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How do I track exercise and activity with my Fitbit device?

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This article outlines several ways to track your workouts and activities with your Fitbit device. 

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How do I track workouts with the Exercise app on my Fitbit device?

Track specific exercises—such as run, bike, swim, or yoga—with the Exercise app to see real-time stats, including heart-rate data, calories burned, and elapsed time, and a post-workout summary on your wrist. For complete workout stats, and route and pace information if you used GPS, review your exercise history in the Fitbit app. 

For more information on the Exercise app, including how to customize the exercise types on your device, see How do I work out with the Exercise app on my Fitbit device?

How do I automatically track activity with my Fitbit device?

Most Fitbit devices automatically recognize and record high-movement activities at least 15 minutes long through the SmartTrack feature. Sync your device to see basic stats about your activity in your exercise history.

Choose which activities your device tracks automatically, or change the amount of time required for the activity to be recorded. For example, you can choose to track certain activities—such as walk, run, or swim—after only 10 minutes of movement.

  • Fitbit app
    1. On the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile to open your exercise history.
    2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image).
    3. Tap an exercise and adjust the duration or turn off Auto-recognize.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right corner.
    2. Click Settings > your device image.
    3. Find and change the option for Auto-Exercise Recognition.

Note that you can change how your activity is labeled in your exercise history. For example, your device might detect a walk, but you can edit your exercise history to record a hike.

How do I manually log exercises in the Fitbit app?

If you forgot to wear your device, or you want to record an activity that’s not step-based, such as yoga or pilates, manually log the exercise in the Fitbit app. 

  • iPhone & iPad
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the + icon > Track Exercise
    2. Tap Log.
    3. Tap a recent activity or search for an exercise type.
    4. Enter the activity details and tap Add.
  • Android phone
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the icon > Track Exercise
    2. Tap the stopwatch icon in the top right corner.
    3. Tap Log Previous.
    4. Enter activity details and tap Log It.
  • Windows 10 devices
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Exercise tile.
    2. Tap the + icon.
    3. Select a recent activity or search for an exercise type.
    4. Enter the activity details and confirm.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard.
    2. At the top of the page click Log > Activities.
    3. Click a common activity or search for one.
    4. Enter the details of your activity.
    5. Click Log.

Can my Fitbit device create a GPS map of my workout?

Select Fitbit devices have built-in GPS or use the GPS sensors in your phone (connected GPS) to capture the route, distance, and pace for your workout. For more information, see How do I exercise with my Fitbit device?

If your Fitbit device doesn’t have GPS, you can capture GPS data using the Fitbit app on your phone. For more information, see How do I use the Fitbit app to capture GPS data?

How do I earn active minutes with my Fitbit device?

Your Fitbit device recognizes and awards active minutes when the activity you're doing is more strenuous than regular walking, which includes everything from a brisk walk to a cardio workout or run. For more information, see What are active minutes?

How do I work out with Fitbit Coach?

Fitbit Coach provides personalized video workouts on your phone or computer. For more information, see About Fitbit Coach.

On Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa, a few guided workouts are available directly on your device in the Coach app. When you finish the workout, results are saved to your exercise history. For more information, see How do I use the Coach app on my Fitbit watch?

How do I work out at the gym with my Fitbit device?

Learn how to get the most out your Fitbit device at the gym with Getting Started with Fitbit: How do I work out at the gym with my Fitbit device?

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Last updated: September 12, 2018
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