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Winning Without Losing: Share Your Top Tip to Win!

Balancing work and your personal life usually isn’t an easy task. We all want to be “winning” at everything; have perfect relationships, stay in awesome shape, and still be super-productive at work. But seriously, who has the time to stay on top of it all without neglecting at least one of these aspects? If you’re having a hard time juggling all this, we hear you, and we want to share a winning game plan.

WWL_Cover_POD_low_res_Recently, we had a special guest blogger, Martin Bjergegaard, who shared his tips on how to fit running into a busy schedule. Martin is an expert when it comes to finding the time to stay fit while keeping his work/life balance in check. He is a best-selling author, public speaker and entrepreneur and has written extensively on the subject. So, when we asked him if he would be willing to help enlighten our users on how to achieve this perfect equilibrium, he said “Sure!”

He has agreed to give a few lucky readers a signed copy of his best-selling book “Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Succeeding in Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life“, and one will also receive a one-on-one personal coaching session with Martin via Skype!

How do we choose who will be the winners of his book and coaching session? Easy. We want to hear what your personal tips are on how you fit workouts into your day. We know our Endomondo community knows how to stay fit, so let’s hear from you! Post your workout scheduling tips on our FacebookGoogle+ or Twitter with the hashtags #WinningWithoutLosing and #Endomondo by Wednesday, September 17th to be eligible to win.

The authors of the best tips will be chosen as the winners, and announced on the 18th of September on our FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter. So, start writing and tell us all the ways you win without losing!

 

Fun at the Color Run!

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Last Sunday, Odense hosted a Color Run. You’ve probably heard of them (or even attended one), but if not, a Color Run is basically a fun 5k run where you start off wearing white, and get blasted with colorful cornstarch powder every time you run through a color station. We had our own run to go to that day in Copenhagen, so we were feeling a little blue that we couldn’t make it. Luckily, a few of our friends were able to go, so they captured some beautiful shots and shared their awesome experience with us! Read more

Highlights from our first live event!

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There was an idea floating around the office for some time now about getting together to go for a run with our community, to take social fitness even further. Sure, we go out running all the time with our colleagues and friends, but never with our users. You might be thinking “A running event? Those happen all the time, so what’s the big deal?” But for us, this one was special because we’ve always wanted an opportunity to meet the people that matter most to us: our users!

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Getting ready for the run

We finally got our chance by hosting our first-ever “EndoMeet” event this past Sunday, and we are happy to say that, despite a rainy forecast that had us worried, it was a success! We went for a great run, enjoyed sunny Copenhagen skies, and got to meet many of our fabulous local users. We set up our meeting point next to the gorgeous Lake Pavilion (Søpavillonen), split up into our pace groups and got ready to start at 3pm. Our special guest, Henrik Them joined us for the full 6.3k run around the Søerne (the Lakes).

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Henrik Them and runners from the 4:30 pace group

He ran on the 4:30 pace group along with a few of the other intrepid runners. Henrik is one of Denmark’s fastest athletes, so it was a tall order to keep up with him! We managed to catch up with the group to snap a quick pic:

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the elite runners

We also had a 5:00 pace group, a 6:00/5k group, and a walking group too:

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we like this run!

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keeping a great pace

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the stroll around the Lakes

Two of our lucky users won their own official Endomondo t-shirts, and a few participants won Premium subscriptions!

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and the winners are…

All in all, it was a perfect way to spend our Sunday, and we can’t wait for the next one! Thank you to all of you who joined us!

If you’re reading this and thinking: “I want to go to an Endomondo event in my area”, please let us know! Drop us a line at event@endomondo.com, and let’s make it happen.

Free your endorphins!
The Endomondo Team

Entirely New ‘Endomondo Life’ App Debuts for iPhone 5s As Free, Stand-Alone, All-Day Activity Tracker

M7 Coprocessor Utilized to Monitor Complete Breadth of Daily Movement

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – August 28, 2014 – Always seeking to deploy the latest mobile technologies that make fitness fun, Endomondo has launched an entirely new ‘Endomondo Life’ tracking app exclusively for iPhone 5s. The free, stand-alone app utilizes the smartphone’s specialized M7 coprocessor to monitor motion throughout an entire day without draining the phone’s battery.

Endomondo Life records the number of steps an individual takes while carrying their phone during the course of daily activities. Using that data, along with height and weight information, the app calculates calories burned with an option to see estimated distance traveled. Read more

How to fit running into a busy life

 The following is a guest post by Martin Bjergegaard:

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For the past couple of years, I have been deeply engaged in the topic of how to find time to stay healthy and fit, both while building a career and spending quality time with the family. Let it be said right away; at times it can definitely be a tall order. However, if I should boil down the answer to just one word, it would be “RUN!”

