When starting a workout, choose the activity type that best reflects the nature of your exercise activity. For any activity other than the named options, choose Other (such as for your Step class).
The activity types in the Workout app on Apple Watch help the watch to determine which sensors / data sources to use when tracking and estimating the results of your activity. For example:
- For Outdoor Run, the watch can use the heart rate sensor, built-in accelerometer and GPS data from the paired iPhone (if it is available during the run).
- For Indoor Run (on a treadmill), the watch will rely on the accelerometer to estimate distance and pace (as GPS data is not relevant).
- For indoor activities, the watch will rely mainly on heart rate readings to estimate calorie burn.
The Other category is therefore useful (from the watch's point of view) in advising that certain types of activity are not being undertaken.
When tracking a workout using Other, your watch will estimate active calories based on whichever is the higher of:
- The equivalent of a brisk walk (calories recorded on this basis will vary by person, depending on their personal information), or;
- Data recorded by the heart rate sensor.
When using Other, the Activity app will also credit the Exercise progress ring with one minute for each full minute of the workout.
If you would like Apple to consider adding additional activity types to the Workout app, you can suggest that here:www.apple.com/feedback/watc...
All submissions are read (although you should not expect to receive a reply).
Use the Workout app on your Apple Watch - Apple Support