Apple Watch allows users to record and track exercise using the built-in watchOS Workouts app, making it easy to see the amount of calories burnt during a workout session, your active heart rate and activity duration alongside other exercise-specific metrics at a glance on your wrist.
Here’s how to record, track, pause and end a workout using the Workouts app.
How to record a Workout on Apple Watch
- Open the Workouts app on your Apple Watch and tap the type of exercise you’re about to do – you can choose from 11 pre-set workout types
- After tapping your chosen exercise, your Apple Watch will do a 3 second countdown and begin recording your workout
- You’ll see the Workouts app show the progress of your workout, including metrics such as the amount of calories burnt, your heart rate and the length of time you’ve been active
Though recording a Workout on Apple Watch is a relatively simple thing to do, it can easily be forgotten. With watchOS 5, Apple has added automatic Workout detection which prompts a user with the tap on the wrist to record a workout whenever the Apple Watch senses your exercising, whether it be a walk, run, swim or elliptical exercise.
Siri can also help you start a workout. Users can simply say something such as, “Hey, Siri… Go for a five-mile walk.”
How to pause a Workout on Apple Watch
- Force Touch the display of your Apple Watch during any exercise to pause the Workout. – Your calorie count and exercise will pause until you press the Resume option on the screen to continue.
How to end a Workout on Apple Watch
- Once you’ve completed your exercise, Force Touch the display of your Apple Watch and press End. – This will save all your Workout data to the Activity app on your iPhone.