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Active Calories (active energy) are calories that you burn by standing, moving around or other activity (including workouts).
Active calories + resting calories (those used each day when your is minimally active) = total calories.
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You are not allowing long enough.
The option to end and, if desired, to name the Other workout only becomes available once the workout has been running for at least one minute.
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It is not possible to add Speed as a metric that is recorded or displayed under the Workout app for Other workouts.
More information is provided below.
If you would prefer to track your route for your paddling workouts, then you may find that this app, for example, meets your needs:
- Trails · Outdoor GPS Logbook on the App Store
- "Apple Watch models with GPS also support standalone recordings without a connected phone."
- "Record all your outdoor activities be it hiking, jogging, cycling, canoeing or skiing down the Alps."
- "The watch-recorded tracks will sync to your phone once both devices are connected again."
To browse and search for other third-party apps with the results pre-filtered to include only those iPhone apps that also include an app for Apple Watch, use the Watch app on your iPhone. Apps can be searched by keyword or app name via the Search tab.
Built-in Workout app
The built-in Workout app on Apple Watch does not include "paddling" as a main activity type, but workouts for activities that are not included within the main activity types can still be named using a wide choice of labelling options.
For workouts that are neither included within nor sufficiently similar to the main activity types, record your workout by selecting "Other" as the activity type.
Upon ending the workout, tap on the option to Name Workout. Available labels include Paddling.
"Other" workouts that have previously been named will become available to repeat within the Workout app, complete with their previously selected naming label.
However, note that neither distance nor a route map are recorded for outdoor workouts under this workout activity type, nor can speed be displayed for Other workouts.
If you would like to submit a feature request to Apple in respect of the Workout app's features, then you can do so here:
When recording a workout via the Workout app, choosing the activity type that most closely matches your workout enables Apple Watch to use the most appropriate sensors and data sources when estimating the results, including using tailored calorie calculations for preset activity types.
For activities that are not included within the list or that are not sufficiently similar - including, for example, canoeing - record your workout under "Other".
This credits one minute of Exercise for each full minute of the workout. Active calories for Other workouts are estimated at a rate equivalent to a brisk walk or based on data recorded by the heart rate sensor, whichever is higher.
Note that tracking can be affected during a workout if your watch loses contact with your skin. Better contact with your skin may also improve heart rate sensor performance during your workout. Apple suggests that you consider tightening your band before workouts and loosening it again afterwards.
For any activities that involve flexing your wrists, it may also help to move your watch a little higher up your arm, away from the flexing joint. Also keep in mind that the heart rate sensor is likely to give better results for workouts that involve rhythmic (eg running) rather than irregular movements.
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That will be OK.
The minimum is 1m.
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Hey LA & Jonathan UK -
Further update - I think the problem is solved.
Last week Friday I completed hard resets on both my Apple Watch Series 3 and my iPhone 6s. I did not restore the iPhone from a backup - I chose to set it up as a new device (you'll recall that Apple Support had me previously reset/restore my iPhone using an unencrypted iTunes backup and that solution was ineffective).
I allowed the iPhone to set my Watch up from scratch using all default parameters; the only additional software that was added to the Watch was Nike Run Club (the Watch is a Series 3 Nike+ edition).
I worked out this morning with normal intensity (37min Outdoor Walk, 110avg heart rate, avg 20.5min mi pacing). My Watch chimed right on time at 30 minutes after appropriately crediting my Exercise activity ring and I ended with full a full 37 minutes of Exercise ring credit.
For now, it would appear that a hard reset of both iPhone and Watch solved the problem. And by "hard reset," I mean I went into Settings on both devices, navigated to the General menu, chose Reset and chose to Reset all Content and Settings (Settings --> General --> Reset --> Erase All Content and Settings).
I'll update this post if future workouts deliver different results.
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For assistance with discrepancies in reported results between Sworkit and the built-in Workout app, I suggest that you consult the support resources offered by Sworkit's developer and/or contact them:
- App details:
- Support resources:
- Submit a support request:
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Whilst I can't say that is happening, it may help to follow these steps:
- If you have not yet done so, also update your iPhone to the latest software:
- Close certain apps and then restart (normally) both your iPhone and your Apple Watch:
- Close the Watch app, Activity app and Health app (if open) on your iPhone:
- Double-click the Home button, then swipe up on each app preview to close the apps.
- Close the Workout app, Activity app and Heart Rate app on your Apple Watch:
- Turn both devices off together, then restart your iPhone first:
- Close the Watch app, Activity app and Health app (if open) on your iPhone:
- If you have previously used any third-party fitness tracking, sleep tracking or heart rate monitoring apps, then check whether there is an active or paused session within any of them.
- If there is, then end that session from within that app on your Apple Watch.
