BEGINNER best couch to 5k app

Published on April 20th, 2015 | by Mark

Best Couch To 5K APP

Look no further for the best couch to 5k app on the market. You decided to get off the couch and get in shape. You are making a great decision that will change the rest of your life for the better.

The problem is that you might be confused. There are so many running apps on the market, you don’t know where to start. Well, by the time you finish this article, not only will you have the top five couch to 5k apps on the market. You will also have a strategy of attack to get back in shape.

First the top Couch to 5k apps are:

Charity Miles

This app will get you motivated to move. Every mile you walk or run donates $0.25 to a charity of your choice.

The app will keep up with the miles for you, so there is no hassle on your part. So you get the exercise you need and your charity gets a donation from it. Everyone wins.

The cost of Charity Miles is free. If you plan on using Elliptical or treadmill for your running, then you may want to see if the app will work for these machines.


Couch-to-5K has a number of features. You have a coach planning your work-outs for you and you get to select from one of four coaches to work with. The GPS system on your phone will be able to track your progress, and your progress can be posted to Facebook.

You can even sync up your iTunes playlist to Couch-to-5k.

The only thing is this app is only available to iPhone users. But you can look on the android store to see if you can find it.


Proof! Not only keeps track of your work-outs, but requires you to take a video or picture of the end of the workout. The information can be texted to friends or posted on Facebook for the competition aspect.

Proof! Even comes equipped with a scoreboard so that people can keep one another motivated by whatever means.

This app is available both for iPhone (iTunes) and android (Google Store).


WalkJogRun. Has as many of the features that Couch-to-5k offers. The difference is that there are no coaches setting up your plans. Instead, you can pick from hundreds of running routes in your city. You can even set how far along these routes you wish to run. The app will even let you log your own route.

The phone’s GPS and gyro systems will help keep track of your progress, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of progress.

This is an iPhone product only.

Run Half Marathon

Run Half Marathon is a cool little app. You can set up test and access different exercises such a cadence drills and Speed Interval Training among others. The information for your workout is collected by GPS and this app can be used outside or on a treadmill.

Run Half Marathon even lets you know when a halfway point arrives so you can turn around.

Run Half Marathon is an iPhone app.

Suggestions on how to get started.

First, just get out and walk. Start with a 5 minute walk, and increase the walk time by five minutes for seven days. By the end of the week, you should be walking for 35 minutes.

Second, continue walking for 35 minutes for the next week. This first two weeks is to get your body adjusted to working out.

Third, Using a treadmill, elliptical, or a planned route from one if the apps above, jog one mile until your body is comfortable jogging it. At this point, add a mile. Keep this process up until you are running three miles.

If you do much more than these steps, then you might severely injure yourself or end up in cardiac arrest. So just take it easy and follow the suggested plan.

Above are the best couch to 5k app selections as well as a safe way to start getting active again. I hope this article has been helpful to you, and I wish well on your path to fitness.

Further Information:

1. Couch to 5k Weight Loss Program

2. Couch To 10k Race Training Program

3. 5K to 10K Training Plan

Credit Image: by N i c o l a, on Flickr

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