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Folks who track their workouts with the Apple Watch or a third-party fitness accessory tend to analyze their logged history in the iPhone’s Activity app in order to gain a valuable insight into when they have—and more importantly, have not—met their personal goals.

Realizing you’re consistently failing to hit your set workout goal on weekends, for example, is the first step toward changing your routine, working out more and leading a healthier life overall.

Though largely unchanged from its iOS 8 counterpart, Activity on iOS 9 has gained a useful, somewhat hidden toggle for switching between displaying Move, Exercise and Stand rings and highlighting the days you completed dedicated workouts.

How to only show dedicated workouts in Activity app

Step 1: Open the Activity app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Tap on month name in the top left corner to switch to Month view, if necessary.

Step 3: Now tap a new button labeled Activity, located in the top right corner. A menu with two options pops up: All-Day Activity and Workouts.

Step 4: Tap Workouts and the app switches to highlighting only the days on which you logged workout sessions using the Activity app on your Apple Watch.

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As you can see for yourself, this new mode replaces your activity rings with green-tinted circles for each day you logged your workout sessions in the Activity app, with all the other days greyed out. The numbers in the center of green circles denote the number of workout sessions you manually logged on that particular day.

Tip: To switch back to showing your regular Move, Exercise and Stand rings, simply select All-Day Activity in the menu.

I like that this subtle refinement gives me a lot clearer way of viewing completed exercises. And if I want to quickly learn on which days I missed my dedicated workout sessions, this new filtering option does just that.

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  • Mark

    I believe that this view doesn’t show you the days when you completed your exercise ring. It shows you the days you completed a workout with the Workout it.

    • Yes, I’ve changed the wording of the article to reflect this

  • iByron

    Okay, where is this “Activity” app?

    • It appears when you pair an Apple Watch with your iPhone 🙂

  • techfreak23

    Mine only shows me the last week… I’ve definitely completed workouts on many more days…

    • This only shows the workouts you have manually selected in the Apple Watch Workout app, and saved.

      • techfreak23

        I’ve definitely saved more than just the last week of workouts. I’ve used the workout app almost every single day I’ve had my watch, which I got on day 3 of release.

  • Gary le

    Is their a way i can get my health data back since i DID NOT do a ENCRYPTED BACKUP now my data is all gone. A regular backup to your computer will not backup health data and I heard an icloud backup will not too. Any help?