Did you hear about this one? Top 5 Apps to do outdoor sports and get inspired

At Wave Application we believe that going outside and making memories is one of the best ways to spend our free time. To do that, technology comes in handy to take the most of any of our trips so we have shortlisted and tested the best 5 apps in the market to do outdoor sports with friends or alone and enjoy a wonderful day in nature.

 

 

View Ranger

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Is there anything better when doing outdoor sports than sharing the beautiful views of the incredible surroundings with your friends? View Ranger app thinks that knowing the environment can improve our experience and brings us the augmented reality to our excursions. With its feature Skyline, we can focus with the smartphone camera lakes, mountains, trails and routes and the app lets us know in real time the name of each peak or lake and will locate us exactly in the geography of the place. In this way those of us who are not experts of the place can conquer the best spots and learn the best routes to reach them.

In addition to the augmented reality, the maps and geolocation of this app use official sources and channels of rescue stations. Among its options, you can see information on ski slopes, hiking and road routes in natural environments. It is free on Android and iOS.

 

Wisuki

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Aloha surfers! If you are a surf adventurer and love kitesurfing, sailing, surfing or windsurfing, our personal recommendation is Wisuki. It is an app that combines the typical data sources of each beach or tourist area to surf and presents them in a list, so we can quickly decide where to go with our board each morning. The app is designed by experts and has all the desirable features, plus a graphic map in which we can take a quick look at the conditions of a specific beach.

Wisuki has information about wind, tide, weather, water temperature, twilight time and wind direction, all updated hourly. What we also love is that it adds some interesting facts that can help us decide where to go, depending on how beautiful is the beach, how entertaining or how accessible it is. It is definitely worth for practicing water sports. It is free on Android and iOS.

 

Strava

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We believe that playing sports is a rewarding experience both before and after going out, so that is why measuring your performance is a great way to feel proud and want to repeat the next weekend. Strava is one of the best apps to measure your performance in outdoor sports, the miles you have completed, the intensity, your heart rate (if you have a wearable to measure it) the altitude and all factors you need to know to be satisfied with your route.

Once you have used the application several times, the algorithm of Strava makes a specific plan for you, according to your tastes and your possibilities, so that you take a personal trainer on your smartphone. It is a very useful part for those who enjoy the self-improvement and are encouraged to try more and more hiking routes or bike more intense.

In addition, if you have a competitive side or like to learn from other users, the application has a social network in which you can share your opinions on different hiking or bike routes, share tips, pictures or just presume of your personal marks. It is free on iOS and Android.

 

FitStar

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In the field of virtual personal trainers, we like to highlight FitStar, because it combines exercises at home with outdoor activities in which you can enjoy nature, exercise and doing sport in a group. This application displays several training programs for lessons that you can complete to level up, with videos, comments and suggestions to become a true outdoor athlete with confidence and without fear of not being able to continue with the route.

What is characteristic of this tool is that you can evaluate each exercise based on its intensity and whether it has been interesting to you. Thus, the application will learn from your tastes and can adjust your exercises to you. It has a free version on Android and a Premium one with more features.

 

Mountain Project

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Leave the map aside because we introduce you to the top of the mountain trekking applications. Mountain Project has surprised us by its huge catalog of hiking trails, more than one hundred thousand around the world, updated according to the weather conditions, the intensity and duration of the route and the advice of thousands of travellers from all over the world.

If you are thinking of using your mountain boots soon, this app will take you anywhere with all the information available. Mountain Project has an intro screen where you can select the area in where you are going to practice hiking, climbing, biking or any other outdoor activity. Once you have chosen your crags to conquer, it has a map with geolocation to find the routes that you can download to use without internet, for example if you are traveling in another country, interesting spots to see and where to stop to enjoy the views.

Mountain project is also interactive, so whether you do sports with friends or not, it has recommendations of other users like the footwear and the clothes that you should wear and updated weather information in real time so you do not be surprised by a flood. You can also contribute with the community posting your best pics of your route and your personal thoughts and tips about it. It’s free on Android and iOS.

Workput fitness app

Did you hear about this one? Top 5 Fitness apps

Some of us we have not signed up for the gym, or even worse: we did sign up but we hardly know the way there 😀 Therefore, we can suggest other ways to exercise to get in shape this year. Among countless apps on the market we chose a list of the most interesting and coolest, so that the procrastinators no longer have an excuse. Here are the most innovative apps for fitness with virtual reality, artificial intelligence and social networks:

Zombies, Run!

 

For those who hate sports because it makes them feel bored, the solution comes hand in hand with Virtual Reality. There are several apps that are taking advantage of the ‘gamification’ to introduces it into the daily routine of people and give vent to the tremendous innovative effort suggested by this format. Would you be able to exercise if a zombie panda kept chasing you?

Zombies, Run! uses scenarios created specifically for virtual reality goggles with the intention of getting yourself involved in an interesting history through your headphones. Once you start running and listening to the story, you can see yourself climbing fences and running to to survive. It may sound slightly spooky, but this app has already three million downloads worldwide. With each update, the number of scenarios increase so you never get bored.

Virzoom

 

Following with the Virtual Reality to exercise, another app that we found interesting is Virzoom. The app takes advantage of a real machines such as a bike, to immerse yourself in a story and make you protagonist of it realistically. It presents a wide range of situations such as a city defended from the dinosaurs. For the next version they will release a parkour scenario to let you jump on the rooftops of your city. Impressive.

Vi

 

If you are one of those who enjoy exercising but don’t know how to do it correctly, it would be best to hire a personal trainer at least in the beginning. Through Artificial Intelligence, the creators of VI have developed an app that controls the data of your exercises to guide you step by step, let you rest when you need to and create a personalized exercise plan for you. Vi is a personal trainer who lives right there in your harman Kardon headphones, that come in a bundle with the app.

