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
November is here, and to the guys in our office, that can only mean one thing: Movember! They couldn’t wait to put down their razors and let their mustaches go wild. But, the guys also happen to be avid athletes, and so we pondered if sweaty staches would get in the way of their workouts. Their response was unanimous: “it’s worth it!”
We think it’s a great cause, and the fact that it raises awareness on the incidence of both testicular and prostate cancer makes it worthy of our support. We’re so keen on supporting the cause that this year, we got our own Movember Endomondo Team on Movemeber.com. We hope that our Endomondo community will join our team to run and grow a stache for a good cause!
Mo’ running, Mo’ stache?
Since we all will be running for Movember, we questioned what effect that can have on the speed of your stache growing endeavors. You know all those workouts you’ll be tracking? Well, if you are aiming to let your facial hair shine during Movember, working out may be a good way to jump-start your growth. Exercise can promote hair growth, since it helps you pump up your heart which makes your blood circulates better.
And since we’ll be seeing quite a few staches in the office this month, we started reading up on what are the pros and cons of sporting one. Research shows that not only does a little extra stubble make guys (on average) more attractive to the ladies, but maintaining your facial hair may even be a sign of a more powerful immune system. Maybe that’s because it keeps you warmer? Yet, even with these benefits, we couldn’t help wondering what your thoughts are on the idea of growing out a mustache.
So, guys: do you grow a Movember stache? If so, does your facial hair have any negative effects on your aerodynamic-ness? And ladies: staches – yay or nay? What about when it’s for a good cause? Let us know what you think in your comments.
Free your staches!
Have you been keeping track of every step of your day? Well, if you are an iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus user, you may be doing just that with Endomondo Life. We hope that you’ve been discovering just how active you are throughout your day, and that with Life, you get inspired to move more and raise your goals as you progress. To help you get more out of Life, we’ve added more features – new visuals and personalized notifications.
Fresh features on Endomondo Life:
Your day just got more graphic, in a good way with the “Your Day” bar chart. Check it out in the screenshot above, which shows what an action-packed day could look like. Your Day shows your level of activity spread out over the course of a 24-hour day. The activity level for each hour is calculated based on both the length of the activity, and the intensity of the activity. So, 20 minutes of high intensity, heavy activity will be shown as a higher bar than 25 minutes of light activity. Heavy activity is defined as 620 steps or more in a 5 minute period.
A little extra encouragement never hurt anyone, and we want to support your efforts to stay active by giving you more tailored reminders and updates throughout your day. We’ve developed a new notification system to make your experience much more personal and more fun. Based on your activity level, you’ll get one of 50+ notifications which will let you know how far you are from reaching your goal, or if you’ve been busy, you’ll be notified when you reach it.
We hope these new features help you stay even more active and that you remember that every little bit counts when getting fit.
Enjoy every step of your day!
The Endomondo Team
Sometimes, it takes getting though the school of hard knocks to come out a champion. That’s what happened to one of our users, Peter. He reached out to us, telling us about how one decision to change has made a world of difference. With his permission, we’ve shared Peter’s inspiring story, which is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the human spirit.
“Hey Endo team,
I was just checking out my Endomondo profile and saw that my first workout is from August 2nd, 2011. At the time, I was at a very personal crossroads in life. I weighed about 100 kg and my daily exercise routine consisted mainly of getting the mail in the morning. I had decided to turn my life around, and so I said goodbye to my old job up and started moving in a new direction. I was also about to move into a new apartment in Aarhus, after having spent a year living in a halfway-house. In short, I faced a lot of challenges which at the time seemed very scary. It was around this time that I also got really tired of the extra weight and of being so out of shape. So, I decided to change my diet and I slowly started shedding the weight. Since I wanted to get fitter, I took up running . I heard about your app through some friends, but I thought that it wasn’t for me because I didn’t want to measure anything due my total lack of fitness, and because my athletic performance was nothing to brag about. I dared myself to install your app anyway and try it out. I quickly discovered that when my pace was slow, it motivated me to continue to try and improve my times and go for longer and longer distances. My first Endomondo workout was approximately 4 km and I remember that I was completely finished and exhausted afterwards! The first several months I was limping around due to my aching legs :) In May of the following year, I ran my first marathon in Copenhagen. This culminated in my participation at IM Copenhagen in August 2014 (pictured above) – three years after my first Endomondo workout.
I know that there are many different factors in my life that made this possible, especially my family and friends who have supported me through all my wild whims and who have always shown incredible and unwavering faith in me. Your app is also part of the reason, and so I’ve wanted to write this email for a long time. Due to a lack of time and the fact that it’s a pretty personal story, it took me a while to pull myself together and send it, but here it is :)
PS. Now I am in the process of advanced studies in the field that I started and I love my new job. At long last, I have finally found my niche in life. Finally, many thanks for your great app, which has helped make all of this possible. I hope you continue your good work with Endomondo for many years to come!”
