Your Apple Watch could be providing you with more accurate workout data

by - – Make sure your Apple Watch gives you credit for all of your workouts. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got your Apple Watch hooked to your wrist. If my Apple Watch isn’t tracking each stride, a stroll feels like a waste of time. And, because many of us rely on fitness bands to keep track of our daily activities, we want the information to be as accurate as possible.

There is no such thing as a flawless fitness tracker; whether you’re wearing an Apple Watch or a Fitbit, the statistics you see on your screen will never be accurate. Maintaining your health, on the other hand, does not necessitate exact statistics; as long as your calories, exercise distance, and pace are all relatively correct, you may make good progress toward your objectives.

So, how can you ensure that your Apple Watch records your workout data as accurately as possible? Through the use of a mix of settings, personal data, calibration, and correct usage.

Check the settings on your Apple Watch

The first thing you should do is double-check that your iPhone’s settings are correct. Your watch will not be able to correctly monitor your workouts until these settings are changed.

To begin, go to Privacy > Location Services in your iPhone’s Settings app. Make sure “Location Services” is enabled; this is the global setting that determines whether applications and services can access your location. Scroll down and choose System Services once you’ve confirmed that setting is enabled. Make sure “Motion Calibration & Distance” is set on as well.

How to adjust the settings on your Apple Watch

After you’ve double-checked these settings, it’s time to calibrate your watch, which can be done in one of two methods. You can calibrate your watch without overwriting any existing calibration data, or you can reset your calibration data before calibrating it. Let’s start with a broad overview of how to calibrate a watch.

You won’t discover a setting or option for calibrating your Apple Watch; instead, go on a stroll to do it (or run). However, the location of your stroll is important: You’ll want to walk somewhere flat, with clear sky that won’t interfere with your GPS signal, such as a high school track. Unless you have a Series 1 or earlier Apple Watch, which requires an iPhone for GPS, you just need to bring your Apple Watch.

When you’re ready, launch the Workout app on your watch and begin an Outdoor Walk or Outdoor Run. For your Apple Watch to be properly calibrated, you’ll need to walk or run for 20 minutes. You don’t have to complete it all at once, so feel free to take a break and resume your workout later. What’s more essential to consider is your pace; you should maintain that pace for the full 20 minutes, so if walking for that duration is simpler for you, go ahead.

If you work out at varied speeds, you’ll need to perform repeated calibrations for each pace. If you’re curious, your Apple Watch is probably already calibrating when you walk or run outside. However, if you don’t regularly work out in a level open environment or at a constant pace for at least 20 minutes, your watch’s calibration data may be skewed.

How can I clear the calibration data on my Apple Watch?

As I previously stated, the Apple Watch may calibrate itself whenever you walk or run in an open area. It is, however, still working with prior calibration data; if an earlier calibration was faulty for some reason, it might be throwing off your findings. You’ll need to reset that data in order to calibrate your Apple Watch properly.

If you know where to search, it’s not difficult. On your iPhone, go to Privacy after opening the Watch app. “Reset Fitness Calibration Data” will now appear. Choose “Reset Fitness Calibration Data” from the pop-up menu, and your iPhone will erase all prior calibration data. You may now go for a 20-minute walk or jog to recharge your Apple Watch’s tracking capabilities.

How to make changes to your personal data

In addition to measuring your fitness, the Apple Watch considers your age, sex, height, weight, medicines, and if you need a wheelchair. You’ll need to make sure these facts are up to date in order to receive the most accurate reading.

Then go to Health > Health Details in the Watch app. You can view the information you’ve previously submitted here. You’re good to go if everything checks out. It is, however, simple to make adjustments if necessary. Simply touch “Edit” in the top right corner, then change any of the data here.

Check to see if you’re wearing your Apple Watch properly.

The way you wear your Apple Watch can have an impact on the readings you get after an exercise, as well as your overall tracking. Make sure the Apple Watch is securely fastened to your wrist and is snug but not too tight. The sensors have the highest possibility of reading your heart rate and tracking your steps while you’re in this posture.

When it comes to monitoring steps, keep an eye on where your watch is when walking. You’ll get exercise credit for walks even if you don’t have a routine set up on your Apple Watch, as long as your arm swings while you walk. If it doesn’t, for example, because you’re pushing a stroller or holding a cup of coffee, the watch won’t be able to monitor or credit the exercise appropriately. If that’s the case, be sure to enable Outdoor Walk on your watch so it understands what you’re doing.