The Apple Watch has always been a handy tool for tracking workouts and physical activity, but you can do even more courtesy of watchOS 8. With the latest version, you can track additional activities and get voice feedback when you hit certain exercise milestones. Plus, the Fitness app on your iPhone can display workout progress and offer suggestions for improving your health.
View Available Workouts
The Apple Watch has long supported several default workouts such as walking, running, cycling, and rowing. See all the activities available by opening the Workout app on your watch and swiping down the list.
There is a large array of workouts to discover, including archery, bowling, downhill skiing, equestrian sports, golf, hockey, jump rope, paddling, wrestling, and more. Each new version of the watch’s operating system adds others to the mix. High interval training was added with watchOS 6, while dance, functional strength training, core training, and cooldown were included with watchOS 7 in 2020. For watchOS 8, Apple adds tai chi and pilates.
If you don’t spot your favorite workout, swipe to the bottom of the list and select Add Workout.
Start a Workout
When you’re ready to track a workout or activity, swipe through the different activities until you find the one you want. If you wish to set your workout to specific calories, distance, or time, tap the ellipsis icon on the workout and make your pick. Otherwise, tap the workout to begin.
Pause the workout at any time by swiping the screen to the right and tapping Pause. When you’re done, swipe to the right and tap End. A summary screen displays your total time, calories, and other data. Swipe to the bottom of the Summary screen and tap Done to record the workout.
You can set reminders on your Apple Watch to tell you to start and stop a workout if the watch detects that you’re performing some type of physical activity. If reminders are enabled and you’ve started a workout, your watch should automatically detect the activity you’re performing and ask if you want to start recording.
The request to record appears as a notification on your watch and offers a few choices: Record Workout, Change Workout, Mute for Today, and Dismiss. You may choose to record your workout if the watch identifies the correct activity. The device should also ask to stop recording after it determines that you’ve finished the workout.
The reminders option is automatically enabled in watchOS 5 or later, but it can be turned off. Open the Settings app on your Watch, swipe to the bottom of the screen, and tap Workout. Swipe down the Workout screen to see the options …….