Last week, we started another session of First Strides, a walking and running workshop for women. In the workshop we meet together as a large group over 12 weeks, with each week getting progressively advanced. We meet once per week as the group and then we ask participants to do some homework on their own, which means they have to do that weeks program on their own several more times before we meet again the following week. The workouts are designed by combining easy and hard intervals over time, by slowly reducing the ‘easy’ interval times and increasing the ‘hard’ interval times.
We often get asked if there is a mobile phone app that will help track these workouts because it often difficult to keep track of that with a regular exercise watch. We don’t have a particular *First Strides* app, however, here are some directions for setting up the workouts with one popular workout app called RunKeeper. There are other app options with similar functionality, such as MapMyRun and Fitnio. (For a review on some of these and other smartphone apps, check out this Lifehacker article.)
I use RunKeeper and absolutely love it, so that’s the app you’ll get step-by-step directions to set up. Once it is downloaded on your phone, just follow these easy steps to add each week’s work out to your phone.
Hope this was helpful! The workouts are much easier and quicker to set up than reading through these directions, so you will be able to quickly add your workouts to this app. As mentioned, other apps have similar functionality. I’m just too lazy to do this for the variety of different apps. However, if you want some assistance getting yours set up, regardless of whether it is Runkeeper or another app, feel free to contact me!