Over the past year connected fitness devices — activity trackers and sensor-laden wearables — have consistently made headlines. By far the largest company working in wearable fitness devices, Nike, which offers the wrist-worn FuelBand, recently announced the first class of startups accepted into its Nike+ accelerator. The company aims to build an ecosystem of apps around its Nike Fuel platform and, in the process, to increase loyalty among users of its FuelBand device. Jawbone, which is the next largest company working on fitness wearables like its UP device, made a big move last week by acquiring longtime health sensor company BodyMedia for an undisclosed sum. Fitbit just commercially launched its latest activity tracking device, Fitbit Flex, this week. Misfit Wearable’s first generation Shine device is set to ship next month and Basis has the next batch of Basis Bands in-stock and for sale again, too.
While all of these devices connect back to companion smartphone apps and online dashboards (some more easily than others, of course), the smartphone itself is still a very capable piece of sensor-equipped hardware in its own right. Fitness apps abound for iPhone and Android users.
Apple sells many self-tracking devices both online and at its brick-and-mortar stores, but judging by the 42 apps that Apple hand-picked to feature in its “Let’s Get Moving” section of the iTunes AppStore, the company is clearly rooting for the fitness apps that don’t require any additional hardware, too. In fact, not a single companion app for a dedicated health tracker device is featured among the activity tracking apps that Apple highlights in this AppStore section.
Apple divides its “Let’s Get Moving” section into a few key subcategories: Top iPhone Workout apps — mostly for lifting weights and other in-place type exercise routines; Top iPhone Running apps; Top iPhone Cycling apps; Top iPhone Swimming apps; Top iPhone Walking apps; and Top iPhone Yoga apps. Notably, many of the “walking” apps have tracking capabilities for running and cycling, too, as do some apps in the “running” category. Many of the more popular activity tracking apps aim to track more than just one type of activity.
While there’s plenty of excitement around dedicated health and fitness tracking devices, Apple’s software-only list of standalone fitness apps is a good reminder that the smartphone can track most activities without the help of peripheral fitness devices.
In the pages to follow is MobiHealthNews’ guide to Apple’s list of top iPhone fitness apps along with a few screenshots, a short description, links, and pricing information. Skip ahead to app categories using these links: Workout Apps; Running Apps; Cycling Apps; Swimming Apps; Walking Apps; Yoga Apps.