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How do I track my workouts with my Fitbit device?

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Step up your workouts with the Exercise app User-added image on certain Fitbit devices.

Most devices automatically track several exercises, including a walk, run, or elliptical workout. For more information, see How do I track my activity with my Fitbit device?

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Which exercises can I track in the Exercise app on my Fitbit device?

20+ exercises are available in the Exercise app User-added image. Choose the option that best matches your activity (for example, if you attend a spin class, use Spinning). If your exercise isn’t included, choose Workout.

Add your favorite exercises shortcuts list. For more information, see Can I reorder the exercises on my Fitbit device?
 
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Can I change or reorder the exercises on my Fitbit device?

Add your favorite exercises to the shortcuts list on your device. For Fitbit Ionic and Fitbit Versa series, all exercises are available in the Exercise appUser-added image.

  • Fitbit app
    1. Tap the Today tab User-added image > your profile picture > your device image.
    2. Tap Exercise Shortcuts and make your changes:
      • Tap + Exercise Shortcut to add an exercise.
      • To remove an exercise, swipe left on a shortcut and tap Delete (on Windows 10, tap the trash can icon).
      • To reorder the exercises, tap Edit. Press and hold a shortcut, and drag it up or down to change its position.
    3. Sync your device.
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    1. From the fitbit.com dashboard, click the gear icon User-added image.
    2. Click your device image.
    3. Click Exercise Shortcuts > Edit and choose an exercise to add to your shortcuts list. 
    4. Click Save
    5. To reorder the exercises in the shortcuts list, click and drag an exercise to change its position.
    6. Sync your device.

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How do I start and stop an exercise on my Fitbit device?

  • Blaze, Ionic & Versa series
    1. On your device, open the Exercise app User-added imageand swipe to find an exercise. If GPS is available, an icon appears in the top left as your device tries to connect. 
    2. Tap the exercise to choose it.
    3. Tap the play icon User-added image to start the exercise, or tap the flag icon (Ionic and Versa series only) to set a goal. If you set a goal, tap the play icon in the bottom right to start.
    4. Tap the middle of the screen to scroll through your real-time stats.
    5. To pause or end your workout, tap the pause icon. To resume, tap the play icon User-added image. Note that if you set an exercise goal, your watch vibrates and flashes when you reach the goal.
    6. To end the workout, tap the flag icon User-added image and confirm.
    7. Review your workout summary, and exit the app. 
    8. To see your GPS data, sync your watch and tap the Exercise tile User-added image in the Fitbit app.
    Note: On Versa 2, you can also ask Amazon Alexa to start a workout for you. For more information, see How do I use Alexa on my Fitbit Versa 2?
     
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    1. On your device, press the button until you see the Exercise screen.
    2. Tap to find an exercise.
    3. Press and hold the button to start the exercise. If GPS is available, an icon appears in the top left corner as your phone tries to connect.
    4. During your workout, tap your tracker to scroll through real-time stats. 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 User-added image 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.
    9. To see your GPS data, sync your tracker and tap the Exercise tile User-added image in the Fitbit app.
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    1. On your tracker, open the Exercise app User-added image and swipe to find an exercise.
    2. Tap the exercise to choose it.
    3. Tap Start or Set Goal. If you set an exercise goal, press the button to go back and tap Start.
    4. Tap the play icon User-added image  to begin. If the exercise uses GPS, you can wait for the signal to connect, or start the exercise and GPS will connect when a signal is available. Note that GPS can take a few minutes to connect.
    5. Tap the middle of the screen to scroll through your real-time stats. 
    6. When you're done with your workout or want to pause, press the button. If you set a goal, your tracker 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.
    8. To see your GPS data, sync your tracker and tap the Exercise tile User-added image in the Fitbit app.
  • Inspire HR
    1. On your tracker, open the Exercise app and swipe to find an exercise.
    2. Tap the exercise to choose it. If GPS is available, an icon appears at the top as your device tries to connect.
    3. Tap the play icon User-added image to start, or swipe up to set an exercise goal. If you set a goal, press the button to go back and tap the play icon.
    4. Tap the middle of the screen to scroll through your real-time stats. 
    5. To pause or end your workout, press the button. To resume, tap the play button. 
    6. Press the button again, and tap Finish to end the workout.
    7. Swipe up to see your workout summary.
    8. Press the button to close the summary screen.
    9. To see your GPS data, sync your tracker and tap the Exercise tile User-added image in the Fitbit app.

