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How do I use exercise apps and modes on my Fitbit device?

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The Fitbit devices below let you start and stop exercise tracking for more precise results. See real-time stats on your wrist to track your progress and pause your workout if you take a short break. Sync your device with the Fitbit app to save your workout details to your exercise history. 

To change the exercise types available on your device, or to make sure the exercise you want to track is included, see How do I customize the exercises on my Fitbit device? 

For instructions on how to change or delete an exercise, see How do I edit or delete an exercise or activity?

Exercise (multisport) mode on Fitbit Blaze lets you see real-time stats and a workout summary for the exercise you select, then saves the information in your exercise history. Certain exercises offer connected GPS tracking. For more information and setup instructions for your phone, see Does my Fitbit device have GPS?

If you want to receive time or distance-based updates (splits) on Blaze during a run, turn on run cues in the Fitbit app. To find run cues, from the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Account icon (User-added image) > Blaze > Exercise ShortcutsRun (on Windows 10 devices, tap or click Free Run). 

To track an exercise:

  1. On your tracker, swipe to the Exercise screen and tap it, then swipe to find the exercise of your choice.

    If you see a gear icon in the lower left corner, that exercise offers connected GPS. Tap the gear to see an option for turning GPS on or off. Press the Back button (left) to return to your exercise.

  2. Tap the exercise to select. You’ll see the Let’s Go! screen.

    If you chose a connected-GPS exercise, you’ll see a phone icon in the top left. The dots mean your phone is looking for the GPS signal. When the phone icon turns bright and the tracker vibrates, GPS is connected. Note that a weak GPS signal may cause your route and other activity data to be inaccurate.
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  3. Tap the screen’s Play symbol or press the Select button (lower right) to begin tracking your exercise. A stopwatch appears showing your elapsed time. Tap or swipe up and down to scroll through your real-time stats or check the time of day.
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  4. When you’re done with your workout or want to pause, tap the pause icon or press the Select button (lower right).
  5. To see a summary of your results, tap the flag icon or press the Action button (upper right).
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  6. Tap Done or press the Back (left) button to close the summary screen.

Sync your tracker to store the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used connected GPS. ​

For more information about tracking exercise, watch our video (English only):

Exercise mode on Fitbit Charge and Fitbit Charge HR works similarly to the trip mode on a car’s odometer. For example, if you put your tracker in exercise mode and go for a run, once you stop exercise mode at the end of the run and sync your data, you’ll see the "Workout" in your exercise history. Details include a minute-by-minute graph and summary stats like duration and calorie burn.

To see stats like pace and distance in your exercise summary, recategorize the Workout to a specific step-based activity such as Run, Walk, or Hike.

To track an exercise:

  1. Press and hold the button until a stopwatch icon appears. The timer starts counting immediately, and elapsed time appears.
  2. Press the button to advance through real-time stats:
    • Elapsed time
    • Current heart rate and heart rate zone (Charge HR only)
    • Calories burned
    • Steps taken
    • Distance covered
    • Floors climbed
    • Time of day
  3. When you finish the activity, press and hold the button to end the exercise and see an summary of your workout. The elapsed time scrolls across the tracker’s screen for about four seconds. After the elapsed time, the following summary stats appear in turn:
    • Average heart rate (Charge HR only)
    • Calories burned
    • Steps taken
    • Distance covered
    • Floors climbed
Sync your tracker to store the workout in your exercise history.

Exercise (multisport) mode on Fitbit Charge 2 lets you see real-time stats and a workout summary for the exercise you select, then saves the information in your exercise history. Certain exercises offer connected GPS tracking. For more information and setup instructions for your phone, see Does my Fitbit tracker have GPS?​ 

To track an exercise:

  1. On your tracker, press the button until you get to the Exercise screen.
  2. Tap to find the exercise of your choice.
  3. Press and hold the button to start the exercise. If you see a phone icon at the top, that exercise offers connected GPS and your phone is connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon has a line through it that means your tracker is not connected to your phone or your phone is not connected to a GPS signal. If the phone icon has an animated dashed line next to it, that means your phone is trying to find a GPS signal.
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  4. During your workout, tap your tracker to scroll through your real-time stats or check the time of day. 
    Note: During exercise your progress toward your maximum heart rate is shown on an indicator next to the number of beats per minute
  5. To pause your workout, press the button. Then press the button again to resume the exercise.
  6. When you’re done with your workout, press and hold the button to stop recording. You’ll see a flag icon and a congratulatory message.
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  7. Press the button to see a summary of your results. With each button press you’ll cycle to a different set of stats. You can view your exercise summary one time. 
Sync your tracker to store the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used connected GPS. 

The exercise apps on Fitbit Ionic let you see real-time stats and a workout summary for the exercise you select. Sync your watch with the Fitbit app to save the information in your exercise history.

Note: You must use the buttons on Ionic to pause and stop exercises. The touch screen is disabled during exercise.

How do I track exercise with Ionic?

