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Virtual Runner

Price: Free (with in-app purchases)

Available for: Apple (iPad only)

If you love the treadmill but hate the same-old gym environment, Virtual Runner is about to makeover your entire workout. This app provides high definition videos of popular courses, which speed up and slow down according to your pace.

The library of available videos is always growing, featuring famous race courses and exotic locations, all shot in widescreen from a runner’s perspective, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the virtual environment. There’s also the option to include the natural sounds captured where the video was filmed.

In-app purchases are required to unlock routes, which can be expensive depending on your budget. However, how many people can visit New York’s Central Park at the touch of a button for $12.99? Our favourite courses include a run along the Great Barrier Reef, The Hills of Bali and the 5km Niagara Falls Run.