6 Great Apple TV Apps To Help You Stay Well

Your TV Set Becomes Your Personal Trainer With Apple TV

The Apple TV has the potential to become a rich resource to help you stay healthy. Not only does the Siri Remote contain an accelerometer and gyroscope to detect a wide range of motions and gestures, but Apple TV can easily integrate with other devices like Apple Watch, iPhone or even connected exercise equipment you may be planning to acquire for your home.  Here are six great apps that show how Apple TV can stop you becoming a couch potato.

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For Workouts: DailyBurn

DailyBurn

If you’ve used streaming workout apps before you’ve probably already come across DailyBurn, as it’s available on almost every platform. This ubiquity means you can also access the app on almost any mobile device, but the app does lack some features other similar apps may provide. However, DailyBurn offers so many types and levels of workout that you will easily find the ones you want to follow. It’s not just exercises, but yoga and Pilates programs inside. Sessions are clear and contain tips on things like posture and ways to modify each exercise. It costs $13/month, but you can try a month for free so why not give it a go?

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For Exercise: Streaks Workout

Streaks Workout turns your television into your own personal trainer. The app lets you design your own routine based on your fitness level and available equipment. The app is clear to understand with excellent illustrations to help you exercise correctly, progress monitoring tools and a selection of other features designed to help you live well. ($2.99).

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For Fitness And Focus: Yoga Studio

Fitness isn’t just about frenetic repetitive exercise, more disciplined movements such as those from Yoga and Pilates can also make a big difference. Every Apple TV user should already be using Yoga Studio, which provides 65 ready-made classes you can use in you den. These are presented in video form, not only this but the app synchs with your mobile devices so you’ll also be able to stay up-to-date with your routines wherever you happen to be. The app has been critically acclaimed and you can see why, for the cost of a cup of coffee ($3.99) you get a yoga studio in your home. Why not give it a try?

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For Diet: Kitchen Stories

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There’s little point fretting over calorie counters if you live on sugary drinks and processed food – you need to make a root-and-branch change in your eating habits and that means preparing good, healthy food. Kitchen Stories empowers you to achieve this with inspiring video recipes and step-by-step photo instructions for dishes. Special features include an auto-generated shopping list, quantity calculator and integrated timer. If you really want to take control of your health then this app will help you do just that – because good health starts in the kitchen. You are what you eat, so eat well to live well. (Free).

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For Meditation: Mindfulness

Maintaining mental balance and equilibrium is also important if you want to keep on top of your health. Mindfulness offers a series of exercises in 5, 0, 15, 20, 30 and 40 minute bursts. These guided meditations start with a five-day course introduction. You can track your meditations over time with the app’s built-in statistical package and you can deepen your practice with courses, challenges and meditations offered as in-app purchases. This app may help you decrease stress and anxiety, the developers claim. ($2.99).

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Feed Your Mind: FitBrains

FitBrains is a good casual game, but it’s also much more than that. You see, each of these games has been developed to give your brain its own mental workout in six areas: focus, language, logic, memory, speed of thinking and visual-spatial recognition. In other words, when you play this game you’ll be doing something to freshen up your synapses and help keep your mind primed. (Free).

Television has become interactive

Apple's Steve Jobs always wanted to make television more interactive, more compelling, more useful. That's why his company launched Apple TV as a "hobby". Now with Apple TV 4, Steve's vision of the future of the medium is becoming realised, as smart televisions become interactive tools to help us get more from our lives.