If you own an Apple Watch, the odds are relatively high that you plan on using the wearable device to keep track of exercise routines. Doing so has never been easier thanks to the built-in Workout app. In this article, you'll learn how to use the app and get into shape.

The type of workouts covered on Apple Watch

The trackable Apple Watch exercise routines increased by two in watchOS 5 when Apple added yoga and hiking. These workout types join walking, running, cycling, elliptical, rower, stair stepper, HIIT, swimming, and wheelchair as available choices. Each workout keeps track of relevant data such as pace, distance, elevation gain, and calories burned. The information tracked varies, depending on the workout type.

Is your workout type missing? You can also pick Other when you can't find a matching workout type. When this happens, the Apple Watch will calculate the calorie or kilojoule equivalent of a brisk walk.

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How does the Apple Watch track workouts?

Regardless of the model, Apple Watch can keep track of exercise routines through the use of various parts build-into the wearable devices. These include the dual-core processor, optical heart monitor, accelerometer, and gyroscope.

How to use the Workout app on Apple Watch

How to start a workout on Apple Watch

  1. Push on the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch.
  2. Open the Workout app.
  3. Tap the exercise you want to use.

  4. Tap the More icon next to the workout type to set the goal. Depending on the workout, you can base your workout on Calories, Distance, Time, or Open.
  5. Assign your goal, where applicable. For example, if you select Calories, add your calorie goal.
  6. Tap Start to begin your workout.

The next time you begin a similar workout, the app will default to the one you last used. After making a selection, your workout will begin following a 3-second countdown. You can skip this by tapping on the screen.

How to pause a workout on Apple Watch

If you need to temporarily pause your workout, but not end it, you can do so.

  1. Wake your Apple Watch by tapping on the display. The Workout app will be displayed on your screen.
  2. Swipe right on the screen to access the Workout app menu.
  3. Tap Pause to pause your workout.
  4. Tap Resume when you're ready to begin the workout again.

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How to end a workout on Apple Watch

Once you're finished with a workout, you can let your Apple Watch know that you're done so it'll log your progress.

  1. Wake your Apple Watch by tapping on the display. The Workout app will be displayed on your screen.
  2. Swipe right on the screen to access the Workout app menu.
  3. Tap End to complete your workout.
  4. Tap Done at the bottom of the workout summary.

How to change the workout type during a session

If you accidentally tapped the wrong workout type or decided to jump from an indoor walk to an indoor run instead, you can change the type of workout you're doing without having to start over.

  1. Wake your Apple Watch. The Workout app will be displayed on your screen.
  2. Swipe right on the screen to access the Workout app menu.
  3. Tap the + button.
  4. Select your new workout type.
  5. Tap Done.

How to check your progress

During your workout, you can see your progress by:

  • Raising your wrist.
  • Turn the Digital Crown to highlight the metric you want.

How to change metrics in the workout app

You can change the default metrics you see during a workout by using the Apple Watch app on iPhone. To do so:

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap Workout.
  4. Tap Workout View.
  5. Tap Multiple Metric (the default) or Single Metric. When you select multiple metrics, you can select up to five metrics for each type of workout.

  6. Tap the workout type.
  7. Tap Edit.
  8. Tap the green add button to add a metric.
  9. Tap the red remove button to remove a metric.
  10. Long press on the three lines next to a metric until it hovers and then drag it to a new location on the list to rearrange the order.

When you pick Single Metric, you can scroll all the available metrics during your routine using the Apple Watch's Digital Crown.


The Apple Watch is very good at tracking workout routines. Getting started is about as easy as selecting the type of workout you wish to perform and tapping the watch screen. Wouldn't it be nice is the workouts themselves for this simple to perform? Do you have any questions about the Workout app for Apple Watch? Feel free to let us know below.

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