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Train anywhere in the world 

Tired of staring at the sweaty arse of the guy in front of you every time you hit the treadmill? A new iPhone app called Fun Run Trainer is making cardio sessions a lot more interesting by allowing you to run anywhere in the world.

Using Google Earth’s satellite video map, the program places a cursor representing you on a famous route (say Liverpool’s Abbey Road, the Champs-Elysees in Paris or Sydney’s Bondi Beach) and tracks your progress as you beat your feet on the treadmill. It even lets you know to adjust the incline on your treadmill to mirror the changes on the course.

What’s even cooler than the app’s ability to improve a casual jog is the way it can help serious runners train. Want to get ready for the New York Marathon at home? Fun Run Trainer offers the complete courses of 200 international races so you can perform a trial run without ever leaving your garage.

The basic version is free; if you want more involved features (such as the marathon courses), it costs a few extra bucks.