Instead of running or jogging, I plan pedaling myself into shape in 2013. Last weekend, I rode over 8 miles and realized I needed a way to keep track of my rides. What better way than using an app on my phone? After sifting through apps in the Google play store, I found a few that fit the bill.
AllSport GPS FREE (Free)
The AllSport GPS Free app is associated with Trimble Outdoors. The app is setup to record your activity in a number of different activities, one of which is biking. You can use the app, but to get the most out of it, you should create a free account. When you first open the app, it will ask for your weight and preferred units of measure. The app has built-in local weather and an assortment of different settings you can adjust: cache maps, sounds, autostart, to name a few. Once you have set the app up, pick your activity and go!
The app records your rides and provides summaries of the week’s activities. To start a new ride, you select “new ride” and then a map of your GPS location will appear. Hit the start button when you begin. You will get on-screen info regarding distance, speed and time. The app has a media area where you can take photos or videos during your ride. There is a pro version available via an in-app purchase which will allow you get terrain and topography maps, record laps, and remove ads.
Cycling can be an intense yet very enjoyable form of exercise. If you are trying for better health and weight lose, you will want one of these apps to track and encourage you along the way. When you are riding, just make sure your phone is secure and the GPS is on!