- If in doubt, it may help to remove any such third-party apps from your Apple Watch, at least temporarily.
- If the issue persists, then it may help to unpair and re-pair your Apple Watch:
- The Watch app on your iPhone takes a backup of your watch automatically when unpairing via the app.
- Initially choose to Restore from Backup during set up (most data and settings will be restored, with some exceptions, such as Apple Pay cards, passcode).
- If the issue persists, consider instead unpairing and setting it up as a new watch.
- Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone - Apple Support
- Set up your Apple Watch - Apple Support
If the issue persists, then I suggest that you contact Apple Support (remote diagnostics and/or mail-in service may be available, if required), make a Genius Bar reservation or visit an Apple Authorised Service Provider for assistance:
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To credit progress towards your Exercise goal, the Activity app aims to identify activity that equals or exceeds the intensity of a brisk walk. This requirement applies both during general daily wear and when recording workouts via the Workout app.
Exercise credit is awarded for each minute during which this requirement is met. It is possible that you are not meeting that requirement and/or that your activity is not being tracked accurately.
If you have not yet done so, then it may help to first update your iPhone and Apple Watch to the latest software, starting with your iPhone:
- Update the iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support
- Update your Apple Watch - Apple Support
Whilst Apple has not published details of the algorithm that determines when activity is deemed to meet the required intensity level, the definition does vary by person and depends on your personal information. To check that it is accurate:
- On your iPhone, in the Watch app, go to: My Watch (tab) > Health > Edit - tap and adjust items, then tap on Done.
When recording specific fitness activities, be sure to use the Workout app (or a third-party app that shares data to Health) and to choose the activity type that most closely matches your workout, including choosing Other for any workouts that are neither included within nor sufficiently similar to those in the main list. This enables your watch to use the most appropriate sensors and data sources when tracking results:
Note that Apple Watch can pair and sync with compatible gym equipment, by following the instructions here:
For more accurate tracking of outdoor workouts and to enable proper calibration for treadmill-based workouts, check your Location Services settings:
- On your iPhone, go to: Settings > Privacy > Location Services:
- Check that Location Services (the main setting at the top) is turned on.
- In the list of apps beneath, if the option is shown (depending on your watch mode), then check that Apple Watch Workout is set to While Using.
- Also enable options under System Services including Motion Calibration & Distance, Wi-Fi Networking and Mobile Network Search.
Apple Watch Series 2 & 3 models have built-in GPS, so the paired iPhone does not need to be taken along during supported outdoor workouts in order for them to be able to access Location Services information. (For users with other models, it may help to take your iPhone along, with Location Services enabled).
During general daily wear and when using the Workout app to record relevant workouts (ie where arm motion is involved) when GPS data is either not relevant or not available, the Activity app and Workout app track your arm motion (measured by the accelerometer) when estimating results including progress towards the Exercise goal.
For the best results, allow the arm on which you are wearing your watch to swing naturally as you move around during daily wear and to move as expected during workouts.
Resetting your existing calibration data and recalibrating your Apple Watch may help to improve the accuracy of activity-related estimations. More information and detailed instructions are available via the link below. Resetting your calibration data and following detailed instructions for calibrating your Apple Watch can be equally as helpful for Series 2 & 3 models and will not erase your Activity history:
For the best performance from your Apple Watch - including the most accurate readings from the heart rate sensor, which is used continually during workouts - be sure to wear your Apple Watch snugly (but not too tightly) during general daily wear and during any workouts. Apple suggests tightening your Apple Watch band before workouts and loosening it again afterwards:
If you would prefer to receive Exercise credit for the full duration of workouts, regardless of their estimated intensity levels, then track them via the Workout app using "Other" as the activity type. This will credit one minute of Exercise for each full minute of the workout. Active calories will be estimated at a rate equivalent to a brisk walk or based on data recorded by the heart rate sensor, whichever is higher. However, note that neither distance nor a route map are recorded for outdoor workouts under this workout activity type.
Otherwise, if the issues still persist, then I suggest that you contact Apple Support (remote diagnostics and/or mail-in service may be available, if required), make a Genius Bar reservation or visit an Apple Authorised Service Provider for assistance:
- US: Apple Watch Service Answer Center - Apple Support
- Elsewhere: Select your country for Apple Watch service and repair information
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Your workout summary cannot be viewed on your Apple Watch again after your workout has been saved.
Instead, it can be viewed in the companion Activity app on your iPhone.
The results are synced to your iPhone automatically. If you record a workout using your Apple Watch away from your iPhone, this happens after they have reconnected (which also happens automatically) after being brought back within Bluetooth range of each other.
To view your past workouts:
- On your iPhone, in the Activity app, go to: Workouts (tab) > tap on a workout.