A wide range of valuable new running functions is included watchOS 9. From heart rate zones and stride length, ground contact time to vertical swing and new features like ghost racing on your personal best and creating custom workouts, here’s a handy look at the new Apple Watch running stats in watchOS 9.
Whether you are already an avid runner, have just started or want to make conscious progress, watchOS 9 offers the most robust apple clock current measured values so far.
To become more efficient with your shape or more intentional with heart rate zones, get extra motivation with a ghost racing function or stay on track with a new pacer and warnings is all possible with watchOS 9.
Some of these features may also suggest one robust Apple Watch landing this fall.
Apple Watch ongoing metrics: What’s new in watchOS 9
watchOS 9 is currently available as a developer beta. The free public watchOS 9 beta is scheduled to launch in July. Learn more about install watchOS 9 in our complete guide.
Here are the 9 new main values and features of the Apple Watch:
- Pulse zones
- Step length
- Ground contact time
- Vertical oscillation
- Average power
- Compete against the best or last run
- Pacer with measured values and warnings on the screen
- Create custom running sessions with the “work” and “recovery” segments.
- Multisport training type that automatically switches between running, cycling and swimming for triathletes
Here’s a look at the new Apple Watch driving statistics in action:
After starting a running session in watchOS 9, the first screen will by default show the elapsed time, current heart rate, rolling miles, average pace and distance. Apple says you will be able to customize which statistics show
You can swipe from bottom to top or use Digital Crown to navigate to the new running metric screens. The other is heart rate zones.
Apple Watch automatically creates your 5 heart rate zones based on the Heart Rate Reserve method. And the maximum and rest values are automatically updated on the first day of each month.
But you can set heart rate zones manually by going to Settings> Exercise> Heart Rate Zones on your Apple Watch or iPhone in the Apple Watch app> Exercise> Heart Rate Zones.
There are three more screens that you can swipe / scroll through vertically: Split, Elevation and Exercise Rings.
After the run, you can see a more detailed breakdown of the estimated time you spent in each heart rate zone on the iPhone Fitness app. Select the workout from the Summary tab and press See more information next to Pulse.
Walking length, ground contact time, vertical oscillation and average power
The first time you run your Apple Watch on watchOS 9, step length, Ground contact time, Vertical oscillationand Average power will be measured but may not appear on the main screen of the Workout app during the run.
After tapping the recorded run on the Summary tab of the iPhone Fitness app, tap Show more next to Workout Details.
At the bottom you can also choose to change the order of the measurements.
Apple Watch running statistics: Compete against the last or best run, Pacer, custom workouts
From the Workout app on the Apple Watch, if you tap the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of a workout, you get more options. These will include suggestions such as competing for your last or best run.
You can also choose to sort the different types of running sessions by suggested, goal-based, customized or route.
And if you do not want to use the available workouts based on goals, routes or pace, you can create a completely custom:
What are you most excited about with all the new Apple Watch runtimes in watchOS 9? Share your thoughts in the comments!
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