A walk is not an exercise?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by betabeta, Apr 25, 2015.

  1. betabeta macrumors 6502a

    Jun 28, 2013
    Does your heart rate have to be elivated a certain amount? I went into the workout app and selected outdoor walk. Was listed in workouts but not in exercise?

    Are there minimum requirements?
  2. TheColtr macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2014
    I just did a walking workout with the workout app and got three minutes of exercise off of a 30 minuet walk. This is crazy.
  3. digduggler macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    There is clearly a minimum hbm threshold. Aka why we are so fat since we are all like what the hell...
  4. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    hm, not sure how it gets calculated. I did a 15-minute elliptical workout yesterday and it added those 15 minutes to the exercise ring.
  5. Bob Banjo macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2015
    Walking is just how humans get from one point to another with the minimum amount of effort. Maybe try at least jogging if you want exercise?
  6. iwayne macrumors 6502


    Oct 12, 2011
    Santa Clara, California
    Only if you walk like a New Yorker will you get credit for exercise lol.
    A brisk walk tracks as exercise not a leisurely walk.
  7. bmwellsokstate macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2015
    Possible answer from a physical therapy student...

    While walking is beneficial, it doesn't elevate your heart rate that much (if you are in relatively decent shape). I believe apple's 30 minutes of exercise is based off of different recommendations (maybe ACSM's guidelines), which call for 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week. Based on the information that the exercise app asks for (specifically age), it calculates the maximum heart rate (MHR) for the individual. There is probably a threshold that has to be reached before it counts as moderate exercise (probably around 65% of MHR). This is only a guess, as there are A LOT of ways to do this. Hope this helps :)
  8. BeckyG macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2010
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    What time did you walk? This morning, I had about a two hour delay waiting for six minutes from my rowing to appear and finalize my "Exercise" ring.
  9. DreamPod macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2008
    Yeah, there's a specific heart-rate standard for exercise that makes a difference, based roughly on your age (I'm assuming the Apple Watch uses this, but not sure). If you are out of shape, walking can raise your heart-rate enough, but you may have to walk faster/harder, or if you are in shape do something more invigorating.
  10. matrix07 macrumors 601


    Jun 24, 2010
    In the words of Apple, only brisk walk is an exercise.

    Thank you.
  11. bmwellsokstate macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2015
    Yep! There is a basic way to calculate your maximum heart rate and a more complicated formula. If you are interested in the simple way, just take 220 minus your age! For example, if you are 22, your max heart rate is 220-22, which is 198.
  12. LiemTa macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2014
    Ask yourself if you ever see beautiful fitness models every doing just "walks".
  13. MVallee macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Mine says I exercised 11 minutes today but I never opened the work out app. I drove to the mall, walked around, went to a movie, went to another mall, walked around some more and went to dinner. I don't know how it thought any of that was exercise but seeing that makes me feel better about my lazy day :D
  14. madsci954 macrumors 68030

    Oct 14, 2011
    I saw an earlier post where someone used the workout app but didn't count in that 30 minute ring. Could be an oversight or a bug.
  15. ssls6 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    I've been testing this...

    1) you need to hit a minimum heart rate based on your stats
    2) the activity you choose has an impact...if you pick run but have no arm motion (like some elipticals) it counts differently than picking treadmill and using the same machine.

    The exercise ring expects a full 30mins of elevated heart rate, pick up your walking speed where your breathing hard and it will count. Chose an activity that most closely matches what you are doing. Try to move your arms the best you can.
  16. bmwellsokstate macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2015
    I got some minutes when I was cleaning the kitchen! haha
  17. Trent0341 macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2007
    And as I'm sure you're aware this is just a basic guideline.

    There is a third way to determine your max HR. Actually raise it to that level (if you're not in decent shape do not do this. See a doctor prior as well).

    My MHR is 198 as measured today during sprints. I'm 36 yoa which is why I stated above that this is just a basic guideline. I've always had an above average HR during extreme exercise.

    Anyway... Very pleased with the HR monitor. Never expected it to be able to read that high. There have been a few glitches but I've already gone off topic enough.

    Bottom line: if it's not showing up as exercise try walking faster.
  18. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I don't like devices that guess things for you.

    I have dysautonomia, so my heart rate does not respond like a normal person's. I exercise using recumbent machines, and doing so my heart rate is lower than it is from simply standing. For example, 20 minutes on an exercise bike or rowing machine will get my heart rate to the 160s. For me standing to take a shower my pulse will get to the mid-180s. That's why I have to exercise from a seated position. My pulse is never below 120-130 when standing. I wrote to Apple about this and got back a very sterile e-mail about how I should just look at the Apple watch web-site for more information. I am guessing based on the Apple Watch's rules most of the time I spend standing up would be considered exercise.
  19. bmwellsokstate macrumors member


    Apr 20, 2015

    Absolutely! I just wasn't expecting people to voluntarily go out and complete those tests :D ;)
  20. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    A walk in my neighborhood is definitely exercise because you are walking up and down a hill. Here's some numbers from the watch for my session today

    Outdoor Walking:

    Distance: 1 mile
    Time: 13 minutes.

    Highest Heart BPM: 158 (this is the steep uphill walk)
    Average heart BPM: 128 (the rest of the hill)

    My resting non caffeinated heart rate is around 78.
  21. Chiguy12 macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2015
    I filled my rings over and over again.

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  22. greytmom macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    I like that you have to reach a certain heart rate for it to be considered exercise. I can see that I need to start pushing myself a bit harder!
  23. dmonnin macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2014
  24. kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    This is why the workout features are not useful to me. I spend 4 hours a day walking slowly, and do tabatas (almost vomiting after 4 minutes). I would easily get the steps, but not the brisk activity. I'm very against the consistent jog-30-minute-plus type workout that in my opinion is a creation of modernity, not a natural behavior.
  25. evercleardoc macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    You certainly need to hit a certain heart rate for your age and I would think you would have to sustain it for some time so that it would be able to read it within the ten minute window that it does read the heart rate. However,if you put it into exercise mode it will read your heart rate continuously.
    As stated above,if you exceed your goals,the Rings will go around and around. Lol ImageUploadedByTapatalk1430017669.949164.jpg

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