If you’re trying to lose weight, stay healthy, work on your fitness, or eat better foods, your iPhone can be a helpful tool – but only if you have the right apps. We dug through hundreds of apps out there to give you our take on the best apps in the App Store to help you stay healthy and fit. We gathered up everything: apps to get you motivated, distance trackers, workout guides, nutrition helpers, sleep aids, and exercise gamification apps. Read on to get the scoop!
If you just need a compelling reason to get out and exercise (beyond the health benefits), then check out the apps below.
Charity Miles lets you earn corporate sponsorships for every mile that you walk, run, or bike – and it’s dead simple to use. Just choose one of the app’s many charities and press start. Walkers and runners earn 25 cents per mile. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile.
Peer Pressure isn’t so much a standalone fitness app as it is a general purpose tool for helping you achieve your goals – whatever they may be. Behavioral studies show that you’re far more likely to stick to a commitment if your friends are watching your progress, so Peer Pressure posts your successes and failures on the social network of your choosing for everyone to see. It’s a fantastic motivational tool that’s highly effective in helping you reach fitness goals or whatever other goals you may have. You can use it for motivation toward just about anything you want to achieve.
We put this one in the ‘Motivators’ section because it’s got some great features that’ll help you get out and start exercising, but it’s so multifaceted that it could’ve easily gone into any of the other categories in this post. It can track your mileage, suggest workouts, and give you metrics on how your progress over time, but the best part of Fleetly is its Challenges feature. You can make your own and challenge yourself or you can pick from dozens of pre-made challenges the app has to offer. Users earn badges and medals for each challenge they complete.
It’s no secret that music is a powerful workout companion – you’ve just got to choose your tunes wisely. The right tack pumping through your earbuds can often be reinvigorating and give you that extra boost of energy you need to keep going, but the wrong one can totally throw off your rhythm. That’s where Tempo Run comes in. The app figures out the tempo of your music in your library, and categorizes the tracks based on the running speed they’re best suited for.
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