The best fitness apps for iPhone: Apps for running, yoga and more

The iPhone, among other things, excels as tracking our personal health information. Pair the right app for you with a fitness tracker and you have the perfect pairing. Here are the best iPhone fitness apps.

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  • Apple Health
  • MyFitnessPal
  • Fitbit
  • Couch to 5K
  • Spotify
  • ActivityTracker
  • Nike+
  • Yoga Studio
  • More stories
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Best iPhone fitness apps: Apple Health

While there are a plethora of fitness apps out there to suit everyone, don’t forget that your iPhone comes fully equipped with Health, Apple’s own stab at the market. You can link activity trackers to it or use it on its own to count steps, track sleep and exercise and all sorts.

There’s even ways of tracking reproductive health and granular looks into nutrition. A useful feature is being able to save an emergency card accessible to anyone from your lock screen, so medical professionals can check your allergies and conditions in the event of an emergency.

Our colleagues at PC Advisor have an up to date list of the 20 best activity trackers and fitness bands. Check it out here.

See also: Fitness bands that work with Apple’s Health app

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While there are a plethora of fitness apps out there to suit everyone, don’t forget that your iPhone comes fully equipped with Health, Apple’s own stab at the market. You can link activity trackers to it or use it on its own to count steps, track sleep and exercise and all sorts.

There’s even ways of tracking reproductive health and granular looks into nutrition. A useful feature is being able to save an emergency card accessible to anyone from your lock screen, so medical professionals can check your allergies and conditions in the event of an emergency.

Our colleagues at PC Advisor have an up to date list of the 20 best activity trackers and fitness bands. Check it out here.

See also: Fitness bands that work with Apple’s Health app

 

Best iPhone fitness apps: MyFitnessPal

Free
Get it from the App Store

This is supposedly the most popular fitness-related app in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Its strength is in its database of millions of branded and non-branded foods and drinks, meaning you can manually log what you’ve consumed with the minimum of frustration – it knows specific foods’ health information. 

You can sync the app with a few specific fitness trackers too, but if you don’t have one it syncs just as well with MapMyRun, a companion app, to auto-update all your runs and workouts. If you carry your phone all day (who doesn’t?) then it will record, pretty accurately, your exact calorie-count for the day. It’s great!

 

Best iPhone fitness apps: Fitbit companion app

Free
Get it from the App Store

While this app can track your activity if you don’t own a Fitbit, it’s a lot better if you do and they’re paired up. The harmonious combo of tracker and app creates a little fitness hub for you to work from to achieve your personal goals, track runs and (Fitbit type permitting) monitor your heart rate.

Its sleep tracking when paired is also top notch, and while fitness trackers aren’t 100% accurate, the pairing of band and app can positively affect both your physical and mental wellbeing. There’s even the option to buy a smart scale to easier track your weight and body fat. What a world.

Take a look at the best Fitbits available on our sister title PC Advisor's list of the best fitness trackers.

 

Best iPhone fitness apps: Couch to 5K

RRP £1.49
Get it from the App Store

This very cheap app is part of a larger Couch to 5K campaign that aims to help people ease into the routine of regular running. It promises to train you up over nine weeks to be ready for a 5-kilometre race.

It has a clever coaching feature that talks to you during your workouts to help you train. The app is able to record your runs using iPhone’s on-board GPS capabilities, plus pipe in your chosen music while you’re out. It also is compatible with Apple Watch for the ultimate running companion info.

 

Best iPhone fitness apps: Spotify Running

Feature of the free Spotify app
Get it from the App Store

Millions of us use Spotify, but did you know there’s an excellent running feature hidden within it? It cleverly sees what tempo you are running at and sets your personal music library on shuffle to play at the complimentary BPM. We tested this and it turns out we run at about 160 BPM (is that good?) and the app played a great selection of music at the right beat.

It also fades new trackers into the last as it ends so you don’t have a silent pause in the middle. It’s a great way to get you moving to your favourite songs inside an app you already have on your phone (probably). It works best if you have Spotify Premium, as on the free version you’ll get ads.

 

Best iPhone fitness apps: ActivityTracker

Free
Get it from the App Store (for iPhone 5s or later)

This is an app for those who don't want to use Apple's built-in health options while also wanting to save some battery life. Utilising the updated processors in the iPhone 5s and later, ActivityTracker tracks your steps, distance, calorie burn, active time spent and even stairs climbed all on the app on your iPhone.

It doesn't require GPS to track all these things, thereby saving battery life. It has the handy option to import all your current Apple Health data should you want to switch and also has Apple Watch compatibility, but you don't need a Watch to use the app on your phone.

The interface is clean and clear and will help you set achieveable goals for fitness without the need to fork out for a wearable device. Advanced features are only £2.99 as an additional in app purchase - well worth the spend.

 

Best iPhone fitness apps: Nike+ Running

Free
Get it from the App Store

If you like your fitness apps branded by multinational corporations, look no further. Nike was actually very early to the connected running scene, selling its famous Fuel bands with little devices one strapped to one’s shoes. 

No more – it’s all about the app now. It’s not unique to the market, but it has excellent app integration with Spotify and social media channels. It also links up to your Apple Watch. So strap on those Nikes and get outside.

 

Best iPhone fitness apps: Yoga Studio

RRP £2.99
Get it from the App Store

If you like your exercise a little slower paced (but no less taxing!) you can save an awful lot of money on yoga classes by getting this app. It is excellent, and will take you through 65 video-led classes at a range of difficulties to get you flexing in no time.

It’s a cheap and easy way to get started – you could always get up to an above average shape at home on your own before signing up to a class if you’re nervous of taking the plunge.

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