Can you input workouts into the activity app?

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  1. jojods macrumors regular

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    I have the leather band and don't want to ruin it so whilst I wait for the rubber one to get delivered is there a way I can input my workouts into my apple watch manually?
     
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  3. Julien macrumors G3

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    No, I don't see any way to 'input' any info manually into the Workout App or iPhone Activity Workout Summary.

    Related, I hope Apple will offer an export (GPX file) of your Workouts.
     
  4. jojods thread starter macrumors regular

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    ye that would be good, is there a third party app that allows me to do this then?
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    Apple only allows Apps to write to the Health App and not to the Activity App.
     
  6. jojods thread starter macrumors regular

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    ye thats what I mean, is there an app I can input my workouts into that isn the activity app?
     
  7. biosci macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. The health app. Or any third party app you can add workout info in such as myfitnesspal.
     
  8. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    I really hope they add a feature where you can manually add workouts/calories burned to the activity app. If I go on a swim I want that to fill up the rings.
     
  9. ParishYoung macrumors 6502a

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    The Health app is good. Or I use Under Armour Record, MapMyFitness and the UP24 app (watch isn't here yet)
     

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    I would be very pleased if they added that. It's the thing that frustrates me the most about the watch - when I go for my morning swim, not only do I get no credit toward my move/exercise ring for the swimming, but I also lose an hour or two from my stand ring which I'd have got if I'd been able to wear my watch.
     
  11. ParishYoung macrumors 6502a

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    I was under the impression that Apple accounted for such situations (use cases?) by allowing you to connect a suitable HR Monitor via bluetooth.

    Connect your normal waterproof HR monitor and log the workout as "other".

    Obviously I get that it's not ideal having spent such a lot on your watch.
     
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    That would offer some improvement over it just recording no activity, but I doubt it would recognise it as standing. Also, swimming could only fall under 'other', which I believe Apple say is the equivalent of a brisk walk - calorie calculations would presumably be quite a way off. I'm guessing the watch would still have to be in range all the time too.

    It does seem quite an oversight really, which makes me assume that either they're not addressing it to avoid drawing attention to the watch's limitations or that they have full waterproofing and swim/watersports tracking down for gen 2.
     
  13. dannyyankou macrumors 604

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    And then I go on a run on the treadmill because in OCD about completing the rings, lol. Can't say I don't mind, I've lost a few pounds since I got my watch.
     
  14. exxxviii, Jun 23, 2015
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    exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    Rats, I just discovered that Apple did not give us any way to manually add a workout to the activity app. I did my first swim this morning since I got the watch, and I was expecting to manually enter it, like I can do with any other tracker tool. But, as best as I can tell, there is no way to manually enter a workout.

    I love the rings. But without the ability to manually enter some workouts, I will never fill the rings on swim days. Until this enhancement arrives, my $50 Fitbit Zip is actually a better fitness tracking device and interface than the AW.

    wOS 2 cannot get here soon enough.
     
  15. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

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    Just wondering with Watch OS 3 out now and the new AW with waterproofing etc.

    Is there a way now to add manual activities? Eg I play soccer 2-3x a week. I'm not about to bring my AW2 SS to the pitch, I used to wear my Fitbit for that.

    Is there a way to log the activity? With the Fitbit HR for a whole season I'd burn between 500-600 calories per 60min session. I'd put that down as roughly what I'm doing now.

    I tried the UnderArmour app but the interface is poor and it didn't integrate well with activity. I use myfitnesspal but logging activities there doesn't translate over to activity rings.
    I use HeartWatch but I still need to log the activity as I'm doing it (as far as I'm aware).

    Any tips? Surely I'm not the only one with this issue.
     
  16. nicho macrumors 68000

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    add it in manually with the iphone's health app. don't bother using a third party app, just add the relevant info straight there by going to health -> activity -> workouts -> + -> fill in the relevant details. if you do it the same day, it'll contribute to your activity rings.
     
  17. rayjay86 macrumors 6502

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    Thats a good idea, I might just do that from now on. It's only for my OCD....if I do a workout I need activity ring confirmation that I've done it :D
     
  18. Patze macrumors newbie

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    I have just released an 3rd party app which is capable of adding activities manually to your activity rings and apple health app. It is called:

    manualActivity

    Please feel free to download and give some feedback :)
     
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    Downloading now. This might also solve my complaint about the treadmill. I enter every workout as Other, because a treadmill workout doesn't close the circle.
     
  20. Craiguyver macrumors member

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    That's a great little app. Been looking for something like that for a while.
     
  21. gymratjudy macrumors newbie

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    I was not aware that I could add a workout manually so thanks!
     
  22. Patze macrumors newbie

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    thx for the feedback :)
     
  23. dbswee macrumors newbie

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    I've added a workout manually to the health app as well as the manualAcitivty app that I paid $2 for and it did not fill in the rings or add to my calorie count. It shows the workout was added however it did nothing for ring goals which was the whole point of me adding it. Did I do something wrong?
     
  24. dgreening macrumors member

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    I screwed up my workout this morning, so I decided to buy your app and see how it works. I was able to delete the wrong workout and add the correct one back with your app. I am very pleased with this app, it updated the rings and everything just what I would want it to do. Thanks,
     

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