Article

How do I track my workouts with my Fitbit device?

« Go Back

Information

 
Article Text
Track workouts with the Exercise app on your Fitbit device to capture in-depth activity stats. 

For more information on tracking activity, see How do I track exercise and activity with my Fitbit device?

Skip to:

Why should I track a workout with the Exercise app?

Use the Exercise app to capture real-time stats, including heart-rate data, calories burned, and elapsed time, for specific workouts. For example, if you attend a spin class, choose the spinning activity on your device and then start the workout when you’re ready. Pause the workout if you take a short break and review the workout summary when you’re done. 

If you used GPS to track your workout, a map of your route, pace, and elevation are stored in your exercise history. For more information on GPS, see Does my Fitbit device have GPS?

How do I change or reorder the exercises in the Exercise app?

Choose from over 15 exercise types—including run, interval workout, swim, and yoga, to customize the app with your favorite workouts. If a specific exercise isn’t available, choose workout as your exercise type.
  • Fitbit app
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap the Account icon (User-added image) >  your device image.
    2. Tap Exercise Shortcuts.
    3. To add a new exercise shortcut, tap the + icon and select an exercise. 
    4. To remove an exercise shortcut, swipe left on a shortcut (on Windows 10, tap the trashcan icon).
    5. To reorder an exercise shortcut, press and hold a shortcut, then drag it up or down to change its position.
    6. Sync your device.
  • fitbit.com dashboard
    1. Log in to your fitbit.com dashboard and click the gear icon in the top right corner. 
    2. Click Settings > Devices
    3. Scroll down to Exercise Shortcuts
    4. Click Edit Exercise Shortcuts to choose the exercises you want on your device. Then click Save
    5. Click and drag the Row Reorder icons to change the order of the exercises on your device. 
    6. Sync your device.

How do I start a workout in the Exercise app?

First, make sure the exercise you want to track is included in the Exercise app. Then, start the workout when you're ready.

Note that certain Fitbit devices track your runs with GPS automatically. For more information, see How do I track runs automatically with my Fitbit device?
  • Charge 2
    1. On your device, press the button until you see the Exercise screen.
    2. Tap to find the exercise type.
    3. Press and hold the button to start the exercise. If the exercise uses GPS, you’ll see a phone icon in the top left corner as your phone tries to connect.

      If your phone is running the Android 8 operating system, make sure the Fitbit app is allowed to run in the background. For more information, see Why is the Fitbit app sending a notification to my Android phone?
    4. During your workout, tap your tracker to scroll through real-time stats or see the time. 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. To end the workout, press and hold the button. A flag icon and congratulatory message appear. 
    7. Press the button to see a summary of your results. Press the button again to cycle through your stats.
    8. Review your workout summary and exit the app. 
  • Charge 3
    1. On your tracker, open the Exercise app.
    2. Swipe left to find the exercise type.
    3. Tap the exercise to select it.
    4. Tap Start to begin the exercise, or Set Goal to choose a time, distance, or calorie goal, depending on the activity.
    5. Tap the middle of the screen to scroll through your real-time stats. On Charge 3, your progress toward your maximum heart rate is shown on an indicator next to your beats per minute.
    6. When you're done with your workout or want to pause, press the button. Note that if you set an exercise goal, Charge 3 vibrates and flashes when you reach the goal.
    7. To end the workout, press the button again and tap Finish. Swipe up to see your workout summary. Tap the check mark to close the summary screen.
  • Blaze, Ionic & Versa
    1. On your device, open the Exercise app.
    2. Swipe to find the exercise type.
    3. Tap the exercise to select it. If the exercise uses GPS, you’ll see an icon in the top left corner as your device tries to connect. 
    4. Tap the play icon to start the exercise or tap the flag icon (Ionic and Versa only) to choose a time, distance, or calorie goal, depending on the activity. 
    5. Tap the middle of the screen to scroll through your real-time stats. On Ionic and Versa, your progress toward your maximum heart rate is shown on an indicator next to your beats per minute. 
    6. To pause or end your workout, tap the pause icon. To resume, tap the play button. Note that if you set an exercise goal, your watch vibrates and flashes when you reach the goal.
    7. To end the workout, tap the flag icon and confirm.
    8. Review your workout summary and exit the app.

