Grreen ring again ...

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by *balikpapan*, Jan 18, 2016.

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  1. *balikpapan* macrumors newbie

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    Yesterday I did a 31 minute (brisk, hilly) outdoor walk, as a Workout in Activity. It is logged as such in Activity on both phone and watch. But my green ring said 19 mins. Why is this? (Had to spend 11 mins jumping around the kitchen before bedtime to complete the ring!)

    (My walk is basically 10 mins up steep hill, 10 mins flat and 10 mins downhill, so heart rate easing off at the end)
     
  2. nicho macrumors 68000

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    easing off is your problem. if you're not putting in the requisite levels of effort (judged by your watch) you won't get the credit.
     
  3. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Wait, if you activated the workout app for outdoor walk or other - or any other choice for that matter, it would give you credit for every minute that workout is running until you hit end and the workout is saved. 30 minutes is 30 minutes on the activity ring.

    From what you wrote, it sounds like you didn't activate the workout app and some of your walk wasn't enough to register as actual workout minutes.

    If I go for a 30 minute walk without activity a workout with the workout app, I may not get credit for all 30 minutes if I slow way down. I seem to need to maintain a brisk walk with lots of arm movement. Since you are not activating a workout, you will not getting any heart rate data as you are moving.

    That's how it has always worked or else your phone isn't working right.
     
  4. nightcap965 macrumors 6502a

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    So would you please tell my wife I'm not insane for running up and down the stairs in my underpants at 10 o'clock last night just to close my green ring?
     
  5. nicho macrumors 68000

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    Not true. Only "other" credits exercise regardless of movement or effort.
     
  6. *balikpapan* thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I definitely activated the Outdoor Walk workout. However, as someone has pointed out below, only the Other workout runs for the preset time or until you stop it, the others are effort dependent.
     
  7. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Ahhhh good point. Duh.

    Then, like the other poster said, if you ease off, that would be the probable reason. The arm movement seems to be the key to me.

    My apologies.
     
  8. nicho macrumors 68000

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    I think both heart rate and movement are key.

    I did the same walk at lunch two days in a row. Both at the same pace (I know because I arrived back at the same time each day). No workout activated but I'm sure for waking the principle is the same.

    Anyway, one day I had a really heavy backpack. That day I got 10 minutes of exercise credit during the walk (and was really sweaty) where the other day I got nothing
     
  9. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    If you don't activate the workout app, it shouldn't record heart rate since it will wait for you to not move. That's how I understand it...

    If I walk by myself without the workout app going, I typically get credit for every minute walking as I walk at about 4mph. When I walk with my wife we go at about 3mph and I get credit for about half.

    I am pretty sure it relies heavily on arm movement more than anything if you don't activate the app.
     
  10. 3lionsbecks Suspended

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    weird because I got 4 m ins of activity for just walking down the hall at work with one small flight of stairs all at a leisurely pace. I can't figure out how apple watch determines what is activity or not
     
  11. nicho macrumors 68000

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    Record and monitor are two different things. It has two different types of heart rate sensor, remember, and can detect elevation in heart rate without being specific enough to rely on it as a reading to put in HealthKit.

    I always get exercise credit for walking up the stairs in my building, no matter the pace or how long it took me. Sometimes for a couple minutes after, ambling round my flat but with an elevated heart rate still.
     
  12. BlueMoon63 macrumors 68000

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    Ok. Just trying to help. :) I wasn't aware that the watch will record your heart rate or even monitor the heart rate if you are moving and don't have the workout app running. I was under the impression it will not do anything if you are moving and the workout app isn't running. I sure could be wrong. now you have me curious.
     
  13. *balikpapan* thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just went for a 19 minute walk on the same route (or most of it) without activating any Workout at all. And I got credited 19 minutes by my green ring - in real time! So the answer is to "Just Do It" (where have I heard that before?)
     
  14. nicho macrumors 68000

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    the answer is don't slack off. the watch knows ;)
     

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