Put your health first and get into shape with the best iPhone fitness apps

If you’re trying to lose weight, work on your fitness, or eat better, your iPhone can be a helpful tool — but only if you have the right app. Thankfully, we’ve dug through hundreds of apps out there to give you our take on the best iPhone fitness apps in the App Store to help you stay healthy and fit.

Are you only focused on running? These are our picks for the best running apps available that you can match up with one the best fitness trackers. And if you’re looking for a great pair of headphones to go with it, don’t forget to look through our picks of the five best running headphones.

Sometimes, the prospective health benefits of exercise aren’t enough to get you out the door and on the trail. The apps below are designed to give you another compelling reason, whether it’s the opportunity to earn virtual badges, a chance to win actual prizes, or simply the prospect to not get ridiculed.

Nike’s official app has a library of 30 to 45-minute workouts that are based on your goals and fitness level. Importantly, the app explains how to execute each exercise with how-to videos and even lets you share your accomplishments on social networks.

Carrot is an AI construct that threatens, inspires, ridicules, and bribes you — whatever it takes — to get you moving. It’s a wonderful motivator that features a “7 minutes in hell” workout that will require you to do 30 seconds of  12 punishing exercises and will berate you if you don’t.

Argus is a neat all-in-one activity tracker that monitors your sleep, heart rate, calories, and more. The app offers challenges to overcome, as well as the option to build your own workout plan. You can even add food you eat by scanning the barcode on the label to track your calories.

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Lose It! Weight Loss Program and Calorie Counter

Lose it tracks food intake and fitness activities. Plug in your height, weight, age, and how much weight you are trying to lose (if any at all) and the app constructs a recommended net calorie intake based on how many calories you consume and how many you burn.

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MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker

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Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal boasts a database of more than 5 million foods to sort through, making it easier to track what you eat. It also features a step tracker and a barcode scanner, to make sure you’re able to track everything in your diet.

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Lifesum: Healthier Living and Better Eating

Lifesum is a weight loss app that works with apps from Withings and RunKeeper to give you an accurate assessment of your daily calorie intake. It even features a built-in barcode scanner that can pull up nutritional data on millions of items.

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Fitocracy

Fitocracy is for the competitive. The personal trainer lets you track workouts and encourages you to work toward real-life goals through a leveling system and in-game achievements you can share with your friends and the Fitocracy community.

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‘Pokémon Go’

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This isn’t a traditional weight loss app, sure, but many hail Pokémon Go as being a great way to get off the couch and into the wild. It might be more suited for ’90s kids who grew up with Pokémon, but regardless of who you are, you will find yourself walking all over your city as you try to find new Pokémon.

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Cyclemeter ($5)

Looking to get shed some weight on a bicycle instead of a treadmill? This app will help you do exactly that! Cyclemeter is accurate and great at collecting data. It can also track various walking and running metrics, though, you might not get as much data. However, if cycling is your preferred fitness routine, this is the app for you.

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Fitstar Personal Trainer

This app creates a custom workout based on your fitness level. It learns from you as you use it. You choose workouts, and then you tell the app whether the exercises were too easy or too tough for you. The information is used to create a workout routine that fits your level. It will also track your overall fitness, as it’s compatible with the Health app, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, and Strava. The freemium app is also compatible with Apple Watch, though some features require a subscription to use. Sadly, the latter will run you anywhere between $8 and $40 annually.

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Weight Watchers

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Weight Watchers has an official app that promises to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle and helps you track and share your weight loss progress with your friends. Since the Weight Watchers program is about tracking points, this app also makes it easy to keep track of your food intake, since everything you eat has a point value. The free app is compatible with the Apple Watch, too, but you’ll need to subscribe to Weight Watchers Online if you want to make the most of it.

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Running

Though running may not be the most exhilarating of exercises, it remains the foundation of countless activities in the athletic community — whether talking soccer, Frisbee, or football. Moreover, it’s one of the most minimalist sports in existence, essentially requiring nothing more than your free will and desire to run. The following apps are designed to make the most of your running capabilities, charting, and mapping your progress along the way.

FIT Radio

Music is a powerful workout companion, and FIT Radio is a streaming service specifically built for maintaining a constant rhythm while you work out. A premium subscription costs $4 a month, but there’s also a free subscription available if you don’t mind ads and a limited feature set. Regardless of which you choose, however, you’ll be able to select music based on a genre, your desired BPM, or a specific workout routine (spinning, Zumba, etc.).

