Exercise on Watch

TorontoSS

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Nov 9, 2009
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Hello everyone. I got an Apple watch about 3 weeks ago. In the first week, I didn't pay too much attention as it was the week leading up to my wedding. After that - I went on holiday. During the holiday I walked around a lot, but as it was a holiday, this was a stroll mostly but for the whole day. It seemed accurate. A lot of steps, and distance logged. Unless I went for a run, about 10 - 15 min was logged as exercise. When I went for a run, then that time was also logged in addition to the 10-15 min.

I'm back now from my holiday and today was the first day at work. I have an office job on a computer so more sitting. But when I do walk, it's at a faster pace (because I have to go somewhere). But in short bursts.

I also sometimes go for a walk at lunch which I did today but just a quick 20 min walk. Today I noticed the watched logged 40 min of exercise before I even went for a run. is there a reason for this?

Is there a specific criteria for exercise?
 

BlueMoon63

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Mar 30, 2015
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Hello everyone. I got an Apple watch about 3 weeks ago. In the first week, I didn't pay too much attention as it was the week leading up to my wedding. After that - I went on holiday. During the holiday I walked around a lot, but as it was a holiday, this was a stroll mostly but for the whole day. It seemed accurate. A lot of steps, and distance logged. Unless I went for a run, about 10 - 15 min was logged as exercise. When I went for a run, then that time was also logged in addition to the 10-15 min.

I'm back now from my holiday and today was the first day at work. I have an office job on a computer so more sitting. But when I do walk, it's at a faster pace (because I have to go somewhere). But in short bursts.

I also sometimes go for a walk at lunch which I did today but just a quick 20 min walk. Today I noticed the watched logged 40 min of exercise before I even went for a run. is there a reason for this?

Is there a specific criteria for exercise?
Comes down to arm movement. If I walk 30 minutes or 5 minutes 6 times I get 30 minutes of exercise but I walk fast. Typically 3.5mph or faster. I run steps up and down but probably because I can't stand walking steps.

If you walked 40 minutes at your pace, it is accurate. It's not perfect, but it is a measurement they have internally for what raises your heart rate I assume. Doesn't seem fair for someone out of shape or old or just likes to walk slow but if it didn't register for me and I was going to take a 30 minute walk, I would use the workout app.
 

BarracksSi

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Since updating to OS2, the Exercise tracking has been "generous" for me, too. I've more than completed my ring by lunchtime today and haven't broken a sweat.

I was satisfied with its judgment in 1.01, but I don't deserve the numbers I'm getting on 2.0.
 

vin1717

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May 21, 2015
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Since updating to OS2, the Exercise tracking has been "generous" for me, too. I've more than completed my ring by lunchtime today and haven't broken a sweat.

I was satisfied with its judgment in 1.01, but I don't deserve the numbers I'm getting on 2.0.
I am having the same issue with OS 2. I am getting way more credit for exercise than I have earned. It seems to be that any walking (not even at a brisk pace) is counting towards the goal. I was much more satisfied with the tracking before the OS update.
 

joydens

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Jan 25, 2014
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I am having the same issue with OS 2. I am getting way more credit for exercise than I have earned. It seems to be that any walking (not even at a brisk pace) is counting towards the goal. I was much more satisfied with the tracking before the OS update.
Same here. I used to get something between 30 and 40 minutes credit for a brisk 50-55 walk with the dog. Now without pushing as hard as I normally do I am easily getting 51
 

IW1206MT

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Jul 12, 2015
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My os2 install started out with easy credit for the exercise ring and low calorie burns but has now adjusted itself and seems spot on. It must start off thinking one is a couch potato then adjust...
 

BlueMoon63

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My os2 install started out with easy credit for the exercise ring and low calorie burns but has now adjusted itself and seems spot on. It must start off thinking one is a couch potato then adjust...
Interesting comment. I was always talking about how easy it was to register exercise and calories just walking up my driveway and back or letting the dogs out. Even after running GM and then OS2 but I can say that this is not the case anymore. No changes made by me, but it is not as easy to rack of the calories or minutes. I did a workout for an hour today using Workout Other with my heart rate running between 125-145 and barely made 400 calories when the exact same workout on OS1 would have been closer to 500-600. The 400 seems more accurate for my age and heart range.
 

joydens

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Jan 25, 2014
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and today after a full restart of the watch things appear to be back to what I was experiencing prior to upgrading. Only managed to register 40 minutes in an hours walk at my normal reasonably fast pace.
 
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