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How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

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How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

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CUPERTINO—Apple revealed details about watchOS 4, its newest update to the Apple Watch’s operating system, back at June’s WWDC keynote. Now we know when the update will be pushed to the public: September 19. This news comes on the heels of Apple announcing the Apple Watch Series 3 model with standalone LTE service at the company’s event today.

WatchOS 4 will change the look and feel of the Apple Watch slightly with aesthetic updates, a new vertical app dock, and a few redesigned apps. The Music app has an entirely new look in watchOS 4, the Workout app has a new color scheme and “tap and go” button options, and the News app can now be used to receive headlines on your wrist and save articles for later reading.

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WatchOS 4 will also bring the new Siri watch face to the device, which proactively gives you information on your wrist based on where you are, the time of day, upcoming calendar events, and more. The Apple Watch already has Siri capabilities, but Siri’s AI and machine learning technology is used in this watch face to provide more personalized information to those who use it. Other new watch faces include a “kaleidoscope” design and designs for Toy Story characters Woody, Jessie, and Buzz.

One of the most practical uses of the Apple Watch is activity tracking, so it’s no surprise that watchOS 4 continues to expand on the device’s fitness chops. Now there will be more focus on movement and exercise motivation, with features including prompts to move, “inspiration” cards that tell you how much more exercise you need to do to reach your daily goal, monthly activity challenges based on your exercise history, and new celebration animations when you achieve a goal.

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Apple also improved the Workout app and trackable exercises. There’s a new high-intensity interval training workout option for those specific routines, and the pool swimming workout has been improved to use the accelerometer’s motion data to know which type of stroke you’re doing and when you’re resting at the edge of the pool. Those of us who do multiple exercises in one workout routine will enjoy the new multi-exercise feature, which lets you end one exercise and immediately start another.

Apple Watches running watchOS 4 will make use of GymKit as well, which lets the device talk to exercise equipment. Let’s say you’re running on a compatible treadmill: you can wirelessly pair your Apple Watch with the treadmill so they exchange fitness information. Your Apple Watch knows more about your body than a treadmill does, with tons of logged information including height and weight, but the treadmill is considered more accurate in estimating your total distance. The two machines can exchange information so your Apple Watch will log your distance more accurately, and it can use that along with your body’s information to estimate caloric burn. Gym machines may also be able to display heart rate information from the Apple Watch on their displays so you don’t have to glance down at your wrist every time you want to check.

This technology needs to be built into gym machines, which means manufacturers like Life Fitness will need to update existing machines and create new ones. The trickle-down will take time, so you may not see an Apple Watch-compatible machine in your local gym immediately. However, we do know Apple has been working with gyms and equipment manufacturers to push out updated machines across the country.

While not a medically certified device, Apple is also launching a heart rate study that uses the watch’s heart rate sensor to detect atrial fibrillation, irregular heartbeats that can be a precursor to stroke.

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How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

The Apple Watch does a host of things the average wristwatch could only dream of, and one of the most important of these is the ability to start and track workouts.

Using the Watch to track your workout is a lot different than what you can do with the Activity Monitor, which is passive and works regardless (unless you turn it off in the Watch app on your iPhone) of whether you’re actually working out.

On the Watch, workouts are usually started by prompting Siri.

For example, you can start an outdoor run by holding the Watch up to your mouth and saying something like, “Hey Siri, start an outdoor run.”

How to start and track workouts using the apple watchWhen you start a workout, you’ll get a 3-second countdown.

You can also start a workout by simply tapping open the Workout app on your Watch, scrolling to the workout you want to start, and then tapping that.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

You’re not limited solely to running and walking, you can also choose cycling, ellipticals, rowing, stair stepping, or you can create an “other” workout.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watchThe “other” workout will give you the “calorie equivalent of a brisk walk” whenever “sensor readings are unavailable.”

The Watch will then count down and begin to track your time, calories burned, and distance.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Again, we want to emphasize that Workouts are different than the information tracked by the Activity Monitor in that Workouts are focused on one single workout, whereas the information gathered by the Activity Monitor happens throughout the day while you go about your daily routine.

When you are engaged in a workout, you will be able to track your elapsed time, current pace, distance, active calories, total calories, and heart rate.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watchAs you work out, you can see how you’re doing by swiping left-right through the options.

