Treadmills are boring as hell, but there's no denying the benefits of not having to mess with the elements, traffic, or discovering that even fat people are way faster than you. Here to at least ease the monotony: CardioEscape
Just launched by an ATX design firm and David Richardson (former Texas Lutheran linebacker, fitness coach on A&E's Heavy), this iPad app aims to take the sullen isolation out of treadmills and various other forms of stationary churning via video accompaniment and a bonus slew of complimentary workout supplements that won't vacate your Tour de France victories. The eye-candy syncs up with the pace of your workout, and includes virtual tours of ATX health-haunts (Town Lake, Walnut Creek), scenic bike paths (Bastrop State Park, Mission Trail in San Antonio), TX landmarks (SA's Riverwalk), and soon-to-be-added international locales like the streets used for Pamplona's "Running of the Bulls" -- an annual event in which Bill Wennington always gets gored. Further enhancing your whatever-the-hell-you're-doing, the app syncs to your music library, suggests Richardson-specified workout times/intensities (for walking, running, cycling, treadmill, and ellipticals), and features a log that auto-records your stats, saving you the annoyance of your sweat smearing your penmanship, or people laughing because you're actually writing down your stats.
Because it's all about the digital, Cardio also has a function that lets you easily share your accomplishments via social media -- and your friends thought the treadmill was boring as hell.