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The Best Fitness Apps for Apple Watch Users

In today's fast-paced world, staying fit has become more accessible and convenient, thanks to technology. For Apple Watch users, the integration of fitness apps has taken their health and wellness journey to new heights. In this guide, we explore the best fitness apps tailored for Apple Watch enthusiasts.


1. Apple Fitness+

Tailored Workouts at Your Fingertips

Apple Fitness+ offers a comprehensive range of workouts, from high-intensity interval training to mindful cooldown sessions. With real-time metrics displayed on your Apple Watch, you can track your progress seamlessly across the Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. With a diverse range of workout options like HIIT, yoga, cycling, and more, Fitness+ stands out for its real-time metrics displayed on the Apple Watch during workouts, offering personalised recommendations based on users' fitness data.

Apple Watch and iPhone displaying the Apple Fitness+ App, featuring a woman on an exercise bike during a workout.

Regular content updates, integration with Apple Music, and on-screen sessions and workouts which feature guidance from professional trainers enhance the overall fitness experience. Accessibility across multiple Apple devices, family sharing, and a user-friendly interface contribute to Fitness+'s popularity as a convenient and effective fitness solution for individuals seeking to achieve their health goals. New subscribers to AppleFitness+ get 1 month free, then pay £9.99/month or £79.99 annually

2. MyFitnessPal

Nutrition Tracking Made Easy

More of a dietary monitoring app than a workout/exercise app, MyFitnessPal stands as a prominent nutrition tracking app in the UK, offering a robust platform for individuals who are keen on monitoring and improving their dietary habits. With seamless integration with Apple Watch, MyFitnessPal simplifies the process of logging meals and tracking calorie intake, empowering users to stay on course with their nutritional goals.

Apple Watch screenshots of the app MyFitnessPal user interface displaying data like carbs, calories and steps walked

The app's extensive food database provides valuable insights into nutritional content, aiding those striving to lose weight, maintain a healthy diet, or achieve specific fitness targets. In the UK, where health-conscious lifestyles are gaining prominence, MyFitnessPal, with its intuitive features and Apple Watch compatibility, emerges as a super handy tool for individuals who are committed to optimising their nutritional well-being. MyFitnessPal has a free tier of service and a Premium membership. MyFitnessPal Premium costs $19.99 per month or $79.99 per year, which can be pricey for some, but considering the amount of help and nutritional information available on the full version, the price is warranted. If you're someone who's serious about their dietary intake and calorie numbers then MyFitnessPal could be a serious investment for you.

3. Strava

Connect and Compete

Strava is a social fitness app that has seemingly taken centre stage in the UK, connecting enthusiasts and providing a dynamic platform for tracking various activities like running, cycling, and swimming. Compatible with the iPhone and Apple Watch, Strava offers real-time tracking and analysis, allowing users to monitor their performance and engage with a vibrant community of fellow fitness enthusiasts. Its integration with the Apple Watch brings a heightened level of precision to activity tracking, providing real-time data on key metrics such as distance covered, pace, heart rate, and elevation gain. The app's GPS functionality ensures accurate route mapping for activities like running and cycling, allowing users to review and share their routes with the Strava community.

A person out on a run, wearing an Apple Watch and checking the Strava fitness app. A graphic of the Strava HUD screen is shown in front of them

The app's competitive edge lies in its ability to turn workouts into interactive experiences through challenges and leaderboards. Whether you're a seasoned athlete or a recreational fitness enthusiast, Strava's integration with Apple Watch enhances your tracking capabilities, making it a go-to choice for those in the UK looking to combine their passion for fitness with a sense of community and healthy competition. Strava's subscription costs  $11.99 or $79.99 per year for the full version, which includes more features, perks and data.


4. Seven - 7 Minute Workout

Quick and Effective Workouts

The 7 Minute Workout app has become a popular choice for fitness seeking quick and effective workout solutions. Designed for those with busy schedules, the app offers science-backed seven-minute workouts that target various muscle groups. With its intuitive interface and Apple Watch compatibility, the app guides users through each exercise, ensuring proper form and maximising the efficiency of short but impactful sessions.

Seven Minute workout app interface on iPhone screens, displaying different metrics and workout screens

Whether you're looking to kickstart your fitness journey or add a time-efficient routine to your existing regimen, the 7 - Seven Minute Workout app provides a convenient and accessible solution for individuals prioritising health and well-being in the UK. 7-Minute Workout is available free on the app store! There are subscriptions available for $6.99 monthly or $39.99 for the year.


5. Nike Training Club

Personalised Training Plans

Nike Training Club stands out as a prominent fitness app in the UK, offering personalised training plans designed by professional trainers. Featuring Apple Watch integration, the app transforms your device into your own personal coach, guiding you through a diverse range of workouts. Whether you're focusing on strength, endurance, or flexibility, Nike Training Club provides targeted exercises to suit your fitness goals.

iPhone screen displays of Nike Training Club app, showing different information, workouts and trainers

The app's user-friendly interface, combined with its extensive library of workouts and adaptive training plans, caters to individuals of all fitness levels. Elevate your fitness journey in the UK with Nike Training Club, where expert guidance meets innovative technology for a comprehensive and tailored workout experience based on your goals, current fitness level, and progress over time. This ensures that whether you're a beginner or a seasoned athlete, Nike Training Club can provide a challenging and effective workout regimen. What's even cooler is that Nike Training Club is completely FREE to download and use!

6. Sleep Cycle

Optimise Your Sleep

While diet and exercise are important to a healthy lifestyle, one crucial, and often overlooked, aspect of overall health is quality sleep. A good night's sleep is imperative to a healthy brain, and prolonged bad-sleep schedules can negatively affect your overall health. Sleep Cycle is dedicated to optimising sleep patterns and enhancing overall well-being. Compatible with Apple Watch, this innovative app goes beyond traditional alarm clocks by analysing sleep cycles and waking the user up at their optimal time.

Sleep Cycle App for the Apple Watch screen, displaying sleep analysis info and wake up windows

One of Sleep Cycle's key features is its intelligent alarm clock function. By utilising the Apple Watch's advanced sensors, the app tracks sleep stages, including light and deep sleep, and selects the ideal waking moment within a set timeframe. This ensures a more natural and refreshing start to the day, minimising the grogginess associated with abrupt awakenings, and allowing the user to wake up feeling more refreshed and alert. Sleep Cycle is free to download, but features in-app purchases for subscriptions which can vary in price.

In conclusion, Apple Watch users have a plethora of fitness apps to choose from, and these are just some of the countless apps available out there, all catering to various preferences and fitness levels. Whether you're into intense workouts, mindful activities, or tracking your nutrition, these apps, combined with the power of your Apple Watch, can elevate your fitness journey to new heights. 

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