watchOS 9 makes Apple Watch the best running watch

Apple has significantly updated its Workout app to show more stats, making Apple Watch the best running watch. Users can rotate the digital crown to scroll through different views such as heart rate zones, activity and power rings, and elevation. You’ll also have the ability to create custom workouts complete with work and rest intervals, along with alerts for heart rate, pace, power and cadence while running.

The Workout app has been updated to provide more comprehensive metrics to measure performance and new training views and experiences inspired by high-performance athletes to help users take their workouts to the next level.
The Workout app has been updated in watchOS 9 to provide more comprehensive metrics to measure performance and new training views and experiences inspired by high-performance athletes to help users take their workouts to the next level.

Brenda Stolyar and Adrienne So for Wired:

If you have an iPhone, the Apple Watch is by far the best fitness tracker. The only downside perhaps (besides battery life) is that Apple’s healthcare software has historically been a bit lacking. It’s not uncommon to see Apple Watch users immediately transfer their data to more useful and easily usable software, such as Strava or Nike Run Club. But that could all change with a whole host of new fitness features debuting in WatchOS 9.

If functions like stride length measurement and vertical swing work as intended, they could easily turn the Apple Watch into the best running watch and best watch for endurance athletes, period.

Anyone who uses an Apple Watch while running will be happy to know that you can now track new metrics like ground contact time, stride length, and vertical swing, which can help you improve your form. You can add them to your workout views or view them in the Fitness app summary and Health app (the Fitness app is finally available for iPhones starting with iOS 16). You will also be able to see trends and patterns over time …

Regardless of whether you are going for an outdoor run or a bike ride, you will soon be able to challenge yourself against your best or last result. You will also receive real-time updates to help motivate you to beat your personal best.

MacDailyNews takes: Surprisingly, finally, we will be using Apple’s Workout app!

As we wrote in June, “With watchOS 9, we will be switching from Strava to Apple’s Workout app to run for the first time.”

The ability to create and follow intervals, running shape metrics and more in watchOS 9 shows the much needed and appreciated love for runners! – MacDailyNews, June 6, 2022

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