When you finish your workout or you need to pause it, simply press the Watch’s screen until you see the options to end, pause, and lock the screen.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watchPress on the watch face when you’re ready to end or pause your workout.

If you pause your workout, you can further decide whether you want to end it from there or resume it once you’re done with your pause.

When you end a workout, you’ll be shown a summary of your accomplishment and given the option to save or discard it.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

If you save a workout, then it will be synced to your iPhone where you can then view it and others (and keep track of your progress) in the Activity app.

Tracking Workouts Using the Activity App

We briefly touched upon this in our article on the Activity Monitor, but we want to focus solely on it today so you know and understand how this works.

In the Activity app, you will find the option to see your Workouts and All-Day Activity.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Looking at your Workouts, you can tap on any day highlighted in green and see your workout(s) for that day.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

You can also access this information from the All-Day Activity screens simply by scrolling down to the “Workouts” section and tapping on them.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Workouts are broken down just as they are when you get a summary at the end of one. You will see total calories, active calories, and total time.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Additionally, you see the total distance traveled, your average pace, and your average heart rate.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch
We hope you found this article useful, and you’re using your Apple Watch to get the full impact of your workouts.

Being able to track them and note your progress is a powerful and effective way to constantly and consistently push yourself.

If you have any questions or comments you would like to add, please leave your feedback in our discussion forum.

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Get progress updates while you work out and know when you reach your goal.

Start a workout

  1. Open the Workout app.
  2. Find the workout that best matches what you’re doing. Learn more about each workout type.
  3. To set a goal, tap the More button next to the workout that you want to do. To skip setting a goal, tap the workout.
  4. Wait for the three-second countdown. To skip the countdown, tap the screen.
  5. Work out. To add another type of workout without ending your session, open the Workout app, swipe right, then tap the New button .

Siri can also help you start a workout. Say something like “go for a five-mile walk.”

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

End, pause, or lock your workout

  • To end your workout, swipe right, then tap the End button .
  • To pause a workout, swipe right, then tap the Pause button . Or you can press both the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time. To resume, press both buttons again.
  • To lock the screen to prevent accidental taps, swipe right, then tap the Lock button . To unlock the screen, turn the Digital Crown. Learn how to pause or end a swimming workout.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Track your progress

To see how you’re doing during a workout, raise your wrist. Then turn the Digital Crown to highlight the metric that’s most important to you.

When you run or walk, your Apple Watch taps you every mile or kilometer, and it shows you an update on the screen. If you’re cycling, your Apple Watch taps you every five miles or kilometers instead. 1

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Change the metrics for each workout

  1. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Workout > Workout View.
  3. Tap Multiple Metric or Single Metric.
    • If you choose Multiple Metric, you can choose up to five metrics for each workout. Tap a type of workout, then tap Edit. Add or delete metrics, or touch and hold the Change Order button to change the order.
    • If you choose Single Metric, you can turn the Digital Crown to scroll through all the metrics during a workout.

Choose between different measurements for energy burned and distance

  • To switch between calories and kilojoules, firmly press the calorie goal screen.
  • To switch between miles or kilometers, firmly press the distance goal screen.
  • To switch between yards or meters while swimming, 2 firmly press the distance goal screen or the pool length screen.

Mark segments in your workout

You can use segments to track different sections of your workout. For example, in an Outdoor Run workout on a track, you could mark each lap or distance. In a 30-minute Indoor Cycle workout, you could split the session into three 10-minute segments. Here’s how:

  1. During a workout, double-tap the screen.
  2. Wait for the segment summary to appear.
    How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

To see all your segments after a workout:

  1. On your iPhone, open the Fitness app.
  2. Tap the Workouts tab.
  3. Tap the workout, then scroll down.

Because your screen locks during swimming workouts, you can’t mark segments. But in Pool Swim workouts, sets are marked automatically every time you rest at the side of the pool for 10 seconds or longer. Auto Sets show up in the workout summary in the Fitness app on your iPhone.

Add a workout

You can browse and add new workout types to the Workout app.

  1. On your Apple Watch, open the Workout app.
  2. Scroll down and tap Add Workout.
  3. Tap the desired workout.

Choose Other when you can’t find a matching workout type.

