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Improve your outdoor training with detailed maps!

20 May 2016 Community

We all have routines. They help structure everyday life, provide direction, and reduce the need to make decisions – whether that’s the order we put our clothes on, the time we go to bed, or the route we take when working out.

It’s not that routine and habits aren’t important, in fact we recently shared the power of habits, but relied upon every day they can cause boredom and missed opportunities.

Think about taking a run or a bike ride. You most likely take the same routes time after time. It could be the route you take to work, the trail you run at the weekend, or your favourite downhill run. But what happens when you go that little further or turn a different corner?

Making a small change can open up a whole new world of possibilities. To do this without knowledge of the area may cause you to get lost, but fortunately Sports Tracker’s detailed maps have you covered.

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With Sports Tracker premium you have access to several types of high-detailed maps (OpenStreetMap standard, landscape, outdoors and cycling, and terrain maps for Spain, Norway & Finland). These detailed views show the layouts of cities, cycling routes, the topography of the land, and types of terrain to help to take your outdoor training to the next level.

No matter whether you’re roller-skating in the city, hiking in the countryside, or carving up the mountain, we have a map to help you discover new trails and places and leave your old routes behind.

Even better, if you’re heading to area without mobile internet, you can use these maps offline. Simply browse the desired areas beforehand when connected to the internet and it’ll be ready for you to explore when you’re out on the peaks.

What are you waiting for? Get off your circuit and try something new. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and share your favourite routes and workouts.

You can trial detailed maps and other premium features by upgrading your Sports Tracker app for a free month’s Sports Tracker premium through our Android app.

 

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Ghost Target: the workout buddy in your pocket

14 April 2016 Community

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We all know a little friendly competition never hurt anyone. In fact, it often provides the motivation and drive to helps us achieve our goals.

Competition, in one form or another, is at the heart of all sports. It pushes us further and harder, and if we’re not competing against someone else we’re competing against ourselves.

When running, cycling, skiing, (or anything else for the matter), everyone wants to shave a second off here or add a mile there. Trying to achieve this is easier when you have a friend next to you, but what happens when a sports buddy isn’t possible?

That’s where Ghost Target comes in.

With Ghost Target you can race against a route you or a friend have previously tracked.

Using Ghost Target you can turn your phone into a personal motivator with real-time performance against your target. Our voice feedback will let you know whether you are ahead or behind your ghost and your current performance. This can be customised for each activity, by the kind of information you want to hear (distance, energy, pace, heart rate, etc.) and how often you want to receive it.

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These features will help you maximise your performance and set accurate goals to help push you further and harder, even when your workout buddy takes a day off!

Best of all, you can trial Ghost Target and other premium features by upgrading your Sports Tracker app for a free month’s Sports Tracker Premium through our Android app.

Interested in more Sports Tracker Premium features? Read all about them here.

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3 reasons why music helps you work out

21 March 2016 Community

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Do you listen to music when you work out? We certainly do, and we love it. But there’s more to it than just being enjoyable – the truth is, listening to music when working out carries significant benefits. In this post, we’re covering 5 reasons why music actually helps you work out better.

1. It helps you syncronize your movements

Scientific American has a very thorough article covering the psychological benefits of music, but the key point is: your body instinctively wants to move when it listens to music. That’s why sometimes when you run or cycle you like faster beats, but when you work out you’d rather have slow, bass-heavy tunes. It really varies depending on who you ask, but music gets you moving – and your workouts become even better for it.

2. It improves your performance

A 2010 study suggests that cyclists actually work harder when they listen to faster music, which is great news if you like to work out to boost up your adrenaline levels. A separate study also suggests that you can increase your own endurance by as much as 15% when you work out with music. So next time you decide to put your gear on, don’t forget your music player of choice – you might end up spending more time on the road than you’d expect (and you’ll be thankful for it later).

3. It keeps you in a good mood

A recent study found that people often listen to music as a way to improve their mood. This makes complete sense – after all, music is one of the ways we have to change our own perceptions or approach towards something. In other words, we listen to music because we want to feel something different. The same principle applies to sports, and in fact science does suggest that music is highly correlated with increased levels of enthusiasm and exctement amongst more physically active people.

Over to you: do you listen to music when you work out? Why or why not? Let’s keep this conversation going on Facebook, Twitter or on the comments section below.

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We’re hiring: Backend developer

15 March 2016 Jobs

At Sports Tracker, we build apps used by millions of people, and we take great pride in our work. This means excellent development practices, careful code architecture, and an organization built around rapid releases. With a strong focus on delightful user experiences, we balance building new features, refactoring code, and tweaking existing features based on analytics data. Every line of code gets reviewed by other developers, every pixel inspected by designers, and every feature hammered on by manual and automated QA.

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We are now looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Backend Developer to build first class digital services platform and APIs for Sports Tracker in Tampere or Vantaa (Finland)!

