I'm not great about setting aside time to exercise, but I am definitely a data nerd and just discovered my iPhone SE has a built in ability to track steps (pedometer) and other things. Cool! I also like to get in some stationary bike time while watching TV, listening to a podcast, etc. I do not have an Apple Watch.
Unfortunately, it appears that the Health app can't actually track anything beyond steps and "flights" on its own. It has no idea when I'm on the exercise bike, and in fact is crediting me with steps instead. This seems very odd since years ago Apple publicly claimed that the Health app would automatically know the difference between walking, cycling, etc. and track accordingly.
I found many people complaining about this in forums and the only "solution" I've read is to install a 3rd party app such as iBiker. I did so, but have also found that that app can't track anything meaningful on its own either! It will track duration of ride, but without additional sensors it has no way to track anything more detailed. So basically it's pretty much as useful as a stop watch.
So my questions are:
Is it possible to track exercise bike and other activity aside from steps, with an iPhone SE without the addition of 3rd party hard/software?
- If yes, then how?
- If no, what is the simplest/cheapest way to automatically track exercise bike activity?
Bonus question: Is it possible to get the Health app to stop counting exercise bike activity as steps?
- Bonus #2: How often does the Health app actually update the data on its dashboard? So far it seems fairly random/inconsistent.