When we asked Peter about what he’s currently working on, he told us that he is pursuing a career in Health and Social Care. “My job now is about helping people and I love doing that so maybe, just maybe, I will study on and become a nurse, but I’m not sure about that right now”.
We are humbled to have been part of Peter’s remarkable transformation of not only his body, but his entire life. Stories like his make us continue to strive to achieve more in order to pay tribute to our community with the same dedication that keeps us in awe of our amazing users.
Thank you Peter, and tillykke!
The Endomondo Team
If you’re an avid Endomondo user, you know that we’re all about fun, social fitness. As much as we love having fun with fitness, there is one thing that we take really seriously – our workout gear. And to the girls in our office, a saggy sports bra is no laughing matter. When we’re giving it our all during a workout, we make sure that our sports bras are giving us the right level of support. So, in order to get you moving no matter what workout style you prefer, we’ve chronicled our experiences with our workouts and the sports bras we’ve been using. Read more
Many of you have been eagerly questioning us about integration with Android Wear. It’s time to get your answers. Today, we are delighted to announce a massive update, which aside from Android Wear integration, also includes another coveted wearable integration – Samsung Gear S – as well as some cool new Android app features.
First off, let’s jump right in to our Android Wear integration. Android Wear support is included in the free version of our app. To make it work, you just need to pair the Smartwatch via the Android Wear app.
There are several ways to start a workout on Android Wear. You can either:
- Scroll down to the three-dot menu, select the Endomondo app and hit the start button,
- Start the workout on your phone, press the notification you get on your Android Wear when it pops up and swipe to the “Open” button, or
- Use the nifty Voice Activation feature and say “Start Endomondo”, “Start a workout”, “Start a bike ride” or “Start a run”.
On Android Wear, you can swipe between three display pages, and each of them can show up to 2 different stats. To define the stats, access your Endomondo app settings, select “Smartwatches”, and choose Android Wear to define zones on your display.
Samsung Gear S:
After introducing Samsung Gear Fit, Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo integration, we are adding support for yet another member of Samsung wearable tech family: Samsung Gear S!
Samsung Gear S 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. Gear S not only measures your heart rate, it can then show this data in your Endomondo app and on your Gear S display. The sensor, located on the backside of the watch, sends the heart rate data to the Endomondo app, but this can be disabled if you prefer to use a heart rate strap instead.
To make the Endomondo app “talk” with your Samsung Gear S, you need to download the Gear Manager app, access Samsung Gear Apps and install the Endomondo Sports Tracker for Gear app. This app could only be linked to one Android app, which means that our PRO users must use our Free app when using Gear S! But fear not – when you download the Free version and log in with the account associated with your PRO app, all your PRO features will be automatically unlocked.
FYI, the Android Wear app offers Heart Rate data support for the Smartwatches that have built-in heart rate monitors (currently Motorola Moto 360 and Samsung Live).
New Training plan creation wizard and overview:
Creating a Training Plan is easier than ever. When you select Training Plan from the menu, you’ll find the Training Plan creation wizard, which explains how the plans work. We’ve also added a new training plans overview to provide you with better information about your training.
Twitter sharing from the app:
Tweet your workouts effortlessly. You can now share your individual workouts to Twitter right from the Android app or set auto-sharing of your workout at the start or the end of a workout. You can do so from the social screen after you stop your workout or access the app’s Connect and Share settings and tap ‘Manage Twitter sharing’:
Android users, we hope you get a kick out of our latest update! Now, you have even more wearable options to pair with the app and new features to keep you going strong. We have another Android wearable integration in the works, so stay tuned for more on that coming up!
Free your endorphins!
The Endomondo Team
Continuing Strong Wearable Development in 2014, Endomondo’s Fitness App Expands Reach to More Devices and Users
COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Oct. 8, 2014 – After releasing updates earlier this year for Samsung Gear Fit and Gear 2, Garmin, TomTom and Pebble iOS users; the popular Endomondo Sports Tracker app now integrates today with Android Wear devices, as well as the Samsung Gear S smartwatch.
The free Android Wear update delivers a total of six real-time fitness stats across three screens. A simple swipe lets users move through data, and information can be assigned to different pages with ease. Further, the integration allows people to easily start/pause/stop a workout while on the go.
The Samsung Gear S integration works similarly, but allows users to select between a total of nine configurable stats such as speed, distance or workout duration. Additionally, the built-in Gear S heart rate monitor can now supply data to Endomondo. Read more