Fitness and wellness tracking on your Samsung smart watch

Guy with a Galaxy Watch3 wellness and fitness tracker on her wrist

What if there was a way to see how many calories you've burned or how many steps you took this week - all from your wrist? With the trackers on your Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, or Galaxy Watch3, you can take charge of your fitness and wellness. For example, you can track your workouts, weight loss, and your sleeping habits. There's even a breathing program to manage stress.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by provider, phone, or watch.

See how well you're sleeping

Make sure you're catching enough z's. Your wellness depends on it. Don't worry, your watch automatically records your sleep using motion data or heart rate.

Press the Power key, and then navigate to and tap Samsung Health. Swipe to and tap the Sleep tracker to view your data. If you swipe up in the tracker and tap Settings, you can use the Record REM sleep feature to manage how the watch measures your sleep. When the switch is on, your sleep stages will be measured based on your heart rate. When off, your sleep pattern will be measured based on body movement. The Galaxy Watch3 will automatically use the best method to measure your sleep cycle.

For watches like the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit2, you can view your sleep log using the sleep tracker on the watch.

The Sleep tracker on a Samsung smart watch

Alternatively, you can also use and manage trackers and view data for sleep in the Samsung Health app on your phone.

Measure your stress level

Note: The Stress tracker is not available on Gear Fit2 or Gear Fit2 Pro.

If you're worried about your wellness, you should measure your stress level to see if you're pushing yourself too hard. Afterward, relax with a guided breathing exercise.

Press the Power key, and then navigate to and tap Samsung Health. Swipe to and tap Stress, and then tap Measure to see your current stress level. Alternatively, you can navigate to the Stress widget on the Watch face, and then tap Measure.

Once the Stress measurement is done, tap BREATHE to perform a breathing exercise. Tap Start, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

The Stress tracker with a Measure option on a Samsung smart watch

If you have a Galaxy Fit, it will automatically measure your stress; just go to the Stress tracker to see your results. If you want to do a breathing exercise on the Fit, swipe up while you're on the Stress tracker, and then tap Breathe. Tap Start, and then follow the on-screen prompts.

The Galaxy Fit2 can also automatically measure your stress,  you will need to enable it in Galaxy Wearable on your phone. From the Home tab, tap Health settings and enable Auto stress.

And yes, you can use and manage trackers and view Stress data in the Samsung Health app on your phone. You will also see recommendations for reducing stress.

Start a new workout

Whether you prefer running or biking, you can track the workout of your choice.

Press the Power key on the watch, and then navigate to and tap Samsung Health. Tap Exercise, tap Work out, and then swipe to the workout exercise you want to track. If you select the three dots next to the workout, you can change the workout Target, workout screen, and other options. Or, you can simply tap the workout to start.

Exercise tracker with Work out option on a Samsung smart watch

For a Galaxy Fit, press and hold the Power key, and then select a workout type. The workout will automatically start. On the Gear Fit2, swipe left from the main screen to the Exercise tracker, tap WORK OUT, and then tap a workout to track.

For a Galaxy Fit2, Tap the Home key, swipe to the exercise widget and tap the Workout icon. Scroll to find your exercise and then tap Start. If your workout isn't listed, tap the Edit icon and use your phone to select the available workouts.

With the Samsung Health app on your phone, you can also use and manage the Exercise trackers to start your workouts. To view and track your workout data, be sure to use the Active time tracker.

Note: You can also add the Exercise widget to your Home screen.

Start a workout with a coach

The Galaxy Watch Active2 Under Armour edition features the MapMyRun app and has a built-in run coach that analyzes your stride and pace to help you achieve better runs. For other watches, you can use Pace coach in Samsung Health.

For the times self-motivation gets really tough, get more out of every mile thanks to built-in coaching on the watch.

From the watch's Home screen, navigate to and open Samsung Health. Tap Exercise, and then tap Work out. Tap Running coach or Pace setter to start the audio-guided workout.

Tap the Flag icon next to the work out to change the Target, workout screen, Coaching messages, and other options.

Running coach highlighted on a Samsung smart watch

Auto detect a workout

Your watch can automatically track your favorite activities, from cycling to swimming. All you need to do is adjust what activities you want detected. When it's time to workout, your watch will automatically record your progress and send it to Samsung Health!

If you have a newer watch, press the Power key, and then tap Samsung Health. Then, swipe to and tap Settings and then tap Workout detection. For a Gear Fit2 Pro, press the Power key, and then tap Settings to access Workout detection.

From here, make sure the switch for Alerts is turned on, and then tap Activities to detect. Now, select your desired workout activities to detect by tapping the switch next to them.

A list of Activities to detect on a Samsung smart watch
  • Healthy pace (records walking or running)

  • Cycling

  • Elliptical trainer

  • Rowing machine

  • Dynamic workout (detects high-movement activities)

  • For a Galaxy Fit or Galaxy Fit2, open the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone. Tap Health settings, tap Workout detection, and then make sure the switch is turned on. Next, turn on the switch for each desired workout activity.

    Note: You must work out for 10 minutes in order for the automatic workout detection feature to detect the related workout activities you perform.

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