8 Websites That Help Couch Potatoes Take Up Running For Fitness & Fun

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cool running websiteWe were all born to walk and run. Unfortunately we don’t, except when we have to run after the bus. Running (or even jogging) is the simplest aerobic physical exercise one can think of. Why don’t we take it up with gusto? Probably because it’s effort; also it’s slightly un-cooler than pumping iron in the gym. Running has a lot of things going for it. It is the cheapest exercise you can think of. The life changing benefits of running include everything from better cardiovascular fitness to fat loss. It also helps you to become an early riser and a better sleeper.

You might say that an article on running is better suited for a health site. That’s what I would have thought if not for the response to the post on the 10 Bicycling Websites That Will Pedal You Into The World Of Cycling. We who sit in front of a computer are a sluggish bunch. So put on your jogging shoes and head for these eight websites for runners and joggers – and then the open air.

Cool Running

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Cool Running is one of the oldest websites on running and jogging. The site is geared towards all types of runners – from newbies to competitive runners. The site covers latest races, running news, and other interactive tools. The Training section is pretty well stocked and though the Couch-to-5K Running plan requires a payment, the free schedule that’s given should be enough to put you on the track with a plan. Then there’s a bunch of other training plans too.

Some of the tools are for paid members, but there’s enough on the site that you can do even with a free MyActive registered account.

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Runner’s World

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This well designed site brings news, articles, and advice for runners. Read running equipment reviews and catch up on training techniques for races and marathons. The Tools section has a range of calculators and search tools for equipment and stores. Check out the interactive tool that helps you to prevent injury by pinpointing the source of pain.

The site has a neat Training Log that’s helpful to keep track of your running. Another useful tool is the Smart Coach which can be used to design your personal training plan for a race. For motivation, don’t forget to download the screensaver (for PC and Mac).

Run The Planet

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A similar website for runners and joggers; it also comes with four other language versions. Check the Running Dictionaries and Translations section if you are planning to run in a non-English speaking country. There’s also a movie review section on movies based on running. Running routes and maps via Run.com covers both U.S as well as a lot of international city specific routes. You can also create your own. Meet Phil The Frog and read some humor asides to get refreshed. A few pop-ups here and there are the only irks.

Complete Running

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Quite simply, a blog on running by bloggers who run (or the other way around). If you are a beginner, you might want to check out the Learn to Run section or head to the posts filed under Inspiration.

About.com

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The dependable internet guide resource has an entire channel devoted to running. You can read all the topics there, but I would like to point you to the page on Running Music Playlist: Top 40 Songs. Get motivated to run with the cadence of your favorite songs and let these help you to discover more songs.

American Running Association

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The association’s goal is to promote running and walking for a healthier lifestyle. The non-profit organization aims to do this through information and youth fitness programs. One of the useful resources on the site is the Clinic Advisory Board with 27 different specialists, who answer American Running Members’ training, nutrition, health, and sports medicine questions.

Walk Jog Run

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WalkJogRun’s Running Route Planner helps you to trace out running routes in your neighborhood on a Google Map or create your own and save it. Also included is a distance/speed calculator and calorie burn estimator. The web app has 912,680 routes for you to run through.

For options you can also check out MapMyRun and GMaps Pedometer. Running Map does the same job but on a Yahoo map.

RunKeeper

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RunKeeper is an online app which tracks your fitness activity. Using RunKeeper you can create and save your routes and monitor your progress over the course of days. RunKeeper also gives you a free iPhone and Android app. The mobile apps come with unique features like heart rate monitoring, audio cues, and two-way sync. Though the web app has been updated, you can catch our earlier review and see How To Use RunKeeper To Set Exercise Goals.

Running is one of the best solutions for a healthy body and a clearer mind. If you want to get off the couch and start with an exercise, there’s nothing as good or as free as running. Let us know if you are a runner and your favorite online destination that keeps you motivated for the long run.

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