Exercise vs activity

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  1. bcrawfo2, May 19, 2017
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    bcrawfo2 macrumors member

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    So...this morning I mowed the yard with my apple watch on my wrist and my iphone in my pocket.
    It's usually about a 4miles of walking. The health app only gave me "credit" for about 2500 steps.
    I did get credit for exercise (nearly an hour) which corresponds with my mowing time.
    Does movement associated with "exercise" not show up as "move"?


    Sorry I wasn't clear in my original post. The health app shows two kinds of data for steps. Some from the apple watch and some from my iphone. The iphone ones seem appropriate for my walking...not the 2500 I got credit for.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    :apple:Watch counts one arm swing as 2 steps and no arm swing as NO steps.
     
  3. ftaok macrumors 603

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    The Apple watch doesn't track your steps for mowing the lawn to well, assuming you're using a push mower. The problem is that your hands stay relatively still and there's no arm swings.

    Also, in a normal set-up, the steps recorded by the watch take precedence over the steps on the phone, so while the phone in your pocket has a more accurate total, it's overridden by the watch's total.

    My solution, start an "outdoor walk" workout when you mow. I get a more accurate credit for the Move and Exercise rings. Plus I like to look at the map of my "walk" after I'm done to see if I missed any spots ;). Plus the GPS records distance more accurately than just the watch in pedometer mode.

    The step total still isn't accurate, but I don't really worry about my steps.
     
  4. bcrawfo2 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. I'll try to remember to start "outdoor walk" so I can get my credit. Annoying when one of the days that I "kill it" activity-wise, I get cheated.
     
  5. Resqu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I mow 4 miles also, I always set an outdoor walk. Works great and counts a bunch of steps.
     
  6. SDColorado macrumors 65816

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    You can use an App such as "Manual Activity" to add back in what you feel you were cheated if you desire.
     
  7. warburg macrumors 6502a

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    Are you saying that the Apple Watch can only measure arm activity?
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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    My statement was unambiguous and limited to EXACTLY what I said.
     

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