How do I log or record exercise automatically?

The exercise mode on most Fitbit trackers lets you capture detailed data about your workout. After you sync your tracker, a record of the activity is available for review and analysis on your dashboard. This article provides instructions for all trackers except Surge. To track runs or other workouts with your Surge, see How do I track a run or exercise on my Surge?

CHARGE HR, CHARGE, OR FORCE

Exercise mode works similar to the trip mode on a car’s odometer. For example, if you put your tracker in exercise mode and go for a run, once you stop exercise mode at the end of the run and sync your data, you’ll see an entry for a “Workout” exercise on your dashboard. The entry provides a summary of the activity’s stats as well as a minute-by-minute graph.

To use exercise mode:

  1. Press and hold the button until a stopwatch icon appears. The timer starts counting immediately, and elapsed time appears.
  2. Press the button to advance through real-time stats:
    • Elapsed time
    • Current heart rate and heart rate zone (Charge HR only)
    • Calories burned
    • Steps taken
    • Distance covered
    • Floors climbed
    • Time of day
  3. When you finish the activity, press and hold the button to end exercise mode.On your Charge HR, you’ll get an immediate summary about your workout. The elapsed time scrolls across the tracker’s screen for about four seconds. After the elapsed time, the following summary stats appear in turn:
  • Average heart rate
  • Calories burned
  • Steps taken
  • Distance covered
  • Floors climbed

After you sync your tracker, you can go to your dashboard to see the summary stats and the activity’s impact on your day.

FLEX OR ZIP

The Flex and the Zip do not offer automatic activity logging, but you can manually add the exercise to your activity log to get credit for calories burned. For instructions see How do I log or record an activity when I didn’t wear my tracker?

ONE OR ULTRA

Use the timer on your One or Ultra to track a specific activity in greater detail. For example, if you put your tracker in exercise mode and go for a walk or run, when you sync your tracker after your exercise you’ll see a new entry on your activity log. The entry provides a summary of the activity’s stats as well as a minute-by-minute graph.To track an exercise:

  1. Hold down the button until you see the timer start. While your tracker is recording an activity, its icons will blink continuously and you will see a stopwatch for the duration of the activity.
  2. When you’re done with your workout, hold down the button until you see the timer stop.
  3. Sync your tracker.
  4. Log into your fitbit.com dashboard and go to Log > Activities to see the activity. Note that you can’t view activity details from the One or Ultra in the Fitbit apps.

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  1. […] Automatically means that your tracker logs your activity as it happens and then uploads the data to Fitbit.com when you sync. All Fitbit trackers except Flex support automatic activity tracking, also known as exercise mode. For instructions, see How do I log or record exercise automatically? […]

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