Apple Watch and activity tracking: Everything you need to know!

How to set up and use Activity Sharing

Thanks to the built-in Activity app, you can keep track of various exercise routines throughout each week such as running, walking, even yoga. When you're not exercising, the Activity app has also been designed to push out notifications to give you an extra push. Happily, these are easy to modify to suit your personal needs.

How to customize notifications for the Activity app on Apple Watch

With the Activity app, you will get daily — often hourly — alerts reminding you to stand up, get moving, and do a bit more exercising to meet your goals. Sometimes though, you're stuck in a car, on an airplane, or otherwise stationary for hours and hours and just can't do your routine. You can silence these reminders altogether or even just for a day.

How to use the Workout app on Apple Watch

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The Workout app that is built into your Apple Watch lets you track a lot of common workout types from outdoor running and walking to indoor stationary equipment such as an elliptical. Starting a workout is easy. When you're done your workout, it will automatically be logged in not only the Workout app but the Activity app and the Health app on your iPhone.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

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  • Hi Joseph. Stumbled on this site while looking for Apple Watch info. Absolutely love this site! I’m such an Apple fan! I’m not sure if this comment section is for questions but I’ll give it a try I’m still confused about something. Does Exercise minutes get updated from data uploaded by a 3rd party app that updates workouts. I can’t seem to get a straight answer on this. It doesn’t look like it does. Example: Go for a walk using Intervals app on my Apple Watch. It updates Workout with 25 minutes but my exercise only shows 20. I guess Watch is measuring “exercise” at the same time Intervals is tracking workout. Any way to get these in sync. Thanks. I look forward to ready more articles! Cheers.