Indoor running/walking not counted as exercise?

macrumors 68000
Original poster
May 25, 2012
For the past 2-3 weeks or however long I have had my watch ive been running or walking indoor on the treadmill and using the green apple exercise app. The problem is I will do this for anywhere from 40-70 minutes (and it shows when using the app) but when I look at my move goals its only showing up for only about 10-15mins. The calories seem to carry over but thats it. Am I doing something wrong here? And yes I have been outside with it and my phone for 20mins.

Phil A.

Staff member
Apr 2, 2006
Shropshire, UK
The exercise activity only goes up if you're moving faster than a "brisk walk" (They don't say what that means), so maybe you're not moving fast enough (or not moving your arms enough)?

Details here:

Any activity performed at the level of a brisk walk or above is considered exercise. And Apple Watch keeps track of how much you do each day, even when it’s not in the context of a dedicated workout. You close the Exercise ring when you reach the globally recommended 30 minutes of exercise per day. And you don’t even have to do it all at once, which means you’re more likely to fit it into your day.


macrumors 68000
Oct 31, 2012
Near Toronto, ON
Try the same workout using another setting for workout tupe on the Watch. I've played hockey a few times using "other" and had results in line with what I expected. This week I tried "indoor run" to see how it compared. There was a message about "having your iPhone with you can increase accuracy." The calorie result was very low.

I think "indoor run" expects an indoor running track and needs the GPS data from the phone to record the workout properly for HR and motion.


macrumors 601
Oct 23, 2014
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Umm. "indoor run" wouldn't usually benefit from GPS (no line of site to the satellites) :) If anything, all you can get is aGPS from your cell phone or wifi - and that, again, can be severely hampered by the signal strength and availability for the structure that you're in.