Fitness features in Apple watchOS 11 revealed

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Apple recently unveiled a comprehensive set of new features for watchOS 11 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). This update focuses on both fitness-related and non-fitness-related improvements and aims to significantly improve the user experience with detailed fitness tracking, improved mapping capabilities, and greater customization options. The DC Rainmaker video below shows us the new fitness features available on iPhone with watchOS 11.

Automatic effort assessment and tracking of training load

One of the most notable additions in watchOS 11 is the introduction automatic effort scoring for 17 different types of exercises. This feature provides users with an accurate measurement of training intensity without the need for manual data entry, streamlining the tracking process. However, for those who prefer a more personalized approach, it is still possible to manually adjust these results.

In addition to effort scoring, watchOS 11 now also offers a scoring feature tracking your training load, which provides users with 7- and 28-day averages. This feature allows users to:

  • Monitor their progress over time
  • Identify trends in their training programs
  • Make informed decisions about your fitness goals

Comprehensive monitoring of vital signs

The updated vital signs monitoring app in watchOS 11 is a significant update over its predecessor. This app now tracks a wide range of health metrics, including:

  • Resting heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Skin temperature
  • Blood oxygen level
  • Sleep patterns

By providing a comprehensive overview of the user’s health status, this app allows users to better understand their overall well-being. Moreover, the application is designed to detect trends and outliers in the data, sending the user push notifications in case of significant deviations. This proactive approach ensures that users stay informed about their health and can take action when necessary.

Improved mapping and route creation

WatchOS 11 brings significant improvements to mapping and route creation. Users can now create your own routes and access offline maps, providing greater flexibility and convenience when navigating without a constant Internet connection. The update also includes suggested U.S. national park routes, round-trip routes and alternative loops, offering users a variety of outdoor opportunities.

Fitness app improvements

The fitness app in watchOS 11 has undergone several improvements to provide users with a more customized and user-friendly experience. Some of the key improvements include:

  • The ability to pause activity rings, allowing users to keep their streak going even if they need a break
  • Customizable movement goals, allowing users to set goals that match their fitness level
  • A comprehensive fitness app dashboard, providing a centralized view of user activities
  • Structured swimming workouts and customization of third-party exercise segments, offering more tailored exercise options
  • A check-in feature that increases safety during training by allowing users to share their location with trusted contacts

The goal of these improvements is to provide users with a more personalized and engaging fitness experience, encouraging them to stay active and achieve their health goals.

Additional non-fitness features

In addition to fitness updates, watchOS 11 introduces several non-fitness features that improve the overall user experience. Updates to the Photos app enable better watch face customization, allowing users to personalize their watch with their favorite photos. The intelligent Smart Stack provides context-aware widgets to help users quickly access relevant information.

For those who travel frequently or communicate in different languages, the translation widget now supports offline translation. With this feature, users can communicate effectively even without an Internet connection.

Finally, it has introduced satellite text messaging for iPhones with Emergency SOS, allowing users to stay connected even in remote areas where traditional cellular networks may not be available.

The watchOS 11 update demonstrates Apple’s commitment to providing a comprehensive and user-friendly Apple Watch experience. By improving both fitness tracking and overall usability, this update sets a new standard for smartwatch functionality and convenience.

Image credit and credit: DC Rainmaker

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