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Thinking Software – Taking the Sedentary Out of Programming

thinking softwareNo matter how much of an avid athlete you are, if you have an office job, chances are you’re probably sitting for a large part of your day. Working at a desk, hunched over a keyboard can wreak havoc on your body (carpal tunnel, anyone?).  As you may already know, programmers are notorious for putting in long hours in front of their screens, which can make these problems even worse. Doing something as simple as taking a stretching break or a going for a short afternoon jog or walk can help alleviate these aches, but it’s tough to remember to do this when you’re chained to your desk trying to wrap up a project and to get home in time for dinner. That’s where a shift in corporate culture can come to the rescue of these aching necks and backs. At Thinking Software, a company dedicated to developing workforce management solutions, there were already a few keen mountain bikers enthusiastically supporting Endomondo and using our app regularly, but there wasn’t a joint approach to getting the entire team on the fitness bandwagon.

That all changed when the management team over at Thinking Software decided to make fitness an official part of the culture by signing the entire office up to Endomondo Premium with an Employee Fitness planthingking software employee fitness. With the plan, they got their very own fitness hub on Endomondo with their Company Page, where they’ve been setting up challenges and events to keep the motivation going strong. The enthusiasm is running rampant over at Thinking Software HQ, with over half of their entire staff signed up to Employee Fitness, creating their own training plans and joining the challenges. They’ve gone a step further, getting actively involved in charity runs (using JustGiving to track their efforts), which they’ve added as challenges on their page. Making fitness an important part of their team activities has helped their team feel more connected and more energized. “The sharing of training advice, inevitable banter about best times and memories from attending training sessions and events all contributes to a great team environment during the working day, ensuring we’re working together to serve our customers to the best of our ability.” This year, their team is planning on joining various events, including Wolf Run, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and a Half Marathon, so training with our app will help them get motivated, train smarter  and face these challenging races head on.

Have you ever wished you could share your workouts with your colleagues and add some healthy competition to your workday, just like the Thinking Software team does? Well, just drop us a line here, and let’s get your company fit too!

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Why We Love What We Do – Leszek’s Story

lezek1We think our community is awesome, and so we love sharing your inspirational stories with the world. There’s this sense of pride which permeates the office every time we hear that our app has had an impact on your lives, because these are the moments which remind us that we are making a difference. Every once in a while, our team gets an email that puts a huge smile on someone’s face, such as this one from one of our users from Poland. His name is Leszek, and his path to becoming an athlete is one of the many great stories we’re proud to share with you:

Hello Endo team,

With the start of the New Year, I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you all the best and tell you how grateful I am for your service.

I was an Endo user for some time, had some problems, contacted you and as compensation, one of your colleagues gave me a premium code…and then it really began ;-) I started clicking around and found this funny thing called “training plans”. I was using Endomondo to track my cycling activity before, but this was a good reason to try running. I don’t remember when exactly (probably sometime around Nov ‘13), but I created my first plan to run 10km (never did running before). It was hard for me, partly because it was winter at that time, and also because I was a typical IT guy with few kgs above the advised limit ;-)

I leszek2didn’t give up though; I signed up for the first timed run, and completed it in ~1:04 (Dec ’13). I also started to look and feel better, so I decided it’s a good reason to continue and signed up for a half-marathon. I created another plan and followed it as much as I could. I finished my first half-marathon in March ’14 – ~2:06. I was exhausted but very proud and happy. I decided that it’s time to raise the bar and signed up for marathon. Again, I trained with a training plan from you. I skipped few trainings, had my ups and downs, but on the 28th of Sep ’14, I started my first ever marathon run and finished it in 3:50:53. The finish line was set at the National Stadium in Warsaw. I remember every single second of my run; all the cheering people, this incredible empowering noise that lets you run even faster despite barely standing on your feet. I remember my wife’s proud smile when I crossed the line and the feeling that I can achieve almost anything.

With this, I wanted to say a big Thank you, Endomondo.

Without you, I would’ve never felt that!

P.S. I have a lot of XL clothes for sale, anyone? :D

Leszek, we are amazed by your achievements, and we’re grateful that you took us along while you pursued your goals. Thank you for reminding us why we do what we do, and keep on proving that you can reach any goal you put your mind to.

To see more of Leszek’s marathon pics, check out his blog.

Free your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

How to Track with Your Endomondo App Abroad

surfingSo, you’ve booked your trip and you’re finally going on that dream getaway you’ve been planning. But, before you head to the airport, remember to pack your workout gear! Yes, you heard right. Just because you’re going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to (or should) put your training on hiatus. Even when you’re taking a break from work, completely stopping your workout routine while you’re on holiday is not a great idea, since you can lose your progress much quicker than you’d probably expect. Just one week of inactivity can put a damper on your fitness. We don’t mean to stress you out, especially when the whole point of going on vacation is to relax, but just keep in mind that a little activity can go a long way to keep you on track. And to really stay on track, you’ll want to keep track of those workouts, right? But using all that data probably doesn’t seem like a great idea either.

Well, here’s a little tip to help solve this dilemma: when you’re abroad, you can keep tracking with your app…and, no, that doesn’t mean we want you to waste your precious data. You can actually track all your workouts without using your data connection at all. To track your vacation workouts, all you need to do is to turn on your phone’s GPS – a GPS signal is free of charge, so this won’t cost you anything. But remember to turn off your Cellular Data, since not only does that help save your battery, but you’ll be making sure you won’t be racking up roaming costs. Using just your phone’s GPS, your app can still track your metrics such as distance, duration, speed, pace, mile/kilometer and splits. Pretty neat, huh? Your data will get saved on your phone and will be uploaded to endomondo.com the next time you have a data connection, like when you reach your hotel’s Wi-Fi range. (To get even more Wi-Fi options, search for apps that use your phone’s GPS to find free Wi-Fi hotspots near you).

Just connect to the network and fire up your Endomondo app to upload your data, as well as any great pics of the amazing sights you’ve added to your workout. There are some setbacks when using your app without a data connection. Certain features such as Peptalks and maps won’t be available when you’re not connected to a data network, and it will take a little longer to get a GPS fix, so you won’t get the full Endomondo experience you’re used to. Still, we hope this doesn’t keep you from taking your app out with you, because we’re sure it doesn’t want to be left out of your vacation. For our full guide on tracking sans data, check out our FAQ.

Have fun freeing your endorphins abroad!

The Endomondo Team

Endomondo Opens 2015 with New Mobile Tools to Help Android & iOS Users with Fitness Resolutions

Goal-Oriented ‘Commitments’ and ‘Create a Challenge’ Features Capitalize On Endomondo’s Unique Social Approach to Exercise

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Jan. 06, 2015 – Staying motivated is a crucial aspect to keeping New Year’s fitness resolutions. To help, Endomondo has released an update for the very popular Endomondo Sports Tracker iOS and Android app that includes two new goal-oriented means for keeping users focused on fitness ambitions.

The first tool now available enables users to create their own private challenge and invite select people to take part directly from the app. With more than 300,000 participants in some of Endomondo’s public challenges, it is a proven motivating concept that is now launched in a more personal version which can be tailored to every user’s needs.

The second new feature is called ‘Commitments’ and allows users to set a weekly, personal fitness goal from the app. Users can choose a weekly performance schedule before selecting a specific sport in which to participate.  It is then possible to review weekly activities via the app and get notified of the progress made towards the goal. Read more

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 hold? 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

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