To track an exercise:

  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app (User-added image).
  2. Swipe to find the exercise of your choice. 
  3. Tap the exercise to select it. You’ll see the Let’s Go! screen. If you chose a GPS exercise, you’ll see a satellite icon in the top left as your watch tries to connect to a GPS signal. When your watch says “connected” and the watch vibrates, GPS is connected.
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  4.  Tap the play icon or press the bottom button to begin tracking your exercise. Ionic shows 3 real-time stats of your choice. Swipe the middle stat to scroll through your real-time stats. You can adjust the stats you see in the settings for each exercise.
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    Note: During exercise your progress toward your maximum heart rate is shown on an indicator next to the number of beats per minute. On Ionic, the heart-rate value appears gray if your watch is searching for a stronger reading.
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  5. When you’re done with your workout or want to pause, press the bottom button.
  6. When prompted, confirm you want to end the workout.
  7. Press the top button to see your workout summary.
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  8. Tap Done to close the summary screen. 

Sync your watch to store the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used GPS.

How do I track splits with Ionic?

Receive time or distance-based updates (splits) on Ionic during an activity with automatic cues.

To turn on cues:

  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app (User-added image) > exercise of your choice. 
  2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left.
  3. Find Show cues and change the setting to Automatically.
  4. Find Automatic Cue Settings and make your choices about the cue type and frequency.
Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.

How do I track runs automatically with Ionic

Track runs with GPS automatically with the run detect feature. When you start a run, Ionic tracks your precise stats, including your GPS route. Note that run tracking may take a few minutes to start with run detect.

To track runs automatically:

  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app (User-added image)> Run. 
  2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left.
  3. Find Run Detect and change the setting to On.
  4. Find GPS and change the setting to On.
  5. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.

Note: Run detect is turned on on your watch. If you don’t want to track your runs automatically, turn off this setting.

How do I customize stats on Ionic?

During exercise, Ionic shows 3 stats about your activity. Customize which stats you see on the screen to help you meet your goals. The top and bottom stats show 1 stat of your choice; swipe the middle stat to scroll through other stats or see the time of day.

To customize the stats you see during exercise:

  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app (User-added image)> Run. 
  2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left.
  3. Find Customize Stats.
  4. Set the information you want to view during exercise for the top, middle, and bottom stats.
  5. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.

How do I customize exercise settings on Ionic?

Customize various settings for each exercise type right on your watch. For example, you can choose to turn GPS on or off, automatically pause an activity when you stop moving (known as Auto-Pause), receive alerts when you reach certain milestones during your workout (known as cues), and track runs with GPS automatically without opening the Exercise app (known as Run Detect). You can also choose to keep the screen on during exercise (known as Always-On Screen).

To customize your settings:

  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app (User-added image).
  2. Swipe through the list of exercises until you find the one you want to customize.
  3. Tap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left and scroll through the list of settings.
  4. Tap a setting to adjust it.
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  5. When you're done, press the back button to return to the exercise screen and then press the play icon to start the workout.

How do I turn off the Auto-Pause feature on Ionic?

During the run or bike exercises, if you stop moving for a few moments you’ll feel Ionic vibrate indicating that activity tracking is paused. This feature, known as Auto-Pause, detects when you stop moving, such as at a traffic light, and stops tracking your stats while you’re stationary. To continue tracking the exercise, restart your run or bike ride; you’ll feel Ionic vibrate indicating that activity tracking restarted. For runs, if Ionic doesn’t detect a run for 10 consecutive minutes, you’ll see a message asking if you want to end the exercise.

To turn off the Auto-Pause feature:

  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app (User-added image)> Run. 
  2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left.
  3. Find Auto-Pause and change the setting to Off.
  4. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.

Track a specific activity in greater detail with the timer. 

To track an exercise:

  1. Hold down the button until you see the timer start. While your tracker records an activity, its icons blink continuously and you see a stopwatch for the duration of the activity.
  2. When you're done with your workout, hold down the button until you see the timer stop.
Sync your tracker to store the workout in your exercise history.

The exercise apps on Fitbit Surge let you see real-time stats and a workout summary for the exercise you select. Sync your tracker with the Fitbit app to save the information in your exercise history.

To track an exercise:

  1. Press the Home button and then swipe to the Run or Exercise screens. 
  2. Press the Select button (lower right) or tap the screen, then swipe to find the type of run or exercise you want to track. You'll know whether the activity uses GPS if you see a GPS icon next to the heart rate icon. 
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  3. When you find your exercise, press the Select button (lower right) or tap the screen to start your activity.
  4. (GPS Only) If your run or non-bike exercise uses GPS, Surge searches for a GPS signal and vibrates when it is found. If a signal isn't found within a few seconds, a Quick Start option appears so you can start your activity immediately while Surge keeps looking for the signal. For more information, see Why isn't GPS Working?
  5. During your workout you can:
    • Swipe to see various stats or the time of day.
    • Press the Select button (lower right) to pause or resume your activity.
    • Press the Action button (top right) to view any call or text notifications Surge received from your phone while you were working out.
    • Double press the Home button to see the current song playing on your phone and pause or skip a track.
    • Receive time or distance-based updates (splits) on your Surge during a run. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap or click the Account icon (User-added image) > Surge > Exercise Shortcuts > Run (on Windows 10 devices, tap or click Free Run). Turn on run cues and choose your interval. 
  6. Press the Select button (lower right) when you're done with your workout, then press the Action button (top right) to see a summary.
  7. Press the Action button (top right) once more to exit completely and return to the clock.

Sync your tracker to store the workout in your exercise history. There you can find additional stats and see your route if you used GPS.

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Last updated: November 18, 2017
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