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Strava Running and Cycling: GPS Run and Ride Tracker

Strava is an excellent tracking app that monitors your runs or cycling route via GPS. It also gamifies your cardio workout and pairs with leaderboards, achievements, and challenges, bringing a competitive spirit to your routine. Read more here.

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‘Zombies, Run!’

In this story-based workout app, you’re Runner 5. Your mission? To help rebuild civilization by retrieving critical supplies outside of your virtual base. The app keeps track of your distance, as the story and instructions play out, but fear not, you can still listen to your music as you run.

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Runkeeper: GPS Running Tracker

Runkeeper uses GPS to map your runs while logging the speed and distance run. Users set goals, then get audio distance and time updates during the run. There’s great music integration — you can listen to your favorite playlist and switch tracks within the app. It shows a variety of real-time information and is compatible with the Apple Watch.

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Charity Miles

Run for charity with this app. Running this app before beginning your exercise routine will earn 25 cents per mile for your selected charity (bikers earn 10 cents per mile). You will, however, have to share your activity on Facebook for the charities to receive the donations.

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Map My Run: GPS Running and Workout Tracking with Calorie Counting

The app accurately tracks distance, pace, and gives a robust workout summary that you can save and share. The app also counts calories burned and charts your elevation profile. The best part: You can control music and incoming calls while in the app.

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C25K (Couch to 5K)

Great for beginners, C25K is specifically designed to train non-runners for a 5K and claims it can get you there in eight weeks if you stick to the 30-minute schedule three times a week. The app provides a training plan that has a mix of running and walking and has a seamless integration with MyFitnessPal so you can track your calories as well.

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Runtastic

Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. This makes Runtastic the perfect app for those who like listening to audiobooks or podcasts while exercising. “Story Running” allows you to download stories for $1, and each track is about 40 minutes in length, making it perfectly suited for your running needs. The app is also optimized for both Android Wear and the Apple Watch.

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Yoga

Yoga isn’t just for hippies anymore. The great thing about the exercise is how applicable it is to all sorts of scenarios, whether you’re looking for a way to alleviate stress, recover from a previous injury, or build muscular strength for your next endeavor. That said, the peppering of apps below will allow you to learn the poses and positions while presenting you with all the necessary knowledge you may need to become a true yogi.

Daily Yoga

Geared toward beginners, the app offers short classes with accompanying music, along with a library of different poses and exercise routines. More advanced features and courses require a $13 3/mo. subscription.

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Simply Yoga

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Perfect for beginners, Simply Yoga guides you through a series of videos lasting between 20 minutes and an hour that cover more than 30 poses that you can do in the privacy of your own home. When you’re ready to move to the next level, you can opt to purchase the full version of the app.

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Pocket Yoga ($3)

With more than 200 illustrated poses and detailed voice instructions, Pocket Yoga is a guide that’ll run down poses and exercises. Additionally, you can preview various practices and play your own music. The app will log progress every step of the way.

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Yoga Studio

Featuring more than 65 individual classes, ranging from 10 to 60 minutes at any difficulty level, Yoga Studio guides you through poses with HD video classes. It has a robust catalog of more than 280 poses, which should be enough for most people.

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FitStar Yoga

FitStar Yoga is a personalized training app that gauges your fitness level to adjust the difficulty of the yoga program. Each session has HD videos, as well as audio support. The app integrates with Jawbone UP, Fitbit, and MyFitnessPal, and you can track your progress with achievements.

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5 Minute Yoga: Quick Workouts for Strength and Flexibility

Not enough time in the day for a short yoga session? This app wants to help by offering yoga activities for five minutes. The barebones app is good for beginners, as it offers simple poses with a timer to make sure you’re doing them for 5 minutes.

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Salute the desk ($3)

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You don’t always have the space to practice yoga, but with Salute the Desk, you can partake in yoga sessions anywhere. This app has four main screens — the Sit Tall screen to improve your posture, the Salute the Desk screen which guides you through various stretches, the Zone In screen where you can choose stretches to target a specific body area, and a Guided Relaxation screen that’s intended relieve stress. It’s great for people who are on the go, or at home.

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Strength training

Cardio exercises are great, but if you want to look like you’re working out, you gotta lift some heavy things. Regardless of how you look, though, lifting weights can be dangerous if you don’t know the proper techniques for doing so. Fortunately, the bevy of apps below ooffers more than enough information on your body’s various muscle groups and the way you should interact with the equipment lining the walls and floor of your local gym.

GymBook: Strength Training Planner

GymBook is a visually attractive app that tracks your strength workouts. You can make your own routines, but the app displays neat GIFs of 50 preset exercises and how they affect the different muscle groups.

