Run­ning

Mac Format - - GET FIT WITH WATCH -

Run­ning is the most in­stinc­tive ex­er­cise and re­quires al­most noth­ing but ef­fort and a de­cent pair of train­ers, so it’s good to know that the Ap­ple Watch caters to this need pretty well. Se­lect­ing the Out­door run­ning op­tion lets you se­lect a goal – calo­ries burned, dis­tance or time – and sets these against the last recorded goal you achieved, al­low­ing you to aim higher or lower. Dur­ing a run you re­ceive mile­stone up­dates, let­ting you know if you’ve hit another mile or that you’re half­way to your pre-as­signed goal. When you’ve fin­ished your run, the Watch shows you the dis­tance cov­ered, time elapsed, and the num­ber of calo­ries burned, but this data isn’t read­ily avail­able af­ter you’ve viewed it – and even seems to van­ish. This data re­ten­tion falls short of the de­tailed stats that third-party apps like Runkeeper Pro of­fer with an iPhone in tow.

Oth­er­wise, run­ning with your iPhone the first few times en­ables the Ap­ple Watch to cal­i­brate your stride. Ap­ple rec­om­mends in­putting the time for a whole se­ries of runs to get it ac­quainted with your run­ning style, but in my ex­pe­ri­ence it was very ac­cu­rate af­ter just a cou­ple of ses­sions – even tak­ing into ac­count the el­e­va­tion based on my heart-rate. Even­tu­ally this made tak­ing the iPhone out with me an af­ter­thought, es­pe­cially af­ter I’d set up a mu­sic playlist and paired the Watch with some de­cent ear­buds.

Swipe up from the clock face to ac­cess Glances, which in­cludes the heart-rate mon­i­tor.

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