Get RunKeeper Pro for iPhone absolutely free

If your New Year's resolution is to get in shape, this app can help. It normally sells for $9.99, but you can get it free until the end of January.

RunKeeper Pro is one of the few apps I'd pay $10 for. From now until the end of January, you can get it free.
RunKeeper Pro is one of the few apps I'd pay $10 for. From now until the end of January, you can get it free. RunKeeper

What's the No. 1 New Year's resolution? To lose weight and get in shape, of course. What's one of the best ways to do both? Running.

If you're a novice runner, an app like Couch to 5k is a great place to start. But for anyone who's already accustomed to hitting the pavement, I've yet to find an app I like better than RunKeeper.

The Pro version normally costs $9.99, but from now until the end of January, you can get RunKeeper Pro absolutely free.

Way back in July 2009, I called RunKeeper the "coolest freakin' iPhone application ever." And to this day I still think it ranks in the top 10.

The app tracks your physical activities: running, walking, biking, skiing, and even gym-based stuff like treadmills. For most of these it relies on your iPhone's GPS to monitor your location, speed, distance, time, route, and so on.

When you're done with, say, a run, one tap is all it takes to upload your data to the RunKeeper Web site, where you can review your route on a map and check all your statistics.

Along the way, RunKeeper can pipe your chosen playlist and/or provide audio cues, like your time, distance, and average pace. It also offer "coaching" options (target pace and interval training) and geo-tagged photos (which are a pain to take while running, but still cool).

In short, it's nothing short of a killer app for runners. There are countless others, but I haven't found any reason to switch. It's definitely worth $10, so getting it for free is like getting a belated holiday present.

While we're on the subject of fitness, be sure to check out my previous post on four apps that can help you lose weight . Now put down that Twinkie and get off the couch! (This from the guy whose butt has been in a desk chair all day.)



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