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Fitbit Coach

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Fitbit Coach is an app that takes all the workout planning off your hands. The app uses your information to create custom-made workout routines that are challenging for you so that you can see improvement while minimizing the risk of injuries.

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FitnessBuilder

The simple app records the number of reps you do and how much weight you’re using. It also has a diverse catalog of workouts. The fitness builder app even lets you keep track of your workouts and allows you see the progress you’ve made.

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StrongLifts 5×5

Strong Lifts 5X5 is one of the best ways to gain muscle and lose fat, but is probably too intense for inexperienced lifters. The app coaches you through three 45 minute workouts a week, focusing on the largest muscles in your body for optimal effect.

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PumpNLog: Workout Tracker and Gym Log

PumpNLog is easy to use. The app is a simple log for detailing your progress in the gym. You can create custom workouts and exercises, log photos, and enable notifications of your achievements and record-setting days.

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Strong: Workout Tracker and Training Log

Here’s another aesthetically-pleasing workout tracking app  that lets you easily enter information about your workout session. Hitting certain milestones unlocks achievements, and the app lets you add your own routines to your workouts. It also has a range of cardio exercises, but the app’s primary focus is on progressive barbell routines, such as Starting Strength or Stronglifts 5X5.

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Jefit Workout: Exercise Trainer and Gym Log

Designed for bodybuilders, Jefit keeps track of all your reps, sets, and the weight you’re lifting, Jefit provides a number of different workout routines designed to target specific muscle groups, and allows you to design custom workouts.

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Health and wellness

Though these aren’t necessarily apps for exercise, eating right is crucial to living a healthy lifestyle. Pair it with weekly workouts and you are set. Proper sleep is just as crucial to being healthy as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your shuteye with these apps.

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

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Set your phone on your mattress, and it goes to work while you’re sleeping. It provides metrics that give you a snapshot of your sleep quality and has a fantastic alarm function, the app will wake you when you are at your lightest sleep.

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Sleep Bug: White Noise Soundscapes & Music Box

For some, background noise is essential for a night’s sleep. The app offers a wide variety of ambient noises, ranging from busy city streets and babbling brooks, to campfires and torrential downpours, along with a pretty slick interface.

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Pzizz

Pzizz creates a different soundtrack every time you use it. In theory, this helps keep the app from becoming familiar. It uses a randomization algorithm that gives it over 100 billion different sounds. Most are binaural beats and tones that help induce a state of relaxation.

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Headspace: Guided Meditation and Mindfulness

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This app aims to make meditation simple, so that you can improve your focus and relieve anxiety. It starts at the foundation level, which teaches you the basics in 10 meditation exercises that are each 10-minutes long. The app tracks your progress, and there is a buddy system where you and your friends can motivate each other. After the free Take 10 intro, there are additional packs that you can download for offline use if you subscribe, which will cost you $13 a month or $95 per year. This app is also compatible with Apple Watch.

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Pacifica – Anxiety, Stress, and Depression relief

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This is a great app for tracking your daily moods, so you can better manage your stress and well-being. The app gives you the tools you need to break the cycle of whatever is causing you stress, and though the developers don’t promise quick results, the app is set up so that you achieve your goals one step at a time. Here, you’ll find deep breathing exercises, positive visualizations, and meditations that are set to a slew of relaxing background sounds. A built-in health tracker also helps you make your way toward your daily health goals. The app is free to download and use, but you’ll need to pony up $5 a month, or $35 per year, for complete access.

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7 Cups Anxiety, Stress, and Depression Chat and Therapy

This is a great app for dealing with depression and unwanted stress. It provides 24/7 support, allowing you to chat with someone one-on-one whenever you feel like it. Therapists are available in more than 180 countries, and in one of 140 different languages. You can choose one of these therapists, each of whom comes with their own profile, so that you know which area they specialize in. The app is free to download, but subscriptions start at $13 a month.

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Relax Melodies P ($3)

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If you’ve ever felt like you needed a good night’s sleep, then this app may just be the one you’ve been looking for. You can select different sounds and melodies to create your own mix, and then you can combine them with a meditation exercise to help you relax and fall asleep. The app even gives you the ability to create alarms, so you can use it as your alarm clock. The app can even run in the background, meaning it won’t stop playing if you close it.

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If all you have is a treadmill, check out our review of the Studio app. All you need is a treadmill and some motivation.

Are you an Android user? We have you covered with our picks of the best fitness apps for Android.

Update: We added Fitbit Coach and Simply Yoga.

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