With a host of health & fitness-centric features like ECG and Fall Detection, Apple Watch is ruling the roost as the most loved wearable device. Being a fitness freak, I regularly use Workout app on my Apple Watch to track my indoor or outdoor exercises.
Working hard to get back into shape or want to become a fitness icon for many? This feature-rich app can be of great help to you. From accurately calculating the burnt calories to tracking your progress like a smart coach, the app ensures you stay on track to achieve your goal. Here is your complete guide to getting the most out of the Workout app!
How to Use Workout App on Apple Watch
How to Start A Workout Apple Watch
The Workout app features several workout types such as walking, running, cycling, elliptical, rower, stair stepper, HIIT, swimming, wheelchair, yoga, and hiking.
Don’t find a matching workout type? No problem! The app lets you add a different workout. One thing you need to know that if you choose Other, the smartwatch will show the calories equivalent of a brisk walk.
Step #1. Launch Workout app on your Apple Watch.
Step #2. Now, swipe up or down to find out the workout type.
Once you have chosen a workout, tap on the three horizontal dots to set your goal. Next, set how many calories you want to burn, enter the distance and time. Then, hit the Start button to get going.
Now, a three-second countdown will begin. So, charge yourself up to kickstart. If you want to skip the countdown, tap on the screen.
Things you should know:
- If you don’t want to set a target, tap on the workout type to start things off straight away
- If you wish to do a different workout which is not available in the app, scroll down to Other and then tap on the three dots to customize the goal. Once you are done, you can give it a suitable name. When the session is running, swipe right to tap on End → tap on Name Workout → enter the name and hit Save
- Starting a workout with Siri on Apple Watch is pretty simple. All you need to do is just invoke the virtual assistant and say something like, “Start a running workout.” and then hit the outdoor or indoor run in the app to get going
- The next time you do the same exercise, the app will automatically use it as the default setting
How to Enable/Disable Start Workout Reminder
If the watch finds that you are working out, it taps on your wrist and sends a notification. Then, you can pick out the workout type, change and start recording the exercise.
If you don’t need to record the session, dismiss the notification. Your smartwatch offers reminders for certain types of exercises like indoor walk, outdoor walk, indoor run, outdoor, elliptical, rover, pool swim, and open water swim.
You can turn off Start Workout Reminder if you don’t need it.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your Apple Watch → Tap on General.
Step #2. Now, tap on Workout → Turn OFF/ON the switch next to Start Workout Reminder.
Supposing you are doing outdoor walking and suddenly want to switch to outdoor running. You can add another type of workout without having to end the current session.
How to Change Workout Type During A Session on Apple Watch
Step #1. Assuming your current session is running, open the Workout app and then swipe right.
Step #2. Now, tap on the “+” new button and then choose the preferred exercise.
You can also pause the session to take a break. Besides, there is also an option to pause the indoor or outdoor running workouts automatically when you don’t move.
How to Pause Workout on Apple Watch
Step #1. Open the Workout app on your smartwatch.
Step #2. Now, swipe right and hit the Pause button.
To automatically pause the app when you stop moving during the indoor or outdoor running workouts. Open Apple Watch app on your iPhone → My Watch tab → Tap on Workout → Turn on Running Auto Pause.
Once you are done with your exercise, you can easily finish the session.
How to End Your Workout on Apple Watch
Step #1. Launch Workout App on your wearable device and then swipe right.
Step #2. Now, tap on the End button.
Get the End Workout Reminder to Prevent Yourself From Overdoing An Exercise
The smartwatch keeps a tab on your session, and when it thinks that it’s enough for today, it gently taps on your wrist and also sends you a notification. That means you need to stop doing the hard work and have some rest. However, you can dismiss the alert and continue to burn the calories.
Depending on your need, you can enable or disable the workout reminder.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your Apple Watch → General.
Step #2. Now, tap on Workout → Turn OFF/ON the switch next to End Workout Reminder.
It’s dead simple to keep a tab on the workout.
How to Track Your Workout on Apple Watch
During the workout, raise your wrist and then turn the Digital Crown to highlight the metric that you want to check out.
During your walking or running session, the wearable device will tap on your wrist every kilometer or mile. Besides, it displays the update on the screen.
However, when you are cycling, your watch taps on your wrist every five kilometers/miles.
How to Change the Metrics for Each Workout
Depending on the workout you choose, the watchOS shows the related metrics. Besides, you can switch between Single and Multiple Metric.
Step #1. Open Apple Watch app on your iPhone → My Watch tab → Tap on Workout → Workout View.
Step #2. Now, choose either Single or Multiple Metric.
- If you select Multiple Metric, you will be allowed to pick up to five metrics for each workout
- If you choose Single Metric, you will be able to use the Digital Crown to scroll through the available metrics
We’ve made a complete guide about how to customize Workouts on Apple Watch. Head over to this post, if you want to fine-tune them perfectly.
How to use Water Lock on Apple Watch
Times when you are enjoying a swimming workout or want to lock the screen to stop accidental taps, you can lock the screen of your Watch.
Step #1. Assuming you are doing an exercise, open Workout app.
Step #2. Now, swipe right and tap the Lock button.
To unlock the Apple Watch screen, you need to rotate the Digital Crown.
You can keep an eye on your workout history to improve your performance. To check how you are getting on with your routine, you will need to use the Activity app of your iPhone.
How to Check Workout History
Step #1. Launch Activity app on your iPhone.
Step #2. Now, tap on the Workouts tab.
Step #3. Next, tap on the respective date to analyze the data.
The reason why the Workout app shares the data with Activity app is that it will make a bit easier for you to track your activity goal. Besides, all of your data will be stored in the Health app. And based on your need, you can allow the third-party apps to use it.
How to Save Apple Watch Battery Life During Workouts
If you are a fitness freak and use the Workout app to track your exercises, chances are your Apple Watch will be draining plenty of battery. However, there is a way to reduce power consumption.
When the power saving mode is on, your watch turns off the Heart Rate Sensor to extend the battery. But the wearable device continues to count pace, distance, activity calories, and elapsed time.
On your Apple Watch
Step #1. Go to Settings → Tap on General.
Step #2. Tap on Workout → Scroll down and Turn on switch next to Power Saving Mode.
From your iPhone
Step #1. Open Watch app on your paired iPhone My Watch tab → tap on Workout.
Step #2. Now, and then turn on the switch next to Power Saving Mode.
That’s pretty much it! Hope this guide helps you stay fit and fine :)
Now that you know enough tricks to make the most of this super handy app ramp up your performance to achieve your goal. If you ever think that you need some more effective tools, take advantage of some of the best calorie trackers or health apps for iOS.
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How much do you appreciate Apple Watch as a fitness device? Share your feedback in the comments down below.