Moov

 

Another personal trainer who uses artificial intelligence is Moov, but with the main difference that it uses a wearable device to control more exercise data, such as beats, steps you are giving or rhythm. Once you collect data from your smartwatch of your daily performance, you can adjust the intensity levels of the application to suit your needs. We really liked how complete the app is:  running, swimming, cycling, boxing, and timed workouts. Each has the option of creating an exercise table and saving your evolution.

Daily Mile

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Daily Mile

Daily Mile is an application and social network with exercise tables for all levels that you can easily do at home. It has tips, daily exercise plans and tips that you can use and share with your friends. The best part, however, is the social network that allows you to share your workout routine with your friends and followers. You can bring out your competitive side and let others know the effort you are making, and even share it directly on Twitter post…to show off or to get motivated 😉

Last but not least, if you are not planning to do sports “solo” – open a wave and meet up with your friends to go running, mountain biking, surfing… – or to have that one beer after getting all fit.

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Video: 4 funny ways to do sports with friends and lose weight

New Year and the New Year’s resolutions. Some people want to learn a new language, some travel more while others decide to spend more time with their loved ones. The one very classic New Year’s resolution in the occidental world is losing weight. Take a look at the funniest ways to do it around the world 😉

1. Grass Ski

While one part of the world is covered with snow, the other can always enjoy skiing in the sand dunes or something different: grass ski!  Paradoxically, the idea comes from a German who lives near the Austrian Alps and could not bear the idea of spending six months a year without skiing. The skis are shorter than the ones  for snow and more flexible to allow jumps and twists. It is a great experience to do sports with friends and lose some weight along the way. Grass ski has become so popular that it is now considered an official sport and skis are marketed worldwide.

2. Megangsingan Spinning

If you are lucky enough to be in Bali, throw a wooden disk in the city of Pujungan! This is a similar sport to Olympics discus throw, however, it is done with a wooden ball. The wood disk is a sport that requires good sight, strength in the arms and a vast territory to throw it far away without putting anyone in danger. It’s a cool sport that you can do it in group. You can bet who has the longest jump to make it more fun.

3. Jump like a Kangaroo

No need to travel to Australia since this one you can do almost anywhere: in the nearest park, in the mountains or in the city center. Jumping like a kangaroo is perhaps the most hilarious way to do cardiovascular exercises. This idea was born in Eastern Europe a decade ago with the invention of boots with shock absorbers, a design that allows you to jump stable and very high, anywhere.  The boot creators organize events in major cities to “dance-jump” listening to the music.

4. Reinvent traditional games

If you love Billiards or Snooker but want to try new things, here you have SnookBall, a fun sport game that involves hitting balls with your feet instead of with the cue. It is played on a grass field with three holes on each of the two longer sides of the rectangle. The goal is to get your team’s balls into the holes by kicking only the white ball and waiting for the rebound. This sport was invented by French friends Aurélien and Samuel, who wanted to give a little excitement to their group sports afternoons, get in shape and change the style of their garden. We love it and we think it is a way easier than traditional Snooker and a great sport to enjoy with friends. What do you think? What don´t you give it a try and send us a picture?

Have we missed some funny sport? Drop us a line and let us know!

5 Things you should know to plan a perfect ski trip!

Christmas holidays are here and there are not many things better than spending your holidays with friends and your new ski gear on a ski/snowboard trip ;).  A smart guide of how to prepare your ski trip will let you rock it on the slopes.

Skip the queues and save some money for the Après Ski

Purchasing a lift ticket in advance could save you up to 50% so searching for a good bargain is the best way to start your trip. Liftopia is a great website for purchasing your forfait in advance with a discount. It sells from one to three days’ tickets over a wide range of destinations for skiing in the US and the Alps. Along with the prices there is a full info of every ski station, so if you are not sure where to ski, here you find some good tips.

Find your friends on the slopes

At Wave Application we make sure you won’t miss your superb lunch with a view with your skiing buddies…or at least that getting there won’t be a chaos 😉 Start a group wave with up to 10 people and you will be able to see each others’ location in a private map in real time, chat and set a meeting point – to make sure you all meet in a certain restaurant at certain time. Everyone who loves skiing knows it can be a real mess getting the group back together and with that much fun, there is no time to lose.

Warm up your hands

All good but freaking cold, right? You stop taking pics and and stop feeling your hands also. Zippo Hand Warmer (sold in Amazon) is small, affordable and lasts for 8 hours. If you prefer disposable gadgets though, try out the Hands Warmer x30 from Decathlon. This one works with a chemical reaction to the fresh air, so as soon as you open the package outside, it starts heating up and you can keep it in the pocket or even inside or your gloves for 6 hours of soft heat.

Rock the mountains, literally

Wonder how it feels skiing with the song of Paradise on the background? Well, you wouldn´t be the first one who enjoys a bit of loneliness on the slopes listening to your favourite music. Helmet Poc for skiers and snowboarders, available on Amazon, uses bluetooth network to connect it with the smartphone, receive calls and notifications. Its speakers provides you a stereo pure sound and adjust the volume without taking out of the pocket your smartphone.

Tinker belt boots

We are impressed by the amazing Carv ski boots that records your daily path and reviews your performance with you afterwards. It is like wearing a personal tinker belt under your feet. Once you arrive to the ski resort you can connect it with the smartphone and analyze your movements, mistakes and teach you how to ski better. It is one of the successful projects on Kickstarter and you can pre order from it. A coach was never so close to you.

Want to add something else to our list? Don´t hesitate to drop us a line and enjoy your cheap ski trip with your friends.