Apple Watch Fitness Apps For Running, Biking and More

How The Apple Watch Wants To Keep You Fit

The Apple Watch can be a powerful tool when it comes to staying fit. The Watch’s built-in heart rate sensor, GPS and accelerometer allow it to track a number of different factors around your movement throughout the day and workouts later on.

The Watch has a built-in fitness app for tracking your workouts, and the Watch’s built-in heart rate monitor keeps track of your heart rate both while you’re working out, and when you’re sitting at the office.

More than just for keeping track on your latest run, the Activity section of the Watch tries to keep up with all your movement throughout the day and let you know when you’ve been sitting at your desk too long or when you haven’t moved around quite enough during the day. The Activity feature does all that through different rings. The Apple Watch even has a swim monitor so you can count your laps in the pool.

There’s a green ring that monitors how many minutes of exercise you’ve gotten (the goal is 30),  a red ring that monitors just how much you’ve moved around during the day, and a blue ring that keeps track of how long you’ve stood during the course of the day.

The Watch’s Workout app takes things a step further and keeps track of things like elapsed time, distance, calories, pace and speed for a number of activities like running or cycling. You can set goals o the watch and track your progress, and get a summary at the end of your workout letting you know how many calories you burned.

Beyond Apple's built-in apps, there are a ton of third-party fitness apps that work on the Apple Watch as well. Here are a few of our favorites:

Runtastic Six Pack

Runtastic Six Pack takes you through a number of exercises to keep your core in shape. Exercises include classic sit-ups, cross-body crunches, oblique crunches, planks, mountain climbers, leg raises, side bridge, core twists, and hip drops. The Apple Watch app keeps track of how many reps you’ve done of each and can track individual workouts and goals. 

Nike+ Running

Runners will love Nike’s Nike+ Running app. The app tracks each of your runs, and helps you train for things like 5ks or marathons. Similar to Nike’s iPhone app, the Apple Watch app will track the location of your run on a map, and provide information about your run such as the total distance you traveled, amount of time you were running, and how many calories you burned along the way. You can also look back at your last runs and see how this one compares, and see Cheers from friends while you’re out on the road. ​ 


Bicycling enthusiasts are likely already familiar with Strava. The app tracks both your runs and bicycle rides using the device’s GPS and allows you to do things like set goals and track personal records as well as see key stats from your ride such as distance, pace, speed, elevation gained, and calories burned. You can also connect with friends using the service and share kudos and comments on friend’s rides. With the Apple Watch app you can start and stop your ride tracking from your wrist, so you don’t have to pull out your phone, and see an accurate tally on the elapsed time in your current workout. 

FitStar Yoga

Use your Apple Watch to up your yoga game. FitStar Yoga’s Apple Watch app allows you to do a yoga routine using just your watch. The watch app allows you to start a session, see poses and timing, and give feedback from your wrist. The app works alongside the iPhone app, enhancing your existing experience. The app works for both beginners and experienced yogis and can be custom-tailored to meet your personal yoga needs. Classes can also be taken anywhere, so it can be great when you’re at home, but even better when you’re traveling and in need of a quick workout.

Nike+ Apple Watch

For Avid runners, you might want to consider purchasing the Nike+ version of the Apple Watch. Designed specifically with runners in mind, this special version of the Apple Watch 2 offers a few unique features including reminders to run and the ability for your friends to cheer you on while you're training for or running in a big face.