In your work you have the opportunity to use cutting edge technology developing Sports Trackers platforms and products further. We hope you have a passion for adopting new software platforms and skills and a desire to create first class solutions. We have an attitude of accountability and knowledge-sharing—so we hope you enjoy reviewing code, sharing your knowledge and improving our code base through continuous refactoring.

Previous experience in the following technologies is required:

  • Java
  • Spring
  • Mongo DB

If you’re interested and have skills in AWS it is a huge plus too!

Sports Tracker is on a mission here: we want to help people train better, connect through sports, and live healthier, happier lives and we need your help – do not hesitate to apply!

For more information please contact our recruiting partner Sihti IT:
Research Consultant Leena Mollberg, leena.mollberg@sihti.fi, +358 50 444 4451

p.s. We’re currently also looking for Android and  iOS developers!

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Make it your own – customizing the app

14 March 2016 Android, Tips

As we’ve told, this year is the year of renewals for Sports Tracker. You might have already seen some changes in our Android app (iOS to follow later this spring/summer), like the dashboard renewal and goal setting -feature.

But did you know there are loads of customizations you can already do in our app? Check out these examples (some only available in Premium):
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1. We recently released our highly valued goal setting -feature to our free side. Just tap and change it to fit your needs. It really motivates one to move more, try it and see yourself!

 

 

 

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2. Customize the voice feedback to hear what you want, when you want to hear it. Pretty much endless possibilities for you to choose from. Oh and you should also test out the voice feedback when listening to music, it automatically ducks the music so you can hear how you’re proceeding with the workout.

 

 

 

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3. You can also change what to see. Long press on any field and change that field to show what you want to see. If you’re all into heart rate monitoring, then choose to see “heart rate/% of max”.

 

 

 

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4. Choose between a dozen maps, whether satellite maps, cycling maps or in specific countries also more detailed terrain maps.

 

 

 

 

Have you already customized the app to suit your needs? What’s your favorite one? Is there something missing that would make the experience even better? Keep the feedback coming!

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5 videos that show the true passion for running

7 March 2016 Community

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The thing we love the most about running is how passionate people get once they’re really into it. It’s not really a surprise. Running is proven to chemically change your body by producing endorphins, which among others helps trigger positive feelings and reduce pain. So in a way, you can say that running is one of the secrets to happiness!

With this in mind, we want to share 5 of our favourite videos that perfectly describe this passion for running. We find it hard to resist seeing such passion and not wanting to get out and explore the woods – we hope that’s the case with you as well! Enjoy.

1. Running as a way to find meaning in life

2. Running as a way to keep going

3. Running as a way to challenge yourself

4. Running as a relationship with nature

5. Running as a way to reflect

Over to you: what drives you to run? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments section below.

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5 quotes on the power of habits

24 February 2016 Community

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If goals are the fuel that drives our ambition, habits are the engine that helps us get there. When setting goals, it’s very easy to assume that by knowing where we want to go we’ll eventually get there. But things are a bit trickier than that.

Knowing how we’ll slowly change our behaviour is also important. In other words, goals matter and help you look ahead, but only by changing our own habits can we actually start heading in that direction. Goals get us started but habits keep us going.

Charles Duhigg, author of ‘The Power of Habit’, has written some very interesting thoughts on how habits are more important than we think. Because we’re big fans of his work (and because we believe in accomplishing goals), here are 5 great quotes on the power of habits.

1. “Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.”

At the core of working out more often or trying a new sport is a change of behaviour. Having the goal to accomplish something new is the first step. Slowly building the habit to do what we need to do every single day will ensure we follow through. This matters a huge deal, because…

2. “Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”

Duhigg’s research shows that people who exercise regularly start eating better and become more productive at work. In summary, the self-discipline of changing your own habits easily impacts other areas of your life beyond the original goal. Which brings us to the next quote…

3. “Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.”

Becoming adept at something such as a new sport is, then, the product of ensuring that our habits become a core part of ourselves. It takes time until it becomes automated, but once it does, the results speak for themselves. No wonder they say, “excellence is a habit”. So never forget…

4. “Small wins are a steady application of a small advantage.”

Some have raw talent and sheer athletic ability, but by mastering your own habits you gain a powerful strength: consistency. And even if it looks like all you get is a small advantage, remember: the greatest victories (including those over your own self) are decided by the details. So keep this in mind…

5. “Habits (…) shape our lives far more than we realize—they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.”

Habits exist to save mental energy in everything we do, but the positive secondary effect is that we might actually end up enjoying what we do the most. If you ever had someone ask you why you choose to run a ridiculous distance or climb a mountain or cycle in the rain, it’s absolutely fine to simply answer “because I love it.” Which is another way to say, “I’ve built the habit and now it’s a part of me”.

Over to you. What’s the latest habit you changed in your own life? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or the comments section below.

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We’re hiring: Android developers!

