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Guide to Staying Fit and Losing Weight With Your iPhone

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/17/2015

Using one's iPhone is one of the easiest ways to track one's fitness. There are many apps that can help you achieve certain goals: personal trainers, calorie counters, sport-specific training, and motivational workout pacers. Pick up your iPhone and try some of these fitness apps.

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    You know how versatile your iPhone is, and if you haven't yet tapped into its potential as a fitness aid then now is the time. Even using the iPod on your iPhone is an instant way to transform your phone into a device to get you moving, but there are so many more options than that.

    We've broken our guide down into sections for your convenience, so you don't have to wade through apps that aren't relevant to you. We begin by getting motivated and looking at some apps for gentle exercise. There are also great apps to turn your iPhone into a pocket personal trainer and specific ones depending on the way you choose to keep fit.

    Of course, for many of us, fitness also means shedding those pounds and there are plenty of weight loss and calorie counting apps for you to choose from to keep you on the right track. Many of these also take into account what exercise you have been doing, so you can combine your fitness regime with your diet to get a balanced and fit life.

    And don't worry, we haven't forgotten that keeping your iPhone comfortable as you work out, as well as keeping it protected from all that rigorous movement is important to you as well, so there are some top accessory choices to look into as well as all those lovely fitness apps to get stuck into.

    Let's feel the burn!

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    Get Motivated

    Often getting motivated to start your fitness regime is the first hurdle. There are some great motivational apps, or even hypnosis ones to get you off on the right foot to begin with. You can also utilize fitness social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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    Start Out Gently - Walking

    We're often told the best ways to start to losing weight is to walk rather than drive and take the stairs over the elevator. These apps keep track of those extra steps, or you can check in the Apple Health app. If you find walking to be the most beneficial exercise for you, then take it one step at a time.

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    Get Up and Go - Exercise with your iPhone Personal Trainer

    One of the more successful paths to fitness and weight loss is through the expertise of a personal trainer. This is out of the budgetary reach of most of us, but there are some really amazing apps on your iPhone that can help in a similar way. If you want a personal trainer you can carry around, iPhone apps are the way to go.

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    Specific Apps for Specific Sports

    Finding an exercise plan that works for you, is often about finding the most appealing method to keep fit -- you are more likely to stick to a regime if you like what you are doing. One of the best ways to keep fit is by taking part in a sport that you enjoy; combining fun and exercise. Whether it's high impact heart pumping running and tennis, or muscle toning yoga or body building, these apps have got you covered.

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    Fight the Flab - Diet & Calorie Counting

    For a lot of us, fitness also means keeping an eye on our food intake as well as keeping up with an exercise regime. Luckily there are a whole lot of options for calorie counting, and using your iPhone as an aid to lose weight. A lot of these apps have built-in databases of foods already in them so there is no complicated math to do, and they can keep a running log so you can keep an eye on how many calories you have left to consume that day.

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    Accessories to Keep You Moving

    Of course, it doesn't just stop at apps when using your iPhone for fitness, you need those all important accessories too. These options help keep you moving and keep your phone protected at the same time.

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    ...And Relax

    Now you've done all that calorie burning and toning exercise, you need to cool down. We've reached the relaxation stage of our workout with these apps.

    There are so many ways of getting fit with iPhone, so drop us a comment below and tell us your favorite app, or way, to use your iPhone to keep trim, toned and chilled.