Learn how to get accurate measurements using your Apple Watch to make sure that you’re earning the most from your workout.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Follow studio-style workouts that integrate your personal metrics from your Apple Watch.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Start your journey

Every day is a chance to be more active and move. Start now with your Apple Watch.

Warm up, then cool down

Here’s how your Apple Watch can help you get the most out of every move.

Work out your way

We created custom algorithms for each workout type — like hiking and yoga — so you get accurate credit.

Close your rings

Move, exercise, and stand — you’ve got three Activity rings to close every day.

Go for a swim

Start a swimming workout to count your laps in a pool or measure your distance in open water.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Make it count

Calibrate your Apple Watch and add details like your weight, so your watch knows exactly how to measure your success.

Reach new heights

Your friends — and your Apple Watch — are with you all the way.

Share with friends

From a high five to fireworks to a competition, your friends can encourage you to keep going.

View your trends

See your trends over time in the Fitness app for iPhone, and motivate yourself to keep improving little by little.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Откройте приложение «Тренировка» на Apple Watch.

Прокрутите колесико Digital Crown и найдите нужный тип тренировки.

Коснитесь «Добавить тренировку» в нижней части экрана для таких тренировок, как кикбоксинг или серфинг.

Чтобы установить цель, коснитесь кнопки .

Выберите количество калорий, время, дистанцию или открытую цель (это значит, что Вы не ставите определенной цели, на все равно хотите, чтобы Apple Watch отслеживали Вашу тренировку).

Прокрутите колесико Digital Crown или коснитесь кнопок + / –

Когда будете готовы начать тренировку, коснитесь «Начать».

Когда Вы пользуетесь приложением и выбираете тренировки, порядок тренировок отражает Ваши предпочтения.

Совет. Чтобы начать тренировку без цели, просто коснитесь нужно типа тренировки: бег, ходьба или степпер.

Подробнее о типах тренировок, которые можно выполнять с Apple Watch, см. в статье Типы тренировок на сайте службы поддержки Apple.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Установка темпа для тренировки «Бег»

Выберите темп бега. После преодоления расстояния в одну милю Apple Watch касанием предупредят Вас о том, отстаете Вы от заданного темпа или опережаете его.

Откройте приложение «Тренировка» на Apple Watch.

Прокрутите колесико Digital Crown и выберите «Бег», затем коснитесь кнопки .

Коснитесь «Установить», затем коснитесь «OK».

Установите целевое время прохождения одной мили, например 9 минут, и коснитесь «Готово».

Выберите «Средний» или «Скользящий», затем нажмите <.

Средний темп — это средний темп прохождения одной мили за всю пробежку. Скользящий темп — это темп прохождения одной мили на данный момент.

Apple Watch запоминают целевой темп, который Вы устанавливаете для тренировок. Чтобы изменить его, выберите «Бег», коснитесь кнопки , затем коснитесь заданного значения, чтобы изменить его.

Комбинированная тренировка

Откройте приложение «Тренировка» на Apple Watch.

Начните первую тренировку — например, бег.

Когда будете готовы перейти к следующему виду активности — например, велотренировке — смахните вправо, коснитесь кнопки и выберите следующую тренировку.

Когда решите завершить все типы тренировок, смахните вправо и коснитесь «Конец».

Прокрутите колесико Digital Crown, чтобы просмотреть результаты тренировок.

Пролистайте до нижнего края и коснитесь «Готово», чтобы сохранить тренировку.

Совет. Тренируясь на открытом воздухе, Вы можете оставить свой iPhone дома: встроенный датчик GPS точно измеряет дистанцию.

Настройка Apple Watch во время тренировки

Apple Watch могут быть для Вас активным помощником даже во время тренировки. Во время тренировки Вы можете выполнять приведенные ниже действия.

Просмотр статистики. Поднимите запястье, чтобы посмотреть статистику своей тренировки, в том числе кольцо достижения цели, истекшее время, средний темп, пройденную дистанцию, потраченные калории и пульс. (Если Вы выбрали открытую тренировку, кольцо цели не отображается.) watchOS 8 может озвучивать такие показатели, как темп, скорость, истекшее время, пауза, приостановка и прогресс в заполнении колец активности и достижении целей активности. Чтобы включить или выключить Адиоотзыв, откройте приложение «Настройки» на Apple Watch, коснитесь «Тренировки», затем коснитесь «Адиоотзыв».

