Working out is a great way to maintain fitness, improve health, and even de-stress after a long day. Using tools like an Apple Watch, people can track their workouts and find ways to improve. However, what does it mean when the workout on your Apple Watch is yellow?
A workout on Apple Watch will be displayed as yellow when duration is set as the highlighted metric. The yellow will disappear when a person selects a different metric, such as heart rate or active calories. The color change can also be caused by changing the goal of a workout.
This is a simple assessment of the issue. There are also many other factors that should be considered such as how to use the workout functions on an Apple Watch, what each metric represents and how the watch calculates it, and different tips and tricks for using the workout function effectively and efficiently.
How to Use the Workout Function on Apple Watch
Some might get frustrated by the workout function unlocked by the app. They might also prefer just using the activity log that is automatically tracked. However, the workout function on the Apple Watch is a useful function when a person understands how to use it.
It is pretty simple to use. The first step is to open the workout app. This can be done by touching the app or by saying “Hey, Siri, Workout”. Once a user opens the app, they will be met with several options of workouts that they can do.
Some of the options available include outdoor walking, outdoor running, outdoor cycling, indoor walking, indoor running, indoor cycling, and a variety of exercise equipment options. Users can scroll and select the best option for them.
After selecting a workout, the app will pull up the different metrics that it tracks and will urge the user to set a goal. Each metric will have a color to distinguish it from other metrics. Duration is yellow, distance is blue, and calories burned are pink.
Additional metrics are different colors. This can be done by selecting a metric and using the plus sign to increase the distance, duration, or another metric. There is also a subtraction sign to help users decrease their goal if it is unrealistic. Once the goal is set, press start and go workout!
To stop a workout, a user can touch the screen and stop it, press the digital crown button, or use voice commands. That signals that the workout is over and records the metrics. When a user goes back into the app, they can examine the metrics from their previous workouts and learn about how effectively they are working toward their goals. The ability to track metrics is a great option for people who are into working out and tracking progress.
What Metrics does the Apple Watch Track?
Apple Watches track metrics that are useful for the activity selected. For running, the metrics include duration, distance, and calories burned.
For other activities, additional metrics can include heart rate, average pace, calories burned at a standstill versus actively burned calories, and more. There are some metrics that are specific to the workout, such as rowing or using the elliptical machine.
How Does Apple Watch Calculate Different Metrics?
Apple watches are able to calculate different metrics using different pieces of equipment that are built into the watch or the connected iPhone. The watch has different sensors built into it like an accelerometer to track the speed at which the person is going.
For outdoor activities, the watch will utilize the GPS function of the phone to track distance. For indoor workouts, it will track the steps someone has taken and estimate the distance from that.
Different Tips and Tricks to Using Apple Watch for Working Out
Although the basic uses of the app are pretty easy to understand and use, there are additional options that users should utilize more. Some of these will enhance and streamline the user’s experience. One that not many people use is selecting a goal through the ellipsis method rather than selecting an Open Goal.
By selecting the ellipsis, the screen will pull up the goal and allow the user to have a progress tracking ring. This can make it easier for people to see their progress and be motivated to continue, rather than having to squint at the tiny font that is available through the Open Goal option.
Another tip is to switch the metric view to match a person’s unique needs. Some people enjoy being able to see all the metrics simultaneously, but there is an option to only view one at a time. This can be useful for people who have a tough time reading smaller fonts or only want to work on one metric at a time. Some people also just appreciate how it looks visually.
The nice thing about the single metric feature is that people can still view all of the metrics, they just have to scroll through them. People can change how the metrics look when they go into the workout app and go to the workout view.
One option that people can appreciate is highlighting a metric. That can help people be able to see and focus on what they are centering their workout around. This might be why someone had their workout app turn yellow instead of other colors.
People can also modify the number of metrics shown at a time to increase the font size and help center themselves around a few metrics instead of being overwhelmed by too many metrics. It can also help people see what time it is easier.
Basically, if someone is willing to look through the app and try new things, they will be able to make their Apple Watch meet their needs and desires. They can even switch between mile and kilometer measurements and remember the metrics that a person enjoys with each workout type.
All of these different features on the Apple Watch are useful to gather information about a workout. Now that we understand the basic features of the watch, it is much easier to work out and learn from the metrics.