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Ian Price

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My exercise ring was showing 11 minutes, my target is 30 minutes so went for a twenty minute walk but the exercise ring hasn’t been updated but the walk has recorded as an activity, I’ve done this before to close the ring and it’s worked, just wondering why not now? I’ve rebooted both phone and watch?
 

eclipse01

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this just happend to my wife yesterday, I chalked it up as a fluke but interesting that you are having the issue as well.
 
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TheSkywalker77

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Same thing happens to me when I go for an outdoor bike ride. I’ve just started to record it with “Other” and that always gives me the minutes.
 
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TheSkywalker77

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Other will give you credit for the minutes.

Probably your heart rate is not high enough to get credit if you use one of the other categories.
Kinda dumb that they do it this way, I understand that some people may “cheat” the system and try and fill their ring by doing nothing for 30 minutes, but if I take a 45 minute bike ride I’d expect to get credited 45 minutes, not 17 as I have been in the past.
 
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uknation87

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I agree with the heart rate possibility. I believe you need to maintain an elevated heart rate of some sort before the Apple Watch will recognize it as an exercise. I have nothing to back this up because even when I go for a walk, I typically walk at a "faster" pace and my Apple Watch 4 NE records it every time.
 
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PugMaster

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I‘m in the same boat. Heart rate surely is a thing but I think there are more factors. I walk my dogs every day and it doesn’t credit me any exercise for it. I walked my dogs around a lake on wednesday, 6 kilometers, got 3 minutes exercise credit and 6 more for walking up the stairs 2 times. My heart rate was at 100 or very slightly above. No idea what i am doing wrong. It gives me credit for running, tho.
 
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Ian Price

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I run four or five times a week, on the days I don’t run I walk to close my rings, and this has worked several times until yesterday, my HR was in the 90’s so that can’t be the issue.
 
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BenAigen

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I‘m in the same boat. Heart rate surely is a thing but I think there are more factors. I walk my dogs every day and it doesn’t credit me any exercise for it. I walked my dogs around a lake on wednesday, 6 kilometers, got 3 minutes exercise credit and 6 more for walking up the stairs 2 times. My heart rate was at 100 or very slightly above. No idea what i am doing wrong. It gives me credit for running, tho.
I run four or five times a week, on the days I don’t run I walk to close my rings, and this has worked several times until yesterday, my HR was in the 90’s so that can’t be the issue.


Arm movement is important - so start swing those arms;)

Ben
 
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millerj123

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When I walk my dog, I'll have the walk activity running, but on an 18 minute walk I might get 2-4 minutes activity credit. I'll take them home, do some jumping jacks to get my hear rate up, and then walk until I complete the 30 exercise minutes. I've had that take over an hour. When I run, I get credit for all of it.
 
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Arm movement is important - so start swing those arms;)

This.

When me and my wife go for a walk, we normally hold hands and whoever uses their left hand (the one with the watch on) will likely not get their walk acknowledged on the watch.

Maybe it's a combination of heart rate and movement?
 
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millerj123

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This.

When me and my wife go for a walk, we normally hold hands and whoever uses their left hand (the one with the watch on) will likely not get their walk acknowledged on the watch.

Maybe it's a combination of heart rate and movement?
Or, have one of you switch which side your watch is on.

That would be a great idea. I think I've done it once. Maybe.
 
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ImDoubleD

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This.

When me and my wife go for a walk, we normally hold hands and whoever uses their left hand (the one with the watch on) will likely not get their walk acknowledged on the watch.

Maybe it's a combination of heart rate and movement?

Arm movement is important - so start swing those arms;)

Ben

I’m struggling with this problem as well. I did the reset, did my outside 20+ min walk outside, and I can’t get a good exercise on a treadmill.

I walk 6 days a week for an hour with varying speeds using Inside Walk on a treadmill and might get 9 min, 15 min, anything.

Since it’s cold I’ve only walked outside 2-3 times and get credit for the full amount. Since it’s synced with the phone I assumed I was getting the benefit of the GPS tracking with Outside Walk.

I also assumed with inside walk you should swing your arm but that doesn’t work either. The crazy thing is I’ll spend 2-3 min on an Elliptical at PT and it detects it automatically and tracks and credits me everything.

So tonight I tried that with the treadmill, walking and swinging my arms, and 15 min in, nothing. So I started it manually, it ran for 45 minutes and it gave me 9 mins.

It’s really frustrating.
 
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JerseyDoug

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I have noticed that when I don't get the credit for a workout it is usually 1) my watch had slipped down and became loose fitting or 2) my heart rate didn't get high enough. I do not have an exact figure for what is "high enough", but in my experience 90 isn't high enough. When I walk or do the stationary bike my bpm is usually in the 110-125 range.
 
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BenAigen

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I’m struggling with this problem as well. I did the reset, did my outside 20+ min walk outside, and I can’t get a good exercise on a treadmill.

I walk 6 days a week for an hour with varying speeds using Inside Walk on a treadmill and might get 9 min, 15 min, anything.

Since it’s cold I’ve only walked outside 2-3 times and get credit for the full amount. Since it’s synced with the phone I assumed I was getting the benefit of the GPS tracking with Outside Walk.

I also assumed with inside walk you should swing your arm but that doesn’t work either. The crazy thing is I’ll spend 2-3 min on an Elliptical at PT and it detects it automatically and tracks and credits me everything.

So tonight I tried that with the treadmill, walking and swinging my arms, and 15 min in, nothing. So I started it manually, it ran for 45 minutes and it gave me 9 mins.

It’s really frustrating.


Have you tried to Re-Calibrate your watch?? Reset your Calibration Data.

You have to do this outdoors - not on a treadmill.




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ImDoubleD

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Have you tried to Re-Calibrate your watch?? Reset your Calibration Data.

You have to do this outdoors - not on a treadmill.




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Yepper, as I stated I did my reset and 20 min outside walk.

So my update: the last two days I have walked outside and gotten my full credit. This morning my hand was getting cold so I put my hand with my watch in my hoodie pocket, so it was pretty stationary. Still got my full credit.

Once the weather forces me back to the treadmill I will work on the heart rate.
 
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ImDoubleD

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My personal update on the Apple Watch Exercise.

The weather the last two days has forced me back to the treadmill so instead of ramping up my walking speed over the hours walk I started fast and kept it fast, which made my heart rate faster.

I checked all my workouts over the last 2 weeks and the times I had a bad exercise result my heart rate always averaged below 100, and never reaching 100.

The last two days treadmill walks show an average heart rate of above 100 each time.

I’ll keep it up but based on this it looks like the heart rate is the key.

Hope this helps.
 
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BenAigen

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My personal update on the Apple Watch Exercise.

The weather the last two days has forced me back to the treadmill so instead of ramping up my walking speed over the hours walk I started fast and kept it fast, which made my heart rate faster.

I checked all my workouts over the last 2 weeks and the times I had a bad exercise result my heart rate always averaged below 100, and never reaching 100.

The last two days treadmill walks show an average heart rate of above 100 each time.

I’ll keep it up but based on this it looks like the heart rate is the key.

Hope this helps.

Agreed - get your heart rate up and exercise hard :)
 
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