The 5 Best Apple TV Health Apps

Your TV set becomes your personal trainer with Apple TV

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Apple TV is pretty cool. 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 five great apps that show how Apple TV can stop you from becoming a couch potato.

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Best For Everyday Workouts: DailyBurn:

DailyBurn

 DailyBurn

What We Like

  • Personalized assessment and workout plans.

  • More than 800 workouts in 25+ programs.

  • New Daily Burn 365 workout each day.

  • 30-day free trial.

What We Don't Like

  • Basic or Premium subscription necessary after free trial.

  • Auto-renewing purchase after free trial unless cancelled.

  • Pricey subscriptions.

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 $19.95/month, but you can try a month for free so why not give it a go?

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Best For Training Exercises: Streaks Workout

Streaks Workout app

 Streaks App

What We Like

  • 30 equipment-free exercises and 4 workout lengths.

  • Tips to improve technique.

  • Built-in timer and stats.

  • Broken into brief chunks of exercise.

What We Don't Like

  • Repeats exercises randomly.

  • Animations aren't sufficient to demonstrate an exercise.

  • No stretching or yoga components.

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. ($3.99).

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Best For Fitness and Focus: Yoga Studio

Yoga Studio workout app

 Yoga Studio

What We Like

  • Videos of 70+ yoga and meditation classes.

  • Suitable for all skill levels.

  • Classes from 10 to 60 minutes.

  • Clear instructions.

What We Don't Like

  • Some advertisements.

  • Monthly subscription required.

Fitness isn’t just about frenetic repetitive exercise; 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 your den. These are presented in video form, not only this but the app syncs 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. (Monthly subscription.)

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Best for Diet Help: Kitchen Stories

Man sitting on kitchen counter with produce and groceries

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What We Like

  • Beautiful images and videos.

  • Many how-to videos to improve cooking skills.

  • Companion iOS app generates grocery list.

What We Don't Like

  • Need iOS device to get the most from the app, including ingredients and grocery list.

  • Apple TV app alone doesn't give all the information you need for a recipe.

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 an 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 with in-app purchases).

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The Mindfulness App: For Meditation

Mindfulness App

 Mindfulness

What We Like

  • Start to meditate in just 5 minutes a day.

  • Suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners.

  • Easy to customize.

What We Don't Like

  • Subscription required.

  • Auto-renewing purchase after free trial unless cancelled.

Maintaining mental balance and equilibrium is important if you want to keep on top of your health. Mindfulness offers a series of exercises in 5, 10, 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 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. (Free trial with subscription options).