When you're done recording a workout with Apple Watch, look forward to all your hard work in your iPhone's Activity app. This provides all sorts of useful charts, maps, and trends to show you how you are.
But what if you saved this workout by accident? Or if you forgot to log in for a workout? You cannot edit Apple Watch exercises on your watch or the Activity app on your iPhone. Fortunately, however, there is still a way to clarify things. See how to change Apple Watch exercises.
What happens to Apple Watch training data?
If you want to change your training history, it's helpful to understand exactly what happens to your data when you finish a workout.
Depending on the type of training, Apple Watch collects various statistics, such as heart rate, speed, and pace. For outdoor training, such as running and cycling, it also records your route. Apple stores this data as a series of "samples. Each sample is a measure of something at a specific time. So, for example, your route map is actually a series of coordinate samples plotting your location at regular intervals.
When you finish training, these samples are grouped together and synchronized with iPhone for storage in HealthKit. iOS stores this encrypted database in a special folder Safe enclave, far from prying eyes. The reason for all this security is that HealthKit also stores all your sensitive medical data.
The Apple Health app is designed to let you manage your HealthKit data; so this is where you should look if you want to modify your exercises.
How to delete a workout from Apple Watch
Excluding exercises is easy. Open the Cheers application and go to the summary screen. (You may need to double-tap the heart icon at the bottom of the screen to return to it.) Scroll down to Exercises and touch him. You will see a lot of graphics, but ignore it all. Instead, scroll down and press View all data.
You will see a long list of all the exercises you have saved. The blue clock icon indicates the exercises you recorded with Apple's built-in function. Doing exercises app. Just slide your finger to the right during training to reveal the Withdraw button.
When you press Withdraw, you will be asked if you want to delete the health data associated with them. This is a useful feature if you accidentally recorded daily activity as an exercise. For example, when I go to stores, my Apple Watch sometimes automatically detects a walk workout. By removing training and preserving associated health data, walking still contributes to my activity rings, but is no longer displayed as training.
How to change an Apple Watch workout
Editing training is possible, but more delicate. Back to Health app View all data on the screen and find the workout you want to change. Press to get the Details Eyesight. At the top of this screen you will see Sample Details and Device Details. Browse these to find Training Samples. These included Energy (in calories), Heartbeat and (for certain types of training) No and Distance.
Touching one of these sample types displays a timestamp list of all samples taken during training. You can delete a sample here if you wish. For example, there may be a dishonest heart rate reading that you know is just a problem and spoils the average.
The only sample types that the Health app currently does not allow you to modify are the coordinates of your location. Probably because it would be too easy to fake your route map if it were.
How to add a workout to the Activity app
For most of us, editing a workout is probably more complicated than it's worth. It is easier to delete a suspicious workout and add a new one. In fact, adding a workout manually would not be easier. In the Health app, go to Search> Activity> Exercises and press Add data (top right corner). You can now select a training type, enter the start and end time, add calories, and, for some types of training, the distance.
This is useful if you are training on a cardio machine at the gym, but forget to use Apple Watch. You can simply enter the details directly into the phone when done.
Great power implies great responsibilities.
Calories entered manually in this manner contribute to your activity rings. Which means Apple has great confidence in you. Especially if you are participating in an activity challenge with a friend.
But in the end, if you are lying about your physical activity, the only person you really cheat is yourself.