Today in Apple history: Nike+iPod brings fitness tracking to your pocket

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The Nike+iPod Sports Kit was a nifty innovation.
The Nike+iPod Sport Kit was a nifty innovation.
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July 13: Today in Apple history: Nike+iPod Sport Kit brings fitness tracking to your pocket July 13, 2006: Apple releases its first activity tracker, the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, which combines Cupertino’s popular music player with a smart pedometer.

The product marks Apple’s first step toward the kind of mobile health-tracking initiatives it will pursue in the following decade — most notably through its iOS Health app and the Apple Watch.

Stream a huge variety of fitness classes with this discounted app

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This top-rated fitness app offers unlimited access to a library of classes on cycling, yoga, boot camp and more.
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While your health probably sits somewhere at the top of the list of your priorities, it can prove difficult to find the motivation to get out of the house and go to the gym or whatever fitness class you wanted to take that day.

Apple Fitness+ is an option, but this one-year subscription to Studio Sweat onDemand is the perfect pick for anyone who has difficulty leaving the house to break a sweat — or who even just gets bored easily at the gym. And it’s available now for just $99.

AR is the future of fitness [Cult of Mac Magazine 400]

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Apple AR glasses will turbocharge fitness.
Apple AR glasses will turbocharge fitness.
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If you think Apple Watch makes workouts fun and efficient, wait till Apple’s mixed-reality glasses land on your face. Graham Bower outlines how and why augmented reality will take fitness to the next level in Cult of Mac Magazines cover story this week. It all sounds quite incredible — and yet also quite possible.

Also this week, we’ve got plenty of fresh Apple rumors, plus a trove of tantalizing tidbits gleaned from insider emails that came to light during the Epic Games v. Apple trial that’s currently unfolding.

And if you haven’t watched Mythic Quest or The Mosquito Coast yet, it’s time to start streaming. It looks like Apple TV+ has a couple more winners on its hands.

Mixed-reality Apple glasses could add a new dimension to fitness

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How augmented reality could augment your workout
Will augmented reality augment your workouts?
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Like Apple Watch before it, Cupertino’s much-anticipated mixed-reality headset looks set to be another leap forward for fitness wearables.

Mixed reality is already commonplace in TV sports. You see it every time the virtual line of scrimmage is superimposed onto a football field. Now imagine that the players on the field can see that virtual line too, just like the viewers at home. That’s exactly what Apple’s latest gadget could deliver, adding a whole new dimension to sports and fitness.

Our semi-annual sale features top health, fitness and wellness apps for 30% off

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Fitness and wellness apps are essential for a healthy lifestyle. And these won't make your wallet sick.
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As with anything health-related you commit yourself to, consistency is key — as is having different tools to support you in your wellness journey. We’ve rounded up the top nine health and fitness apps we have, delivering different approaches and methodologies so that you’re your healthiest self yet. Plus, for a limited time you can get them for an extra 30% off with discount code DOWNLOADIT.

Prioritize wellness in 2021 with this comprehensive health and fitness app

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This all-in-one health and fitness app is what you need to accomplish your new years resolutions
This all-in-one health and fitness app is what you need to accomplish your goals in 2021.
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There’s plenty of ways you can take care of your health in 2021. You could start a steady workout regimen with Apple Fitness+. You could begin being more mindful about nutrition and what you consume. Or you might set aside time in your week to meditate and get away from your iPhone.

While some apps will help you accomplish these things individually, there isn’t a more comprehensive wellness app on the market than Verv Premium Home Workout Planner.

Get in shape in 2021 with this top-rated fitness app

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With audio workout app Auro, you can pursue your fitness goals absolutely anywhere.
With this audio workout app, you can pursue your fitness goals absolutely anywhere.
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It’s time for a new year, and a new you! There’s no better way to get your heart pumping and your Apple Watch working to its full potential than with innovative fitness app Auro. And right now, a one-year subscription is on sale at 50% off.

Kick-start your fitness goals in 2021 with more than 90% off this top-rated app

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Put Your Apple Watch to work with this fitness app
Fire up your Apple gear and achieve your fitness goals this year.
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Ready to start the new year with a new workout regime? This top-rated fitness app is the easiest way to reach your goals — and right now, a one-year subscription to BetterMe Home Workout & Diet is on sale for just $15.99 with coupon code HOLIDAY20.

That code also gives you 20% off the Cult of Mac store, site-wide, to ring in the new year. Yes, that’s even on top of sale prices.

Get customized training with fitness guru Jillian Michaels

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This fitness app is a great way to get fit without having to leave your home
This fitness app is a great way to get fit without leaving your home.
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There’s plenty of time to figure out what goals you want to set for the new year, whether you want to learn a new language, figure out how to code or get into the best shape of your life.

If you’re looking for a way to get fit without trekking to the gym, check out this subscription to Jillian Michaels: The Fitness App. For only a fraction of the cost of a gym or studio membership, you can get tips from one of the world’s best trainers, along with customized workouts and a diet plan to match your goals.

Apple Fitness+ review: First impressions from a fitness fanatic

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Apple Fitness+ review: With 10 types of workouts, there's something for nearly everyone.
I let Apple Fitness+ test me to the limit, so I could test it to the limit.
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Apple Fitness+ only came online yesterday, but I’ve already logged 10 workouts with it. I let Cupertino’s new subscription service put me through my paces, so I could put it through its paces to bring you this review.

I’m a qualified personal trainer and a fitness fanatic who trains hard every day. So I was curious to find out if Apple Fitness+ could give me a challenging workout.