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How to fit running into a busy life

 The following is a guest post by Martin Bjergegaard:

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!

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The British Invasion…of Endomondo HQ

BBC - office

Reporters from the British Broadcasting Corporation recently visited our office to cover the Endomondo story – from its start to where we are heading. They spent the day interviewing our CEO and co-founder, Mette Lykke, and getting better acquainted with our much-loved app. She showed them around the office, presented a live demo of the app’s features, and shared her insight into how Endomondo got to be where it is today. They got to see us kayaking out on the canals, riding our bikes and generally running business as usual. Literally, running – as many of us practice what we preach and do like to go out for a quick run from time to time during a break from work.

We snapped some behind-the-scenes shots while they were here, and had a blast enjoying the buzz and excitement surrounding their visit!

BBC - kayak
Preparing for action: Two of our fittest friends getting ready to track a ride down the canal

BBC - ducks
The BBC getting familiar with our fabulous feathered tenants    

But, along with the excitement came the concerns. We felt slightly nervous that our office building could stir up a bit of historical hostility. You see, our HQ is actually housed in one of the adapted “Gunboat Sheds” (Kanonbådsskurene) that were built in the 19th century as a naval base during the war with the UK. Luckily, the visit was a peaceful, happy encounter which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Following this great experience, we will always welcome having such delightful British press come by anytime!

The story first aired on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014. If you missed it on the BBC network, you can catch the video and full report here:

And for you history buffs out there, you can read more about the Gunboats on Wikipedia.

Thank you BBC, for an inspiring visit and brilliant story.

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Free Your Endorphins: Get High on Running!

runner's high

We all know that getting your daily dose of exercise is good for you, but did you know that you can get high on running?

Multiple studies (such as the one found here) have researched this phenomenon, and tried to pinpoint the causes behind that feeling of bliss that some avid athletes report feeling after a strenuous workout session.

The science is somewhat divisive, since there is no unified stance on why people experience it, but endorphins are very likely a large part of the equation. As you probably know, endorphins are feel-good neurochemicals which also act as our body’s own natural painkillers. Therefore, the recurring hypothesis is that when you push your body to your pain threshold, your endorphins kick in to help you get over it. When you get that endorphin rush – nice going! – you just reached a runner’s high.

How you go about attaining the high is also somewhat vague, since many studies have been focused on already highly athletic participants and may be difficult to generalize to casual fitness devotees. But research suggests that pacing yourself is probably the best way to go, since thanks to our ancestors, we are built for distance running.

Endomondo makes trying to reach a runner’s high as fun and motivating as possible, with loads of features designed to help you push yourself to the next level. Trying to beat a friend can ignite your competitive drive and make you go beyond your usual limit, which could potentially lead to that elusive runner’s high. Choosing a personalized training plan with Premium – such as a 5k or Marathon plan – helps you reach your desired fitness goals. And with the Audio Coach, you’ll keep on going long after you start feeling the burn.

How many people hit a runner’s high is still not fully proven, but hopefully our Endomondo community can chime in on the subject. Remember to tag #runnershigh on any workout on which you hit the high, and let’s see how many of us experience it!

Have fun freeing your endorphins!

How Endomondo’s CTO Got Back in Shape

Morten before and after

Just two-and-a-half months after Endomondo CTO Morten K. made a New Year’s resolution to get back in shape, he managed to lose 12 kg. So just how did he achieve that feat? What motivated him? Which Training Plan did he use? Find out the answers in this interview. Read more

Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Alive

With a new year comes a new chance to improve, and that applies to our physique too. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? The Endomondo team did!

“I want to follow my training plan, so I avoid getting injured again and I want to beat my PB on the Half Marathon distance at the World Half Marathon Championship 2014 in March.”
Ture, Product Manager

“I would like to get faster on 10K, so I want to start a training plan and follow it for 3 months. And who am I kidding, I also want leaner thighs in 2014 :-) so pilates twice a week!”
Eva, Community team

“I want to take up road biking or mountain biking (haven’t decided which one yet :-)”
Lucian, Server team

“In 2014 I want to run 1000 km”
Morten, Mobile team

“I want to bulk up from 76 kg to 90 kg.”
Mikkel, Community team

January is the perfect time to get a fresh start and think about how you can get or maintain a healthy body in the coming year. But it can be difficult to follow through on New Year’s resolutions, especially without any help or support.
The good news is that regardless if you made any New Year’s resolutions, Endomondo is here for you to help you reach your fitness goals.
Whether you want to run your first 5K or are looking to improve your marathon pace, we’ve got you covered.
We’re offering a month’s free Premium trial to all non-Premium Endomondo users if you sign up before
January 15th. You can cancel at any time within the first month to avoid any payments.

Just follow this link: to start your free trial of Endomondo Premium.

We wish you a fit and fabulous 2014 full of endorphins!

The Endomondo Team

Endomondo Challenge in Poland: T-Mobile donates $300,000 (US) to Disabled Kids

Pomoc km 1Challenges 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.

Pomoc km 2

The World is Going Green

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!



Endomondo turns 5!

Today is our fifth anniversary – happy birthday to us :-), but also to all our users, because we wouldn’t be here without you. Over the past five years, Endomondo has become a community where you can share your fitness moments with others – to this date there is almost 18 million Endos out there!
As you can see on the pictures, we have come a long way also design-wise since the very first app release on Symbian in 2008.

Bday 5 for Facebook 2

How a Couch Potato Ran more than 1000 Miles in a Year…

1000 miles


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.

Spring Season Calls for Training Plans

Easter bunny

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.


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