Используя приложение Apple Watch, можно выбрать измерения, которые происходят во время тренировки. Например, можно выбрать показ текущей высоты во время бега, прогулки, пешего туризма или тренировки на велосипеде.

Приостановка и продолжение тренировки. Чтобы приостановить тренировку в любой момент, одновременно нажмите боковую кнопку и колесико Digital Crown. Для всех тренировок, кроме плавания, можно смахнуть вправо по экрану тренировки и коснуться «Пауза». Чтобы продолжить, коснитесь «Дальше».

Отметка фрагмента тренировки. Дважды коснитесь экрана, чтобы выбрать фрагмент тренировки. На экране ненадолго появится статистика для этого фрагмента. Чтобы просмотреть статистику для всех фрагментов завершенной тренировки, откройте приложение «Фитнес» на iPhone, коснитесь «Тренировки», выберите тренировку и пролистайте вниз.

Прослушивание музыки. Во время тренировки смахните влево до экрана «Исполняется, чтобы выбрать музыку и управлять громкостью на наушниках Bluetooth. Чтобы выбрать плейлист, который автоматически начинается в момент начала тренировки, откройте приложение Apple Watch на iPhone и коснитесь «Мои часы». Коснитесь «Тренировка», коснитесь «Плейлист для тренировок», затем выберите плейлист. См. раздел Добавление плейлиста для тренировок на Apple Watch.

Примечание. Если Вы уже слушаете музыку или другие медиаматериалы, их воспроизведение продолжится.

Подробнее см. в статье Тренировка с часами Apple Watch на сайте службы поддержки Apple.

Get the most from your run with Apple Watch. And learn how to save power on long runs.

How to start a running workout

  1. Open the Workout app.
  2. Scroll to Outdoor Run or Indoor Run.
  3. Tap the More button to set a calorie, distance, or time goal. To set a pace alert for an Outdoor Run, scroll down, tap Set Alert or set your time, then select Average, Rolling, or Off.
  4. Tap Start.
  5. Wait for the three-second countdown. To skip the countdown, tap the screen.

To check your progress, check your watch face. Pace alerts are available for Outdoor Run only.

How to pause your run

To pause your run, press both the Digital Crown and the side button at the same time. To resume, press both buttons again.

You can also set indoor and outdoor running workouts to automatically pause when you stop moving.

  • On your Apple Watch, open the Settings app, then tap Workout > Running Auto Pause.
  • On your iPhone, open the Watch app, tap the My Watch tab, then tap Workout > Running Auto Pause.

How to end your workout

Swipe right, then tap the End button . When your workout ends, your Apple Watch shows you a summary of your workout. To see more, check your workout history in the Fitness app on your iPhone.

How to track your progress

Customize the metrics that you see when you work out and see your past workouts.

Choose which metrics to track

  1. On your iPhone, open the Watch app.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab, then tap Workout > Workout View.
  3. Tap Multiple Metric or Single Metric.
    • If you choose Multiple Metric, you can choose up to five metrics for each workout. Tap Outdoor Run or Indoor Run, then tap Edit. Add or delete metrics, or touch and hold the Reorder button to change the order.
    • If you choose Single Metric, you can turn the Digital Crown to scroll through all the metrics during a workout.

These metrics were created specifically for running. You need to set up multiple metrics to see these options.

  • Rolling Mile shows your pace for the mile distance that is directly behind you.
  • Cadence shows you your steps per minute.
  • Elevation Gain shows the increase in elevation throughout your workout.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

View your route

  1. On your iPhone, open the Fitness app.
  2. Tap Show More next to Workouts.
  3. Tap the workout that you want to view, then scroll down.
  4. Tap the map. The colors show your pace, with green the fastest pace and red, the slowest.

To see the route, you must have an Apple Watch Series 2 or later or have your iPhone with you during the workout. You must also turn on route tracking: On your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, tap Apple Watch Workout, then tap While Using the App.

Get ready for a long-distance run

With Apple Watch, you can choose how to get ready for a long-distance run, like a marathon. Check out your options below:

However you get your workouts in, you might eventually reach a point where you want to keep track of them so you know how many calories you burn, what distances you travel, and what heart rate you hit while exercising. All of which is very easy to keep tabs on if you own an Apple Watch.

