If you are looking for another way to stay social with your friends, but also to record all your activities. Strava is THE way to go. I never have really been able to stick with an app to track my runs, but Strava has made me want to stay. Let me show you why this is the BEST fitness tracker and if you aren’t on it, why you should get on it right now!
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After you sign up (it’s free!) and log in you will see the homepage. The homepage lets you see yours and all your friends activities where you can like or make comments on the activities they have posted.
On the right hand side of the homepage you can see a summary of the miles you have run, biked, or swam for the week.
When you click on your picture in the upper right hand corner it will take you to your profile page. Then you can see all of the pictures you’ve uploaded, as well as achievements and statistics. It gives a nice breakdown of all how often you run, cycle, or swim over the last 4 weeks, personal records, and yearly stats, and all time stats to keep you motivated to keep getting better.
One of my favorite parts of Strava is the segments you can “collect”. This gives some fun competition among the people running in your neighborhood. I only have 1 segment that I have the fastest course record on…hoping to get more in the future!
You can also upload your own segments.
Upload an Activity to Strava
When you are ready to go, you can upload an activity by clicking on the plus sign in the right hand corner of the screen.
If you decide to upload an activity, you have a whole slew of options for devices you can upload from no matter the type of gear you use for your activity. I use my TomTom GPS watch to upload all my GPS data from my runs and it is able to do it automatically every time I sync my watch to my phone!
Additionally, if you choose File, you can upload and sync from other sites like Runkeeper, Nike+, and more!
You can also choose to upload an activity manually. This is a great option for if you are into a lot of different activities that aren’t necessarily conducive to being recorded by GPS (like rock climbing), but still want to record that you were being active! You have options for skiing, canoeing, crossfit, rock climbing, weight lifting, and so much more! When you upload your activities from GPS you can also change it to whatever sport it is. Example: I record my hikes using my TomTom, they automatically upload as a “run”, and I’ll change it to a hike.
Lastly, if you don’t have a GPS watch, you can use the Strava app on your phone to record your activity. This will track your run, bike, swim, etc., to upload to the site!
Another part of what makes Strava great is the month challenges. You can join both running and cycling challenges to run a certain amount of miles or a certain distance and if you get it by the end of the month, you can add it to your trophy case. A definite motivator!
Overall, I think this is a really comprehensive app and I love the clean scheme on the website. It makes me excited to see what my friends are doing and motivated to stay active! If you decide to try out Strava, you should follow me and I’ll follow you back!
There is Strava premium that you can pay $7.99/month or $59.99/year. This gives you access to training plans, personalized coaching, and more analytics. I currently don’t use premium, but if you want me to try it out to see if it’s worth it, let me know in the comments!
What do you think?
Do you use Strava or do you have a different app you use?
How do you keep track of your active life?
Are you partaking in my Fitness Challenge?