Running can offer a total solution that very few other sports can match:

  • You can do it anywhere, anytime (just not right before bedtime)
  • It doesn’t cost anything (aside from a pair of running shoes once a year)
  • You are outdoors, and that’s a refreshing place to be!
  • It’s efficient: just 30 minutes is sufficient, though if you are busy, do it in 12
  • Running is social, or at least it can be – I love running with my friends
  • If you have a small child, no problem – just buy a baby jogger. Suddenly your spouse will encourage you to run, instead of complaining about you spending time at the gym
  • Travelling is no problem, just always have your running shoes with you
  • You don’t need to go to a certain place. Just walk out the door, start moving your legs faster, and your exercise has begun!

Read more

Jussi’s Road to Ironman – Toughing it out for Doomsday


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In November 2009, Jussi weighted 330 lbs (about 150kg), had metabolic syndrome, early signs of diabetes and felt really out of shape. Now, five years and 2,042 Endomondo workouts later, he has completed the grueling Ironman triathlon twice, run a 53-mile Ultra Run and has lost over 100 pound! Recently, he rowed second place in the Finnish National Championships! It’s safe to say he’s in terrific shape nowadays.

We were amazed by his 180° lifestyle change, so we asked him a few questions about how he managed to get so fit, and see if we could learn a thing or two from his story:

What made you decide to start getting fit?
I was in the prime of my life, but I didn’t feel so great. At the end of 2009, my health started to go downhill – my blood sugar kept soaring and I had painful varicose veins, so I couldn’t manage to even walk a mile. Finally, my belly button popped out due to the amount of fat I had put on around my stomach. That was my wake up call.

At that time, the Mayan End-of-the-World (21.12.2012) was the hot topic in the news. I decided that on that date, it would be the end of my out of shape days. So, I marked the day and made a plan for myself: by the time the world was supposed to end, I would turn myself into an Ironman.

What kept you going?
Well, I had tried fitness plans before, but I couldn’t keep the promises I made to myself. This time, many little things were different. Not only did I have a specific plan, but I had a great friend who got me back on track when I had doubts. My wife and the family kept cheering me on, and there was now a young, 4-legged personal trainer in the house. Our dog demanded longer and longer walks, so I had no choice but to take him out. So, for the first year, it was mostly increasing the number of walks, swims… and then I started running. When I noticed Endomondo in early 2010, I immediately started using it. After doing a workout, it was kind of my proof to myself: I really did it. My friends and I shared exercises, and planned future walks, runs and routes together.

But what I did not realize in the beginning is how the importance of Endomondo grew with each workout I did. So far, I’ve tracked a bit over 2000 workouts with it, with heart rate data, speed, maps, etc. Using Endomondo’s stats, I can easily see what I’ve done, and see how it’s affected my progress. When I’m out there running or biking, I like to go with the flow, but I have to admit that I love checking the stats and trying to understand what made the difference, too :)

So, what are you planning next?
Since the start, I’ve always had a goal for each 3-6 month period. I am not so much into competing against others, but I like the idea of just squeezing myself through a challenge. Something that seems impossible at first becomes possible on second thought. First, it was a half marathon, then a full marathon, Ironman, Ultra Run, and so on. Longer, faster, harder – that’s the motto.
This year has been a year of triathlon. I have already done two half Ironman distances this year, the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman in Cambridge, Maryland, USA, and one here in Finland. Next, I am aiming for my third full distance triathlon on the16th of August. After that, I think I’ll drop my triathlon gear and start running. Not yet sure how far, but I am starting to dream about completing my first 100km Ultra run this year.

Jussi has been writing a blog chronicling his journey since November 2009. It’s in Finnish, but he promised to write a little re-cap in English. You can visit his blog here: http://laskimaija.blogspot.com/

If you would like to follow Jussi as he competes in tomorrow’s full distance triathlon, be sure to check out his profile: https://www.endomondo.com/profile/86193

Keep it up, Jussi! We wish you the best of luck on your upcoming triathlon.

The Endomondo Team

Get Ready for Gear 2! Support for Samsung Gear 2 is Now Available.

 

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After we announced Samsung Gear Fit integration, we got a LOT of questions regarding when we would release Gear 2 support. Well, have no fear, Gear 2 support is here! We’ve just finished working out the kinks and are happy to reveal that the integration is operating smoothly.

The update includes support for Samsung Gear 2 Neo as well. For a list of supported devices, scroll down here.

Samsung Gear 2 lets you start, pause or stop a workout while your Endomondo app is running in the background. You can swipe between three page displays and each of them can show up to three different stats, such as heart rate, distance, speed or workout duration. To change our default settings and configure which stats you would like to see, access Smartwatches in your Endomondo app settings (as long as you have updated your app to version 10.3.1).

Unlike Gear Fit, which doesn’t feature heart rate monitoring, Gear 2 can both measure your heart rate and then show this data in your Endomondo app and on your Gear 2 display. The sensor, located on the backside of the watch, sends the heart rate data to the Endomondo app, but this can be disabled (from version 10.3.1 and up) if you prefer to use a heart rate strap instead.

How to make it work:
To make Endomondo app “talk ” with your Samsung Gear 2, you need to download Gear Manager app, access Samsung Gear Apps and install the Endomondo Sports Tracker for Gear 2 app. We could only link this app to one Android app, which means that our PRO users must use our Free app when using Gear 2!