You can track your workouts with other devices, of course. Dedicated activity trackers such as those from Fitbit and Garmin, as well as smartwatches from the likes of Samsung and LG can monitor your fitness routines. If you own an Android phone, an Android Wear watch may be your best bet as it can team up with your watch to store and display your workout data. But if you own an iPhone, an Apple Watch is a natural partner as it sends your data directly to the Activity and Health apps on your phone where you can review the information and keep track of your progress.

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Through your watch, you can view and record stats for different workouts, such as running, cycling, elliptical, rowing, and swimming (the Apple Watch Series 2 and 3 can withstand water during a swim ; alas, the Series 1 cannot). You can discover your heart rate, calories, distance, and elapsed time during and after each exercise. Then, through your iPhone, you can review the historical data on your workouts. Here’s how to make the most of your new gadget:

The initial set-up

To kick things off, update your Apple Watch to watchOS 4.0 or higher if you haven’t already done so. Make sure you’re already running iOS 11 or higher on your iPhone. On your phone, open the Watch app. Tap on General and then Software Update. If the Watch app says you have watchOS 4.0 or higher, you’re in business. If not, let the update download and get installed on your watch.

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Now it’s time to hop on board your favorite fitness machine, or get ready for a healthy walk or jog. On your watch, tap on the icon for the Workout app (the one with the running figure). Swipe down the screen until you find the workout you’re about to undertake. The Apple Watch offers workouts for indoor and outdoor walks, indoor and outdoor runs, indoor and outdoor cycling, elliptical, rower, stair stepper, swimming, and high-intensity interval training.

If you don’t see your favorite workout listed, you can choose the entry for Other, which calculates your heart rate and calories burned based on your physical exertion. After you’re done, you can give that workout a specific name to use it again in the future. If you want to track any workout without setting a specific goal, just tap on the name of the workout. If you want to set a goal for a certain number of calories, time, or distance, tap on the icon with the three green circles, select the goal, set the number you wish, and then tap on Start.

From there, begin your workout of choice, and your watch will count down and start tracking. If you glance at your watch as you work out, you’ll notice that it displays such metrics as the elapsed time, active calories (calories burned through exercise), total calories (active calories burned plus the calories your body normally consumes), and your heart rate. If you set a goal, the watch will alert you when you’ve achieved it. When you’re done with the workout, swipe your watch screen to the right and tap on the End button.

The Workout app then displays a screen showing the stats for your entire workout. Swipe down the screen to view the numbers for the metrics recorded, including total time, calories burned, average heart rate, and the range for your heart rate. Tap on Done to record the workout.

Extra features that’ll keep you motivated

Those are the basics, but you can do more than just manually kick off and record each workout. Want to exercise with a more hands-off approach? Ask Siri to start a workout. Say: “Hey Siri, start outdoor walk,” or “Hey Siri, start a 10-minute indoor walk,” or “Hey Siri, start a 90-calorie elliptical.” Siri begins the workout. When you’re done, just tell Siri to stop the specific workout. A few other options that you can tweak to suit your preferences:

  • You can track back-to-back workouts and get a comprehensive summary at the end. Start your first workout. Before you finish, swipe your watch screen to the right. Tap on the New button. Start your second workout. Before you’re done, swipe to the right again, tap on New, and start your third workout. Continue this process until you’ve completed all your workouts. When you’re done, stop the recording of your last workout. Your watch then displays the stats for each workout as well as for all your workouts collectively.
  • Need motivation to encourage you to work out? Your Apple Watch offers a smart coaching feature, as well. This feature displays workout advice and suggestions, presents monthly challenges, congratulates you on your achievements, and awards you virtual trophies when you’ve hit your activity goals.
  • Music can be another motivator. You can set your watch to automatically tune up your favorite playlist when you work out. On your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app. Tap on the My Watch tab at the bottom of the screen. Swipe down to and tap on the Workout app. Tap on the entry for Workout Playlist and choose a specific playlist. That playlist will now automatically start when you begin a workout. Remember that you’ll need a Bluetooth headset or speaker to listen to your music.