23 February 2016 Jobs

At Sports Tracker, we build apps used by millions of people, and we take great pride in our work. This means excellent development practices, careful code architecture, and an organization built around rapid releases. With a strong focus on delightful user experiences, we balance building new features, refactoring code, and tweaking existing features based on analytics data. Every line of code gets reviewed by other developers, every pixel inspected by designers, and every feature hammered on by manual and automated QA.

We are now looking for enthusiastic and experienced Android Software Engineers who want to take their skills to the next level by joining our awesome Android team!

You will get the chance to work in a highly motivated, agile and self-organized team of engineers UX designers, QA and product managers. In your work you have the opportunity to use cutting edge technology in building new exciting features and implement dp perfect designs with advanced animations. We have an attitude of accountability and knowledge-sharing—so we hope you enjoy reviewing code, sharing your knowledge and improving our code base through continuous refactoring.

We hope you have gathered experience in the following:

  • Demonstrated experience producing object-oriented, structured, readable and testable code
  • Deep understanding of Java
  • Experience developing for Android and using Android Studio
  • Experience using modern version control systems such as Git

The positions are based in Vantaa, Finland.
Sports Tracker is on a mission here: we want to help people train better, connect through sports, and live healthier, happier lives and we need your help – do not hesitate to apply!

For more information please contact out recruiting partner Sihti IT’s Talent Acquisition Specialist Tessi Reispakka,tessi.reispakka@sihti.fi, 050 444 4481.

p.s. we’re currently also looking for iOS developers.

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We’re hiring: iOS developers

22 February 2016 Jobs

At Sports Tracker, we build apps used by millions of people, and we take great pride in our work. This means excellent development practices, careful code architecture, and an organization built around rapid releases. With a strong focus on delightful user experiences, we balance building new features, refactoring code, and tweaking existing features based on analytics data. Every line of code gets reviewed by other developers, every pixel inspected by designers, and every feature hammered on by manual and automated QA.

We are looking for enthusiastic and experienced iOS Developers who wants to take their skills to the next level by joining our awesome iOS team!

You will get the chance to work in a highly motivated, agile and self-organized team of SW engineers and UX designers. In your work you get to use cutting edge technology and SW platforms (Swift / Reactive Extensions). Your work will include planning, implementing and maintaining new and existing features whilst ensuring quality and usability of our award winning App. You get to collaborate and maybe even mentor other team members and improve our code base through continuous refactoring.

We hope you have gathered experience in the following:

  • Proven track record of developing UX friendly, responsive and fast iOS apps
  • Deep understanding of Objective-C/Swift
  • Basic understanding of Functional and Reactive programming paradigms
  • Experience working with modern version control systems like Git and Mercurial
  • Experience in Agile software development

Sports Tracker is on a mission here: we want to help people train better, connect through sports, and live healthier, happier lives and we need your help – don’t hesitate to apply!

The positions are based in Vantaa, Finland.
For more information please contact out recruiting partner Sihti IT’s Talent Acquisition Specialist Tessi Reispakka,tessi.reispakka@sihti.fi, 050 444 4481.

For a feeling of the Sports Tracker application feel free to download the Sports Tracker app in AppStore or Google Play and check out the web site http://www.sports-tracker.com/

 

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Health tips from the Sports Tracker community

5 February 2016 Community

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A while back, we asked you to share your best tips to improve your health and overall well-being. Because we know you’re all about embracing a healthy lifestyle, we weren’t really surprised by the dozens of amazing responses we got back. It’s good to see how so many different people work hard to be their best selves.

Here’s the twist: we actually wanted to celebrate some of your best tips, so we got to work and turned our three favourite ones into something a bit more visual. Introducing the exclusive collection of Sports Tracker Visual Tips, powered by… well, you! We hope you like them.

 

Get green

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Now here’s a rule of thumb that’s easy to follow and, if you’re creative about it, can turn out to be quite delicious. There are simple, delicious and healthy recipes that rely a lot on vegetables – search for them and introduce them in your life. You can thank Holly later.

 

Embrace your habits

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It might feel like a strict regime but actually there’s something about Madis’ tip that struck a chord with us. If anything, it shows that having a method and sticking to it is sometimes all you need to start switching to a healthier lifestyle. Remember – ambition needs habits in order to become an accomplishment.

 

Take a walk on the wild side

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If all else fails, just remember this: a healthy lifestyle depends on the little things. You don’t have to become an ultra-marathoner or the world’s fittest person. So Angel’s tip is spot on: what if you just committed to walking as much as you can? Walk to work. Walk on the weekends. Wander in the woods. Walk with no purpose other than walking itself. You’ll feel so much better before you know it.

 

Bonus tip: know your goals

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A bonus tip from us is around goals. We just recently wrote about the importance of goal setting, and to help you get started we’re hosting a competition in which you can win prizes based on your own goals. If you’re up for the challenge, read all about it here.

 

Keep sharing your tips

That’s it… for now. We’re always looking for your valuable advice to help us share more and more about how we can pursue a healthier lifestyle together – who knows if you might be featured next? So if you have more tips you’d like to share with the world, just share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.

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