Exercise vs activity

bcrawfo2

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Dec 20, 2010
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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.
 
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ftaok

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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.
 

bcrawfo2

macrumors member
Original poster
Dec 20, 2010
46
8
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.
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.
 
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