How do I track runs automatically with my Fitbit device?

Track runs with GPS automatically with Charge 3, Ionic, and Versa. After you start to run, the Exercise app opens to track your real-time stats, including heart-rate, pace, distance, and GPS route. Run tracking may take a few minutes to start. For Charge 3 and Versa, you must have your phone nearby to use connected GPS.

To track runs automatically:
  1. On your device, open the Exercise app > Run
  2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image), or swipe up on Charge 3.
  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.

How do I customize exercise settings in the Exercise app?

For Charge 3, Ionic, and Versa, customize various settings for each exercise type right on your device. For example, choose to: 
  • Turn GPS on or off
  • Automatically pause an activity when you stop moving (auto-pause)
  • Receive alerts when you reach certain milestones during your workout (cues)
  • Track runs automatically (run detect)
To customize your settings:
  1. On your device, open the Exercise app.
  2. Swipe through the list of exercises to find the one you want to customize.
  3. Tap the gear icon (User-added image), or swipe up on Charge 3, and swipe through the list of settings.
  4. Tap a setting to adjust it.
  5. When you're done, press the back button to return to the exercise screen.
  6. Tap the exercise screen and then tap the play icon to start the workout.

How do I change which stats I see in the Exercise app?

For Ionic and Versa, you can customize the stats you see on the screen for each exercise. Set the top and bottom stats, and swipe the middle stat to see more details or the time of day. 

To customize your stats:
  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app > swipe to choose an exercise. 
  2. On the exercise screen, tap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left.
  3. Find Customize Stats.
  4. Make your choices for the top, middle, and bottom stats.
  5. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.
  6. Tap the exercise screen and then tap the play icon to start the workout.

How do I track splits during a run with my Fitbit device?

Receive time or distance-based updates on your Fitbit device during a workout with cues.
  • Blaze, Charge 2, & Charge 3
    1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
    2. Tap Exercise Shortcuts.
    3. Tap Run.
    4. Turn on Run Cues and set your time or distance-based updates.
    5. Sync your device.
  • Ionic & Versa
    1. On your watch, open the Exercise app > swipe to choose an exercise. 
    2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image) in the top left.
    3. Find Show Laps and change the setting to Automatically.
    4. Find Automatic Lap Settings and choose the cue type and frequency.
    5. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.
    6. Tap the exercise screen and then tap the play icon to start the workout.

How do I set or change interval lengths in the Exercise app?

Intervals are any exercise that alternates between intense bursts of activity followed by periods of lower intensity activity or rest. Choose to use the default interval workout or set custom intervals.

By default, the interval workout consists of:
  • Move period: 30 seconds
  • Rest period: 10 seconds
  • Repeat: 14 times
  • Total time: 9:20 
To set custom intervals:
  1. From the Fitbit app dashboard, tap Account icon (User-added image) > your device image.
  2. Tap Exercise Shortcuts.
  3. Tap Interval Workout
  4. Set your intervals.
  5. Sync your device to save the changes.
Note that you can’t complete an interval workout with Blaze.

How do I turn off the auto-pause feature on my Fitbit device?

For certain Fitbit devices, if you stop moving during the run or bike exercises—such as at a traffic light—your exercise pauses automatically while you’re still (known as auto-pause). You’ll feel your device vibrate indicating that activity tracking paused. 

To continue, resume your run or bike ride; you’ll feel your device vibrate indicating that activity tracking continued. For runs, if your watch 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 auto-pause:
  1. On your device, open the Exercise app > Run
  2. Tap the gear icon (User-added image), or swipe up on Charge 3.
  3. Find Auto-Pause and change the setting to Off.
  4. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.
  5. Tap the exercise screen and then tap the play icon to start the workout.

How do I track swims with my Fitbit device?

For more information, see How do I track my swims with my Fitbit device?

How do I change or delete exercise data in the Fitbit app?

For instructions, see How do I edit or delete Fitbit data and activities?
Attachment 
Last updated: December 18, 2018
I found this article helpful I found this article helpful

I did not find this article helpful I did not find this article helpful