Want to snap some pics of your workout? Gear 2 has got you covered. Samsung Gear 2 has a camera (though Gear 2 Neo does not), so you can take pictures while exercising and add them afterwards to your workout on your phone. To do this, you need to do it in the Endomondo app after the workout is completed.

We hope you enjoy tracking with your new Gear and Endomondo!

The Endomondo Team

Endomondo Fitness App Now Connects With Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2

Compatible with 17 Samsung Android Smartphones

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – August 13, 2014 – Furthering support for wearables, Endomondo today announces integration of its popular Endomondo Sports Tracker app with the Samsung Gear Fit and Samsung Gear 2.  Endomondo’s new feature is compatible with 17 of Samsung’s Android smartphones linking to the two devices.

Endomondo paired with the Gear Fit or Gear 2 lets users start, pause or stop a workout without reaching for smartphones. Data such as distance, time exercising, calories burned and more can be displayed, and the built-in HR monitor is supported on Gear 2. Users can also set the smartwatch’s display to be light or dark for easy viewing. Read more

Endomondo Love Story: Tracking His Way to Her Heart

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A few days ago, we were contacted by a very happy Endomondo user, Gary, who had just proposed to his fiancée in a really creative way. He decided to track the question using his Endomondo app. We asked Gary how he came up with this unique proposal and he answered that “the seed for the idea for the message actually came from a television commercial I saw where a bicycle courier or the like drew a big heart for his girlfriend.  I can’t remember the sponsor, or how the image made it to the map, but it occurred to me that with Endomondo, you could actually write a message.”

So, as he got ready to pop the big question to his then girlfriend Lorinda, he knew he had to do something “unique and personal and BIG”. He wanted to propose on Lorinda’s birthday, so he planned ahead and spent a couple of weeks with Google maps searching the local area for the perfect spot where he could write out the message. He told us that initially, he wanted to run the route, but that since he had to meet Lorinda for dinner the evening that he planned on proposing, he didn’t want to show up exhausted after the 4 hours he would have had to run to write out the question! We can’t fault him for opting to bike the workout instead. So, armed with his printout of the course he had mapped earlier, he took the afternoon off work, aired up the tires in his bike and headed over to the starting point. He rode the proposal workout and prepared himself to share the question with her that day.

love story 2The big question: “Lorinda, will you marry me?”

At dinner that evening, he confessed that he had taken the afternoon off work and gone for a bike ride without her. He then shared the link to the Endomondo workout and asked her to look at it on her phone. She looked at her screen, immediately saw the message and after getting over the surprise, gave him her answer…”of course!”

For the record, she tracked her response later on too:

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How they met:
Gary and Lorinda were introduced by a friend of Lorinda’s that was a music coach. See, aside from being avid cyclists, this harmonious couple is also part of a musical group. In the start, their bond was purely platonic, but as we all know, friendships often develop into something more. After years of being great friends and making music together, they discovered that they had fallen in love somewhere along the way. When we asked her about the proposal, she said: “Gary is an engineer, and everything he does is uniquely Gary. I had no idea what to expect by way of a proposal from him, but I can tell you that never in a million years would I have dreamed of this! I think it makes it even more special that he spent a couple of hours, rode over 16 miles, and burned over 1000 calories to propose, and if it’s possible, it made me love him even more”. They now live with their cat, Sou, and enjoy cycling as well as just about everything else they can dream up together.

We’re sending a big congratulations to Gary and Lorinda! We wish this wonderful couple a lifetime of happiness, great rides and fun adventures together!

If you want to see them making beautiful music, you can check out one of their performances on YouTube: http://youtu.be/4ML-mNrBvxQ.

Also, if you have an inspiring/fun/unique story that you would like to share with the world, drop us a line. We’d love to hear it!

The Endomondo Team

Our Android App Is Getting in GEAR – the Latest Update Adds Samsung Gear Fit Integration!

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Samsung has some pretty cool Gear, and we couldn’t wait to launch an update featuring this integration. After all the development has been completed, we’re excited to announce that Gear Fit support is now available for users of Samsung Smartphones! For a list of supported devices, scroll down here.

Samsung Gear Fit lets you start, pause or stop a workout while your Endomondo app is running in the background. You can swipe between three page displays and each of them can show up to three different stats, such as distance, speed or workout duration. To change our default settings and configure which stats you would like to see, access Smartwatches in your Endomondo app settings. There, you can also choose if you prefer a light or dark background for your stats.

How to make it work:
When using a Samsung Gear Fit, you just need to download Gear Fit Manager app to your phone and pair it with the device. Then, you download the latest version of our Endomondo Android app or update your current version to 10.3.0 and it will automatically get recognized in your Gear Fit – when you tap on “App Connect” on the Gear Fit, you should see Endomondo among the options.

Many of you have been asking about plans for integration with Samsung Gear 2. Well, it’s coming up in one of the next releases, so stay tuned!

We hope you enjoy getting fit with Gear Fit and Endomondo! Happy tracking and have fun freeing your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

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