RunKeeper Joins HealthKit

Aside from Fitbit – who is remaining firmly in the anti-HealthKit column – the most notable app missing from supporting Apple’s health initiative was RunKeeper. That changed with yesterday’s 5.1 update on the iOS app.

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RunKeeper can now write the following data to Health:

  • Active Calories
  • Cycling Distance
  • Height
  • Walking + Running Distance
  • Weight
  • Workouts

In addition it can read the following:

  • Active Calories
  • Biological Sex
  • Cycling Distance
  • Date of  Birth
  • Height
  • Walking + Running Distance
  • Weight
  • Workouts

I am extremely happy to see this integration, given than RunKeeper is my number one fitness app. It has every run and bike ride I have been on since becoming a fitness junkie in 2008. In particular I no longer need to manually enter cycling activities into Health. The motion coprocessor in my iPhone is able to write running distance without RunKeeper, but cycling was all manual until now.

There are a few missing things here though. Most notably sleep data. RunKeeper is capable of recording sleep data and using it in fitness reports on the website, but there is still no simple way of entering this data. Without reading directly from HealthKit, you will still need to rely on other third party apps to integrate this data. I was really hoping that HealthKit would have been the answer here.

It also does not integrate with calories consumed. This is an easier problem to solve as MyFitnessPal will happily write data directly to RunKeeper.

Still tough I am very glad to see my favorite fitness app finally add support. Now all we need is for Apple to stabilize the platform. We are getting closer and closer to the Apple Watch release, which will undoubtedly bring a lot of new users into Health. It needs to be solid by then.

RunKeeper Joins HealthKit was last updated November 28th, 2014 by Michael Truskowski