Apple has made it easier to access and change all the units of measure for metrics that you track with your workouts. You can easily change your Apple Watch to metric measurements and choose between ‘Km’ or ‘Mi’ for kilometers or miles.
- Apple’s New Fitness App on iOS 14 more insightful and elegant than the old Activity App
- Apple introduces new Health and Fitness features via iOS 14 and watchOS 7
- Easily customize Workout Metrics on your Apple Watch
Additionally, You will also be able to set up metrics for Swimming, cycling and energy units ( Calories for kCal), all in one single location on your iPhone running iOS 14.
How to change Unit of measure for workout metrics in iOS 14
In iOS 14+, this has been integrated into one single location.
- Open ‘Watch’ app on your iPhone running iOS 14+
- Tap on ‘My Watch’ at the bottom of the screen
- Scroll down to ‘Workouts’ and tap on it
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and tap on ‘Units of Measure’
On this screen, you can configure the units of measure associated with the various metrics for your workouts.
Here you can choose between
- Calories and Kilocalories for energy units
- Choose between Yards and Meters for swimming workouts
- Choose Miles versus Kilometers for your cycling workouts
And finally set up the miles or kilometers for your walking and running workouts!
Changing Metrics using Health App on your iPhone
In the older iOS 13, you were able to change your Apple Watch to metric measurements by using the Health app. This feature is still available to you in iOS 14+’s Health app.
Once you opened up the Health app on your iPhone:
- Tap on Activity
- Scroll down to Walking + Running Distance and tap
- Scroll down to Unit and tap
- Choose between km and mi for kilometers and miles
Enter Height, weight and other details for accurate workout readings
When you start with a new Apple Watch, it is important to add in your personal body measurement details into the device so that it can accurately track your calories and other health information.
In order to enter or update your personal information
- On your iPhone, begin by tapping on the Watch App
- Tap on ‘My Watch’ app at the bottom
- Choose Health followed by Health Details
- Tap on Edit at the top right corner of the screen
- Tap on any one of the fields ( Birthdate, Sex, Height or Weight)
- Modify the details and tap on Done
Periodically Update Weight information using Health App in iOS
As you progress through your workouts and health goals, you can also periodically update your weight at various times by using the Health app in iOS.
This way, it makes it easier to keep track of weight reduction trends associated with your workouts and other fitness programs.
In order to do so in iOS 14+,
- Open Health app on your iPhone
- Tap on the ‘Browse’ tab
- Choose ‘Body Measurements’
- Tap on the Weight section
- Choose ‘Add Data’ from the top right corner and enter your details
- It records your new weight against a date and a time of your choice.
- Tap on ‘Add’ and you are done.
This is also the section where you can add in other data that helps improve the accuracy of your health metrics.
You choose to add information such as Body Mass Index (BMI) or Body Fat Percentage, waist circumference, and other related information.
We hope that you found this information useful. Please let us know if you have any questions using the comments below.
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