Get More out of Runtastic: The Benefits of Fitness with In-App Friends

You can always count on real friends, you share special moments with them and master challenges together. But have you tried adding your friends or fellow runners directly in your Runtastic app yet? You should!

Connecting with friends…

…offers great social benefits and also helps you be part of an active and engaging community. Besides, some of our coolest features like leaderboards or groups only work if you have friends in the Runtastic app!

Friends are vital for your fitness & health

There’s so much more to a healthy lifestyle than just nutrition, hitting the gym, and working out. The social element is important, too! Researchers have found that our social life can have a significant impact on our health:(1) People without friends get sick more often and are unhappier than those who have people they can rely on and talk to. Fitness and friends complement each other to improve your health!

Managing and adding new friends in the Runtastic app:

Finding new friends is quick and easy with the Runtastic app: You can add and find friends by tapping “News Feed” on the tab bar followed by the friend icon in the top right corner. Alternatively, tap “Profile” on the tab bar and tap “Friends”. As soon as you are on the “Friends” screen, you can see your current friends, search for new ones, and accept or decline friend requests. You can also search by email address if you’re struggling to find someone by name.
Are your friends having trouble finding you? You can share a link directly to your profile so they can find you easily!

The benefits of adding friends in the Runtastic app:

Your friends will motivate you

It can be tough when you can’t get motivated to lace up and step out the front door. Fortunately, your Runtastic friends can give you some helpful encouragement when things get rough. Whether it’s sending likes and comments to congratulate you or cheering you on mid-run to spur you to the finish line, your friends are there to keep you motivated and on the right track.

You don’t have to do it alone with LIVE Tracking

Even when you’re pounding the pavement out on your own, your friends can follow you in real time when you activate LIVE Tracking in the Runtastic app. Your friends can also support you as they follow you with the “Cheering” feature: Sprinting up a steep hill? Let your friends choose from numerous different cheers to send you through your headphones as if they were right there with you! Next time, follow your supporters when they’re on a run show them some love by cheering them on, too. This way, you can push each other to do your best!

Share your passion

They say “sharing is caring” so let your friends know how you felt during your workout. With image sharing you can upload and send a background, route map, or personal picture directly via social media to show your friends what they’re missing. You can even add a personal touch and acknowledge their support with a celebratory sweaty selfie!

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Keep in touch

Living in the 21st century requires flexibility. People often move all around the world for their ideal jobs. Sadly, this can mean leaving their friends and running partners behind. Luckily you can stay in touch with the “Groups and Communities” available in the Runtastic app: Form virtual running groups around the globe, follow each others’ routes, and try to beat each other’s times! Want to expand your circle of friends and take on the elite? Join adidas Runners, an international community for those of you who want an ever bigger challenge!

Challenge each other

Just running for the sake of running bores you? Need something more to motivate you to really push your limits? Check out the “Leaderboard” feature! Here you’ll be able to keep track of your weekly or monthly mileage and see how you rank compared to your friends. Are you already at the top of the list? Then try adding and challenging new friends for some “friendly” competition!

Be a part of a community with challenges

Connect with other runners by participating in Runtastic’s challenges. Whether it’s racking up the miles as part of our annual Run For The Oceans campaign to clean up marine plastic pollution or banding together this September to complete the “Hey, Run with Us!” challenge, challenges will bring out the best in you and your friends. You can also share challenges with others to tackle them together!

So, what are you waiting for? Make the most of your fitness journey by becoming a part of the Runtastic community: Together you can motivate, inspire, and make fitness more fun!


Credits: Runtastic

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