Tracking your data

Now let’s say you want to see the data for your recent workout. On your watch, tap on the Activity icon (the one with the concentric colored rings in a circle). The app shows you your activity for the current day in the form of rings around the circle as well as individual charts. The red Move chart displays the calories you’ve burned since the start of the day. The green Exercise chart indicates the amount of time you’ve spent exercising so far. And the blue Stand chart points to the number of hours you’ve spent standing today. The app reveals the number you’ve achieved for each of these three items as well as your goal, or target, number, which the Apple Watch automatically sets based on your daily average for each activity. The objective is to close the ring on each activity, which means you’ve met or surpassed your goal.

The Apple Watch has some terrific integrations with the iPhone that let it display notifications on the watch face. This prevents you from constantly needing to check your phone, as a quick glance at the watch can often provide you with the desired information.

But the watch is much more than just an alternate notification display, as it can also be very useful for exercise purposes. One way that you can use it is to monitor information during indoor or outdoor runs. The watch has a Workout app, where you can select the type of workout that you are about to perform, then select from several different metrics that you would like to use as a goal. Our guide below will show you how to start a running workout on the Apple Watch.

How to Use the Apple Watch to Track Running Activity

The steps in this article were performed on an Apple Watch 2 in WatchOS 3.2. Note that you will be able to choose between an Outdoor Run and an Indoor Run workout option, depending upon whether or not you are running on a treadmill or outside. If you have not used the watch to run yet, then the Indoor Run option may not work accurately at first until you have done an Outdoor Run. This happens because the watch needs to get a feel for how far you are going when it can track than information with GPS, then match step data and heart rate to understand enough about how you run to accurately identify that for an indoor run, where it can’t use GPS to track distance.

Step 1: Press the crown button on the side of the watch to get to the Apps screen.

Step 2: Tap the Workout app icon. It’s a lime green circle with a running figure inside it.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Step 3: Select the type of activity that you are about to perform.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Step 4: Swipe left or right on the watch face to select between setting a calorie, time, distance, or open goal, then tap the Start button. Note that you can press the “+” and “-” buttons to increase or decrease the goal values.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

Once finished, swipe right on the watch face and tap the End button.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

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How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

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No doubt, one of the most critical Apple Watch features is the ability to track exercise routines, regardless of the sport. Keeping track of those workouts is now much easier thanks to the Auto-Workout Detection feature. Turned on by default, the function is for those times when you might forget to manually start your workout on your watch. In this article, you’ll learn more about the Auto-Workout Detection feature and why it’s essential.

What Auto-Workout Detection does

After you physically begin a workout but forget to tell your watch about it, you’ll receive a tap on the wrist after a few minutes along with a notification on the watch face. On this message, you can tap to confirm and record the workout, change the workout type, mute the notifications for the day, or dismiss the information. Regardless of your choice, the Apple Watch will continue to track the workout back to the time it began.

Subsequently, if you forget to stop a workout on the watch, you’ll receive a similar message after a few minutes of inactivity. The notification will ask you to confirm the end of the exercise, change the workout type, mute the notifications for the day, or dismiss the information. Again, you’ll still get credit for the workout regardless of your selection.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

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How to turn off Auto-Workout Detection directly on your Apple Watch

If you’d don’t want to use Auto-Workout Detection either during or after an exercise routine, you can turn it off by navigating to the Settings app on your Apple Watch.

  1. Push the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.
  2. Tap the Settings app.
  3. Scroll down, tap Workout.
  4. Turn off Start Workout Reminder and End Workout Reminder by sliding the switches to the left.

You can follow the steps above and turn on Start Workout Reminder and End Workout Reminder if you want to turn the feature back on.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

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How to turn off Auto-Workout Detection from your iPhone

If you don’t want to turn off Auto-Workout Detection on your Apple Watch, you can do so from the Watch app on your iPhone.

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Scroll down and tap Workout.
  4. Turn off Start Workout Reminder and End Workout Reminder by sliding the switches to the left.

You can follow the steps above and turn on Start Workout Reminder and End Workout Reminder if you want to turn the feature back on.

How to start and track workouts using the apple watch

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Exercise routines that are compatible with Auto-Workout Detection

To date, the following exercises support Auto-Workout Detection: Indoor Walk, Outdoor Walk, Indoor Run, Outdoor Run, Elliptical, Rower, Pool Swim, and Open Water Swim. The among of time it takes for your watch to alert you to record a workout varies by workout type.

Any questions?

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