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Best apps for fitness: iPhone & iPad apps to keep you fit and healthy

Philip Jones | Sept. 9, 2013
The best apps for fitness: our pick of the iPhone and iPad apps to help you get and keep fit and healthy.

Both set ups also come with the optional chip that goes into the footwear (Nike £16, Adidas £70), though with devices offering GPS, these are increasingly unnecessary. Perhaps Adidas' main selling point, to justify its much higher price, can be the football or basketball add-ons, which can rack up your stats while you play a sport in which you definitely wouldn't want to also be carrying your iPhone around.

These are far from the only apps available in this very crowded field, though. Run with Map My Run (free), Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro (£2.99) and Runmeter (free) are all packed full of useful ways to maintain your data and connect to communities where you can share your achievements - a huge help in terms of of motivation.

Finding where to run is important and WalkJogRun Running (£2.99) scores highly among the running community as it essentially provides a forum to find recommend paths already (heavily) trodden by runners. Add-ons include training plans created by a professional coach for all levels and distances such as 5k, 10k, half and full marathon.

More important than a local spot to thrash out the miles on a regular basis is finding the real motivator - a race you can compete in. Nothing focuses the mind on hitting your weekly goals than the looming presence of a half-marathon on the horizon and nothing makes all the effort more worthwhile than the feeling of crossing a finish line in front of a crowd.

And if you really want the challenge of a lifetime, check out Ultimate Running Races (£1.99), providing detailed information of more than 500 races worldwide. Whether you want to race through a Brazilian jungle, across volcanoes in Nicaragua or stumbling up the steps of the Great Wall of China, this app can help you out.

One of the things you'll find yourself saying, often when no one is even listening, is how hard it can be to motivate yourself for those seemingly endless plods along the same few routes and, after you've really started to become a regular path-pounder, even your music, no matter how big the playlist, will seem repetitive. So, for something a little different, check out Zombies, Run! (£1.49; Zombies, Run! review), an interactive, immersive game in which you are the protagonist and the more you run, the more supplies you gain while keeping those few extra steps ahead of the zombies. While the price and concept may be off-putting to the hardcore running fraternity, for those who want to insert a little more fun into their exercise, this could be just the ticket.


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