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How to Customize the Exercise Stats You See on Apple Watch



sample image with exercise statistics on an Apple Watch

An Apple Watch can show only five different metrics or performance metrics, such as your current pace or the distance you’ve walked, while exercising, so you can adjust which ones you see. You can even set your watch to show only one important metric. Here̵

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How to adjust which statistics you see

For each exercise type, your watch can track and display the following: duration, active kilocalories, total kilocalories and heart rate. For some workouts, such as running outside or swimming in the pool, your watch also tracks (and can display) other more specific stats, such as distance, current pace, height gained and swim lengths.

To change which stats you see on your watch while you exercise, open the “Watch” app on your iPhone and go to Workout> Workout View.

Select workout in the Apple Watch app on iPhoneSelect view in the Apple Watch app on iPhone

Under ‘Workouts’, select the activity you want to edit and tap ‘Edit’.

activities in watch app on iPhoneoptions in the Apple Watch app on iPhone

The various metrics are grouped under “Metrics”, which are displayed when you exercise, and “Don’t Include”, which are not. To add a stat, tap the green plus sign. To delete one, tap the red circle icon, then tap Delete. Use the handles on the right to reorder the different stats. When you’re done, tap Done.

Note: The maximum you can display at one time is five statistics. You have to choose for most activities. You may also need to delete one default stat before you can add another.

customize which statistics are displayed in the Apple Watch app

The next time you track a workout, you will see your chosen list of statistics. To make one more visible, you can highlight it by turning the Digital Crown. This will make it appear in color so you can see it more easily with a glance. You can see Distance lit up in yellow in the screenshot below.

yellow distance marker on Apple Watch

Switch to single metric display

If you just want to focus on a single important metric (or keep yourself from constantly looking at your wrist while you exercise), you can set the Workout app on your Apple Watch to Single Metric mode.

single metric display with heart rate on Apple Watch

To do this, open the “Watch” app on your iPhone and go to Workout> Workout View. Select ‘Single statistic’.

select view on watch app on iphoneselect a single metric display in the Apple Watch app on iPhone

Now if you are exercising with your watch, you will only see one performance metric (and the time) at a time. Turn the Digital Crown to cycle between the two.




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