Pushing a kayak or canoe into the water for an afternoon is a super way to depart from life’s stressors. But did you know the Endomondo Sports Tracker can come along?
Pick kayaking from the ‘Choose Sport’ menu, click play/start, and the app documents how long a canoeist/kayaker has been out, distance traveled, and general calories burned. And if you run into trouble while on the water, the Endomondo app actually serves as a real-time safety tool others can use to find your last recorded map location.
Ryno Lamont, an Endomondo user from South Africa, said: “I use the Endomondo Sports Tracker on my smartphone to keep me on track paddling the coastal waters of Cape Town. The live tracking feature enables my friends to encourage me with text messages and it provides piece of mind to my family tracking my route progress.”
But before you put a smartphone into a boat, precautions should be taken. First, purchase a dry sack to hold electronic devices. There are many different dry sacks on the market, but think about selecting one that is clear so you can visually check a smartphone while paddling. No matter what brand you selected, leave air in the sack so the package will float if it finds a way into the water. And while this next suggestion may be overly cautious, we also propose people splurge for a waterproof smartphone case. Many such cases are available and almost all cost less than the price of a new phone. And when it comes to protecting your data and gadget, it’s much better to be overly cautious.
Now that you secured your smartphone and can operate Endomondo, here are a few tips for using the app.
1) Turn up the volume on your smartphone before placing it in the watertight bag. This allows users to hear audio feedback, and makes it easier to control music volume if you’re using Bluetooth technology.
2) Once you’ve found a point of interest or obstacle to be avoided, simply paddle in a circle to create a map ‘mark’ noted by Endomondo. This allows users to remember a scenic point or troublesome hurdle, and the notation can be shared with others in the kayaking/canoeing community.
3) Share canoeing/kayaking experience on the Endomondo social fitness network. This allows others to find great paddling places and get insight on tricky spots.
The Endomondo Sports Tracker adds an interesting stratum to canoeing/kayaking that wasn’t available years ago. And the Endomondo social fitness network can generate a worldwide kinship for paddlers never before possible. So shove off and give Endomondo a try, but be sure to keep your smartphone dry.
Smartphone fitness tracking apps aren’t just for distance sports. Yoga enthusiasts, too, can benefit from the same mobile technology.
If you didn’t know, the Endomondo Sports Tracker app has yoga as one of more than 50 tracked activities. Just select the yoga setting, click play/start, and place the smartphone next to your yoga mat. The app then tracks workout duration and calories burned. Several heart rate monitors can also be deployed with the app to gather detailed data for more precise calorie calculations since yoga workout intensity can vary.
Upon completion of a yoga routine, press the app’s ‘stop’ button to store a helpful workout record. Detailed results can also be entered manually through the app or online at your Endomondo account so all exercise sessions are in a personal history.
Post-workout is where Endomondo truly shines thanks to the social nature of the service. Similar to Facebook, Google+ or Twitter, Endomondo users can welcome people into their personal online yoga community. Be it an acquaintance from a local class or yoga practitioner on the other side of the planet, users can share their exercise updates, upload a picture from a particular session perhaps showing a new pose, and ‘tag’ people on yoga activities. And through Endomondo, users can set up fun ‘Challenges’ that perhaps motivate people to lengthen yoga sessions or increase workouts over a week or month.
If you haven’t used Endomondo for yoga before, give it a try and see what friendships can be developed and insights discovered.
Challenges are an important part of the Endomondo community – they are here to motivate and to give you an opportunity to win fun prizes while interacting with other Endos.
The recent Polish challenge, “Help Measured in Kilometers,” went beyond a challenge’s usual purpose. It managed to engage over 250,000 people in Poland (which is typically the number of users joining Endomondo global challenges) to support disabled children.
The challenge went from June to September. Every two weeks we announced a goal such as how many kilometers could be done collectively by tracking running, cycling, mountain biking, fitness walking, hiking or skating. Disabled people were invited to participate, too, by tracking their wheelchair and hand-biking activities. Challenge participants managed to track more than 40 million kilometers, which is 100 times more than the distance from Earth to the Moon.
As a result, T-Mobile donated 1 million Polish Zlotys (more than $300,000 US) to disabled kids. T-Mobile CEO Miroslav Rakowski said it was the first time in T-Mobile history they cooperated with a tech company on such a big project. We were very happy to see Endomondo and its users could be a valuable, energetic tool for charity and we hope there will be similar projects in the future.
We’ve now passed 20 million users and 1 billion miles tracked. We want to thank all of you for supporting us and being part of this journey. Check out this video – you make the world go endo green!
When we introduced Training Plans at the end of August, we gave you a heads up about a planned price change.
Now, before we get into the details, we would like to thank all of our current Premium users for supporting Endomondo – not only by paying for our product, but also for being some of the most active users in the Endomondo community. To show our appreciation, users that are already Premium members by the time of the price change, will not be affected and will continue paying the current price (USD 2.99 per month or USD 19.99 per year respectively).
For new subscribers, the price of an Endomondo Premium membership will be increased to USD 3.99 per month or USD 29.99 per year. The price increase officially commences on November 1, 2013.
Upgrade this month to get Premium at the lower price – and remember that users of the Endomondo PRO app get a discount of USD 4.99 the first year when upgrading to a yearly Premium membership.
Since we launched Premium, we have added training plans and workout tagging so the initial Premium package has a lot more to offer now. But we’re just getting started. We would like to emphasize that we’re committed to a continuous improvement of Premium. Up next are the following improvements: A new audio coach for training plans and bringing some of the website statistics that many of you love to the app.
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The National Bike Challenge is back for summer 2013! Join more than 50,000 Americans as we unite to ride more than 20 million miles in communities nationwide. Challenge yourself with this free program to ride more for transportation, fitness and recreation. Ride solo, create a team, or pedal as part of your workplace to get healthier, have fun, and become part of a national online community. Plus, every month you’ll be eligible to win great raffle prizes! Read more
Check out the picture – this is how Cris Trandafir celebrated that he was able to run more than 1000 miles in a year – by tracking this symbolically shaped workout. He used to be a couch potato and credits the Endomondo community for getting an impulse to become an active person.
In his own words: “I’m so happy that I found this app and it’s working great on my phone! Running is now for me like a drug, my body is asking for more and more Endorphins! Happy to be a part of Endomondo community!”
Thank you, Chris, for sharing with us – we love seeing the power of inspiration in action.
We spotted this Easter bunny running around the office! By the way, a rabbit is a symbol for the fastest lap of your workout at Endomondo…do you have any plans to bring it on and speed it up in the spring season?
We’ve developed Endomondo to make it more fun and engaging to workout, and to help you accomplish your fitness goals. In April we’ll make this even easier for our Premium users with customized Training Plans – more info will follow soon.
Our effort to support you in your training also extends to our blog. Recently we blogged about Interval Training for Newbies, offering good pieces of advice from experts. If there is a fitness topic you would like to know more about, let us know.