Whatever the sports you enjoy, there are loads of ways you can use smartphone technology and apps to give you a better experience. You can use apps and mobile websites, along with things like your phone’s built in GPS, to help you train, help you plan your trips, network with other extreme sports enthusiasts, watch your favourite professional sports and get some light, sports themed entertainment on your down time. Here we take a look at some of the best ways to make the most of your smartphone as an extreme sports fan.
One of the great things about social networking is you can find people who are going to be in the same events as you, who are visiting the same extreme sports locations, or who are looking for a training buddy. This can be a great way to make new friends, and can also help you learn more about events or resorts you have never been to before from people who are more experienced. There are lots of ways to do this using general social networks, for example you can find groups on Facebook or seek out the relevant Twitter accounts for your sport or destination, but there are also social networking platforms aimed specifically at athletes and extreme sports fans, such as Hookit, which has a great iOS app.
There are a lot of great apps out there to help record or plan your training, some of which are geared toward specific types of sport like skiing or mountain biking. A lot of these kinds of apps use the built in GPS technology in your phone to accurately measure things like distance and altitude. It can be pretty motivational to see your progress with an app like this, and some also have social features that can allow you to compare your performance with other people. A good app which is designed for people who train in multiple different sports is SPLIT Multisport. It has full GPS integration and is set up to provide functionality for a wide range of extreme sports.
While playing games on your phone may not seem like a very ‘extreme’ thing to be doing, we all know there are times en route to destinations or waiting for things to be ready on a sports trip where you can feel a bit restless and in need of some form of excitement. There are loads of extreme sports themed games for both Android and iOS, which can be a nice way to distract yourself during enforced ‘still time’, or, if you can’t have fun without a little risk involved, try joining an online casino you can use via your smartphone, like Royal Vegas Casino for Canada.
Using apps and mobile sites on your phone can help you get better at your sports, meet other enthusiasts, share your adventures and occupy your mind during the less adrenaline filled parts of your extreme sports trips. Set yourself up with the right apps and you may well find that they add a lot to your sporting life.
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