Activity Rings on Apple Watch

Dino F

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I have had my AW for a only a few months - I am trying to get the Activity rings to be a little more accurate.

I currently have my "Move Goal" set to 250 Calories but this is probably WAY off (I have no idea how much this even is!).

I am 44, weigh around 10.5 to 11 stone (or around 146 pounds).

I have found a website (https://www.healthstatus.com/perl/calculator.cgi) which calculates how many calories you burn a day, depending on your activities. You input how many minutes you spend on activities, and then it calculates the calories burned. These are my results for average working day:

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So as you can see, I burn around 1861 calories a day.

I am not looking to lose weight so not sure what I should set my "Move Goal" (which effectively, means setting how many calories I wish to burn) on my watch to?! :confused:

I have also found a website which will calculate the calories in the foods that I eat, during the normal working day. Should I use this to calculate all the calories which I take in during the day, and then set my watch to a figure? Again, I am not looking to lose weight but Apple Watch asks "how many calories do I want to burn" - actually none, on purpose, although, I will burn some, just by my daily activities!
 

gsmornot

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Without all the detail, leave it set at 250. Each week when you get your summary the watch will select a number just above (or below) your current setting. You can chose to accept that or remain where you are now. The watch will try to push you more as the weeks pass so that you are forced to do more than average movement in order to achieve the goal. It will place it just out of reach of your norm so that you work a bit to make it. I'm in the 700 range at the moment.
 

BSG75

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The Move Ring tracks active calories burned during a day, rather total calories (active calories + calories burned to keep your body alive). Setting your goal at 250 calories is very low. I have a desk job and have mine set to 420 calories per day. I usually burn over 500 a day. That includes a 30-minute walk. Hope this helps.
 

keysofanxiety

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Unrelated to your question, but you have to burn 3500 more calories than you eat, just to lose 1 pound?! No wonder weight loss is so difficult.
 

Dino F

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The Move Ring tracks active calories burned during a day, rather total calories (active calories + calories burned to keep your body alive). Setting your goal at 250 calories is very low. I have a desk job and have mine set to 420 calories per day. I usually burn over 500 a day. That includes a 30-minute walk. Hope this helps.
...you see - I'm the same. I also have a desk job where I sit in front of a screen all day long. I don't get how setting it to 400 or so (if I was to mirror yours) will help though as according to the website above, I am burning 1861 calories a day?!
Maybe I should set to nearer 1861 so that it matches the results of the website?!
 

Kyze

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Maybe I should set to nearer 1861 so that it matches the results of the website?!
No. Those 1861 calories are the total number of calories that you burn. The Move Ring is not for tracking total calories burnt, but active calories, which are just a fraction of the total, as BSG75 said. And as gsmornot said, try accepting the goal that your Apple Watch suggests at the beginning of each week. Or, just look at your results. If you fill 400% percent each day, then increase the goal accordingly. If most days you can't fill the ring, then leave it as it is.
 

waw74

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...you see - I'm the same. I also have a desk job where I sit in front of a screen all day long. I don't get how setting it to 400 or so (if I was to mirror yours) will help though as according to the website above, I am burning 1861 calories a day?!
Maybe I should set to nearer 1861 so that it matches the results of the website?!
On the iPhone activity app, go to a daily summary, and then scroll down to the red move bar graph.
Slide that to the left, it will then have active and total calories,

the total calories will probably be closer to your 1861.
 
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BarracksSi

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I refuse to lower my Move goal below 600 calories. I can pass it easily if I do a workout. If I don't work out, I won't hit the goal, so I shouldn't get credit.
 

Dino F

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On the iPhone activity app, go to a daily summary, and then scroll down to the red move bar graph.
Slide that to the left, it will then have active and total calories,

the total calories will probably be closer to your 1861.
....yea, you are indeed correct - it shows 1852 calories!

This means that my watch is indeed pretty accurate then!

:)
 
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xtshabi

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I refuse to lower my Move goal below 600 calories. I can pass it easily if I do a workout. If I don't work out, I won't hit the goal, so I shouldn't get credit.
I lowered it so I could meet the target on my rest days.
It's not like I'm going to do a full workout on my rest days just because the move ring isn't filled, but I could do a short cardio to fill it if it's low enough.
 

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