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New to Strava?  Welcome!  Our mission is to help people live their best active life.

Our Getting Started with Strava series is designed to help you get the most of your Strava membership and SubscriptionIn this article, we’ll provide a high level overview of how to track and sync your activity data to Strava.  

We'll cover:

  • recording outdoor activities
  • recording indoor activities
  • recording virtual/indoor activities
  • recording swimming
  • recording when you don't have a recording device



Recording outdoor, GPS based activities: walking, running, cycling, hiking, skiing and more

Recording your time, distance, and location data and then seeing your activity on a map is fun and motivational.  You can use the Strava App, or a GPS enabled third party device or App.

View a list of compatible Devices and Apps




Recording indoor activities.  

Do you go to the gym?  Complete fitness videos in your living room? Attend yoga or HIIT classes?  Use a treadmill or bike trainer? These activities all contribute to the picture of your fitness life, and you can record them and upload that data on Strava. 

Find out more about recording indoor workouts





Recording indoor activities with virtual GPS

Indoor training with virtual GPS has become popular in recent years.  Virtual Ride/Run/Row activities are activity recordings that contain GPS, distance, elevation, and time data from a simulated route.  These kinds of activities require a smart trainer and a subscription to a virtual training platform.  






Recording swim activities

Swimming can be outdoor or indoor, and both types are supported on Strava.  The Strava App for iPhone and Android phones does not support swimming, but there are many devices that do. 

How to record swimming on Strava




Recording without a recording device

Don’t have a compatible phone or other recording device?  You can still track your activity by manually entering your activity data into Strava.  Instructions for Manual Entry


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Can I record heart rate and other biometric data on Strava?

A: Yes. The Strava Mobile Apps can be paired with heart rate sensors, and many other compatible devices and Apps can capture heart rate, power, speed and cadence data.  

Q:  I have a lot of old activity files from another Fitness App.  Can I upload these to Strava?

A:  Possibly.  The files would need to be properly formatted files in either .fit, .tcx or .gpx file format.  To upload files, sign into your Strava account on the web and go to:

Q:  I want to start recording activities, but I’m worried about privacy.  Does Strava have tools to help manage this?

A:  Yes.  Strava takes your privacy very seriously.  First, find out what the default settings are when you create your Strava account.  If you wish to keep your activities private only to you, visit this page to learn how to set that up:  Activity Privacy Controls

Check out our series of articles on privacy here

We're excited to have you joining us on Strava, and we're here to help. Feel free to drop a reply to this article if you have further questions, we look forward to hearing from you!

Be sure to subscribe to this series and stay tuned for more in-depth articles on recording activities and other topics. 

Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team

Mt. Kenya

Hello, please help me 
i dont know how configurate live segments on my Garming 1040, i already have strava premium

Moderator Moderator

Hello @juniorconde 

Thanks for posting!  I noticed you also posted about this on the Features Chat board and I've provided a couple of links that should help you get going.  

Setting up Strava live segments on your Garmin device

Strava Employees share Live Segment Stories

Let us know how you enjoy it.

Jane (she/her)
STRAVA | Community Hub Team