How to Specify Your Activity Type in the Apple Watch Workout App

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    When you open the Apple Watch Workout app, the main screen by default offers you 10 quick-start workout types that you can use to track your exercise. These include Walking, Running, Cycling, Elliptical, Rower, Stair stepper, HIIT, Swimming, and Wheelchair.

    If you want to track a more specialized activity that isn't covered by these types, then you'll want to note the tenth option on the main screen, called Other. Selecting Other allows you to label your activity more accurately by choosing from over 60 pre-defined workout categories - you can find Apple's full list at the end of this article.

    The neat thing about using the Other option is that once you've recorded a workout and given it a custom label, that workout type will subsequently appear in the main Workout screen as a quick-start option for the next time you need it.

    How to Categorize an Activity in the Workout App

    1. Launch the stock Workout app on your Apple Watch.
      Using your watch's Crown, scroll down the list of activity types and tap the Other option to begin your workout, or tap the three circled dots at the upper right of the option's icon if you want to define a specific time or calorie goal before the workout starts.
      When you've completed the activity you want to track, swipe right on the metrics readout and tap End.
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      Tap the grey Name Workout button near the top of the workout summary.
      Scroll through the alphabetical list and tap the category that best describes your workout. (Apple includes a convenient list of popular categories at the top.)
      With your activity now labeled, scroll down to the bottom of the workout summary screen and tap Done.
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    It's unclear whether using these additional categories affects the way Apple Watch's biometric sensors work (although we do know that using Other earns you the calorie or kilojoule equivalent of a brisk walk whenever sensor readings are unavailable). Either way, using specific labels ensures the Activity iOS app offers you a more informative exercise log, which makes it easier to filter to display specific workouts.

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    To learn how you can customize the Workout metrics for your chosen activity on Apple Watch, check out our how-to guide.

    Full List of Apple Watch Workout Categories
    American Football
    Archery
    Athletics
    Australian Football
    Badminton
    Barre
    Baseball
    Basketball
    Bowling
    Boxing
    Climbing
    Core Training
    Cricket
    Cross-Country Skiing
    Cross Training
    Curling
    Dance
    Downhill Skiing
    Equestrian Sports
    Fencing
    Fishing
    Flexibility
    Functional Training
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Hand Cycling
    Handball
    HIIT (stands for High Intensity Interval Training)
    Hiking
    Hockey
    Hunting
    Jump Rope
    Kickboxing
    Lacrosse
    Martial Arts
    Mind & Body
    Mixed Cardio
    Paddling
    Pilates
    Play
    Racquetball
    Rolling
    Rugby
    Sailing
    Skating
    Snow Sports
    Snowboarding
    Soccer
    Softball
    Squash
    Stairs
    Step Training
    Strength Training
    Surfing
    Table Tennis
    Tai Chi
    Tennis
    Track & Field
    USA Football
    Volleyball
    Water Fitness
    Water Polo
    Water Sports
    Wrestling
    Yoga

    Article Link: How to Specify Your Activity Type in the Apple Watch Workout App
     
  2. timmyh, Apr 13, 2018
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    I still can't figure out how to remove custom quick-start options from the Workout app once you've created them. And that's after deleting all trace of the workout in question from my iPhone's Health and Activity apps and waiting for my watch to sync. If anyone knows how to do this, please share :)

    (Or if it's simply not possible, consider submitting a feature request to Apple. Maybe a collective nudge will get them to add a delete option!)
     
  3. honglong1976 macrumors 6502a

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    how to edit the name once it's in the workout app?
     
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    No, I mean how to remove the quickstart option for, say, Yoga, from the Apple Watch workout app screen, once I've created that workout type.
     
  5. Steeley macrumors regular

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    Where does mountain biking go? It’s not the same as outdoor cycling; not by a long shot.
     
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    that was me asking a question, unrated to your post

    I have 3 work outs in the workout app showing as other. I would like to change them. Doesn't seem possible.
     
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    Oh sorry, I'm a dolt. Yeah, I don't think that's possible either.
     
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    Very puzzling that “snow sports” and “snowboarding” are separate, yet there’s no “skiing” workout.
     
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    "Fishing" is a workout? I guess if you're fighting a 600lb marlin for 30 minutes it could be.


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  11. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

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    I thought that was what HIIT is for.
     
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    Water Sports... :eek:
     
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    Where does Sex go? :rolleyes: Mixed Cardio?
     
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    That's the category we used.
     
  15. GrumpyMom Suspended

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    Hmm...no "pooping" and yet the watch often beeps me to happily announce I met my move goal, inexplicably while seated. :confused:

    Well, at my age, I suppose that is all it takes.
     
  16. e-coli macrumors 68000

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    Oh wow. Thanks. Never noticed that until now.
     
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    Australian Football? Wouldn't want to wear an AW playing that, or run into another playing wearing one, ouch!

    Maybe just out for a kick with a mate maybe.
     
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    I don't see walking. Did I miss it?
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    Nevermind.
     
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    The thing is that I had an 'Exercise' that was called 'Weight Training', and after an update, it disappeared. Why?

    It's not there any longer. Where did it go? Do I have to recreate custom activities after every update? GRRR!

    Maybe the most interesting question is, was it really a custom exercise? Hmm...
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    Also, will the official 'HIIT' make a HIIT workout somehow sting less? I do a HIIT workout, and curl up into a fetal position after consuming a litre of water, and mopping up all of the sweat and tears. :-D
     
  20. B4U macrumors 65816

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    Wrestling...?:confused:

    Meanwhile, I am debating what shall I categorize this:
     

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