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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.

The best apps for fitness: our pick of the iPhone and iPad apps to help you get and keep fit and healthy.

Best apps for fitness: swimming
Perhaps one of the things that seems most at odds with iPhone-based exercise is swimming. It's going to take quite a leap of faith to take that expensive gadget, holding so much important information, treasured tunes and precious snaps, for a quick dip.

For the basics, Swimming Log Pro (£1.49) will chart each swim and provide you with stats and graphical breakdowns as you progress. Pool Pal (69p) has similar facilities as well as many clubs' contact details synced to the Apple Contacts book to help you find some local motivation and support.

If you were inspired by the achievements of Team GB in the pool in 2012, then Freestyle Swimming (£1.99) is the app for you. Ben Titley, the Great Britain Head Olympic Swimming Coach, provides a variety of tips to hone your technique in the pool, including land-based workouts that can help you target the key muscles and the core strength required to significantly improve your swimming.

If the sting of chlorine and fetid changing rooms isn't your thing, then Wild Swimming Britain (£4.99) can help. Detailing 150 hidden dips in the rivers, lakes and waterfalls of Britain, the app first entices you with its stunning photography and then provides all the help you need to get there and an online water quality update before you go. Whether you want to paddle, find a secluded spot or combine it with a cycle ride, this app is impressively comprehensive.

Best apps for fitness: cycling
A great place to get started on two wheels is SizeMyBike (£2.99), an app that takes six different body measurements to provide you with a tailor-made specification, while Bike Repair (£2.49) and Bike Doctor (£2.99) are loaded with helpful guidance for beginners and more experienced alike, in case you hit a mechanical problem in the middle of nowhere.

As far as logging times is concerned, many apps we met in the running section have cycle-based siblings. Map My Ride (free), Cyclemeter GPS (£2.99) and Cycle Watch (£1.49) are just a few of the options available.

If you're planning to use the bike for practical reasons, commutes and general getting about, then Bike Hub Cycle Journey planner (free) will work out the quickest or quietest routes, depending whether getting there sooner or conducting fewer battles with motorised traffic is more important to you. The journey planner section can suggest itineraries for up to 100 miles.


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