3 Nutritional Powerhouses That Make Snacks Better

While labeling certain foods as “superfoods” is still up for debate, there’s no denying that there are some that pack in more nutrients gram for gram. Different types of leafy greens, berries, and beans are great sources of antioxidants, vitamins, and all the good things you need as part of a healthy diet to fuel those long workout sessions. In fact, studies indicate that an antioxidant-enriched diet could possibly improve recovery for endurance athletes. We’ve picked a few of our favorites based on their health benefits, versatility, and how well they play with other healthy ingredients to give you some tasty ways to enjoy these nutritional powerhouses. Check out these three foods and a few easy recipes to make your snack options better. Continue reading 3 Nutritional Powerhouses That Make Snacks Better

How to Get Smart About Your Goals

Blog_imageAs we near the end of January, it’s a good time to check in on those goals you set while ringing in the New Year. Setting resolutions is great, as this gives you a chance to evaluate where you’re at and what you want to improve on. Still, as positive as setting new goals is, the stats about these resolutions are not as optimistic. According to stats from the Statistic Brain Research Institute, about 64% of people who set a New Year’s resolution follow through with it after one month, but that drops to just  46% at the 6-month mark. In 2015, losing weight ranked 1st as the most popular resolution, while fitness was the 5th most popular. Does this ring a bell?

Before you let these stats put a damper on your motivation, remember that plenty of people do achieve their resolutions, and that there is a foolproof goal-setting technique that can help you be a part of those achievers. You’ve probably heard of SMART goals before, but did you know that your favorite health and fitness apps are the perfect tools to help you nail this technique? Endomondo and MyFitnessPal are made to help you log and train smarter, so before you throw in the towel on your resolution, check out how to set a SMART fitness goal with your apps and stick with it. Continue reading How to Get Smart About Your Goals

The Most Common Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

greatist_injury_preventionGetting into running is one of the best ways to work out without the fuss. Though, if you don’t do it properly, you could end up being among the estimated 80% of runners that are injured each year due to improper training. Our friends at Greatist have rounded up 12 of the most common running injuries that plague those who hit the pavement, along with a few ways to stop the pain.

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Victoria’s Story: 1 Year and 7 Lessons That Changed Her Life

19921_939943206072994_2077034125084302287_nLife doesn’t always go as you plan it, and a lot of times, it will throw you a curve ball which can push you off track – or make you change for the better. One of our members, Victoria, was faced with a major setback to her health that could have made her veer away from a fit lifestyle, but instead, forged an incredible new path to success which she’s been on for the past year. Her story is about overcoming odds and creating the reality you want for yourself instead of letting your circumstances define you. One year and seven lessons have made all the difference in her life, and they could do the same for you and your fitness goals. Here is her story. Continue reading Victoria’s Story: 1 Year and 7 Lessons That Changed Her Life

10 Healthy Holiday Dishes from around the World

holidaymtThe holidays are approaching, and fitness fans all around the world are prepping for the season ahead. We know that even though many of you manage to get in a few workouts over the holidays, you’re probably thinking more of feasting than of fitness these days. And why not? The holidays were made for good food shared with good friends and family. Still, noshing on empty calories won’t help your performance when it comes time to start tracking again.

We want to do our part to help you stay on track this holiday season, so we’ve rounded up some of the healthiest holiday favorites from around the world. These twists on traditional recipes are sure to be a hit without making a major dent in your diet and are packed with plenty of nutrients to fuel your winter workouts. Don’t forget to log your holiday meals with MyFitnessPal to keep track of your calorie intake and calories burned.  Continue reading 10 Healthy Holiday Dishes from around the World

Welcome To Your New Home

New HomeOver the past few months, we’ve been working on giving you the best experience on web so that you can do more with your workouts when you visit endomondo.com on desktop or mobile. In order to make every time you visit our site as smooth, seamless and cohesive as possible, we’re updating our Home and History pages by giving them a new look as well as improving some of the functions available on each. Check out our recap of our latest update and be sure to switch to your new home to see your new features in action.  Continue reading Welcome To Your New Home

Why You Should Add Interval Training to Your Runs

Interval TrainingInterval training. You’ve probably heard of it before, but even if you’re an avid runner, you may not be using it as part of your training. We’ve been touting the benefits of HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training) for some time, but if you haven’t tried it before, it may seem more intimidating than just going for a run at a steady pace.  For those of who aren’t doing it yet, we wanted to give you a quick guide on what it is, what it’s good for, and why you should be adding it to your routine, no matter what your running goal is.  Continue reading Why You Should Add Interval Training to Your Runs

Pep Talks Make You Smile

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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

Best 2015 Fitness “Horror” Story

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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

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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