
Aside from integrating with these great wearables, we’ve also added the option to create your own challenges directly in the app, so you can motivate your friends with a little friendly competition. But stay tuned for full coverage on this awesome new feature in an upcoming post!

We hope you enjoy using Endomondo on all the newest and neatest devices, and that you get even more motivated with our latest features.

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Pebble Support Added for Endomondo Fitness App on Android

New ‘Challenge Your Friends’ Feature Also Added to the Endomondo Android App

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – November 20, 2014 – Fulfilling a promise, Endomondo today announces that Pebble owners with Android smartphones can now connect their Pebble with the very popular Endomondo Sports Tracker app.

This new functionality from Endomondo allows users to start, pause or stop a workout from their Pebble while exercising.  The watch can display up to three configurable data metrics such as distance traveled, heart rate and workout duration. Like high-end running watches, the app provides tactile feedback through vibration for each mile or kilometer, and will briefly display a performance summary.

To connect with a Pebble watch, exercise enthusiasts must be using the most recent version of the free Endomondo app available at Google Play, and download Endomondo’s Pebble app from the Pebble store. Read more

Pebble on our Android app!

Check out our coverage of our latest Android integration hereRead more

Take 5 To Get Active!

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Okay, we get it. Working out can be tough, and sometimes a lack of time can make it hard to figure out how to add yet another thing to your already packed schedule.  But in all honesty, is there really any good excuse to not get in a little workout every day? Even if it’s just adding some more movement or five extra minutes to your routine, those small fitness feats do add up.  To help you out, we’ve covered the top 5 ways to get motivated to get moving. Read more

It’s the 2014 Endomondo Peptalk Awards!

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Many of you may already be using our Peptalk feature to root for your friends while they work out. But some of you may be asking what a pep talk even is? Read more

Growing Support For Movember

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November is here, and to the guys in our office, that can only mean one thing: Movember! They couldn’t wait to put down their razors and let their mustaches go wild. But, the guys also happen to be avid athletes, and so we pondered if sweaty staches would get in the way of their workouts. Their response was unanimous: “it’s worth it!”

We think it’s a great cause, and the fact that it raises awareness on the incidence of both testicular and prostate cancer makes it worthy of our support. We’re so keen on supporting the cause that this year, we got our own Movember Endomondo Team on Movemeber.com. We hope that our Endomondo community will join our team to run and grow a stache for a good cause!

Mo’  running, Mo’ stache?

Since we all will be running for Movember, we questioned what effect that can have on the speed of your stache growing endeavors. You know all those workouts you’ll be tracking? Well, if you are aiming to let your facial hair shine during Movember, working out may be a good way to jump-start your growth. Exercise can promote hair growth, since it helps you pump up your heart which makes your blood circulates better.

And since we’ll be seeing quite a few staches in the office this month, we started reading up on what are the pros and cons of sporting one. Research shows that not only does a little extra stubble make guys (on average) more attractive to the ladies, but maintaining your facial hair may even be a sign of a more powerful immune system. Maybe that’s because it keeps you warmer? Yet, even with these benefits, we couldn’t help wondering what your thoughts are on the idea of growing out a mustache.

So, guys: do you grow a Movember stache? If so, does your facial hair have any negative effects on your aerodynamic-ness? And ladies: staches – yay or nay? What about when it’s for a good cause? Let us know what you think in your comments.

Free your staches!

The Endo Mo Bros and Mo Sistas
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A Day In The Life Of…

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Have you been keeping track of every step of your day? Well, if you are an iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus user, you may be doing just that with Endomondo Life. We hope that you’ve been discovering just how active you are throughout your day, and that with Life, you get inspired to move more and raise your goals as you progress. To help you get more out of Life, we’ve added more features – new visuals and personalized notifications.

Fresh features on Endomondo Life:

Your Day

Your day just got more graphic, in a good way with the “Your Day” bar chart. Check it out in the screenshot above, which shows what an action-packed day could look like. Your Day shows your level of activity spread out over the course of a 24-hour day. The activity level for each hour is calculated based on both the length of the activity, and the intensity of the activity. So, 20 minutes of high intensity, heavy activity will be shown as a higher bar than 25 minutes of light activity. Heavy activity is defined as 620 steps or more in a 5 minute period.

New notifications

A little extra encouragement never hurt anyone, and we want to support your efforts to stay active by giving you more tailored reminders and updates throughout your day. We’ve developed a new notification system to make your experience much more personal and more fun. Based on your activity level, you’ll get one of 50+ notifications which will let you know how far you are from reaching your goal, or if you’ve been busy, you’ll be notified when you reach it.

We hope these new features help you stay even more active and that you remember that every little bit counts when getting fit.

Enjoy every step of your day!

The Endomondo Team

 

Running Past Adversity – Peter’s Story

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Sometimes, it takes getting though the school of hard knocks to come out a champion. That’s what happened to one of our users, Peter. He reached out to us, telling us about how one decision to change has made a world of difference. With his permission, we’ve shared Peter’s inspiring story, which is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.

“Hey Endo team,

I was just checking out my Endomondo profile and saw that my first workout is from August 2nd, 2011. At the time, I was at a very personal crossroads in life. I weighed about 100 kg and my daily exercise routine consisted mainly of getting the mail in the morning. I had decided to turn my life around, and so I said goodbye to my old job up and started moving in a new direction. I was also about to move into a new apartment in Aarhus, after having spent a year living in a halfway-house. In short, I faced a lot of challenges which at the time seemed very scary. It was around this time that I also got really tired of the extra weight and of being so out of shape. So, I decided to change my diet and I slowly started shedding the weight. Since I wanted to get fitter, I took up running . I heard about your app through some friends, but I thought that it wasn’t for me because I didn’t want to measure anything due my total lack of fitness, and because my athletic performance was nothing to brag about. I dared myself to install your app anyway and try it out. I quickly discovered that when my pace was slow, it motivated me to continue to try and improve my times and go for longer and longer distances. My first Endomondo workout was approximately 4 km and I remember that I was completely finished and exhausted afterwards! The first several months I was limping around due to my aching legs :) In May of the following year, I ran my first marathon in Copenhagen. This culminated in my participation at IM Copenhagen in August 2014 (pictured above) – three years after my first Endomondo workout.

 His great memories of the past three years

His great memories of the past three years

I know that there are many different factors in my life that made this possible, especially my family and friends who have supported me through all my wild whims and who have always shown incredible and unwavering faith in me. Your app is also part of the reason, and so I’ve wanted to write this email for a long time. Due to a lack of time and the fact that it’s a pretty personal story, it took me a while to pull myself together and send it, but here it is :)

PS. Now I am in the process of advanced studies in the field that I started and I love my new job. At long last, I have finally found my niche in life. Finally, many thanks for your great app, which has helped make all of this possible. I hope you continue your good work with Endomondo for many years to come!”

When we asked Peter about what he’s currently working on, he told us that he is pursuing a career in Health and Social Care. “My job now is about helping people and I love doing that so maybe, just maybe, I will study on and become a nurse, but I’m not sure about that right now”.

We are humbled to have been part of Peter’s remarkable transformation of not only his body, but his entire life. Stories like his make us continue to strive to achieve more in order to pay tribute to our community with the same dedication that keeps us in awe of our amazing users.

Thank you Peter, and tillykke!

The Endomondo Team

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