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What should I know about exercise goals?

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Exercise goals help you track your weekly workout routine and stay motivated. Choose a shortcut to see the answer below:

What is my exercise goal?

The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week. Your Fitbit exercise goal represents the number of days per week you want to exercise. By default, your goal is 5 days per week. Any exercise captured in your exercise history counts towards your goal. 

How do I track my exercise?

Fitbit provides several methods for tracking workouts. Regardless of how you choose to capture exercise data, it's saved in your exercise history (called the activity log on fitbit.com). Tap the exercise tile on your dashboard to see your history and the details of any particular workout. For a description of exercise tracking methods, see How do I track my exercise and activities with Fitbit?

For exercise recommendations, see the American Heart Association’s Recommendations for Physical Activity article.

How do I change my exercise goal?

By default your exercise goal is set to five days. You can change your goal to a different number of days, but you must have a minimum goal of one day. You can change your goal for current and future weeks, but you can’t adjust it for past weeks. To change your exercise goal, choose your app below. Note that you can only modify exercise goals using the Fitbit app. It's not possible to set or change exercise goals using the fitbit.com dashboard.

  • Fitbit apps for iOS and Android
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" if you haven't worked out today. If you've already worked out, you'll see the exercise category on the tile instead (for example, Run or Hike).
    2. Tap the gear icon in the top right corner and tap your weekly exercise goal to change it.
  • Fitbit apps for Windows
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history. This is the tile that says "Track exercise" if you haven't worked out today. If you've already worked out, you'll see the exercise category on the tile instead (for example, Run or Hike).
    2. Tap the gear icon at the bottom and tap your weekly exercise goal to change it.

How do I track my goal progress?

On your Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile. The sides of the shape at the top of the screen match your exercise goal. Each day you exercise, another side of the shape fills in. You can also look back through your exercise history and see at a glance whether you met your exercise goal that week.

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When you meet your weekly goal you'll receive a congratulatory message.

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Last updated: October 28, 2016
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