How do I see different stats during an exercise?

Tap the screen to check different stats during your workout, including calories burned, time elapsed, and your heart rate and heart-rate zone. 

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On Ionic and Versa series, you can also customize the stats shown on the screen:
  1. On your watch, open the Exercise app User-added image.
  2. Swipe through the list of exercises to find the one you want to customize.
  3. Tap the gear iconUser-added imagein the top left > 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 User-added image to start the workout.

How do I capture GPS data with my Fitbit device?

Capture GPS data, including a workout intensity map that shows your pace, distance, and heart-rate zones, with built-in GPS or connected GPS, depending on your device. Only activities where you cover physical distance outdoors, like a run, walk, hike, or bike ride, offer GPS tracking.

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For more information, see How do I use GPS on my Fitbit device?

Can I track splits during a run with my Fitbit device?

Receive time or distance-based updates on your Fitbit device during a workout.
  • Blaze, Charge series & Inspire HR
    1. In the Fitbit app, tap the Today tab User-added image > your profile picture > your device image.
    2. Tap Exercise Shortcuts.
    3. Tap Run.
    4. Tap Show Laps, and choose your settings. 
    5. Sync your device.
  • Ionic & Versa series
    1. On your watch, open the Exercise app User-added image > 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, then tap the play icon User-added image to start the workout.

Can I automatically pause an exercise when I stop moving?

For certain Fitbit devices, if you stop moving during a run—such as at a traffic light—exercise tracking pauses automatically while you’re still (known as auto-pause). Your device vibrates to indicate that activity tracking is paused. 

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Resume your run, and your device vibrates again when exercise tracking restarts. If your device doesn’t detect activity for 10 consecutive minutes, a message appears on your screen asking if you want to end the exercise. 

Note that Ionic and Versa series devices also pause a bike ride automatically.

To turn auto-pause on or off:
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    1. On your tracker, open the Exercise app User-added image > Run.
    2. Swipe down to find Auto-Pause, and tap to change the setting.
  • Ionic & Versa series
    1. On your device, 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 tap to change the setting.
    4. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.
    5. Tap the exercise screen and then tap the play icon User-added image to start the workout.

Can I keep my Fitbit device's screen on during an exercise?

Turn on the always-on screen option to prevent the screen from turning off during a workout. Note that this feature decreases your device’s battery life.

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To turn always-on screen on:

  1. On your device, open the Exercise app User-added image > swipe to choose an exercise. 
  2. Tap the gear icon User-added image in the top left.
  3. Find Always-on Screen, and tap to change the setting.
  4. Press the back button to return to the exercise screen.
  5. Tap the exercise screen, then tap the play icon User-added image to start the workout.

How do I control music during an exercise with my Fitbit device?

On Fitbit Ionic, and Fitbit Versa series*, during a workout you can control music playing on your phone or in the Spotify app, or music stored in the Pandora User-added image , Deezer User-added image, and Music  User-added image apps on your watch. On Fitbit Blaze, you can control music playing on your phone.
  • Blaze
    1. Start a workout on Blaze.
    2. Press and hold the top button to see the track playing on your phone and to open the music controls. For more information, see How do I control music with my Fitbit device?
  • Ionic & Versa series
    1. Start playing music either on your phone or on your device. If you play music stored on your device, press the back button to return to the clock screen.
    2. Open the Exercise app User-added image and start a workout. 
    3. Swipe down from the top of the screen, and tap the Music icon User-added image to open the music controls. For more information, see How do I control music with my Fitbit device?

*Note that you can't store music on Versa Lite Edition.

How do I track swims with my Fitbit device?

Depending on your device, automatically track swims to capture pool lengths, duration, distance, and pace, or use the Exercise app User-added image to see real-time duration and other stats. 

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

    Can I sync exercise data from other apps to my Fitbit account?

    Connect another app, such as Strava or Runkeeper, with your Fitbit account to track your workouts in 1 place. For more information, see How do I connect my Fitbit account with another app?
    Last updated: July 13, 2020
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