Apple's Website Promotes 'Closing Your Rings' as Fun Way to Maintain Active Lifestyle With Apple Watch

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    Apple has added a new "Close Your Rings" page to its website that highlights how the Activity app works on Apple Watch.

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    The page details how Apple Watch users can close the Move ring by hitting their personal goal of active calories burned, close the Exercise ring by completing at least 30 minutes of activity, and close the Stand ring by getting up and moving around for at least one minute during 12 different hours in the day.
    Apple also provides tips about how to use and customize certain fitness-related features of the Apple Watch, and highlights Achievements and Monthly Challenges that can be earned by closing the rings in the Activity app.

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    While the page doesn't provide any brand new information, it should be useful for people who are considering purchasing the Apple Watch. Apple has been highlighting individual features on its website more often lately, including a new page that promotes augmented reality use cases powered by its ARKit platform.

    Article Link: Apple's Website Promotes 'Closing Your Rings' as Fun Way to Maintain Active Lifestyle With Apple Watch
     
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 68040

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    It certainly does help get many to be more active.
     
  3. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    I never felt that ring UI was that hard to grasp? The page seems to give a brief very high level blurb on challenges and achievements, which seems like something Captain Obvious would say. It would be cool to learn something behind how Apple interprets the users physiology to calculate progress on the ring chart.
     
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    It helped me in the beginning but now after 3 years with my Apple Watch i always forget about it and the reminder has gotten annoying more than anything haha

    It doesn’t really take much to close the rings. Getting to work and back + a tea every hour in the kitchen and i usually close them all
     
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    If you are feeling particularly lazy, get up to have pee/make a cup of tea etc about 2 mins before the hour. Unless you're very fast, you won't be back to your preferred slobbing location until a minute or so after the hour. Result is you only need to get up once every 2 hours to get 2 'stand' ring sections closed off.
     
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    I've recently got super addicted to closing all the rings every day. It really is great motivation, especially the monthly challenges.
     
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    Going on 90 consecutive days with every ring closed, it’s become a big motivator to get active.

    I used to spend way too much time sitting down for hours on end. These days, I’ve given up on most tv watching and endless internet browsing and I go on a 10k walk every single day. No excuses.

    It’s pretty fascinating how such a small thing can make such a big difference in a person’s life.
     
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    Move is calories burned and can be changed. Exercise is minutes of exercise and is locked at 30 minutes.
     
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    Exercise requires more of an exertion of energy, so quick walking or running rather then causal walking. Fast motions such as jumping jacks will also trigger the exercise ring. Move is causal walking, keyboard typing (wrist movement must take place here, not just finger movement).. stuff like that.
     
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    Move is just any movement. Exercise has to be much more intense movement or with the exercise tracking on.
     
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    Breathing excercises and just general mindfulness are so important to your health that I think it should be included in the daily rings. A green Breath circle in the middle of the rings should be added.
     
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    Two family members got AW's within the past few months (Christmas and shortly after) it has renewed my attentiveness to the status of my own rings. I have to work out before work, early in the morning. The thought of them closing their rings and me not helps me get out of bed.
     
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    I really like this concept, the Apple Watch is great at keeping people active I use mine daily when going for a run the fitness aspect is one of the reasons I love the Apple Watch.
     
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    Ever since my wife and I have gotten our AW3 in November of last year, we've exercised more than we ever have in our lives trying to close our rings. When I started with my AW3 I couldn't run a mile without stopping and now I can run 4 without stopping. Like the other posters said, amazing what a little bit of change does (for good).

    I want to ask AW users I see in the wild if I can add them as friends so their exercise notifications can help me - lol. I've only got 2 family members with Apple Watches.
     
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    Agreed! It's cool how simply receiving a little bit of quantitative information can make it so much easier to gamify otherwise tedious activities. It reminds me of this:

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    I completed the National Park challenge last July (run/walk at least 3.5 miles), and I can say for 100% certainty I would not have done it without my WATCH motivating me. My wife has boosted her activity as well (she got jealous when I got my WATCH and had to get one too).

    It really is an amazing little device, and will be fun to see this thing evolve in the health and medical fields the next few years.
     
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    Doesn't your Apple Watch increase its expectations every week to raise the bar until you can't keep up??
     
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    Next news: Apple promotes "Cleaning those rings" as a fun way to maintain your forniture clear while enjoying music.

    Jokes aside, I closed all the rings for every day in 2017 and I didn't get any special badge. I could get the heart just by closing the green ring for 7 days in a row and nothing for an entire year?
    If they want to motivate people they should add more goals like that one, the perfect year or the longest streak. Those are harder to achieve and would motivate people on the long run, not just for a day or a week
     
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    If you close the move ring by just doing that maybe change your move goal. I have loved these motivation techniques. On Fitbit it was competition with friends. I would do 20k steps everyday and was surprised how much weight I lost by just walking. On Apple Watch I concentrate on move calories and set the goal to 600 active calories at least. Very satisfying if I close all of them.
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    Move counts active calories burnt so if you walk fast or move fast it gives you active calorie count. Obviously there is some algorithm to do that. Exercise uses your heart rate and excessive movements to give you exercise minutes.
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    It does give you an alert to change your move goal every week if you have been meeting or exceeding it.
     
  22. e-coli macrumors 68000

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    I’m addicted, as is most everyone I know with an Apple Watch. The gamification really works and it’s good for my health...double win.
     
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    I still close my rings every day, but to be honest my motivation is a bit less after I achieved 1000 move rings a month or so ago. They need to keep this interesting. Some monthly challenges are ridiculous (but I still close them anyway). They could do a better job from an active person's perspective.
     
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    Many would not agree with this, but I see the Apple Watch as a motivator to help you meet your goals as a health tracker AND be a communication device. It’s more of a reminder of where you need to be or what you can accomplish with yourself.

    I’m somebody that is very passionate about physical fitness with weightlifting and running. And I don’t miss a day where I won’t run outside in any type of climate (I run 4/5 days a week), and weightlifting Is just as important to me almost every day. And in my chosen profession, it’s imperative I stay in physical shape. And I have to give the Apple Watch credit, I don’t see closing the rings as “Fun”, but I do think it’s addicting. I think the individual has have the willpower mentally and physically , but the Apple Watch helps execute that by having reminders tracking your goals.
     

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